If you’re keen on pursuing photography or video making and you want to produce some awesome results, you’re probably going to need a decent tripod. Having a tripod can really take your photos to the next level. That’s why I’ve put together this list of the Best Tripod For Your Camera in 2020.
So, what is the best tripod for your camera in 2019? My top pick would be the GEEKOTO 77” Tripod. It’s stylish, lightweight and super convenient for use both on the go, and in the studio.
However, depending on the type of camera you have, the GEEKOTO 77′ might not be right for you. Keep reading to find out more about how to choose a tripod, and my ultimate list of the best tripods in 2019.
Different Types of Tripod
There are many different types of tripods to choose from, and if you’ve never bought one before, it can be confusing trying to find out which one you need. Below is an explanation of the different types of tripods and what they are used for.
Pocket tripods are designed to be tiny and lightweight so that they can slip in your bag and be taken pretty much anywhere. If you have a huge DSLR camera, then a pocket tripod probably isn’t right for you.
However, they can be a convenient option if you have a small compact camera. They don’t have long telescopic legs, so they won’t be able to give your camera any height, but they can be convenient to use to steady your camera on a table or stand. The average pocket tripod measures less than 5 inches when collapsed and often have a relatively low load capacity.
Tabletop tripods are very similar to pocket tripods, but in some cases, they will be slightly bigger. They are designed to be used on flat surfaces like tables, hence the name. The main difference between tabletop and pocket tripods is that tabletop tripods tend to have wider legs and therefore sit closer to the surface on which they are placed.
This feature can be good for shooting low to the ground nature shots or position in a permanent setup like a desk or studio table. Like pocket tripods, tabletop tripods collapse to a small size and can be packed easily in luggage.
Travel tripods are a lightweight yet sturdy option that can help you to capture the perfect shots on the go. They’re designed to weigh between 1 and 2kg’s so that they can be easily carried in luggage or hiking backpacks.
Most travel tripods have telescopic legs so that the height can be adjusted to give the camera elevation. They also collapse down to a smaller size so you can take them on the go. In my opinion, travel tripods are the most functional and versatile type of tripod you can choose, as they can be useful outdoors or in a studio setting
Medium duty tripods
Medium duty tripods are similar to travel tripods, but they tend to be much heavier. Thanks to their increased weight, these types of tripods have a higher load capacity, making them perfect for people with large cameras that are too heavy for the average travel tripod.
If you plan on using your tripod in a studio setting, then a medium-duty tripod could be a good choice for you. They are strong and durable and can be perfect if you don’t plan on lugging them around in a backpack.
Sturdy or studio tripods are the biggest and heaviest tripod you can buy. They are mainly used by professional photographers in a studio setting, hence the name. As a result of their weight, size, and price, this type of tripod won’t be right for most people. Therefore, I haven’t included any tripods of this type in my ultimate list.
Tripod Shopping Guide – What to Look For
If you’ve never shopped for a tripod before, you may be finding it overwhelming to understand some of the jargon terms that are used. Below, I’ve given the definitions of the most common specifications of tripods, so that you know what you’re looking for when you start shopping.
This term refers to the length of the tripod when it is folded away. This information is particularly important if you are shopping for a travel tripod, as it will help you to properly determine whether the tripod will be small enough to fit in your luggage. In fact, some airlines limit the size of tripods that can be taken in hand luggage, so the collapsed size is a really important thing to check before you make a purchase.
Load Capacity refers to the amount of weight that the tripod can hold. When it comes to travel tripods, most will be capable of holding any compact cameras and most DSLR’s.
However, if your camera has an exceptionally heavy body, or you use extremely heavy lenses, then it’s worth double-checking how much they weigh before you purchase a tripod. If your camera is too heavy for your tripod, you run the risk of breaking it. Or worse, breaking your super expensive camera.
When purchasing a tripod, there will be a few different types of leg locks to choose from. The first is a twist leg lock.
With this type, you twist the legs in order to extend them and then twist in the opposite direction to lock it in place. The next and most common type is the Lever lock style. With this one, you open a lever to release the leg and then close the lever to lock the leg in your chosen position.
