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Cheap DSLR Camera Tripods

THE MOST USEFUL DSLR ACCESSORIES … THE TRIPOD!

(Including monopods, GorillaPods and other miscellaneous stabilisers)

A mischievous guide by Antoine De Bent

There really are some wonderfully useful and entertaining camera accessories available, from filters and flash guns to tripods and tree-clamps. Not all accessories are useful, but then that’s a matter of opinion; here’s our current top few:

  • THE TRIPOD, one of the most beneficial, underestimated, underused accessory of all time! In photographic terms, better than sliced bread.

A tripod allows you to:

  • Take photos in low light conditions
  • Steady the camera for close-up photography
  • Use your camera with timer or remote modes
  • Command an advantageous shooting position

A tripod lets you demonstrate your expertise by allowing effective use of slow shutter speeds in low light conditions, or in order to create certain desired effects.

Bestseller No. 1
AmazonBasics 127cm (50')  Lightweight Tripod with Bag
1110 Reviews
AmazonBasics 127cm (50") Lightweight Tripod with Bag
  • Adjustable-height tripod made of lightweight aluminum; weighs just over a pound
  • 3-way head allows for tilt and swivel motion; portrait or landscape options
  • Quick-release plate helps ensure fast transitions between shots
  • 3-section, lever-lock legs for easy height adjustments; zippered storage bag included
  • Measures 42 cm (16.5 inches) collapsed; extends up to 127 cm (50 inches)
Bestseller No. 2
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
1110 Reviews
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
  • Supports video cameras, still cameras, and scopes up to 6.6 lbs (3kgs)
  • 3 way pan head with bubble level. Quick-release mounting plate
  • Quick release leg locks
  • Geared centre post
  • 60 inch operating height (152.4cm)
Bestseller No. 3
SHOOT Flexible Sponge Tripod Stand for DSLR Mirrorless and SLR Cameras Camcorder
3 Reviews
SHOOT Flexible Sponge Tripod Stand for DSLR Mirrorless and SLR Cameras Camcorder
  • This Flexible Tripod is compatible with DSLR cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, video cameras. It firmly ensure that your camera can be used anywhere and everywhere
  • This octopus tripod's Dimension is 28cm x5.5cm x55cm, 240g. Allows you to easily pack and carry
  • The octopus tripod steady, strong. Because the third leg by homogeneous beads connected together, so its foot can be adjusted, can be high or low, angle can be small or large, thus obtaining optimum angle of shot
  • Universal(1/4'' inch-20 screw) digital camera link attachment.The 2 screws are attached together. To use the 1/4-20 screw,you have to twist off the 3/8-16 screw
  • Packaged included : 1 x Extra Large Size sponge tripod
SaleBestseller No. 4
Zomei Q111 55' Pan Head Panoramic Camera Tripod Lightweight with 1/4' Quick Release Plate for Digital SLR Canon Nikon Sony Olympus Samsung etc., Red
83 Reviews
Zomei Q111 55" Pan Head Panoramic Camera Tripod Lightweight with 1/4" Quick Release Plate for Digital SLR Canon Nikon Sony Olympus Samsung etc., Red
  • Foldable and Portable: 18inch after folded, the net weight only about 2.6lb(1.18kg), suit for travel
  • Hight Adjustable: 4-section column leg with quick release locks, get the height you need(from 18in to 55in) and ultimate versatility
  • Light and Sturdy: Made of high quality aluminum alloy tube and ABS environmental plastic.The max diameter is about 25mm, Max Load Capacity is 11.02lbs/4kg.very sturdy but light.
  • Professional & Compatible: 3-way pan head is equipped with 1/4" screw standard quick release plate, Double holder for optional panhead. Keeps your camera safe by remaining steady.which is universally compatible
  • Notification: Please note that the 1/4" quick release plate is included in the package.
Bestseller No. 5
Rollei Monkey Pod Flexible Mini Tripod for DSLR, DSC, Camcorder - Black
118 Reviews
Rollei Monkey Pod Flexible Mini Tripod for DSLR, DSC, Camcorder - Black
  • Adaptive compact tripod - max. height 27 cm, min. height 10 cm, folded length 27 cm
  • Ultra-lightweight for photos or videos, ideal for travelling - Rotatable ball head 360
  • Very flexible legs for bending, fwinding or folding - ideal for all surfaces, angles and situations - Suitable for DSLR, DSC, camcorder and smartphones
  • Tripod legs with roughened, comfortable foam surface, to increase the holding or gripping strength
  • Can also be used as a holder for tablet PCs
SaleBestseller No. 6
Yousave Accessories Compact Portable Travel Tripod Stand Mount for Digital Camera / Camcorder / DSLR / Video Cameras
54 Reviews
Yousave Accessories Compact Portable Travel Tripod Stand Mount for Digital Camera / Camcorder / DSLR / Video Cameras
  • Ease the burden of travelling with heavy-duty tripods with this lightweight Yousave Accessories portable travel tripod.
  • Featuring quick release, extendable, telescopic legs; this adjustable tripod is easy to set up and carry thanks to its light and compact design.
  • Made from high quality aluminium & plastic this stylish mini tripod will match any camera thanks to its sleek silver & black finish.
  • An adjustable fluid head with full pan and tilt motion allows for a variety of landscape and portrait photography shots, along with stable panoramic video scenes.
  • Max Height: 1320mm. Min Height: 520mm. Tripod carry bag is included.

