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Handling and Performance
The Manfrotto Pixi Mini is a new compact tripod designed for CSC, Mirrorless, Entry-Level DSLRs and Bridge cameras and smaller, as well as Manfrotto's KLYP iPhone case. The Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod is available from the Manfrotto website for £24.95 and replaces Manfrotto MTT2-P02 previously reviewed.
The Manfrotto PIXI is designed for all compact cameras, but is particularly designed with Compact System Cameras (CSC). It is lightweight, portable and designed to be easy to use. It is designed to give a comfortable grip with the legs closed which would make it suitable for video use.
A push-button mechanism, with the Manfrotto logo, releases and locks the ball head with one push in, or to release simply let go of the button and the head is locked into position. The tripod is made out of plastic (which Manfrotto call Adapto) and stainless steel, and rubber feet can be found at the end of each leg. A universal 1/4inch screw thread means the PIXI can be used with the iPhone with KLYP (or alternative adapter), compact cameras, CSCs and entry level Digital SLRs - although there are some recommendations for the maximum size and weight of the DSLR used - details below:
• Body: maximum weight of 650g/1.4lbs
• Focal length: maximum 85mm (standard non professional lens)
• Total equipment payload: maximum 1kg/2.2lbs
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You simply press the red Manfrotto button to release the ball head, the button is quite stiff, but should mean you don't accidentally release it. The bottom of the legs have rubber pads to aid grip, and the legs extend to one position. The top section is mostly metal, with plastic legs, and the ball is metal with a standard 1/4inch tripod thread at the top, and a rubberised circle to help grip onto the camera.
The description of the tripod suggests that the tripod can be used for easy panning during video recording, however this is quite difficult if you have to press the button to release the ball head, turn the camera, which is difficult to keep smooth. If you try to turn it the other way to pan, it's easy for the camera to unscrew from the tripod thread. We suspect the best way to pan is to keep the ball head locked, close the legs and use the tripod as a handle so you can pan the camera.
The ball head position is difficult to move with the release button pressed, but when a medium sized camera is mounted, such as the Samsung NX2000 we used, it becomes more easy to move the position of the camera and ball head.
Value For MoneyThe Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod is available for around £25, which is the same price as the previous model, however we preferred the previous model, with more movement and metal legs although it is larger. Alternatives such as the Joby Gorrillapod, can be just as compact, and capable of adapting to a wider variety of situations.
The rubber feet provide a sturdy grip on nearly all surfaces, although the flatter the surface the better when out and about, and the compact size makes it very easy to take with you where-ever you go, with the tripod fitting in jeans pockets. Value for money is reasonable, although with the previous model still available for a very similar price, we would recommend looking at that, although it is slightly larger. For anyone looking for a compact tripod for use with a compact system camera, the PIXI is a good option if you want something small and stylish.
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod ProsExtremely compact - fits in your pocket
5 year warranty when registered - 2yr standard
Three rubber feet on the bottom
Easy to use
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod ConsBall can be difficult to move
Previous version gives more movement
Limited ball head movement
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Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod Specifications
|Maximum Weight Capacity||1kg|
|Number of Leg Sections||1|