If you're looking for a new tripod, there is a lot of choice on the market and it can be difficult to make an informed decision. We thought it might be helpful to look at several tripods and give you a verdict on each in one place. Here are the tripods we'll be looking at:
If you want something super compact that you can easily stow in a bag without weighing you down, then one of these is most likely to be your best option.
Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2
This tripod can support an entry level DSLR with us to a 200mm lens attached. It has an adjustable ball head, and the legs can be extended to 5 different lengths to account for uneven surfaces. There are 2 different leg angles to enable lower level shooting too.
There is a slider to choose the leg angle and a button needs to be pressed in on each leg to adjust the length. The tripod body is a combination of plastic and aluminium, keeping it light yet sturdy.
The tripod has a funky design and will slide easily into a day pack, making it an ideal choice if you want a versatile yet small option. Care needs to be taken not to overtighten the ball head, as this can lead to the plastic ball mount cracking.
Find out more about the Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2 tripod
The Miggo Splat is a flat pack, rubberised mount that's available to support mirrorless or small DSLR cameras. The legs are all flexible, allowing you to wrap the tripod around a lamp post or tree branch for example and capture photos at interesting angles.
The feet of each leg have a texturised grip and there is a grip on the bottom of the tripod thread to enable you to screw the camera to the mount securely.
It's great because it's totally flexible, meaning you can completely flatten it to slide into your backpack.
Read more about the Miggo Splat in our full review.
Find out more about the Miggo Splat flexible tripod
Cullmann Magnesit Copter
The Cullman Magnesit copter comes with an impressive 10-year warranty. Made from aluminium, the tripod has a round finish when closed making it ideal for hand-holding as well as using to support the camera.
It feels really sturdy and the legs each have generous rubber padding. There are a variety of heads that can be bought separately, or as part of a kit with this tripod, and we recently reviewed the Cullmann SMARTpano 360CP, a kit including this tripod which enables you to take 360 panorama videos using a smartphone or small camera with ease.
This is a great choice if you'll be doing a mixture of video and stills work and want to use a grip rather than just holding the camera.
Find out more about the Cullmann Magnesit Copter
Dorr Table Clamp Tripod
Essentially just a table top clip with a ball head on top, this isn't technically a tripod but might be ideal if you want to focus on still life and macro work based on a tabletop.
The clamp has rubberised edges to stop it damaging the table and the included ball head should allow you a variety of different angles for your shot.
Dorr says the clamp can also be fixed to rods and so is ideal for mounting on your bike handlebars.
Find out more about the Dorr Table Clamp Tripod
Cullmann Mundo 525M Tripod
The Mundo 525M from Cullmann is a large tripod that also transforms into a monopod. It can hold a max of 8kg, making it ideal for mid-sized DSLRs and it comes with a 10-year warranty.
Overall, the Cullmann Mundo 525M is a highly versatile tripod that is easy to set up and is well made. The grippy twist lock legs make setting it up a breeze, and the all aluminium build makes it feel like a premium product. The extra neoprene grip is a good addition for when the monopod is in use, and the built-in spirit levels are a great aid when setting up shot.
Find out more about the Cullmann Mundo 525M
Velbon Ultra 455
The Velbon Ultra 455 is a panhead tripod kit described as a medium-duty travel tripod. It can take a camera of up to 2.5kg in weight.
Made from aluminium, the tripod features a 3-way pan head and has 3 different possible leg angles as well as 5 leg sections giving a max height of 1.62m.
The tripod has Velbon's twist-lock TSS (Trunnion Shaft System) meaning you only need to turn each leg slightly to extend and securely lock them again. There is a tough rubber foot on each leg enabling a good grip on virtually any surface.
Everything moves smoothly and is easy to operate. We think the tripod is sturdy and love the easy twist leg locks. Find out more about the Velbon Ultra 455 tripod in our full review.
Find out more about the Velbon Ultra 455 tripod
Cullmann Nanomax 460M RW20
The Cullmann Nanomax 460M RW20 is a kit that comes complete with a 3-way panning head. It can also be used as a monopod, with the tripod legs able to be detached, leaving you with the middle column which has a rubber foot and can be extended.
Each leg has 4 sections, with the outer section totally covered in a foam grip for ease of use in cold weather. Each tripod leg has a rubber foot which can be screwed upwards to reveal a metal spike, for rough or muddy terrain.
