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Top 5 Best Travel Tripods

After coming home from a great vacation, one of the first things most people want to do when they see their friends is share their photos. No matter how amazing your adventures were or how many incredible things you were able to capture on film (or digital media), however, no one is going to be impressed if they can’t tell what the image is. To capture a truly stunning and blur-free image you’ll want a tripod, but you don’t want one that takes up your whole bag. Here are the top five travel tripods available today.


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Vista Explorer 60-inch Lightweight Tripod

Pros:
• Lightweight (three pounds) but holds cameras up to four pounds
• Quick release leg locks
• Bag included when shipped
• Height adjusts on central column (22”–60” range)
• Very inexpensive (less than $20)

Cons:
• Not always stable or steady
• Cannot use to pan a video camera (motion is too jerky)
• Not very durable

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Manfrotto BeFree Compact Lightweight Tripod

Pros:
• Made especially for travel, designed to fit in backpacks
• Can support an 8.8 pound camera
• Compact enough to fit under airplane seat
• Quick-release plate
• Durable, brand-name quality design

Cons:
• Have to invert legs to store it in included bag
• So lightweight it can shift if taking long-exposure shot
• Quick-release ball joint cannot pan

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Dolica TX570B150SL Ultra Compact Tripod

Pros:
• Max load of 15 pounds makes it great for any camera or camcorder
• Ball head with quick release camera plate and rubberized tilt and pan knobs
• Legs have nonslip rubber feet (good for outdoor photography)
• Compatible with both point-and-shoot and DSLRs
• Dual center column for additional expansion

Cons:
• Can be a bit shaky when fully extended
• Quick connect is too small for larger DSLRs
• When legs are completely unlocked can slip out of each other

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Mefoto GlobeTrotter A2350Q2T Tripod

Pros:
• 360 degree panning
• Legs can be locked into place at two different angles for easy shooting on uneasy surfaces
• Sturdy, durable design
• Can use as monopod or tripod
Very compact—can fit in backpack or in carry-on

Cons:
• Clip lock legs are a bit flimsy
• Weight hook is too thin a screw to attach more than 10 pounds of weight

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Induro AT214 Alloy Tripod

Pros:
• One of only three-legged models that features twist instead of clip leg locks, making it easy to adjust all three legs when bunched together
• Bull level on tripod shoulder
• Four section legs make it more compact for storage while still able to extend to a full 5.5 feet
• Weighs less than five pounds

Cons:
• Doesn’t work well with heavy DSLRs
• To switch between spike / rubber pad attachments have to unscrew them

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