Tripods: reviews and shopping guide

Tripod is an indispensable tool for photography or long-term observation through binoculars. This is a three-legged stand that allows you to fix the position of a camera or optical device relatively to the reference plane. It would seem that it is easy to buy a tripod, but when it comes to business, it turns out that there are a huge number of devices of this kind. You will have to answer a lot of questions to make the right choice when buying a tripod: What is the height of the needed tripod? How much should it weigh? How much money are you going to spend? Is the model stable enough?

Why do we need tripods for cameras, camcorders?

Tripods or video tripods prevent blurring. It is an integral phenomenon to those photographers that make photos only “with hands” – after all, no one can ensure their full stationary state. As a result of even minimal movement, there are micro-blur photos, and sharpness of the frame fall. Accordingly, it decreases the image quality. Those, who experience such problems, should choose a tripod, because it removes this deficiency completely.

The second purpose of a tripod for a camera or a camcorder is functioning on a long shutter speed, which provides a wonderful effect, which is unattainable during a simple shooting.

Choosing a tripod, you need to pay attention to the type, parameters, purpose, and understand what model is suitable for your work.

When choosing a vertical tripod for a camera or camcorder, you should pay attention to the following characteristics: technical parameters, type, size, weight, purpose. You should also pay attention to the kind of work: where and how you will use a camera or a camcorder. It depends on how much money you spend on buying a photo tripod.


Popular tripods are made of aluminum and magnesium. There are still available options from ultra-light carbon fiber or plastic. In addition, it is necessary to assess the strength of the material and the quality of performance.

Vertical photo tripod is available with such types of heads as 2D, 3D, spherical or video ones. A camera and its positioning are the main differences between these types. There are also a monopod and a tripod without a head. 2D tripods provide movement of a camera on two axes, that is already enough to use for professional purposes. 3D tripods have a lot of settings. They fix the position of the electronics much more accurately than other models.

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