Tripods come in many different types of material. The material you choose will determine the strength, weight, and durability.
Plastics tend to be less durable. some metals can be quite heavy. Recently, many companies have been releasing Carbon fiber tripods that are both durable, and lightweight.
Best Tripods in 2019 – The Ultimate List
So, know that you know what to look for in a tripod, let’s jump into the list. I’ve separated the list into categories; Travel, pocket/tabletop, and medium-duty. Let’s start with travel.
Best Travel Tripods in 2019
Taking the number one spot on this list is the GEEKOTO 77” tripod. This is one of my personal favorites thanks to the high extended height and durable lightweight design. First things first, this tripod is extremely lightweight, weighing just 1.53kg. This makes it one of the lightest travel tripods on the market. Despite its lightweight design, this model is also one of the tallest travel tripods you can buy. When fully extended, this tripod measures at 77″ or almost two meters high. The tripods durable design gives it a load capacity of 8KG
However, the increased extended height does not affect the collapsed size of the product. When collapsed, the tripod measures around 50cm long, making it extremely easy to pack and transport to shooting locations.
The GEEKOTO 77” is also a very versatile tripod that is perfect for hikers and outdoor photographers. The tripod has a 2-in-1 design, meaning it can be used as a tripod, or a monopod when necessary. This makes shooting in uneven locations that are unsuitable for tripod much easier.
The GEEKOTO 77” has a ball joint that allows you to pan 360°, which comes in really handy when shooting videos or capturing panorama shots.
What I like most about this tripod is that it is very affordable. Despite having a bunch of great features that make it a perfect travel tripod, it is a little less expensive than some of the other travel tripods mentioned down below. This makes it perfect for aspiring photographers that are on a tight budget.
2. Benro Travel Angel FTA28AB1
If you’re looking for a solidly built, professional style travel tripod, then the Benro Travel Angel FTA28AB1 could be a fantastic choice for you. Whilst it’s quite a bit more expensive than some other tripods on the list, it’s an extremely well-made product from an established tripod brand.
One of the main plus points of this tripod is that it’s extremely durable and can hold loads of up to 14kg. The tripod is made from reinforced carbon fiber to make it strong and long-lasting. So, if you have an extremely large camera or heavy lenses, then this tripod could be a safe option.
This tripod is versatile and can be used in all terrains thanks to its detachable spiked feet. If you’re simply looking to use this product in a studio setting, then rubber feet can be attached.
Despite still being classed as a travel tripod it’s additional load capacity does mean that it is slightly heavier than other travel tripods available. The product weighs 2.42 kg and has a collapsed size 45cm. This means that despite the slightly bigger size, it is still easy to pack, and carry.
When fully extended the Benro Travel Angel FTA28AB1 reaches 161cm, or 63 inches, making it tall enough for almost any situation.
The only real drawback with this tripod is the price, but if you’re keen to invest in a tripod that is strong enough to hold your camera, and won’t break for a long time, this could be the right choice for you.
3. 3 Legged Thing Eclipse Leo
The brand ‘3 Legged Thing’ is one of the best for travel tripods. They have a huge range of distinctive looking tripods to choose from, but by far their best one is the Equinox Leo. The brand describes this tripod as the first-ever ‘professional micro-traveler’. According to their listing, the tripod blends the portability of a travel tripod with the functionality of professional tripod systems.
The Equinox Leo is made from carbon fiber, making it extremely lightweight, as well as durable. The tripod is one of the lightest travel tripods on this list, weighing in at around 1.44kg.
What’s amazing about this tripod is its load capacity. Despite being one of the lightest, and smallest tripods on the market, the Equinox Leo has a load capacity of 30kg, making it suitable for just about any camera I can think of.
When fully extended, the tripod reaches 146cm in height, and collapsed down to less than 35cm, making it super easy to transport.
The Equinox Leo is suitable for almost any environment, from outdoor wilderness photography to studio shoots. The tripod design is also eye-catching and stylish, which is always a bonus!
The Equinox Leo can be purchased as a set and comes with a detachable monopod leg. When using the product as a tripod, the monopod leg doubles as a microphone boom arm. Although this tripod isn’t the cheapest product on the market, it’s fairly priced for what you get, and should help you to achieve more professional-looking results.
4. Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel
The Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a well-made, lightweight. First of all, the tripod weighs only 1.95kg, making it perfect for anyone looking for a durable tripod to take on the go.
The tripod is made from lightweight carbon-fiber. This is one of the best materials for tripods, as it is lightweight, but also very durable. When collapsed, the Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel measures only 48cm in length, so it can be easily packed into luggage.
In addition to being lightweight and durable, the Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel tripod is also extremely functional. It can be extended to a height of 168cm. This can help you to capture the perfect shots at almost any angle.
The Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel tripod is compatible with most cameras, and has a load capacity of 10kg, meaning that most people will be able to safely mount their camera onto it. It has a pivoting center column that can help you to achieve the perfect panning shots.
The feet of the tripod are made from lightweight rubber and they come equipped with spikes that can help you to plant the tripod firmly on uneven terrains such as sand and mud.
Although the Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel has quite a high price tag in comparison to other tripods on this list, it is a genuinely great piece of kit. Its versatility means that it can be perfect for almost any photographer, from wilderness adventures to studio artists.
Best Tabletop and Pocket Tripods in 2019
5. Manfrotto PIXI Evo
If you’re looking for a tripod that is smaller and simpler to use than the ones we’ve listed above, a tabletop tripod like the PIXI EVO could be right for you. The Manfrotto PIXI EVO is the newest version of the PIXI tabletop tripod, and its an extremely high spec product. Tabletop tripods often get a bad reputation due to their lack of stability and durability, but tripods like the PIXI EVO are doing well to rectify this misconception.
The Manfrotto PIXI EVO is extremely easy to use. Set-up is as simple as flipping out the legs and securing your camera. The ball joint connects directly to most cameras, but you can also purchase an additional mount if you wish to use it with a smartphone instead.
Unlike most tabletop tripods, Manfrotto PIXI EVO actually has two different height settings. The legs can also be pushed together to make it easy to hold and carry when out and about.
The Manfrotto PIXI EVO can hold cameras up to 2.5kg in weight, and it works well with compact cameras, small DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. This makes it a great choice for vloggers and YouTube video makers looking for a small and portable tripod for shooting.
Although the PIXI EVO is a little more expensive than the standard Manfrotto PIXI, it’s still relatively inexpensive. The tiny tripod is fairly durable for a tabletop. This is one of my favorite tabletop models, and I personally think that it’s worth every penny.
6. Joby GorillaPod 1K
The Joby GorillaPod 1K is one of the most popular pocket tripods on the market, and it’s achieved almost cult status amongst vloggers and YouTubers.
What’s great about the Joby GorillaPod is that it has an extremely unique and flexible design. The legs are made up of a series of cylindrical pieces, that move and bend independently. This feature allows video-makers to achieve unique angles that they wouldn’t be able to with a rigid legged tripod.
On the outside of each ball is a small ring of rubber to give the tripod extra grip. If you’re keen on hanging your camera upside down from trees, then this is the tripod for you.
The Joby GorillaPod is quite large for a tabletop tripod, and can also be a good choice if you’re looking for a lightweight tripod to take on the go with you. It measures at around 25cm, which can give a little elevation if need.
One of the main drawbacks of the Joby GorillaPod is its load capacity. At only 1kg, this tripod might not work for anyone, but if you have a compact camera or small DSLR, then you should be OK. However, if you’re keen on this tripod, and you want something with a bigger load capacity, there is a larger version available with a load capacity of 3kg.
When it comes to price, I personally think that the Joby GorillaPod is a little on the expensive side. However, it’s unique design does set it apart from other tripods in this size category.
7. 3 Legged Thing Iggy Mini Action Tripod + Phone Holder
The 3 Legged Thing Iggy Mini Action Tripod is perfect for anyone looking for a small tripod that can be used for cameras and smartphones. Created by the popular brand 3 Legged Thing, the Iggy Mini Action Tripod is a compact and easy to use product perfect for almost any small camera.
