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The Platypod eXtreme is the most bizarre camera platform you’ll ever see

Platypod eXtreme
(Image credit: Platypod)

The duck-billed platypus is an Australian egg-laying mammal with a bill and webbed feet, and is only slightly more strange than the Platypod eXtreme. This is a unique camera platform designed for low-level shooting on uneven terrain and as an alternative to conventional travel tripods and table-top tripods.

The Platypod eXtreme is essentially a 5mm thick aircraft-grade aluminium plate with independently adjustable legs at each corner. These fold flat for easy stowage when the Platypod is not in use.

What the Platypod lacks in height it makes up for in stability, adaptability and payload. The design offers a much more stable platform than a mini-tripod and has multiple attachment points for accessories like lights, extension posts and mobile accessories. It can also support a weight of up to 10kg, or 22lb.

The low shooting height at ground level could prove ideal for nature, landscapes across still water or dynamic video clips. The Platypod could also prove ideal for table-top photography and still lifes, offering a lower and more stable platform than mini-tripods.

The Platypod is not some wild new concept. It's actually been around since 2016 and has inspired many pro photographer fans. Here's a comparison between the new eXtreme (left) and the existing maX model (right). (Image credit: Platypod)
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It’s actually not the first Platypod. The first Platypod was launched at Photoshop World and PhotoPlus Expo in 2015, and the Platypod website (opens in new tab) explains all the versions, accessories and uses that have emerged since.

What’s different about the eXtreme is that you don’t have to unscrew the legs to pack it away, as they now swivel up to lie flat alongside the Platypod plate. More changes (compared to the existing Platypod Max) include a lower weight, larger carabiner cutout, more mounting holds and a neoprene storage wallet with interior pocket, carabiner and 1/4” cross nut adapter.

The Platypod eXtreme has been launched as a Kickstarter campaign (opens in new tab) with an ‘pledge’ price of $119 (about £91/AU$159) against a final retail price of $149 (about  £114/AU$199) when it goes on general sale, though that will not be until August 2022. Even at the time of writing, pledges for the Platypod eXtreme are five times more than the original funding goal. 

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Rod Lawton
Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio, with decades of experience with cameras of all kinds. Previously he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more.