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Top 5 Best Mini Tripods

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If you’re looking to get down with your photography—on the ground, we mean—you’ll need a mini tripod, or tabletop tripod. If you’re a macro photographer, you’ll definitely want one of these fun tools. They’re also convenient for traveling, as many are able to fold up to a very small size. Because they’re so small, mini tripods aren’t always the best for super heavy DSLR cameras, though ones that are are noted below. On the flip side, because they’re so small, mini tripods can be very useful to take your point-and-shoot photography to the next level without having to invest in a full size tripod. Here are our top five mini tripod choices.


1. Magnus MaxiGrip Flexible

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(Magnus)

Pros:
• Supports up to 2.2 pounds (compatible with most DSLRs)
• Flexible, bendable legs makes it possible to wrap tripod around poles, etc.
• Maximum height of 9.7-inches
• Compatible with pocket video cameras
• Very lightweight (6 ounces)

Cons:
• Plastic mount is a bit cheap feeling
• Doesn’t grip as well as advertised in slippery situations

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2. Oben TT–100 Tabletop

Pros:
• Includes ball-head moveable mount
• Supports up to six pounds (compatible with DSLRs)
• 7.5-inches tall when closed
• Legs extend stiffly enough to balance DSLR when not fully extended (adds height)
• Very solidly built, sturdy

Cons:
• Need to buy balance plate separately (if using for DSLRs)
• A bit heavier and larger than competitors

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3. Slik Mini II

Pros:
• Pan head turns two ways
• Bubble level on shoulder for easy stabilization
• Suction cup on central column for easier stabilization
• Extends to 8.66-inches

Cons:
• Supports up to 2.75 pounds (not compatible with most DSLRs)
• Much larger than competing tabletop tripods

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4. Manfrotto Pixi Mini

Pros:
• Camera screen extends ¼-inch to 20 inches
• Rubber, sturdy feet and sturdy, durable design
• Mini ball-head with quick button lock system
• Can use as camera holder when folded
• Comes in three colors

Cons:
• Only supports up to 2.2 pounds (not compatible with most DSLRs)
• Swivels can be a little stiff
• A little heavy for ability (weighs 6.7 ounces)

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5. Oben TT–50 Tabletop

Pros:
• Supports up to 6.6 pounds (compatible with most DSLRs)
• Lightweight (less than 5 ounces)
• Completely collapsible
• Ball-head mount tilts 90-degress

Cons:
• Ball mount has tendency to become loose with repeated use
• No protective sleeve or carrying case included

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