Induro GIT304 Test Results

The Induro GIT304 is a member of that elusive mid-range systematic tripod.  It is much more affordable than the equivalents from industry leaders, and the performance is correspondingly lower.  The build quality and performance is still very good, as most tripods of this style are, but if you are looking for a diamond in the rough, this isn’t it.  The GIT304 is unique in being one of the most compact systematic style tripods available.  So if you need such a tripod for travel, this may be the best choice.

NameInduro GIT304
ClassSystematic
Yaw Stiffness635 +/- 2 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.224 +/- 0.022 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness2057 +/- 6 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.511 +/- 0.051 Js/rad
Retail Price$575
Weight4.5 lbs (2.04 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating55 lbs
Maximum Height51.7 in (131.3 cm)
Minimum Height6.9 in (17.5 cm)
Center ColumnNo
Base Diameter2.5 in (6.4 cm)
Folded Length23.5 in (59.7 cm)
Folded Circumference12.4 in (31.5 cm)
Folded Volume288.0 cu. in. (4.7 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections4
Primary Leg Angle25 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter28.0 mm
Second Tube Diameter24.0 mm
Third Tube Diameter20.0 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookYes

The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement.  The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data. I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data.  All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating. The tripod is measured at full height, with the center column down.

 

Example data for oscillations about the yaw axis of the tripod:

Perfect reasonable looking data.  No complaints here.

 

Example data for oscillations about the pitch axis of the tripod:

Well that is one of the uglier acceleration traces I have posted on this site.  There is an electronic issue with the measuring device causing some the spikes shown.  However, the frequency domain chart shows that there is no uncertainty as to the resonant line.