Furthermore, assuming you have a suitable lens, a tripod is an essential for close-up photography; insects, flora, fauna and just sheer fun.

Without a trusted tripod those shots of all the family, including you, are almost impossible. So are your chances of capturing an award winning photo of that very rare Lesser-Spotted Sparrow that occasionally feeds at your bird table; OK you’ll need a remote release system and a modicum of good fortune, plus … Photoshop to make those spots stand out!

A tripod identifies YOU as the photographer! The uninitiated will stand back in awe, giving you all the space and best shooting positions. There are many, many good tripods on the market but none as beloved nor renowned as the legendary, Italian, Manfrotto range. Here’s one to consider.

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminium Tripod with Hybrid Head

There are, as I’ve said, a wide range of good practical tripods on the market. Manfrotto have always set the bench mark for excellence. Their compact ‘Action’ tripod is lightweight, portable and employs an easy to use pistol-grip mount with a precision three-way head.

This is a great entry level tripod that ticks the boxes; no matter what your requirements, there’s always room for a compact, sturdy tripod in your accessory collection.

This tripod is sturdy, easy to erect and ‘man-enough’ to hold steady a DSLR with lens in most conditions.

There are beefier, less compact, tripods available for more challenging situations; consider your requirements and check out the range.

BUY A TRIPOD AND OPEN UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF OPTIONS!

Now, as you know, a camera on a wobbly, flimsy tripod can result in movement, and more than likely result in camera shake! That, causes blurring of photographs, (as you would know if you’d read previous articles). Sometimes, however, you’re ‘gonna need a bigger tripod!’ Or maybe a more cunningly designed tripod.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Black
623 Reviews
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Black
  • Mini tripod for compact system cameras
  • Comfortable handgrip to capture videos
  • Push button locking mechanism for easy setup
  • Lightweight, intuitive to use and easy to carry
  • Attractive Italian design
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Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminium Tripod with 3 Way Head - Black
167 Reviews
Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminium Tripod with 3 Way Head - Black
  • Black reinforced aluminium for optimal rigidity
  • Compact size and fold-away levers for easy carrying
  • Quick release plate for fast camera connection
  • Includes padded carrying bag for portability
  • Height of 165 cm when extended
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Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminium Tripod with Hybrid Head - Black
167 Reviews
Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminium Tripod with Hybrid Head - Black
  • Precise and reliable three-way photographic head
  • Instant camera attachment without screwdriver
  • Photo - movie selector to quickly change between modes
  • Padded carrying bag included for portability
  • Ideal for owners of entry-level DSLRs
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Manfrotto Compact Light Aluminium Tripod with Ball Head - Black
167 Reviews
Manfrotto Compact Light Aluminium Tripod with Ball Head - Black
  • Highly compact for take-it-anywhere portability
  • Ball Head with one knob to lock all adjustments
  • Wheel attachment for easy camera connection
  • The lightest Manfrotto tripod, weighing just 800 g
  • Padded carrying bag included for easy transportation and portability
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Manfrotto Befree Live Aluminium Travel Tripod with Fluid Head
19 Reviews
Manfrotto Befree Live Aluminium Travel Tripod with Fluid Head
  • Compact and lightweight video tripod kit
  • Fast setup and more stability
  • Smoother movement with Fluid Drag System
  • Levelling column
  • 1 x Manfrotto Befree Live

