Tripods are created to help you record better videos or take a good photo. It helps you stabilize your video specially if you’re moving while recording. The main points that I would suggest you consider if you will buy a tripod is that, it’s lightweight and durable and it’s overall functionality. Either you are shooting an indoor video or travel videos, you need something sturdy to hold your camera. You wouldn’t want something that would easily flip over and crash your gear, and you might have a content that would require you to carry around your camera all day, so you’d also want something not too bulky or heavy to carry.
There isn’t really much to choose from when it comes to tripods that are actually useful, but I’m going to list the 4 best tripods for vlogging, what it’s good for and hopefully that will help you decide which one is fit for your needs.
1. JOBY GorillaPod. The ever so popular among vloggers. The “King” of all tripods. You can use this tripod in three (3) ways. One, you can use it as a normal tripod to hold you camera on a flat surface, Second, you can also covert it to a selfie stick, and third, a very cool feature of this tripod is you can bend the legs. Yes you can fold it however way you want. Want it to be hanging on a tree? Sure. Want to wrap it on a pole? No problem. You want to place your camera on weird angles, The JOBY GorillaPod can help you with that. This tripod is versatile in many ways, legs are a bit chunky to hold because of it’s design but that’s never been a problem. Can hold almost any kind of camera. JOBY also has phone tripods with same functionality with their camera tripods.
Downside is you have to really balance your camera and bend those legs properly to secure your camera or your phone.
JOBY GorillaPod 3K Pro is usually what most people are using. They have a GorillaPod 5K Pro, but seems to be quite big and heavy to carry than the 3K.
2. SwitchPod. Somehow referred to the JOBY GorillaPod alternative, this tripod can be portable, light weight but can support heavy gears. It can be used two (2) ways, One as a selfie stick, and second as a normal tripod. What’s convenient about this tripod is that, unlike the JOBY GorillaPod that you have to manually adjust the legs to switch it back from selfie to table top mode, the SwitchPod let’s you go from selfie mode to table-top mode in seconds. It looks sleek, the handles are slim and really very ideal specially if you’re traveling, as it doesn’t take up space. The handles are form fitting, that you can easily hold it for a long time unlike the JOBY which is a bit chunky. Can be use for Camera and Smart Phones.
Downside is, it’s just legs, so you still need to buy a ball head that you can mount to it so you could rotate your camera on different angles and if you look at it, it’s not bendable like the JOBY GorillaPod. It’s a perfect stick and a table-top tripod. It’s a fairly new product and already a great choice when it comes to stability, size and look.
3. Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod. This Tripod is great for traveling, it’s a stable and sturdy tripod that could hold DSLR or heavier gears. Maximum it can carry is about 3 kg. Weighs about 1 kg, which makes it light weight, perfect to carry anywhere. compacted and doesn’t take that much space. It can be extended to a height of 5 ft. It holds your gear safely, so no need to worry bout it. One of the most trusted tripod for professionals.
4. Peak Design Travel Tripod. Comes in two kinds, Aluminum and Carbon Fiber (a bit pricey). If I were a traveling vlogger, this is what I would get. The fact that it’s so small, almost size of a water bottle, is already a buying point for me. It’s easy to carry, super compacted. The aluminum only weighs around 3.4 lbs, the Carbon Fiber is tiny bit lighter. Its ball head has a lot of flexibility, you can rotate your cam in any direction, even go completely vertical. If you want to take very low angles you can reverse and flip the center column, so you can take low angle shots. Amazing. This is compatible to many diff kinds of camera as well as your phone. Yes, you can use it as tripod for your phone. Another convenient feature of this tripod is how fast it can easily be setup and packed, won’t take you more than 30 seconds. like closing a foldable umbrella. It feels like this tripod’s been made to meet all Content Creator’s needs.
So for overall functionality, weight, durability, and price, I’d go for the JOBY GorillaPod since you can do so much with it, and the Peak Design Travel Tripod because it has everything you could ask for in a tripod. Simple and easy to use. It’s perfect. Remember to use a camera with a flip screen as articulated screen will make your life much easier when it’s empowered with a tripod.