As established before, portability is key to a good iPhone tripod. This means that you want to make sure the tripod itself should not be too heavy to carry. Anything under 4 lb/1.81 kg should be relatively lightweight and easy to carry.
Similar to regular tripods, you have a few options regarding the build and construction. You can choose between aluminium or carbon-fibre legs. They both have their pros and cons but the majority of iPhone tripods are constructed with aluminium legs. Carbon-fibre tripods are lighter than aluminium tripods, but are quite costly. Whereas, aluminium tripods can be on the heavier side.
I find this to be more true for full-size tripods, but for iPhone tripods (and generally more compact tripods), you can get away with aluminium since they’re not heavy to begin with. What I love about aluminium tripods is that they are affordable but much more resistant to damage than their carbon-fibre alternative. And not to mention a lot more affordable too! All of the tripods mentioned in this article are made with aluminium. Not to mention that the legs of the tabletop iPhone tripods are quite flexible
Next up, you can decide whether to have a panhead or a ballhead for your tripod. Both of the options have their advantages and disadvantages. What I love about panheads is that they give you a precise level of control not found in ballheads and they’re excellent for shooting videos. However, they do require a little bit of time setting up because every motion is so precise (not necessarily bothersome to me, but I see why this can be an annoyance to some). As for ballheads, they’re also easy to use but the adjustments are not as precise compared to panheads. In this article, I will be mentioning both options!
Another type of feature you may be interested are Bluetooth compatibility, which allows you to take shots from a distance without having to maneuver your iPhone camera. Bluetooth compatibility is typically found only in tabletop tripods. You can also set a self-timer of 3 or 10 seconds to stabilize your iPhone camera onto your tripod without having to touch the camera itself. So, Bluetooth compatibility isn’t a must, but a nice little extra feature to have if you really feel like you need it. I’ll let you when a tripod provides this feature in case if you are specifically looking for a Bluetooth compatibility.
Unlike regular tripods that can cost upwards to a few hundreds or even thousand dollars, iPhone tripods are relatively more affordable. You won’t need to shell out a fortune for a heavy-duty tripods since iPhone are much more lightweight in comparison to DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
Nonetheless, budgeting is important since you can get tripods that are less than 20 USD that work well but won’t last over an extended period of time. Keep in mind that iPhone tripods around that price point are tabletop tripods so they typically don’t extend beyond a few inches. These are better reserved for vlogging.
Similarly, you can get great quality tripods that are not only compact but also provide a pretty high maximum height, and that also come with a smartphone adapter included. They tend to be price a little higher but that’s because they hold a much higher maximum capacity as compared to tabletop tripods and can hold DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with ease.