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Top 10 Best Budget Tripods Under 100

Top 10 Best Budget Tripods Roundup 2020, tripods for beginners, those on a budget, or those looking for a compact option.

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One of the first things you'll need to take your photography to the next level, is a tripod, as this will let you take night photos, better macro photos (with a slower shutter, and smaller aperture), portraits and group photos with you in the shot, plus long exposure photography, such as waterfalls, and smooth water.

A tripod doesn't need to break the bank to be good, and here we've rounded up a number of tripods under £100 / $130.


 

Joby GorillaPod 325 - £18

Joby GorillaPod 525

An update to the original bendy tripod, this can be used almost anywhere, simply twist and wrap the legs around a pole, a railing, a chair, or use the tripod as a tabletop tripod. Rubber feet on the bottom mean that it won't slide around, and it's extremely light so you won't even notice you have it with you. Larger versions are available to support heavier cameras.

  • Weight: 52g (0.11lbs)
  • Max supported weight: 0.325kg (0.71lbs)

Good for: Compact cameras, outdoor and indoor use, tight spaces.

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Manfrotto Mini Pixi - £19.99

Manfrotto Pixi Tripod On Beach

Small and lightweight, the Manfrotto Pixi tripod is a very small tabletop style tripod, suitable for compact cameras, ultra zooms, small mirrorless, and small DSLR cameras. It's small enough that it can easily be put into most bags, and taken with you where-ever you go. If you regularly wish you had a tripod with you, but don't like the idea of carrying a bigger normal sized tripod with you, then this is a good option. There's also an extending version, called the Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2.

  • Weight: 0.23kg (0.5lbs)
  • Max supported weight: 0.65kg Body / 1kg (2.2lbs) Total

Good for: Small DSLRs (with small lenses), smaller mirrorless cameras, and compact cameras.

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Velbon Sherpa 200 - £79.99

Velbon Sherpa 200 (3)

The Velbon Sherpa 200 is one of the heaviest, and therefore least likely the blow away in bad weather. This tripod has quite a "no-frills" approach, with two leg positions, simply closed and out. Theres a 3-way head with a long handle, making this a good choice for video work as well as stills photography. If you value weight over compactness, then the Velbon Sherpa 200 is the heaviest here. A large zip bag is included.

  • Weight: 1.95kg (4.3lbs)
  • Max supported weight: 4kg (8.8lbs)
  • Max height: 167.5cm (5.5 feet)

Good for: Heavier cameras, video use, and studio work.

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Sirui T-005x - £89

Sirui T-005x Tripod

The Sirui T-005x is lightweight, and available in black, blue, or red. This tripod compacts down to 30cm, thanks to 5 leg sections, with twist locks. However, the more leg sections a tripod has, the thinner the last leg section has to be, and you may also find it quite time consuming locking and unlocking all of the twist locks. The centre column can be extended for extra height, or removed, so that you can mount the camera lower to the ground. The head also has separate locks for the ball head, and panning the camera, giving extra control.

  • Weight: 0.8kg (1.7lbs)
  • Max supported weight: 4kg (8.8lbs)
  • Max height: 130cm (4.2 feet)

Good for: DSLRs, Mirrorless and Compact Cameras.

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Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-RD - £49.99

Manfrotto budget tripod

This Manfrotto compact model has an aluminium build, features a ball head and comes with a padded carry case. It can take a load of up to 1.5kg, so it's a good choice for advanced compact or mirrorless users with smaller camera bodies. it has clip-lock legs, robust rubber feet and a max height of 131cm. 

  • Weight: 0.921kg
  • Max supported weight: 1.5kg
  • Max height: 131cm

Good for: Advanced compact and mirrorless users.

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Cullman NeoMax 240 - £49.66

The Cullman NeoMax tripod is available in different sizes. This is an ultra compact tripod, and particularly light thanks to the use of some plastic parts. The legs are constructed out of aluminium. It folds down to just 25.5cm making it one of the shortest tripods here. There's a carabiner so that you can hang extra weight from the centre of the tripod for extra stability, and one twist lock on each leg can unlock all leg sections. There is an extending centre column for extra reach. A basic drawstring bag is included.

  • Weight: 0.626kg (1.4lbs)
  • Max supported weight: 3kg (6.6lbs)
  • Max height: 112cm (3.6 feet)

Good for: Smaller DSLRs, Mirrorless and Compact cameras.

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Vanguard VEO 2 204AB - £89

Vanguard VEO 2 204AB (3)

Stylish and well-engineered, the central column folds back, so that the overall length is shorter when you're not using the tripod. There are rubber twist locks which need a short turn to unlock or lock the legs. There are rubber feet on the bottom that can be removed, so that optional spikes can be fitted (not included). The reversible central column means you can easily switch between using the camera above or below the middle of the tripod. The central column can be removed, and a separate (plastic) head can be attached for low-level shooting. A stylish bag is included.

  • Weight: 1.18kg (2.6lbs)
  • Max supported weight: 4kg (8.8lbs)
  • Max height: 135cm (4.4 feet)

Good for: DSLRs, Mirrorless and Compact Cameras. 

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Slik Sprint Mini III - £73.99

Slik sprint mini III

The Slik Sprint Mini III is a modest tripod in terms of height, but this makes it ideal for some tabletop applications and low level work. It has a centre column that can be shortened and inverted for low-level work, and soft padded grips on each leg for a steady hold. It has a textured aluminium finish and clip lock leg sections. 

  • Weight: 0.862kg
  • Max supported weight: 2kg
  • Max height: 107.8cm

Good for: Small DSLRs with kit lenses, mirrorless and compact cameras.

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Benro Slim Aluminium - £64

Benro Slim

Available as aluminium or carbon fibre tripods, the aluminium version offers great value for money. The Carbon Fibre version weighs 1kg and doesn't cost too much more, being available for just over £100, making it one of the cheapest carbon fibre tripods available. There are metal twist locks to lock and unlock the legs. A basic drawstring bag is included.

  • Weight: 1.2kg (2.6lbs)
  • Max supported weight: 4kg (8.8lbs)
  • Max height: 146cm (4.8 feet)

Good for: DSLRs, Mirrorless and Compact Cameras.

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Hama Traveller 117 Ball Head - £31.72

Hama traveller

This entry-level tripod features 3 leg sections and a 3D ball head with spirit level. There's a reverting centre column and the option of either rubberised or spiked feet. There's also a foam grip, so lots of features for the price.

  • Weight: 820g
  • Max supported weight: 4kg
  • Max height: 117cm

Good for: DSLRs, mirrorless and compacts.

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For more options, including Carbon Fibre options, have a look at the Best Travel Tripods, or have a look at the Top 12 Best Tripods for even more options.

* Prices correct at time of writing. * We wouldn't really recommend putting 10kg on a tripod this light.

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