Best Tripod For DSLR Cameras

If you have a DSLR camera, a tripod is a way to get professional quality shots. We found the top tripods and created a list of our picks for best tripod for DSLR cameras. We found tripods that are lightweight and portable, but also durable enough to keep your DSLR camera safe on any surface.

How We Reviewed

We reviewed our choices for the best tripod for DSLR cameras based on durability and structure, weight and portability, and versatility. We listed the pros, cons, price range, and warranty period. We found tripods with a range of angles for panning, integrated monopods, a variety of locking mechanisms, and light and durable materials for our entries for the best tripod for DSLR cameras.

Overall Price Range

We found that the highest priced tripods included in our best tripod for DSLR cameras list tend to have a 360-degree range of motion. The highest-priced tripods have features for videography. Twisting lock legs with multiple angles also tend to cost more than legs with lever locks. We found that carbon fiber tripods cost more than aluminum, and plastic legs cost the least. Tripods with integrated monopods cost more, but if you need a monopod, it would be an extra purchase otherwise.

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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod with...
Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod...
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
MeFOTO GlobeTrotter  64.2" Carbon Fiber Travel...
Gitzo GK3532-82QD Series 3 Tripod Mountaineer Kit,...
BONFOTO 671A Travel Aluminum Camera Tripod,...
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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod with...
Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod...
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
MeFOTO GlobeTrotter 64.2" Carbon Fiber Travel...
Gitzo GK3532-82QD Series 3 Tripod Mountaineer Kit,...
BONFOTO 671A Travel Aluminum Camera Tripod,...
Dimensions
30.7 x 5.1 x 4.7 inches
17.7 x 4.2 x 4.2 inches
24.2 x 4.4 x 4.1 inches
16.1 x 4 x 4 inches
30.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches
17.5 x 4.6 x 4.2 inches
Weight
7.01 pounds
4.19 pounds
3.44 pounds
5.07 pounds
7.2 pounds
3.9 pounds
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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod with...
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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod with...
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30.7 x 5.1 x 4.7 inches
Weight
7.01 pounds
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Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod...
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Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod...
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17.7 x 4.2 x 4.2 inches
Weight
4.19 pounds
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AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
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AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
Dimensions
24.2 x 4.4 x 4.1 inches
Weight
3.44 pounds
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MeFOTO GlobeTrotter  64.2" Carbon Fiber Travel...
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MeFOTO GlobeTrotter 64.2" Carbon Fiber Travel...
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16.1 x 4 x 4 inches
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5.07 pounds
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Gitzo GK3532-82QD Series 3 Tripod Mountaineer Kit,...
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Gitzo GK3532-82QD Series 3 Tripod Mountaineer Kit,...
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30.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches
Weight
7.2 pounds
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BONFOTO 671A Travel Aluminum Camera Tripod,...
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BONFOTO 671A Travel Aluminum Camera Tripod,...
Dimensions
17.5 x 4.6 x 4.2 inches
Weight
3.9 pounds
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Best Tripod For DSLR Cameras

1. Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod

26mm 3 section aluminum alloy legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography. Quick flip leg locks and rubber feet with retractable spikes

Smooth fluid-like SBH-100 ball head rotates 360 degrees and includes quick release plate QS-39 and bubble levels

The MACC (multi-angle central column) system allows you to move the central column from 0 to 180 degrees in various vertical and horizontal positions

The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) system securely repositions the central column in one simple movement. Premium magnesium die-cast canopy, removable accessory hook, and anti-shock ring

Specifications: Folded height: 28.2", Extended height: 68.2", Weight: 5.4 pounds. Max. load capacity: 15.4 pounds

Features

The Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod is a lightweight and versatile tripod. The maximum payload weight of the Vanguard Alta Pro is 15.4 pounds, making it able to be used with most DSLR cameras. The Alta Pro is made of lightweight aluminum with a weight of 5.38 pounds. The tripod has an extensive height adjustment allowing it to stand up to 69.12 inches. The tripod has an instant swivel stop and lock mechanism that allows quick locking. The tripod can angle 180 degrees and features adjustable legs with flipping leg locks.

WARRANTY

The Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod is covered by a 2-year limited warranty.

PROS

  • Sturdy with a large payload limit
  • Light aluminum design
  • Versatile adjustment options

Cons

  • Vanguard offers other more professional tripods

2. Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod

494 Aluminum Center Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate

Padded Tripod Bag

Limited 2-Year Warranty

Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension with Online Registration

Ergonomic M-lock system - Convenient storage

Features

The Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod is incredibly compact and lightweight, making it great for travel. The tripod weighs 3.5 pounds and closes to just under 16 inches for easy storage in a bag or luggage. The Befree Advanced tripod can hold a payload of 17.6 pounds and has a maximum height of 59.45 inches, making it useful despite its size and weight. The tripod has an angle of adjustment for the legs which lock with lever locks, and the tripod has a center ball head to adjust the camera easily

The Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod is covered by a six-month limited warranty.

