10 Best Camera Tripods (Ultimate Review List)

Tripods are one of those pieces of equipment that often get overlooked because they can be too heavy or too bulky and this can be especially true if you purchase the wrong type for you! Camera tripods are important for many reasons, mainly that they provide incredible stability while you’re shooting, helping you create some of the best and clearest images.

When I started photography, I got a relatively decent camera and lenses, but I didn’t want to purchase a tripod because I was convinced that my hands (or any nearby surface) would be stable enough. I was terribly wrong because my shots were blurry or not levelled properly.

It just didn’t have that professional quality that I was after. So I purchased a cheap and basic tripod, but needed to upgrade within a few months since it broke down relatively quickly, which was expected for a generic tripod that cost me 20$.

Before we get to what features make or break a good camera tripod, here are my top 3 picks!

Let’s talk about the features of a good quality tripod! Keep this in mind as it will help you in your search for the best camera tripod that will meet your needs!

best camera tripod

  • Stability: A good camera tripod should support your camera without causing wobbly legs or being top-heavy. It also shouldn’t fly away with your camera on it in windy conditions and this could be avoided by purchasing a tripod that supports your camera weight. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to purchase a heavy-duty camera tripod because those are quite difficult to carry.
  • Durability: A durable tripod shouldn’t collapse with the legs extended nor should it wobble while your camera is mounted on the head. I find that aluminium tripods are built more durable than carbon-fibre tripod even though they are much more lightweight. This is a personal choice so I made sure to include options for individuals who prefer carbon-fibre over aluminium and vice versa.
  • Height: It’s important to choose a tripod that fits with your height, in other words, the maximum height should not be so uncomfortable and low for you that you need to bend down throughout your shoot. Check out our guide here to know what maximum height you would need for your tripod according your height. I also include some tips and tricks on how to minimize any pain in case you have a tripod that is too low for your you.
  • Quick and easy setup: While you do want your tripod to have an easy and quick setup so you don’t miss the shot, a tripod does make you think about composition by slowing you down (as opposed to taking a shot free-handed). Your tripod shouldn’t be difficult to set up nor should it require more than a few seconds. This is where the leg types also becomes important since I find that flip-lock legs are much easier and faster to setup compared to ballheads.

If you want to learn more about tripods, what makes a good one and I recommend watching the video below. It goes in incredible depth on the important features, such as the heat type (panhead vs. ballhead), and leg types (flip-locks vs twist locks). I know the video is a little long at 20 mins, but the information is extremely valuable, substantial and you won’t have to do any further research since the video covers pretty much everything you need to know! More information on tripods and my favorite specifications are mentioned in the end of this article.  

Now that we’ve gone over the basic features of a camera tripod (and my top 3 recommendations), let’s get into the top 10 best camera tripods. I’ll mention the minimum and maximum height, weight, maximum payload capacity, leg and head type as well as my rating for each tripod. Pros and cons will also be considered, so you can have a full overview of the tripod if you’re thinking of purchasing it!

1) Ballachy 56-Inch Tripod with Bag

iPhone Tripod, Camera Tripod, Spotting Scope Tripod | Ballachy 56-Inch Tripod with Bag
  • iPhone Tripod made with lightweight aluminium and adjustable-height legs.
  • Recommended max load weight is 7 lb (3.2 kg) for best performance.
Minimum Height: 18.9 in/48 cm
Maximum Height: 56 in/142 cm
Weight:  1.9 lb/0.86 kg
Maximum Payload: 7 lb/3.2 kg
Leg Type: Flip-lock
Head Type: Panhead
Our Rating: 4.9/5
The Ballachy Tripod offers incredible value and is built for long-term durability.

The Ballachy 56-Inch Tripod with Bag is rated number 1 on this list because it’s lightweight (but not flimsy in any way) and extremely compact. The tripod comes with a carrying bag and a dustproof bag so you can keep your gear protected while you’re shooting on your adventure. The tripod weighs 1.9 lb/0.86 kg and holds a maximum weight capacity of 7 lb/3.2 kg, so it’s definitely easy and manageable to carry!

The panhead is easy and smooth to use, creating precise movements, making it an ideal option for shooting videos. It’s still important to hold your camera into place with one hand while you’re adjusting the tripod’s head with the other hand (making sure that you don’t end up dropping your camera by accident).