EDEN In tight situations the tripod could get knocked, or, perhaps be swayed by relentless winds, or, be unstably perched on adverse terrain. The whole idea of a tripod is to keep the camera steady and thus prevent blurring through camera shake!

The photo (opposite), of the Eden Project in Cornwall, would have been hopeless without a sturdy, well designed tripod that could sit motionless on rough sloping terrain.

Big tripods for big cameras and seriously serious photographers have always been an absolute ‘must have’. No respectable wedding, or National Geographic photographer, would leave the house, or country, without a mightily sturdy precision tripod.

The downside of big beasty tripods is the fact that they are big and beasty, devilish to lug around without a team of Sherpas. Of course, if you’re working in a studio environment then no problem; but do you really want to risk heart failure by lugging the dam thing half way around the country! Extreme photographers wouldn’t bat an eyelid at the challenge; the rest of us would rather stay at home.

Therefore why not compromise? Go for a mid-range tripod, very sturdy, with slightly longer extension and perhaps a more adventurous rotating head … One that your wife can carry without stopping every five minutes (let’s not be sexist and assume that only men can carry heavy things).

Here then is a mid-range tripod that even a man can carry!

Hang on!! Well having said all that, carbon fibre has arrived! What does that mean? It means that your dog could probably carry the dam tripod! Carbon fibre tripods are extremely light and very sturdy. So, introducing …

CARBON FIBRE TRIPODS

Zomei Z669C Professional Carbon Fiber Light Weight Travel Tripod

This carbon fiver tripod is not that expensive but, it is superb. The quick release ball head is so smooth, an absolute pleasure to operate. The head rotates a full 360%!

This is a fine example of a fantastic range of carbon fibre tripods; the tripod will take a full sized DSLR, and remain stable!

YES, even you could carry a carbon fibre tripod!

Please check out all the tripod options, don’t buy cheap if you’re seriously into photography; you also don’t have to buy a Manfrotto. Take heed of recommendations and always remember what your Grandma taught you … don’t look at me! That’s between you and her.