There is a spirit level both on the tripod head and on the legs base, so you're covered even is you use it as a monopod. Everything feels smooth and well damped. The legs are lever locked, making them easy to operate even when wearing gloves.
Weighing 1.7 KG, it can hold a camera of 4KG and has a max height of 168cm, and can get as low as 19cm from the ground. It compacts to 55.5cm when folded.
Ideal for small DSLRs, mirrorless and compact cameras alike, this is a versatile option with the added benefit of a built in monopod. It also comes with a nice suede carry bag.
Find out more about the Cullman Nanomax 460M RW20 monopod
Manfrotto 190 Go! Carbon Fibre
The 190 Go! has carbon fibre and magnesium construction, making it light for its size, weighing 1.8kg. It can support up to 6kg of kit and compacts down to 56cm in length. With the column fully down there is a maximum height of 133cm, with it at max height the overall height is a tall 157cm.
The central column is capable of tilting to 90 degrees, making it great for shooting from low angles. There are 4 leg sections which are tightened and loosened with grippy rubber wheels. Only a small amount of turn is required to loosen and tighten, making it quick to use. The legs can be splayed at 3 different angles, and this is altered by pulling down the catch at the top of each leg.
This particular model has a ball head that also rotates 360 degrees. The friction of this rotation can be altered and there is a large knob to alter the height of the central column.
We love the design of the tripod, with the funky red design either side of the rubberised grips making it look really trendy.
Find out more about the Manfrotto 190 Go! Carbon Fibre tripod
Vanguard VEO 235AB / 204AB
Both the VEO 235AB and 204AB look very similar apart from some subtle differences. Both have a robust rubber grip on one leg, a rotating ball head and an extending central column, as well as 3 leg angles and extra low angle photography ability.
The 235AB has 5 leg sections with clip locks, can support 6kg of weight and has rubber feet that screw up to reveal a spike for difficult terrain. It also stands 10cm higher at max height than the 204AB at 145cm.
The 204AB has 4 leg sections with clip locks, a max height of 135cm and a max load capacity of 4kg with grippy rubber feet. There's only a 25g weight difference between the two, that's less than a packet of crisps.
Both of these tripods come in a padded, zipped bag and compact down to less than 40cm when folded.
We like the easy to press buttons to adjust the leg angle and the good rubber grip.
Find out more about the Vanguard VEO 235AB / 204AB tripods
Manfrotto BeFree One
The Manfrotto BeFree One is a compact tripod that compacts down to, only, 32cm when folded. There is a telescopic central column to give extra height, the max height being 130cm.
It's made from aluminium and weighs 1.35kg. It can hold a camera of up to 2.5kg. It comes equipped with a ball head that's rotatable and the legs have clip locks for the 4 leg sections. There are 3 different leg angles available and these are achieved by twisting the knob at the top of each leg to the desired position.
It comes with a padded carry bag and is a great choice if you want a really compact but full sized tripod and aren't too bothered about it having a particularly tall max height.
Find out more about the Manfrotto BeFree One tripod
Slik Sprint Mini II Tripod
Slik describes this tripod as a 'flyweight' model, specifically developed for travel and for use with small DSLR systems and mirrorless / compact cameras. This model is equipped with a compact ball head with quick release, ideal for those that need a speedy setup.
Made from aluminium, this tripod compacts to just 35cm in length, has speed release leg locks and 3 position adjustable legs. If you like to take pictures of subjects which are extremely close to the floor the Slik Sprint Mini is ideal. By unscrewing the centre column in the middle, you can quickly switch your camera to be underneath the traditional position and by adjusting the legs you can set it to get as close as your lens allows.
Overall this is a sturdy, lightweight travel tripod that is easy to carry around.
Find out more about the Slik Sprint Mini II tripod
Benro Travel Angel FTA18CV0
The Benro Travel Angel is an advanced tripod with reverse folding legs made from Benro's signature 9x layers carbon fibre. There are magnesium castings and leg joints. It compacts down to just 44cm in length when folded and comes in its own carry pouch and padded bag.
There is an extendable centre column, bringing the max height of the tripod to 154.5cm and each leg has 4 sections, with rubber twist locks. Everything operates very smoothly, with knobs for pan, drag and ball lock.
Check out our full review of the Benro Travel Angel FTA18CV0 tripod.
There is also the ability to turn one of the tripod legs into a monopod if necessary. Overall this is a well made, versatile tripod that's strong and comes with spiked feet, too.
Find out more about the Benro Travel Angel FTA18CV0 tripod