The Ballachy Tripod is built to offer several features found in more expensive tripods. A bubble-level at the top of the tripod ensures that your shot is lined corrrectly and the 3-way head allows for tilt and swivel motion! The centre-column can be extended with ease and the legs can be extended with the flip-lock system. The legs are also constructed with durable aluminium and it’s built to last a long time without breaking or causing any damages.

While the tripod is marketed to use for cameras, it also includes a smartphone adapter so it can also be used with your phone! This makes this tripod a lot more attractive since it can be used with different photographic equipments. With an included carrying bag and a dust cover, the Ballachy Tripod is an excellent tripod for beginners and professional photographers alike and keeps your gear protected while you’re on the move.


  • A budget tripod built with high quality and durable materials
  • A versatile and well-built tripod for your camera that also works with your smartphone thanks to the included smartphone adapter.
  • Packs away easily in the included carrying case and dustproof bag (or any camera bag for that matter)
  • Easy to use panhead that’s smooth and doesn’t require too much space to store away
  • Ideal for photographers, videographers and for traveling due to being extremely lightweight and portable (without feeling cheaply made)
  • Good maximum weight load capacity and height


  • A hook at the end of the center column would have helped increase stability, but the tripod still works well without it
  • Doesn’t feature spiked rubber feet which would have helped keep your tripod grounded in uneven terrain. An additional feature like this would have been excellent

2) Vanguard VEO 235AB

Vanguard VEO 235AB Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head for Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm Mirrorless, Compact System Camera (CSC), DSLR
  • Includes a multi-action TBH-50 ball head with a large ergonomic main locking knob, bubble level and (No Suggestions) quick release plate
  • 5 section 23mm aluminum alloy legs with 3 different leg angle options and feet that convert from rubber to spiked
Minimum Height: 14.8 in/37.59 cm
Maximum Height: 57.1 in/145 cm
Weight: 3.3 lb/1.5 kg
Maximum Payload: 13.2 lb/5.98 kg
Leg Type: Flip-lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.8/5
The Vanguard VEO 235AB offers incredible value and features a light and compact built.

The Vanguard VEO 235AB Aluminium Travel Tripod offers great value and incredible versatility. The legs, specifically the grip sections, are coated with foam makes it much more easier to carry, especially in cold weather since your tripod doesn’t freeze up.

This tripod features a five leg extensions with four sections. With the center-column extended, the maximum height reaches 57.1 in/145 cm. The legs are extremely flexible and adjustable, so it can be stored away in a camera bag with ease.

The legs are made of five sections and can be locked into place with the flip-locks. This makes it easy to setup and fold down within seconds. The rubberized feet under the legs include retractable spikes, preventing the tripod from slipping on rough or wet grounds.

The removable center-column is folded down, which makes the tripod much more portable and easy to pack away in it’s carrying case (you can see how the center-column works on this tripod in the video below). While this tripod is a little bit more costly, it does come with it’s own ballhead with an ARCA-style quick release plate (which is great since you don’t have to purchase a tripod head separately).

Here’s an in-depth review and product demonstration of the Vanguard VEO 235 Tripod. You can see the small carrying case, which is very portable and lightweight.


  • Adjustable head that can be rotated or placed in any angles with great ease
  • Includes a bubble level to keep everything levelled out
  • Tripod offers good stability with a great maximum load capacity
  • The legs can be splayed out and extended


  • A hook under the bottom of the center-column to hang additional weights, which would help stability in difficult windy conditions

3) MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod

MEFOTO RoadTrip Classic Lightweight 61.6\" Aluminum Travel Tripod/Monopod w/Case, Twist Locks, Triple Action Ballhead w/Arca Swiss Plate - Black (A1350Q1K)
  • The MeFOTO RoadTrip is a compact travel camera tripod that folds up inversely and turns into a monopod. When incorporated with the MeFOTO SideKick iPhone tripod mount (not included), the RoadTrip makes the perfect choice. Available in several colors.
  • 360-degree Panning: Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. Two Leg Angle Positions: For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas, or at ground level.
Minimum Height: 15.4 in/39.11 cm
Maximum Height: 61.6 in/156.46 cm
Weight: 3.6 lb/1.6 kg
Maximum Payload: 17.6 lb/8 kg
Leg Type: Twist lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.8/5
A well-made tripod intended for professional and amateur photographers alike, perfect for travelling!

The MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod is a popular choice amongst photographers as evident by the great number of positive reviews! It’s truly one of the best camera tripods (as well as for travelling since it’s quite lightweight). Plus, there’s so many colors to choose from so you can add some fun to your tripod while you’re shooting.

Another excellent feature on this tripod is that it allows to be converted into a monopod. The carrying case included is built with extra protection (thanks to its padded interior) so it won’t break down over the course of time.

The tripod also features an Arca-type quick-release plate and a smooth ballhead that operates with incredible ease, allowing you to capture precise shots. The twist-lock leg systems offer fast setup and incredible flexibility. For the price point, the MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod is a great option as it can hold a pretty good amount of weight at 8 kg/17.6 lb.

Here’s another perspective of this MeFOTO tripod in action!


  • Great maximum height of 61.6 in/156.46 cm and packs away neatly at 15.4 in/39.11 cm
  • Lightweight, compact, and durable – especially valuable for traveling
  • Sturdy build and construction
  • Flexible legs and can be adjusted at all levels
  • Incredible maximum weight load capacity


  • Stability does suffer a little at maximum height, so it’s strongly recommended to hang some extra weights under the centre column

4) Benro Adventure 2 Series Aluminium Travel Tripod (TAD28AIB2)

Benro Adventure 2 Series Aluminum Tripod w/ B2 Ball Head (TAD28AIB2)
  • Allows the user to implement compact and lightweight camera support. Weighing just 4 lbs. and able to hold up to 26.5 lbs., the TAD28AIB2 can extend from a minimum height of 20.7" up to 61.4".
  • The 4-section legs are held in place by flip locks and can be adjusted independently.
Minimum Height: 20.7 in/52.58 cm
Maximum Height: 61.4 in/156 cm
Weight: 4 lb/1.81 kg
Maximum Payload: 26.5 lb/12.02 kg
Leg Type: Flip-lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.7/5
A stable, lightweight, and strong camera tripod that converts into monopod.

The Benro Adventure 2 Series Aluminium Travel Tripod is an aluminum travel-friendly camera tripod. The ballhead on this tripod is quite exceptional, since it’s constructed with magnesium alloy components offering optimal performance, smooth movements, and a lightweight feel. I recommend that you hold your camera with one place while mrauvering and adjusting the tripod’s ballhead.

This tripod supports up to 26.5 lb/12.02, while weighing only 4 lb/1.81 kg. It extends up to 61.4 in/156 cm and packs away easily down to 20.7 in./52.58 cm with the flip-lock legs. The legs feature a foam grip for a comfortable and secure grip, especially ideal for the tough winter weathers.

The manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty (5-years when you register your product online). This tripod offers great portability, stability, versatility, and the reasonable price point makes it an attractive option!

You can watch this video below for a detailed review of the Benro Adventure 2 Series Tripod.


  • Smooth operating ballhead designed to use for traveling
  • Great locking mechanism
  • Lightweight and versatile tripod
  • Reversible center column
  • A great tripod for the price point


  • The flip-lock legs may require bit of work to tighten and loosen them
  • Does not include a ballast hook
  • Not ideal for backpacking as it may be a little on the heavier side, but strongly recommended for traveling

5) ZOMEi Z699C Carbon Fiber Tripod

ZOMEI Z669C Carbon Fiber Portable Tripod with Ball Head Compact Travel for Canon,Sony, Nikon, Samsung, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Cameras and Video Camera
  • Dual Use: 2-in-1 tripod which could be converted into a full size monopod by screwing together the center column and the removable tripod leg.
  • Compact & Light Weight: Made of carbon fiber which is well-designed and folded up wonderfully for travel; allowing height ranging from 13.8" to 60", it is portable and compact once collapsed.
Minimum Height: 13.8 in/35.1 cm
Maximum Height: 60 in/152.4 cm
Weight: 3.3 lb/1.5 kg
Maximum Payload: 33 lb/15 kg
Leg Type: Twist-Lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.7/5
One of the best carbon-fibre DSLR tripod on the market for its affordability and excellent construction.