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Zomei Z669C Travel Tripod Lightweight Carbon Fibre Camera Tripod Monopod with Solid Ball Head Carry Case for Canon 600d 700d Nikon d3200 d5300
42 Reviews
Zomei Z669C Travel Tripod Lightweight Carbon Fibre Camera Tripod Monopod with Solid Ball Head Carry Case for Canon 600d 700d Nikon d3200 d5300
  • New generation of high-density Carbon Fiber Tripod- delivers maximum rigidity and combined with the lightest components
  • One tripod,Two use way : Tripod or monopod, more versatility
  • Lightweight and compact- only 3.3 lbs weight and 14 inches folded length
  • Travel tripod, portable- with a carry case, ideal for outdoor travel shooting
  • 5- section leg tubes and 2- section center columns minimize the size when packing
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Lightweight Travel Tripod, Zomei Z669C Tripod 13.78 Inches/ 3.3Lbs - Easy to Backpack - Durable Carbon Fibre - Converts to Monopod - for Canon EOS Nikon Camera
133 Reviews
Lightweight Travel Tripod, Zomei Z669C Tripod 13.78 Inches/ 3.3Lbs - Easy to Backpack - Durable Carbon Fibre - Converts to Monopod - for Canon EOS Nikon Camera
  • MAIN FEATURE: A compact, ultra-lightweight, solid and portable tripod with an included sturdy head. With upward-folding legs, it collapses to just 13.78inch, with the head attached, and weighs just 3.3 lb. Supporting loads up to 19 lb
  • LIGHTWEIGHT TRIPOD: Ideal for travel or on-the-go photographers, it can fit comfortably in a carry-on sized suitcase or backpack. Portable Travel Tripod adopts the most advanced casting technology, the appearance and texture of better quality
  • CARBON FIBREMATERIAL: Carbon fibre has several advantages over aluminum apart from lighter weight. Weight-for-weight it can support heavier loads and being a synthetic polymer, it is resistant to temperature changes, which is good for shooting in very hot or cold environments
  • VERSATILIT TO BE MONOPOD: Easily converts this tripod to a monopod without using any tools. Combination use for tripod and monopod. Save money and backpack space
  • EASILY EXTENDED LEG: The pivot joints on the legs are smooth and tight, with push pull locking buttons for different leg angles. Very sturdy in all directions, the leg great for uneven surfaces

Nearly forgot, the Zomei Z669C breaks down to an almost pocketable size! And what’s more it converts easily to a monopod!

What’s a monopod? I hear you say; even if you didn’t say, I’m gonna tell you.

MONOPODS
A monopod is the one-legged version of a tripod. Another underrated and underused piece of essential camera equipment. Basically, it’s a stick with a camera thread attachment on top.

