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What type of tripod do I need?

You are looking for a suitable tripod to set up your camera. Because there are many different types of tripods, I help you choose. The handy overview below, in which I put the plus and minus points in front of you in a tripod, you quickly find out which tripod suits you best.

Tripod

Tripod

A tripod is a tripod with 3 legs which you can easily adjust the working height yourself.

Pros

  • The 3 legs of this type of tripod provide stability during shooting and filming.
  • A tripod offers freedom of movement so that you can record from a distance.
  • The working height of a tripod can be set with the retractable legs.
  • To most tripods you fix your camera in different angles.
  • You can easily take a tripod with you by folding the legs completely.

Cons

  • For big cameras you need a large tripod that is heavy weight.

Monopod

Monopod

A monopod has 1 leg so that this type of tripod offers both stability and freedom of movement.

Pros

  • With a monopod, you avoid motion blur while shooting.
  • You have more freedom of movement because you can easily move a monopod in all directions.
  • A monopod is very suitable for sports and action photography because you can move your camera with the subject.
  • With a monopod that you hold in your hand while taking a picture, you shift the distance between you and the camera.

Cons

  • You must always hold a monopod with 1 hand.

Stabilizer and gimbal

Stabilizer and gimbal

A stabilizer uses a counterweight to stabilize movement, which ensures smooth images.

Pros

  • With a stabilizer you can move your camera without jerking the images.
  • Stabilizers usually have a motorized gimbal that lets you rotate the camera.
  • Most gimbals control with a joystick or remotely with your smartphone.
  • There are stabilizers available for smartphones but also for large and small cameras.

Cons

  • A sophisticated stabilizer for your camera is often very expensive.

Mini tripod

Mini tripod

A mini tripod is a compact tripod that you put on a table or other elevation.

Pros

  • With a mini tripod, you can set your camera just a bit more stable or higher to make unauthorized weighted photos.
  • A mini-tripod is very compact and lightweight so you can easily take it anywhere.
  • The majority of ministatives have a tilting head that you use to point the lens in the right direction.
  • There are mini-stands available for both smartphones and small and larger cameras.

Cons

  • The working height of a mini-trip is very limited.

Gorillapod

Gorillapod

This type of tripod has pliable legs so you can also place the tripod on uneven surfaces. Pros

  • On uneven surfaces you bend the legs so that your camera is straight and stable.
  • The the pliable legs of a gorilla pod are clipped around an object such as a fence or pole.
  • You can easily store a gorilla pod through its flexible design.
  • Gorilla pods are available for heavier cameras such as SLRs.

Cons

  • On sloping surfaces, you must ensure that the center of gravity is in the middle.

Shoulder mount

Shoulder mount

As the name implies, you carry a shoulder stand on your shoulder, making it comfortable to shoot in one piece.

Pros

  • A shoulder stand is suitable for the videographer who films for a long time and at the same time want to stay mobile.
  • You hold the camera firmly with a handle.
  • Advanced shoulder stands prevent jerky images while moving.
  • Shoulder stands feature a soft shoulder rest for extra comfort.

Cons

  • A shoulder tripod with many features is often very expensive.

Rig

Rig

A rig is a tripod for your smartphone that you hold in your hand so that you shoot smooth images.

Pros

  • By placing your smartphone on a rig, you can create stable photos, videos and vlogs from your hand.
  • A rig is very compact so you can easily take it anywhere.
  • On most rigs, you also install an external flash or microphone for professional recordings.
  • Many rigs are operated wirelessly with a special remote control.

Cons

  • A loose rig is often only suitable for smartphones, for cameras you can combine the rig with a shoulder tripod.

Slider

Slider

With a slider, the movements remain smooth and tight during filming, also during the creation of balanced shots and time lapse videos.

Pros

  • The slidering system lets you move the camera smoothly and stably with the subjects.
  • With a slider, your movements stay silent so that they do not disturb your shots.
  • The adjustable legs ensure that you position the slider stably.
  • A slider is often placed easily on a tripod for a higher working height.

Cons

  • For working on the ground, you should always place the slider on a flat surface.

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