Pros

  • Great for travel
  • Center ball head adjustment
  • Supports 17.6-pound payload

Cons

  • The tripod is not very tall

3. AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

Lightweight tripod with adjustable-height legs and rubber feet

Compatible with most video cameras, digital cameras, still cameras, GoPro devices, smartphone adapters (not included), and scopes.

Recommended max load weight is 6.6 lbs (3kg) for optimal performance

Weighs 3 lbs; Extends from 25 inches to 60 inches when center post is fully extended; Carrying case included

Two built-in bubble view levels and 3-way head to allow for tilt and swivel motion; portrait or landscape options

Features

The AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod is an affordable and durable tripod. The tripod is good for DSLR cameras or GoPro cameras. It is lightweight at 3 pounds and includes a carrying case. The payload is small at only 6.6 pounds but the compact tripod can extend from 25 to 60 inches. The tripod's adjustable legs and rubber feet will give you even footing with the help of two bubble levels.

The AmazonBasics 60-inch Lightweight Tripod is covered by a one-year limited warranty.  

Pros

  • Affordable price point
  • Lightweight and portable
  • 60-inch maximum height

Cons

  • Low payload weight

4. MeFOTO Classic Carbon Fiber Globetrotter Travel Tripod

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The MeFOTO GlobeTrotter is a compact travel camera tripod that folds up inversely and turns into a monopod. When incorporated with the MeFOTO SideKick iPhone tripod mount (not included), the GlobeTrotter makes the perfect choice. Available in several colors.

360-degree Panning: Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. Two Leg Angle Positions: For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas, or at ground level.

Recessed Center-Column Hook: A spring loaded recessed hook, located in the bottom of the center-column, allows you to hang additional weight from the tripod's center of gravity for increased stability. Separate Head and Pan Lock: Individual head tension and lock knob as well as pan lock help make the right adjustment.

Precision Matched Q Series Ballhead: Dual action heavy-duty ballhead with Arca-Swiss style compatible quick release plate. Integral Bubble Level: Allows adjustment to prevent uneven pans and head movements.

Compact: The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 degrees making it small enough to carry just about anywhere. Five Leg Sections: Get the height you need and ultimate versatility. Twist Lock Legs with Anti-Rotation System: MeFOTO's innovative rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast and fumble-free set up plus weather and dust-resistance. Foam Grip on Monopod Leg: For extreme temperatures, this foam grip will come in handy when the tripod legs heat up or freeze over.

Features

 The MeFOTO Classic Carbon Fiber Globetrotter Travel Tripod has a lightweight and durable carbon fiber body. The tripod has a maximum height of 64.2 inches and the lightweight carbon fiber weighs only 3.7 pounds. The tripod is weather and dust resistant for durability. Each leg of the tripod can be adjusted and locked separately to stand on any ground. The Globetrotter can quickly reposition with the anti-rotation and locking system. The tripod can pan 360 degrees and has a bubble level to ensure proper leveling of the Q series ball head plate.

WARRANTY

The MeFOTO Classic Carbon Fiber Globetrotter Travel Tripod is covered by a 5-year limited warranty.

Pros

  •  Long warranty protection
  • Weather and dust resistant
  • Compact travel-friendly design

Cons

  • High price point

5. Gitzo GK3532-82QD Series 3 Tripod

Recommended For Professional Dslrs With 300Mm Lenses

Carbon Exact Tubes

Lighter In Weight Yet More Rigid Than The Equivalent Preceding Model.

Features

The Gitzo GK3532-82QD Series 3 Tripod is incredibly compact. The tripod folds to be only 7.09 inches high. The tripod's carbon exact tubes are durable and have a wider diameter to make the tripod stable. The tripod is slightly heavier than similar tripods due to its rugged design. The legs have various angles and the ball head on the tripod will give precise panning. The rugged tripod has a payload capacity of over 40 pounds.

The Gitzo GK3532-82QD Series 3 Tripod has a 2-year limited warranty.

Pros

  •  High payload capacity
  • Compact and portable
  • Rugged and stable legs

CONS

  • One of the highest price points
  • Slightly heavy compared to similar tripods

6. BONFOTO 671A Travel Aluminum Camera Tripod

New version in 2018.Compact & Sturdy: Made of aluminum alloy, it performs stable with 4-section legs; it can be folded to 15.4", compact for carrying around; the max. load capacity is 17.6lbs (8kg), so it's worry-free for adding heavy lenses.

Unique Ball Head: Triangle platform with compass and spirit level, excellent for outdoor use; accurate scales at the panning base for precise shooting; removable ball head with universal 3/8" screw thread; equipped with quick release plate

Dual Use: The leg with foam can be removed and join together with the center column to work as a monopod or trekking poles.

Exclusive Design:Dual spirit level placed separately on the fork and platform, realizing accurate shooting; 3-edge Knob makes it convenient to adjust the center column; two-position leg angle adjustment system provides safe and sturdy shooting

Quality Assurance: We promise 12 months worry-free warranty and 45 days money back guarantee; 24-hr customer service are always ready to help (reply within 12hrs); for more information, please refer to the description.

