6 Good Budget Tripods for YouTube Videos 2018
Starting out as a photographer or videographer on YouTube is an expensive endeavor. As you're likely more concerned about the right camera and lenses at first, I'd like to go over a few good tripods I've used that are not only durable, but also budget-friendly.
Best Tripods Under $100
Looking for something around $100? Here's a good place to start. We've also included some more affordable options under $50 below.
Joby Gorillapod and Ballhead X
The Joby Gorillapod is the tripod of choice for even the most experienced of videographers on the go. You can quickly attach the Gorillapod to a wide variety of objects outside and level out your pictures with the ball head.
It's also lightweight. Weighing just 3 pounds (that we recommend you purchase in a combo) can successfully secure equipment up to 11 pounds just about anywhere. What this gives you is unparalleled flexibility. That flexibility helps you to get better shots in places you never thought possible. Because it's so versatile, you'll likely be able to get rid of other heavier equipment as well. the Gorillapod, along with the Ballhead X
Again, you'll want the ballhead with it as getting the perfect shot will be a lot harder without it.
This isn't the perfect solution for every situation as you still need to be careful with the legs and make sure you don't damage your expensive equipment. Also, it certainly won't hold some of the heavier camera setups out there. However, if you take your time to set it up, it'll minimize the chance that you have any issues with it.
The Joby Gorillapod is a must-have piece of equipment for those who find themselves in a variety of shooting situations and my pick for this cheap youtube audio video setup. The combo tripod with Ballhead X is a great value for just around $100. There's a newer 5k kit that certainly has stronger joints. However, it's quite a bit more money right now and the original still works great.
ZoMei Z818 Magnesium Aluminum Travel Tripod
The ZoMei Z818 is a lightweight travel tripod that comes in at right around $100. Even though it doesn't cost as much as some of the professional tripods out there, it performs as well or better than many that cost more than twice its price.
has a lightweight aluminum design at just around 3 and a half pounds. It looks fantastic in gold, blue, orange, silver grey, and black designs. The Z818 also folds up nicely to about 24 inches or goes up to 65 inches when fully extended. The Zomei Z818
In terms of what it'll hold, I've never had an issue and you should be good with anything up to around 35 pounds.
The included ballhead works fantastic. However, as its a standard Arca-Swiss mount you can even pick up the Arca-Swiss quick release plate that will allow you to keep a sling mount on while attached to the tripod. This is perfect if you use a shoulder sling for your camera.
The Zomei Z818 is a fantastic value for the money and gives you the feel of a professional tripod for a fraction of the cost. It's lightweight, easy-to-use and setup, has a lot of flexibility that makes it easy to get the perfect picture, and looks great too.
I use this, along with some portable shotgun microphones as I'm at expos and conventions.
That doesn't mean it's perfect. It's not. A better level and case are a few small complaints I have. Still, I'm very satisfied overall with the quality you get.
Best Tripods From $25 to Under $50
Looking for something inexpensive and good to help you get started? Here are several good tripods in the under $50 category.
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Tripod
This next tripod is one I purchased a couple of years ago as a standing option in my office. I still use it today.
No, it's not a lightweight tripod. At around 6.6 pounds it might not be something you'd want to take with you. However, this tripod works great with my budget YouTube camera setup.
It has two built in bubble levels for keeping your shot straight and a mounting plate on the top. If you're doing YouTube videos and constantly going from the tripod to your computer, you'll like how easy it is to take the camera on and off the mounting plate and keep straight. I literally have done this around ten times a day for the last two years and have never had an issue.
Compared to other tripods in this price point, this option is as good as many as the $50 options. It has a crank riser, various locations for tightening and adjustment, and most importantly holds a heavy camera setup.
Because it's not made with lightweight materials, AmazonBasics has kept the cost down on this one. The weight and construction gives you what you need for simple shots.
Again, this tripod is an option I'd recommend taking with you unless you had to. For those situations, it does come with a case. Most importantly, if you're looking for something basic for an office setup or the outdoors, this is a steal for just around $25. the AmazonBasics 60-inch
Manfrotto Mini Tripod
For gamers and those that use their webcams regularly, having a tripod for your webcam is ideal.
Tripod, shown above, is what I use along with the C930e I recommended in our The Manfrotto Minitop budget cameras for YouTube article.
You can also use it to hold a DSLR and lens. Mine has no issues with the T7i and heavier L lenses. This is perfect for when I need to do a simple location shot and don't really feel like getting out another tripod.
Overall, the Manfrotto mini is perfect for that quick setup picture and easily slips into your small bag. I even take this with me to product expos simply because its lightweight and takes very little room. Use this, along with some budget LED lighting for the ultimate portable setup.
A Good and Cheap Phone Tripod
Your phone can be a fantastic camera when you're on the go. I regularly use it simply because I have it. And I don't always have my camera equipment.
One cheap tripod that I'd recommend you take with you in your car is Tripod. Yes, the name is weird but it's actually both affordable and useful. In addition, it can be used with just about any phone. the UBeesize Universal
A key feature for this tripod is that it comes with a Bluetooth Wireless remote. This allows you to control your phone from a distance. My wife does Facebook live videos for her boutique and this allows her to do them without having to worry about me being there.
Even though it's inexpensive, this tripod is more than what it seems. It has adjustable legs that make it stable on just about any surface. So, whether you're going for a bike ride, or need to take a picture from an odd location, you can do it.
For $11, this tripod seems well worth it for the flexibility you get with your phone. So, if you plan on using your phone regularly, I'd highly recommend it.
Budget Selfie Sticks
There are a lot of really good selfie sticks out there; however, I prefer the Fugetek FT-568 in terms of price, quality, and flexibility.
Like the phone tripod above, this model comes with a remote that allows you to control your phone's camera from a distance. It's rechargeable through USB. However, this only allows you to take pictures and doesn't allow you to start the camera. So, if you're using it for camera, you'll need to start your video prior to extending it.
Speaking of cameras, I've been able to attach portable cameras to this selfie stick and keep them stable. So, this particular model gives you more than just flexibility with your phone.
This unit is made of durable plastic and is easy to hold up with its rubber grips. You can extend it up to 49 inches and it's stable all the way.
Overall, this selfie stick comes in at under $20 and gives you some great options. It works with your Android or Apple phone and even some DSLR camera setups.
If you don't have a lot of money, start with one of the options I've listed and branch out from there. I started with a $10 tripod and a camera and gradually increased my equipment. In fact, I still have a lot of upgrades I need to do today after 5 years of making videos for YouTube.
Have a question? I'm happy to help you with article-related questions below. Also, if you're starting out on YouTube, be sure to take a look at my other related articles.
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