The Iggy Mini Action Tripod can hold up to 1.2kg in weight, which is perfect for most compacts and small mirrorless cameras. What’s great about Iggy is that it’s super affordable, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a well-built product on a budget.
The Iggy Mini Action Tripod comes equipped with three easy to use fold-out legs that are covered with useful grips. When folded together, the legs form an easy to hold mount that would be useful for vloggers and YouTubers. Depending on what kit you buy with this tripod, you can attach any type of camera to this from a smartphone to a GoPro action camera.
When completely folded out, the tripod stands at around 14cm tall, which is about average for a tabletop/pocket tripod. Thanks to its plastic design, the tripod is extremely lightweight, so you can literally just slip it in your pocket when you’re done with it.
Overall, I think this is an extremely well designed and affordable option. When purchased along with the GoPro and Smartphone attachments it makes for a versatile and functional mini-tripod kit.
8. Sirui 3T-35K Table Top Tripod
If you’re looking for a tabletop tripod that’s right for a slightly larger camera, the Sirui 3T-35K Table Top Tripod could be perfect for you.
The Sirui 3T-35K Table Top Tripod has a load capacity of around 4KG, meaning it can hold bigger cameras such as heavy DSLR’s. The Sirui 3T-35K Table Top Tripod is also perfect for anyone looking for a tabletop tripod with some additional height. The tripod is equipped with a tall center column that elevates the camera to a height of 27cm when mounted. However, if you’d prefer it to be lower, you can also remove this piece altogether.
This tripod weighs less than a 0.25kg, making it one of the lightest tripods on the list. This is a great feature for anyone looking to maximize space in their luggage.
Although this tripod has some interesting features that set it apart from other tabletop tripods, it’s also quite expensive, but it’s added height could make it the right option for you.
Best Medium Duty Tripods in 2019
9. FEISOL CT-3472LV Elite Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod with Leveling Center Column and CB-40D Ball Head
Next up is the FEISOL CT-3472LV Elite Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod. This is my top recommendation if you’re using a heavy camera and you’re looking for a good medium-duty tripod. It has a 33-lb capacity and a CB30D ball head so it can support much heavier equipment.
Medium-duty cameras tend to be a lot more expensive as they’re more suitable for professional use, so don’t be surprised by the relatively high price tag. However, if you are looking for professional equipment and you have the budget for it, this is definitely the way to go.
There are a lot of features that I like about this camera, but some of my favorite things about it include the:
- Anti-leg rotation technology, which locks the legs tightly in place when you need them to stay put
- 3-position leg-angle locks
- The easy-to-grip, smooth rubber twist-lock
- Removable leveling center column to help with small leveling adjustments.
- Included mount base which can be used instead of the leveling center for when you want to mount the camera directly onto the aluminum chassis plate
Because this FEISOL tripod is so thick, it also does a great job of dampening vibrations. It’s still very light thanks to the carbon fibre, but the extra weight it does carry helps a little with stabilization. Both of these factors combined really help you to get smooth, shake-free panning and tracking shots.
As an extra bonus, the tripod also comes with a padded bag that you can fit pretty much any tripod head in.
Of course, it’s made from carbon fiber, so I don’t need to tell you how durable and resilient this thing is, but for added peace of mind, it even comes with a 3-year warranty.
10. Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Fiber Tripod with MHXPRO-3W 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head Kit
If the FEISOL tripod above isn’t doing it for you, perhaps the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 will. This is another great medium-duty tripod, and my top pick for any professional video maker working with a smaller budget.
It’s significantly cheaper than the FEISOL model above and delivers great value for money. The load capacity is a respectable 17.6 lbs, which is, again, less than the FEISOL, but it’s plenty enough for a lot of heavy, professional cameras.
It’s made of aluminum fiber and has a 3-way pan/tilt head. It’s very versatile and can extend from 3.5” all the way up to 72.1”.
The Manfrotto also boasts a redesigned center column with ‘one-finger operation’, cleverly-designed lock levers and flip-locks that help photographers to get better leverage, and a striking, modern design.
I really like how the red and brushed-aluminum accents look on the black design. The Easy Link attachment is also a nifty feature that allows you to easily attach things like LED lights and reflectors.
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