Features

The BONFOTO 671A Travel Aluminum Camera Tripod is an affordable and lightweight tripod that is perfect for travel. The tripod weighs only 3.1 pounds and folds up to 16.5 inches. The tripod has a maximum height of 55 inches. The tripod ball head allows for panning and 360 degrees of adjustment. The tripod can even be used for inverted shooting at a low angle.

The BONFOTO 671A Travel Aluminum Camera Tripod is covered by a 12-month limited warranty.

Pros​​​​

  • Inverted column to allow low angle shooting
  • Light and travel-friendly design
  • Low price point

 CONS

  • Lower height adjustment than competitors

7. Manfrotto 190X Aluminum 3-Section Tripod

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Center Column: Rapid maximum height: 170 cm

Color: Black

Column Tube Diameter: 0.63/64" (25mm)

Leg Angles: 25, 46, 66, 88, Safety payload 4 kg

Features

Manfrotto 190X Aluminum 3-Section Tripod is a professional-level tripod. The tripod folds to 27 inches and has a maximum height of 57 inches. The tripod weighs 6.06 pounds and can hold a maximum payload of 8.82 pounds. The tripod uses the XPRO fluid head which is for videographers to provide 360-degrees of tilt and panning.

The Manfrotto 190X Aluminum 3-Section Tripod is covered by a six-month limited warranty.

Pros

  • Fluid head for great video shooting
  • Professional quality tripod
  • Easy to change head

CONS​​​​​

  • Expensive price point
  • Not as light and compact as competitors

8. Benro SystemGo Plus Aluminum Tripod

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Versatile 180 Degree center column allows you limitless camera positioning possibilities including vertical, horizontal and inverted positions

Quick leg lock system improved stability with faster deployment and dust resistance

Integrated Monopod let's you detach a leg that becomes a monopod.

Foldable travel design makes for the most compact tripod

Accepts the SystemGo accessories turning the tripod into a portable workstation.

Features

The Benro SystemGo Plus Aluminum Tripod has a detachable leg to be used as a monopod. The tripod can be used inverted and has a 180-degree range of motion. The tripod is lightweight at 4.3 pounds and has a maximum payload of 30.9 pounds. The tripod folds to 15.35 inches and has a maximum height of 65.16 inches.

The Benro SystemGo Plus Aluminum Tripod is covered by a 3-year limited warranty.

Pros

  •  Large payload capacity
  • Compact and light
  • Inverted column for low angle shots

CONS

  • Does not include a ball head

9. 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis Magnesium Alloy Tripod

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Extends to a maximum height of 1.65m / 65"

Load capability of 18kg / 40lb

Features a full-size detachable monopod.

Has a removable and reversible centre column.

Recommended for General Use.

Features

 The 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis Magnesium Alloy Tripod has a generous payload capacity of 40 pounds to hold even the heaviest DSLR and recording equipment. The tripod is lightweight with its magnesium alloy construction at only 3.6 pounds. The maximum height is 65 inches and the tripod is 17.7 inches folded. The leg can be detached and used as a full-size monopod and the center column can be inverted for low-angle shots.

The 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis Magnesium Alloy Tripod is covered by a 5-year limited warranty.

Pros

  •  Large payload capacity
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Can use the leg as a full-sized monopod

CONS

  • Not the most compact tripod

10. Neewer Carbon Fiber 66 Inches/168 Centimeters Camera Tripod

2-in-1 tripod, one of leg can be used as monopod

Quick release leg locking, giving a more convenient leg handling

Universal ball head design with 2 locks and 360¡ã dial that photographers adjust angle free and quickly

New generation of high-density carbon fiber tube, using eight layer different angles carbon fiber staggered laminated, high temperature curing, high pressure strengthening polymeric structure

Comes with a portable bag, easy to carry

Features

The Neewer Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod is a lightweight and compact tripod. The set includes a monopod that can reach 56.3 inches in height and is sturdy enough to walk with. The tripod weighs only 3.4 pounds and folds to 19.3 inches. The legs lock quickly with a twist lock and have non-slip rubber feet. Each leg of the tripod can be angled individually for better footing and the center column can be inverted for low-angle shots. The payload capacity is 26.5 pounds and the tripod can reach 66.5 inches in height.

The Neewer Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod is covered by a 180-day limited warranty.

Pros

  •  A monopod is included with the tripod
  • Durable and high payload capacity
  • Lightweight and portable

Cons

  • At over 19 inches the tripod is not incredibly compact
  • Warranty coverage limited to 6 months

The Verdict

We found the best tripod for DSLR cameras to be the 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis Magnesium Alloy Tripod. The Punks Travis tripod has a high payload limit of 40 pounds but weighs only 3.6 pounds. We found the weight and versatility of the tripod to be the standout features making the Travis tripod the best tripod for DSLR cameras.

The 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis Magnesium Alloy Tripod folds up to 17.7 inches for simple travel and the leg can be removed to be used as a full-sized monopod. The tripod has a max height of 65 inches and the monopod can adjust from 7.75 to 67 inches. Each leg of the tripod has 3 angles and twists to lock. The Punks Travis tripod is covered by an excellent 5-year warranty. The tripod makes a great entry-level or enthusiast tripod for travel with a DSLR camera.

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