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AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
1110 Reviews
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
  • Supports video cameras, still cameras, and scopes up to 6.6 lbs (3kgs)
  • 3 way pan head with bubble level. Quick-release mounting plate
  • Quick release leg locks
  • Geared centre post
  • 60 inch operating height (152.4cm)
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Bluetooth Selfie Stick, Mpow iSnap X One-piece Folding Self-portrait Ultra Compact Extendable Monopod Holder with Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Shutter for 7, 6s, 6s Plus,5 5c 5s SE and Other Android Machines,Black
848 Reviews
Bluetooth Selfie Stick, Mpow iSnap X One-piece Folding Self-portrait Ultra Compact Extendable Monopod Holder with Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Shutter for 7, 6s, 6s Plus,5 5c 5s SE and Other Android Machines,Black
  • 【Easy to carry】 As the smallest Selfie Stick in 2016, the MPOW iSnap X selfie stick is only 18cm long in its original form and can thus be quickly and easily stowed away in any bag. So it is a breeze to carry around in your pocket or your handbag.
  • 【Convenient to use】You can ues it with only three steps.Just turn it on, pair it with smart phone via Bluetooth and then Snap. ( 270-degree adjustable head ensure you to find a best & beautiful angle when selfie photographing.) The MPOW portable monopod features a built-in remote Bluetooth shutter switch and includes a fully adjustable spring loaded phone mount.
  • 【Awesome Battery Life】 Integrated rechargeable battery provides over 20 hours (or 3000 selfies) of use on a single charge. Charge it up with the included micro USB cable.
  • 【Compatibility】The MPOW iSnap X works with most iOS/Android smartphones such as iPhone 7/7Plus/6Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4S/4, Note 2, Note 3 and other smartphones. Not for smart phone of Window, Blackberry.
  • 【What you get】 Mpow Brand Certified! Mpow iSnap X Bluetooth Selfie Stick, wrist strap, micro USB charging cable, welcome guide, 45 days money back & 18-month worry-free Guarantee!
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Fugetek 49' Professional Selfie Stick, Wireless Bluetooth Remote, iOS devices & Android phones, DSLR, Gopro, Ultra Extendable Monopod, Black
138 Reviews
Fugetek 49" Professional Selfie Stick, Wireless Bluetooth Remote, iOS devices & Android phones, DSLR, Gopro, Ultra Extendable Monopod, Black
  • Latest Model Sale! Limited Time Only!!! TWO RUGGED INTERCHANGEABLE PHONE MOUNTS: Includes: One screw tight mount that is extendable to 4.2" - Eliminates phone slippage or drops. Plus a 2nd spring mount with additional mirror attachment for your rear HD camera - No need to look at phone screen. Fits all large smart phones, even with extra thick cases!!!
  • RATED MOST POPULAR AND BEST SELFIE STICK ON AMAZON: With removable bluetooth remote control & extended battery life(300 hours standby, 1.5-2 hours full charge). Quick Flip Locks. No Wobble / No Twist To Lock. All Aluminum, High End, Rugged Durable Design. Great For Outdoors.
  • WIRELESS BLUETOOTH REMOTE, USE WITH MOST ANY DEVICE: iPhone, Android, GoPro (Gopro Bluetooth incompatible), Digital Camera (Bluetooth may be incompatible) - Compatible with iPhone iOS and Android 4.3 or newer. (*iOS has no zoom feature. *Zoom works on limited Android devices)
  • EXTENDS TO INDUSTRY HIGH 49 INCHES: Industry High Extension. Allows for a great range and depth of photo. 180 degrees rotating enables you to find the perfect selfie angle.
  • AFFORDABLE AWESOME GIFT IDEA ! - What a great surprise to get a High Quality Professional Selfie Stick. Anyone can use and will love it. The Fugetek FT-568 is all quality. Get it today!
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Joby GorillaPod Original Tripod - Charcoal
324 Reviews
Joby GorillaPod Original Tripod - Charcoal
  • For compact cameras and pocket camcorders up to 325 g
  • Flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure your camera almost anywhere
  • Over two dozen premium quality ABS plastic leg joints bend and rotate 360 degree
  • Quick-release clip with lock ring ensures your camera is held secure and stays connected to your camera for instant setup
  • Rubberised ring and foot grips for enhanced stability on difficult terrain
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AmazonBasics 127cm (50')  Lightweight Tripod with Bag
1110 Reviews
AmazonBasics 127cm (50") Lightweight Tripod with Bag
  • Adjustable-height tripod made of lightweight aluminum; weighs just over a pound
  • 3-way head allows for tilt and swivel motion; portrait or landscape options
  • Quick-release plate helps ensure fast transitions between shots
  • 3-section, lever-lock legs for easy height adjustments; zippered storage bag included
  • Measures 42 cm (16.5 inches) collapsed; extends up to 127 cm (50 inches)

Monopods can often double up as walking sticks/poles. Their telescopic design means they’re lightweight, compact and very effective for giving extra stability, and therefore clarity, to those tricky shots in low light.

Also handy for beating off unwanted admirers.

Monopods are generally not that expensive, starting from a tenner, or so, and escalating from the sublime to the ‘crikey!’ The red monopod pictured is a Manfrotto, available for around £40. Spend more or spend less, it’s up to you; but whatever you do, buy a monopod as part of your essential camera accessories!
Question; Have you ever heard of the Gorilla Pod (GorillaPod)? You must have! It’s quite famous; somewhere between Isaac Newton and Tom Cruise.

GORILLAPOD

Here’s a picture to help. The GorillaPod really is an innovatively designed tripod that has an uncanny ability to bend and grip. Hmm, sounds slightly erotic.

There are several versions available, the one shown here is sturdy enough to take an SLR camera complete with a full zoom lens, that’s impressive! Make sure you buy the right one, lighter models are designed only to support compact cameras and will creak under the weight of a DSLR.

The GorillaPod is nice and portable and able to support your camera in seemingly impossible circumstances; it’ll contort and grip to tree branches, poles, fences … virtually anything. Or just stand it on the ground or on top of your car or … or … anywhere!

Absolutely fantastic for those spur of the moment selfies, close-ups and low light shots when the camera need supporting.

