This is a brilliant radical piece of camera equipment. it can handle a lot of weight. I have mounted my JVC HD620 Camcorder (310g) plus highest capacity battery (84g) plus a canon wide angle lens that weighs more than my camcorder (330g) - total 726g. And that is less than a third of the quoted maximum weight of 3kg. It felt completely safe and secure. The legs have many joints to make it bend round most ground fixed objects with the legs clamping round rails and posts very tightly. However the manueverability of the head is limited. So I also bought the Joby Gorilla Ball head attachment:
...which perfectly complements this gorillapod so I strongly suggest both items be bought as a complete flexible mini-tripod solution
It is also pretty effective as a normal table top tripod with the legs straightened. My camcorder can zoom to 30X optical. Usually with cheap tripods, maximum zooming results in little shakes or jutters. Not so with this Gorillapod. With my camcorder's inbuilt anti-shake mechanism OFF, I could zoom in all the way to the max without suffering any shakes unless the table itself vibrates when people walk near it, naturally.
So I just have to give it 5 star because even though the platform is not easily maneuvreable, you are really purchasing the stand itself which is very much worth the retail price and of course here on Amazon its selling for less than that. But for that complete flexibility of the camcorder/camera lens postioning you do also need the ball head.