The ZOMEi Z699C Carbon Fiber Tripod is the tripod I recommend whenever someone asks me that they want to invest in a carbon-fibre tripod without spending a lot of money. There’s a number of differences between carbon-fibre tripods and aluminium tripods, however, weight is the biggest reason as to why photographers are drawn to purchasing a carbon-fibre tripod.

This doesn’t always mean that carbon-fibre tripods are better than aluminium tripods, but they do have their own advantages. They’re much more lighter than aluminium tripods and generally hold a pretty high maximum capacity, but also come at a higher price point. The ZOMEI Z699C is one of those carbon-tripod that is not overly too expensive but still offers the features found in more expensive models.

The tripod is well-made and robust and the ballhead offers smooth movements. The minimum height of the tripod is 13.8 in/35.1 cm when folded down but extends all the way up to 60 in/152.4 cm. The total weight of the tripod is 3.3 lb/1.5 kg but can hold up a maximum weight capacity of 33 lb/15 kg thanks to its carbon-fibre build.


  • An incredible carbon-fiber tripod that’s worth every penny!
  • Excellent for traveling, compact, and the tripod can be converted into a monopod
  • Includes a bubble-level
  • Tripod is comfortable to carry and lightweight and there is no issues with vibration
  • Incredible and solid construction doesn’t feel like it’s made from cheap materials and feels expensive


  • No ballast hook is located under the center-column which would have helped to reduce vibration and maintain a stable base while shooting
  • It doesn’t include spiked feet under, however, they can be purchased separately. The legs are not anti-slip, which can be a problem in difficult weather
  • Legs are slightly on the narrower side and would have benefited if they had a slightly larger strength diameter

6) Neewer Carbon Fiber Tripod (66 in/168 cm)

Minimum Height: 19.3 in/49 cm
Maximum Height: 66 in/168 cm
Weight: 3.4 lb/1.55 kg
Maximum Payload: 26.5 lb/12 kg
Leg Type: Twist-lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.6/5
Another great carbon-fibre tripod that can be switched up into a monopod.

The Neewer Carbon Fiber Tripod is another excellent carbon-fibre tripod thanks to its affordable price point. I have included after the ZOMEi Z699C tripod because while it’s a great carbon-fibre tripod, I find that the overall build and quality of the previous tripod mentioned above is slightly better. But, this is not to say that this is a bad tripod. For one, it’s a lot more affordable than the ZOMEi Z699C and it can also transform into a monopod!

This tripod features a ballhead that’s offers price adjustments with 360° movements. The tripod also features a base plate that can be locked and a bubble level indicator. The 3 twist-lock legs can be done and undone with one hand and within moments! The tripod extends upwards to 66 in/168 cm, while the minimum height is 19.3 in/49 cm, perfect for taking on trips and backpacking.

What I like about this carbon-fibre tripod compared to the ZOMEi mentioned above is that it includes rubberized feet that are spiked in case you need to place your tripod over ice, wet terrains, or grass! This provides a better grip and prevents your tripod from sliding around. If you’re looking for a lightweight carbon-fibre tripod, I would recommend this one! All-in-all, it’s an excellent quality tripod with a nice price tag!

If you wanna see this tripod in mention, here’s a review and product recommendation for you to check out!


  • Great weight-to-weight capacity ratio as it holds an impressive weight of 26.5 lb/12 kg while remaining relatively lightweight
  • Affordable price point (professional brands often charge a lot of money for similar features)
  • Excellent kit and value, great padded carrying case that’s durable and sturdy
  • Fluid panning motions with the ball head
  • The rubber spiked feet can be covered or exposed depending on the situation


  • Converting this tripod into the monopod can feel a little tedious and annoying since it requires you to unscrew the leg

7) MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Globetrotter Travel Tripod (A2350Q2T)

MEFOTO GlobeTrotter Classic 64.2\" Aluminum Travel Tripod/Monopod w/Case, Twist Locks, Triple Action Ballhead w/Arca Swiss Plate - Titanium (A2350Q2T)
  • The MeFOTO GlobeTrotter is a compact travel camera tripod that folds up inversely and turns into a monopod. When incorporated with the MeFOTO SideKick iPhone tripod mount (not included), the GlobeTrotter makes the perfect choice. Available in several colors.
  • 360-degree Panning: Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. Two Leg Angle Positions: For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas, or at ground level.
Minimum Height: 16.1 in/40.9 cm
Maximum Height: 64.2 in/163.1 cm
Weight: 4.6 lb/2.1 kg
Maximum Payload: 26.4 lb/11.97 kg
Leg Type: Twist-lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.6/5
An amazingly built camera tripod with incredible features that’s worth every penny.
The MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Globetrotter Travel Tripod is made from aluminum. The tripod comes with a nice carrying case for additional support and protection.