Inevitably there are clones on the market; be assured, the GorillaPod, by Joby, remains the best!

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Joby GorillaPod Original Tripod - Charcoal
324 Reviews
Joby GorillaPod Original Tripod - Charcoal
  • For compact cameras and pocket camcorders up to 325 g
  • Flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure your camera almost anywhere
  • Over two dozen premium quality ABS plastic leg joints bend and rotate 360 degree
  • Quick-release clip with lock ring ensures your camera is held secure and stays connected to your camera for instant setup
  • Rubberised ring and foot grips for enhanced stability on difficult terrain
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Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod for SLR Cameras
518 Reviews
Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod for SLR Cameras
  • For SLR cameras weighing up to 3 kg
  • Flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure your camera almost anywhere
  • Over two dozen premium quality ABS plastic leg joints bend and rotate 360 degree
  • Rubberised ring and foot grips for enhanced stability on difficult terrain
  • Stainless steel mount screw with 3/8 inches adapter for use with any professional ballhead
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Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod for Compact System Cameras with Integrated Ballhead
298 Reviews
Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod for Compact System Cameras with Integrated Ballhead
  • For compact system cameras or mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras up to 1 kg
  • Flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure your camera almost anywhere
  • Over two dozen premium quality ABS plastic leg joints bend and rotate 360 degree
  • Integrated aluminium ballhead with smooth 180 degree tilt and 360 degree pan to orient camera
  • Quick-release plate with bubble level stays connected to your camera for instant setup and precise positioning. Rubberised ring and foot grips for enhanced stability on difficult terrain
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Rollei Monkey Pod Flexible Mini Tripod for DSLR, DSC, Camcorder - Black
118 Reviews
Rollei Monkey Pod Flexible Mini Tripod for DSLR, DSC, Camcorder - Black
  • Adaptive compact tripod - max. height 27 cm, min. height 10 cm, folded length 27 cm
  • Ultra-lightweight for photos or videos, ideal for travelling - Rotatable ball head 360
  • Very flexible legs for bending, fwinding or folding - ideal for all surfaces, angles and situations - Suitable for DSLR, DSC, camcorder and smartphones
  • Tripod legs with roughened, comfortable foam surface, to increase the holding or gripping strength
  • Can also be used as a holder for tablet PCs
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Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for Smartphones - Black
514 Reviews
Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for Smartphones - Black
  • Adjustable grip fits most iPhones android and Windows smartphones with or without a case between 2.1-2.8 inches/54-72 mm wide
  • Flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure your camera almost anywhere. Internal steel springs - mount expands to the size of your device and grips securely
  • Reliable rubber grip pads - secure phone in place, even when turned sideways
  • Foldable and portable - mount legs fold in making it easy to fit in your pocket or bag. Over two dozen premium quality ABS plastic leg joints bend and rotate 360 degree
  • 1/4-20 inches universal tripod screw - connects to all GorillaPods and most other tripods. Quick-release clip - stays connected to the GripTight Mount for instant setup

Another contender for the camera bag, or pocket, is the desktop/table-top tripod.

DESKTOP TRIPODS

These are very small tripods, standing usually only a few inches, but, nevertheless extremely handy. As with all things the prices and quality of theses juniors does vary; as a general rule, if you’re intending to support a DSLR, then go for a sturdier more expensive option.

The tripod opposite is a Hawell Mini Pod made from lightweight aluminium alloy. It has a useful vari-angle ball head and angle adjustable legs. It is designed to take a DSLR within a max weight of 3KG. Furthermore the legs will splay to a completely flat position, meaning the pod can now be used to attach a monopod, thereby extending its height. Clever stuff!

There are numerous makes and types available, some have telescope legs, some, like the Hawell, adjustable heads and clever morphing features.

One thing is for sure, tripods, and their various spin-offs, will be around for ever and a day; there will always be variations, innovations and gimmicks; bags of beans or sand to rest your camera on, table and door clamps and how about an impressive Hague Dual Shoulder Camera Support Rig, serious, serious stuff!

