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Manfrotto Pixi Mini Table Top Tripod Review

The Manfrotto Pixi Mini is a new compact tripod designed for CSC, Mirrorless, Entry-Level DSLRs and Bridge cameras and smaller.

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Handling and Performance

Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod 4

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.

Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Features

Pixi Mini Tripod

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

Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Handling and Performance

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Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod 3

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.

Manfrotto Pixi Tripod On Rocks

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.

Manfrotto Pixi Tripod On Beach

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 Money

The 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.

Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Verdict

Features are fairly basic with a compact design, and limited ball head movement, and one extended leg position. Alternatively Manfrotto say you can use the tripod closed as a handle for video. The button means that the head is either locked or unlocked with no real control over how tight the grip of the ball is. This can make handling a little awkward, as turning the camera the wrong way may lead to the camera coming unscrewed, rather than the desired movement.

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 Pros

Extremely 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 Cons

Ball can be difficult to move
Previous version gives more movement
Limited ball head movement


Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod Specifications

Maximum Height14cm
Minimum Height14cm
Maximum Weight Capacity1kg
Number of Leg Sections1
Box Contents
Box ContentsTripod
WidthNo Data
HeightNo Data

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Hi and thanks for your review. We would like to add a clarification about using PIXI for video.

Our website reads as follows; “The PIXI is great for achieving hard to get video shots while keeping your camera steady. Close the legs to use it as a comfortable grip to capture great videos that stand out from the crowd.”

We can see how the first sentence in this statement may seem to indicate smooth panning movement using the ball. However, that was not our intention. The statement as a whole is instead meant to indicate the ease of capturing video when using the PIXI (closed) as a hand grip. I hope that this clarifies the issue.

Thank you for bring this ambiguity to our attention we will address this ASAP so as not to create more confusion.

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