The best part about this line is that MeFOTO offers a wide range of colors, such as blue, red, green, and black! I have mine in titanium and that’s what I’m recommending but you can add some fun to your tripod while you’re on-the-go shooting by purchasing yours in a fun color!

Tripods, for the most part, often feel quite boring so it’s a nice touch for MeFOTO to add some fun in the lives of photographers. You can also purchase the same tripod in carbon-fibre at a relatively good price!

The manufacturer offers a 5 year warranty as well, 2 years after the date of purchase and 3 additional years after the product has been registered. This protects you against unwanted damages, a nice little feature to have!

While not exactly a review, I recommend that you check out this short and funny clip demonstrating how bendable and awesome this tripod is! You can see how low the MeFOTO Classic Globetrotter Travel Tripod gets (perfect for shooting pictures from interesting perspectives).


  • Build with quality in mind and made to last
  • Substantial ballhead that operates with great ease
  • Durable and strong legs that are easy to set up
  • Compact design that fits easily inside the provided carrying case
  • Includes spikes on its feet in case you need it for tougher terrains
  • This tripod is able to adjust in all environments and for all types of photography


  • A little heavier than most camera tripods, but offers a great maximum weight capacity
  • The leg stops feel a little flimsy

8) Benro Travel Angel 2 Series Aluminium Tripod (FTA28AB1)

Benro Travel Angel 2 Series Aluminum Tripod w/ B1 Ball Head (FTA28AB1)
  • Designed to offer compact and lightweight camera support. Weighing just 4.6 lbs. and able to hold up to 22 lbs., the FTA28AB1 can extend from a minimum height of 17.9" up to 62.8".
  • The 4-section legs are held in place by twist locks and can be adjusted independently.
Minimum Height: 17.9 in/45.5 cm
Maximum Height: 62.8 in/16o cm
Weight: 4.6 lb/2.1 kg
Maximum Payload: 22 lb/10 kg
Leg Type: Twist-lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.6/5
A rigid travel-friendly tripod that offers a solid base and maximum stability.

The Benro Travel Angel 2 Series Aluminium Tripod is a four-section legs with three lockable legs. When the tripod is folded down, it has a height of 17.9 in/45.5 cm and at its maximum height, it reaches 62.8 in/160 cm with its twist-lock legs. The weight of the tripod is 4.6 lb/2.1 kg and it supports a maximum weight capacity of 22 lb/10 kg. The tripod is constructed with durable and lightweight aluminium.

The tripod can also be turned into monopod and the spiked feet allows you to mount your tripod on all terrains, including tougher ones. The ball head offers incredible smoothness and adjustment. More importantly, this tripod is able to withstand and mount heavier DSLR without sacrificing on the stability and sturdiness. By removing one of the legs and connecting it to the center column, you can turn your tripod into a monopod. So, there’s no need to buy a separate monopod!

The legs of this tripod as well as the body are constructed with aluminum, but it doesn’t feel too heavy. It’s a solid tripod that offers great stability in part due to the ballast hook included in the bottom of the center column for additional security, allowing you to place a weighted bag to add additional stability to your tripod (this is especially ideal for when you’re shooting in difficult and windy weathers as it prevents your tripod from tipping over).

The tripod’s legs are rubberized and include spikes to protect your gear from slipping and sliding everywhere. Another excellent feature of this tripod is that it comes with a carrying case and a dustproof cover to protect your equipment.

The included B1 ball head has separate pan and ball locks, and an Arca-type clamp with a quick-release plate. A 90° notch lets you quickly change your camera to portrait orientation, and an integrated bull’s-eye bubble level helps maintain horizontal alignment. The base of the head connects to a tripod or monopod via a 3/8″-16 thread and the included plate provides a 1/4″-20 camera mount.

Here’s a product demonstration of the Benro Travel Angel Photo Tripod!


