In the box you get the MicroJib itself, a manual, thumb screw and an extra lock screw. To mount your GoPro on the pole, you'll need either a waterproof case or the GoPro Frame. Once the GoPro is mounted on the pole, I recommend loosening the end screw so that your panning and tilting shots are smooth. Leaving the end screw tight will secure the camera in a fixed position. Extending the pole is simple, and only requires a half turn on each twist lock. If you untwist the locks all the way, it will dismantle the pole.
My first impression of the MicroJib GoPro Pole is that it is built very well. It doesn't feel cheap, and has an overall balanced design. While collapsed it can be easily stored away in a back pack or travel bag. I initially thought it was going to be heavy, but for what it can do, it's surprisingly light weight. I found it really simple to attach my GoPro HERO4 Black using the standard GoPro mounting system and included thumbscrew.
Out of the box, the MicroJib comes configured in panning mode. To pan or tilt the GoPro, simply twist the rubber gripped handle. The handle rotates the internal mechanics, which then rotates the GoPro. It takes some getting used to, but with some practice I was able to achieve some really impressive shots. Switching between pan and tilt mode requires the lock screw and L-bracket to be removed. Mounting the L-bracket on the opposite side will setup the MicroJib in tilting mode. This whole process takes no longer than 30 seconds. One thing to keep in mind is that the pole is not waterproof. If you accidentally drop it in water it’ll be okay, but over time it will damage the internal mechanics. As I mentioned previously, the MicroJib GoPro Extension Pole uses the standard GoPro mounting system, all GoPro HERO cameras are compatible, including the GoPro HERO4 Session.
What I really love about the MicroJib is that you can change up your angles really quickly. For example, if you wanted to capture a low to high angle shot, the MicroJib in tilting mode would be ideal. As you bring the pole up to a higher position, slowly twist the handle to keep the camera level. As I said previously, with practice you’ll be able to nail these shots perfectly. If you want to capture an even higher angle while attempting this shot, then you would need to fully extend the pole.
Overall the MicroJib is an excellent choice when it comes to GoPro poles. If you’re looking to capture more than just a fixed angle, the MicroJib is here to solve that problem.
Watch the MicroJib Review Video by Jeremy Sciarappa