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Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Black
623 Reviews
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Black
  • Mini tripod for compact system cameras
  • Comfortable handgrip to capture videos
  • Push button locking mechanism for easy setup
  • Lightweight, intuitive to use and easy to carry
  • Attractive Italian design
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Neewer Aluminum Alloy Desktop Tripod Stand, 14.2 inch/36 centimeters Table Tripod with 1/4-inch Thread 6 pounds/2.7 kilograms Load Capacity for Gopro 5 4 3+ Smartphones Canon Nikon Sony DSLR Cameras
1 Reviews
Neewer Aluminum Alloy Desktop Tripod Stand, 14.2 inch/36 centimeters Table Tripod with 1/4-inch Thread 6 pounds/2.7 kilograms Load Capacity for Gopro 5 4 3+ Smartphones Canon Nikon Sony DSLR Cameras
  • Made of Aluminum Alloy: Durable and sturdy; Lightweight and portable
  • A desktop tripod stand, suitable for Gopro 5 4 3+ Smartphones Canon Nikon Sony Olympus Pentax Panasonic DSLR Cameras and More
  • Adjustable Height: Maximum: 14.2 inches, Minimum: 9.5 inches
  • Load capacity: 6 pounds/2.7 kilograms; 1/4-inch thread
  • Includes mini ball head and hand strap, easy to transport; Note: The camera and Gopro are not included
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Neewer 20 inches/50 centimeters Portable Compact Desktop Macro Mini Tripod with 360 Degree Ball Head,1/4 inches Quick Release Plate, Bag for DSLR Camera, Video Camcorder up to 11 pounds/5 kilograms
9 Reviews
Neewer 20 inches/50 centimeters Portable Compact Desktop Macro Mini Tripod with 360 Degree Ball Head,1/4 inches Quick Release Plate, Bag for DSLR Camera, Video Camcorder up to 11 pounds/5 kilograms
  • The tripod is made of Aluminum alloy, Strong and stable; With the use of a tripod, it can achieve greater performance and maintain image quality for cropping larger picture sizes
  • Portable Compact Desktop Macro Mini Tripod, the minimum height reaches 135mm, so it is the best choice for macro shooting with smaller size, lighter weight and closer distance
  • Extends to 19.7"/50cm tall, folds to 9.1"/23cm, 5 sections adjustable-height leg tubes
  • Non-slip feet design to keep the tripod steady. Max load weight is 11lbs/5kg for optimal performance
  • 360 degree dial of swivel ball head with bubble level provide you with a panoramic view. Three positions leg angle adjustment system provides flexible shooting
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Andoer MS-12 Mini Foldable Desktop Tabletop Tripod Microphone Mic Stand Holder
1 Reviews
Andoer MS-12 Mini Foldable Desktop Tabletop Tripod Microphone Mic Stand Holder
  • Foldable design for ease of carrying and storing.
  • Tripod design to give it exceptional strength.
  • Equipped with a 5/8" male to 3/8" female metal threaded screw, fits for most standard mic clip.(Mic clip is not included.)
  • Non-slip rubber feet to protect your desk from scratches.
  • With a clutch to help you lock the stand, more stable.
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Andoer Mini Tabletop Tripod Aluminum Unipod Stand Support Holder Stabilizer for Canon Nikon Sony Sigma Camera Max.Load 3kg
4 Reviews
Andoer Mini Tabletop Tripod Aluminum Unipod Stand Support Holder Stabilizer for Canon Nikon Sony Sigma Camera Max.Load 3kg
  • Desktop tripod with 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch screw mount.
  • Made of aluminum Alloy, maximum load capacity 3kg.
  • Sphere support 360 degree horizontally and 0 - 88° vertically rotation.
  • With three exchangeable height (9.3cm / 16.9cm / 24.3cm).
  • Flexible non-slip rubber foot parallel with the ground at any height.

Check out The Hague and all the other, shall we say, more affordable options.