  • Easy to switch from tripod to monopod without hassle
  • Stable and durable, excellent for travel
  • Great camera tripod for a great price point
  • Fits neatly into the travel suitcase
  • Thick and substantial legs do not create a wobbliness and keep your camera into place


  • Ballhead has a smaller range of movement and may require some tightening to stay into place

9) Sirui T-005X Ultralight Travel Tripod

SIRUI T-005X Ultralight Travel Tripod with C-10S Ball Head - Black
  • Legs fold up by 180° - Extendible and removable centre column
  • Weight: 0.8kg (1kg with head) - Max. load: 4kg ; T-025X = 8 layer carbon fibre, super lightweight, stable, low-vibration
Minimum Height: 12 in/30.5 cm
Maximum Height: 51 in/130 cm
Weight: 2.2 lb/1 kg
Maximum Payload: 8.8 lb/4 kg
Leg Type: Twist-lock legs
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.5/5
An ultra-compact camera tripod that folds down with great ease, especially ideal for traveling.

The Sirui T-005X Ultralight Travel Tripod is designed to be as compact as possible without sacrificing on the most important features that are essential for a good quality camera tripod made with a durable aluminum tripod.

This tripod has a maximum height of 51 in/130 cm, while the minimum folded height is 12 in/30.5 cm. However, the maximum height leaves a little to be desired since it’s a little on the shorter side. Nonetheless, the tripod does not feel like it’s missing any important features.

This tripod feels robust, solid, and lightweight. Even with the legs and center column fully extended, the tripod doesn’t wobble nor does it feel like it will fall over. The tripod can also be converted into a monopod. The legs are rubberized but they lack spikes, which would have been ideal for difficult weather conditions. I highly recommend this tripod for photographers who are looking for a great camera tripod that extremely travels friendly.

Take a look at this Sirui T-005X in this YouTube review video for a close-up of how this tripod performs.  


  • A great versatile tripod with an attractive price tag
  • Smooth and easy to use ballhead
  • A highly recommended camera tripod especially since it’s travel-friendly and easy to carry
  • Folds down nicely and easily
  • Excellent for hiking


  • The tripod is missing spiked feet which would have helped keep the tripod levelled on difficult weathers
  • The maximum height is a little on the shorter side

10) Rangers 55″ Compact Travel Tripod

TYCKA Rangers 56” Compact Travel Tripod, Lightweight Aluminum Camera Tripod for DSLR Camera with 360° Panorama Ball Head and Carry Bag
  • ➽LOW ANGLE AND MACRO VIEW ENABLED: With an included short attachment(3.6”), you can shoot at a height of 7.87”. And the central pole can be inverted to allow for low angle shooting and macro photography.
  • ➽DETACHABLE MONOPOD: Our TYCKA Rangers Tripod also features a removable leg (with foam grip) that can be used as an alpenstock for hiking or walking. Or it can be converted into a monopod when attached to the included ball-adaptor to meet your shooting needs.
Minimum Height: 14 in/35.56 cm
Maximum Height: 55 in/139.7 cm
Weight: 2.89 lb/1.31 kg
Maximum Payload: 26.5 lb/12 kg
Leg Type: Flip-lock
Head Type: Ballhead
Our Rating: 4.5/5
A lightweight camera tripod that supports a good amount of maximum weight.

The Rangers 55″ Compact Travel Tripod is a great travel-friendly camera tripod. It’s marketed as the ideal DSLR/camera tripod and I couldn’t agree more! The tripod weighs 2.98 lb/1.31 kg, so it’s definitely on the lighter side yet it doesn’t feel flimsy and poorly made!

This tripod is recommended for photographers who prefer the ballhead design over the panhead design. The compact design of this tripod allows for you to pack your gear easily. The tripod also includes 2 bubble levels and there are 2 knobs that tighten and attach your camera to the tripod.

While the tripod functions smoothly, Nonetheless, the tripod performs as well as some of the more expensive models found in higher brands! So, if you need a compact tripod that you know you’ll be taking on trips, the Rangers 55″ Compact Travel Tripod may be the right option for you!

Here are

a review and demonstration of this tripod, if you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself! 🙂


  • Can be converted into a monopod
  • Comes with a nice and colorful carrying case
  • Versatile, ideal for traveling, shooting videos, and low-angle shooting
  • Sturdy, compact, lightweight
  • Can hang a weighted bag under the ballast hook for additional security and stability
  • Overall, a great value tripod


  • Limited range of movements
  • Lacking a panoramic handle
  • The quick-release plate is a little wonky

Choosing the Right Tripod

When you’re in the market for a camera tripod (or any type of tripod), you’ll often find that you have a few choices mainly between aluminium vs carbon-fibre tripods, flip-lock vs twist-lock legs, and panhead vs ballhead tripods. So, in this section, I’ll be breaking down the differences, advantages, and disadvantages between all of the different options!

Aluminium vs Carbon-Fibre Tripods

The tripods in today’s market are predominantly constructed with two common materials, which are aluminum and carbon-fibre. Many professionals swear by carbon-fibre since it’s extremely lightweight and can hold an incredible amount of weight. However, we shouldn’t disregard aluminum tripods just yet!

Carbon tripod feel a lot lighter and less dense compared to an aluminium tripod, but they cost generally a lot more than aluminum tripods. Although, there are some carbon-fibre tripods in the market that are not extremely costly (just like the tripods mentioned in this article). The more affordable options usually have less layers of carbon-fibre in comparison to more expensive models.

It’s important to note that while aluminum tripods are generally a little heavier than carbon-fibre tripods, they are usually a lot more durable than hence, last much longer. You can also get aluminum tripods that are lightweight and still have a good maximum payload capacity. So as a professional and hobbyist photographer, I prefer to have a wide range of options at my dispense and I like to keep both carbon-fibre and aluminium tripods with me for specific uses.

In other words, carbon-fibre tripods provide a better stiffness and feel much lighter, yet aluminum tripods are generally more affordable but offer incredible damage resistance. While carbon-fibre tripods may be the better options for some photographers, others may prefer aluminium tripods. And there’s no such thing as all tripods being created equally so it’s important to read over the specifications to make sure it matches exactly what you’re looking for!

Flip-Lock vs Twist-Lock Legs

Again, similarly to the dilemma between carbon-fibre vs aluminium tripods, I believe that choosing between flip-lock and twist-lock legs is a personal choice. Yet, there are a few differences between both leg designs.

The flip-lock is the easiest to use (for me) because I find that it gives me a faster setup and take down and feel very secure, whereas other photographers prefer the twist-lock legs because they can be locked and unlocked by rotating the knob. Both designs allow you to mount and store away your tripod with one hand.

However, twist-lock legs require regular maintenance and upkeep and if any debris such as sand or mud get stuck in the twist-locks, the knobs don’t function quite as smoothly. But, this is such a personal choice that it totally depends on you!

Panhead vs Ballhead Tripods

So, another personal choice here! As you can see in this article, I tried recommending both panhead and ballhead options to accommodate to all photographers. Personally, I prefer the panhead on my tripods because it allows for extremely smooth and fluid motions and I can also use it for shooting videos. Ballheads, on the other hand, are faster to use in comparison to panheads. Generally, panheads can cost a little more because of their versatility, precision, sturdiness, and durability, but you can still find affordable options that are well-made.

You can also watch the video mentioned in the top of this article for more details on tripods!

Here is everything you need to know before purchasing a camera tripod! As discussed in my 7 Best Travel Tripods article, if you plan on traveling with your equipment, the TSA guidelines permit you to bring your tripods on carry-on and checked bags as long as the weight requirements are in compliance with the airlines (definitely recommend calling and asking to make sure, I always do this before boarding with my gear).

Final Words

These are my top 10 recommendations of the best camera tripods that I recommend for beginners, hobbyist, and professionals. I hope that this guide has helped you find at least one model that you feel drawn to and inspired by! I made sure to provide a wide range of options from price point, head type, leg type, and material type to make sure that I was providing an option for everyone!

Just to recap, my first choice goes to the Ballachy Tripod because it’s lightweight, holds a nice maximum weight capacity, and is priced reasonably especially considering the added features. For being a panhead tripod, I would say that it’s a good value for money!

My second choice goes to the Vanguard VEO 235AB Tripod for it’s clean and attractive design, sturdiness, and impressive maximum and minimum height. Last but certainly not least, I recommend the MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod because you can get this model in many different and fun colours and its ability to capture crisp and clean photos! Regardless of what model you choose to purchase, I’m sure that you will have a blast shooting with your camera!

Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .

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