The 8 Best Tripods for Vlogging in 2021

There are 2 main reasons why you should use a tripod for vlogging:

1. Stability: Holding your camera on a tripod will make the camera move less when walking. The combination of a tripod (or even better, a gimbal) and a camera with image stabilization is what makes video smooth.

2. It will make your face look more beautiful (no, really): Holding your camera on a stick while you record yourself will help you get the camera away from your face. This allows you to capture more space around you and helps you get rid of perspective distortion.

You might not have thought about this, but using a wide-angle lens—which is a requirement if you want to record in selfie mode—will make things look a lot less natural. The only way to get rid of this unnatural look is by putting your camera further away from your face.

Now, let’s learn what tripods will help you get rid of perspective distortion while being light enough to be carried around for an entire day and also sturdy enough to hold a heavy camera.

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Our Top 3 Picks

These 3 are our favorite picks and the ones that most people will choose. But we will give you a lot of other good options further below this post.

How Will Your Videos Look With Each Tripod?

Here’s a comparison of how your vlog is going to look using my favorite three tripods on this list: the Joby GorillaPod 5k, the Sirui 3T-35K, and the Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2.

The following comparison was made with a 24mm lens on an APS-C mirrorless camera, which is the most common choice for vlogging. These pictures will help you see the difference that each tripod’s height will make.

GorillaPod, Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2 and Sirui 3T-35K vlogging tripods comparison

Top 8 Best Vlogging Tripods

TripodMin HeightMax HeightMax LoadWeight
Joby GorillaPod
Multiple options Multiple options Multiple optionsVaries
Manfrotto EVO PIXI 2
3.94″7.68″2.5kg260g
Sirui ET-35K
4.5″10.1″4kg250g
Neewer Desktop Mini Tripod
9.06″19.69″5kg780g
Benro Tabletop Tripod
7.48″32″0.5kg258g
Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig
2.76″12.99″363g
Joby GripTight ONE Micro Stand
3.35″3.35″71g
SwitchPod
9.7″9.7″45.4kg454g

Joby GorillaPod

The Good

  • Good build quality
  • Can adapt it to almost any surface

The Bad

  • Not the most lightweight
  • The balls end up wearing out after a lot of usage

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Joby’s GorillaPod is truly an outstanding invention. You can’t really start vlogging without considering getting one. It is so useful and versatile that is hard not to recommend one, and there’s one size for each kind of camera you have.

If you don’t know what a GorillaPod is, it’s basically a tabletop tripod that has fully articulated legs. This allows the tripod to adapt to any surface and almost any position you can think of. This allows it to be used as a vlogging stick too. So with Joby, you have a selfie stick that you can turn to a tripod for any surface. It is by far the most versatile tripod there is.

Things can get a bit complicated when choosing what GorillaPod to buy, as there are a lot of sizes available. Joby has a useful video that explains which one to get. Here it is:

And here’s a chart to find the right model for you. There are 5 models you can get depending on your camera’s weight:

joby gorillapods sizes
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JOBY GorillaPod Magnetic 325: A Magnetic Tripod for Point & Shoot and Small Cameras up to 325 Grams
JOBY GorillaPod 500: A Compact, Flexible Tripod for Sub-Compact Cameras, Point & Shoot, 360 Cameras and Other Devices up to 500 grams
Joby JB01503 GorillaPod 1K Kit. Compact Tripod 1K Stand and Ballhead 1K for Compact Mirrorless Cameras or Devices up to 1k (2.2lbs). Black/Charcoal.
Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit. Compact Tripod 3K Stand and Ballhead 3K for Compact Mirrorless Cameras or Devices up to 3K (6.6lbs). Black/Charcoal.
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5K for DSLR Cameras or Mirrorless Camera with Lens up to 5K (11lbs). Black/Charcoal.
Max. Height
6.69inch
8.07inch
10.24inch
12.01inch
15.16inch
Max. Weight
11.5 oz
1.1lb
2.2lb
6.6lb
11lb
Tripod Weight
2 oz
3 oz
7 oz
13.8 oz
1.63lb
Recommended for
Compact, smartphone
Compact
Small mirrorless
DSLR, mirrorless
DSLR, mirrorless with big lenses
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JOBY GorillaPod Magnetic 325: A Magnetic Tripod for Point & Shoot and Small Cameras up to 325 Grams
Max. Height
6.69inch
Max. Weight
11.5 oz
Tripod Weight
2 oz
Recommended for
Compact, smartphone
Price
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JOBY GorillaPod 500: A Compact, Flexible Tripod for Sub-Compact Cameras, Point & Shoot, 360 Cameras and Other Devices up to 500 grams
Max. Height
8.07inch
Max. Weight
1.1lb
Tripod Weight
3 oz
Recommended for
Compact
Price
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Joby JB01503 GorillaPod 1K Kit. Compact Tripod 1K Stand and Ballhead 1K for Compact Mirrorless Cameras or Devices up to 1k (2.2lbs). Black/Charcoal.
Max. Height
10.24inch
Max. Weight
2.2lb
Tripod Weight
7 oz
Recommended for
Small mirrorless
Price
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Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit. Compact Tripod 3K Stand and Ballhead 3K for Compact Mirrorless Cameras or Devices up to 3K (6.6lbs). Black/Charcoal.
Max. Height
12.01inch
Max. Weight
6.6lb
Tripod Weight
13.8 oz
Recommended for
DSLR, mirrorless
Price
Image
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5K for DSLR Cameras or Mirrorless Camera with Lens up to 5K (11lbs). Black/Charcoal.
Max. Height
15.16inch
Max. Weight
11lb
Tripod Weight
1.63lb
Recommended for
DSLR, mirrorless with big lenses
Price

Even though it says it’s recommended for your kind of camera, make sure you know the weight of the body plus the lens you’ll use. This is the way of making sure you are getting the right GorillaPod for your model.

I love how they named their tripods according to the maximum weight they can handle. You only need to find out your camera’s weight and choose the stick that can hold just enough weight. No need to overcomplicate things.

If you decide to choose a Joby with much more capacity, remember you will also have to deal with the extra weight. That’s why I prefer sticking to the one that can hold just enough weight.

Finally, another advantage of the GorillaPod is that you can change its ball head, but only for the 1k, 3k and 5k versions. This makes it easy to replace in case it gets damaged.

However, there’s an important thing you should know about Jobys. I’ve seen many vloggers ditch a Joby for a lighter tripod. I’m also one of them.

If you own a DSLR, you will need to get the heaviest Joby available, which weighs almost 2.2lb (1kg).

You will need strong arms to hold the Joby tripod up while your camera is mounted, which can add up another kilogram.

Also, Joby’s junctions become a lot weaker with usage. It’s not rare to see people having to get a new tripod after a while because the dozens of joints start to weaken and can’t hold a heavy camera up and sturdy.

The weight problem is almost nonexistent if you use the lighter versions of Joby. In case you have a light mirrorless or a compact camera, then choosing a lighter Joby is just fine. But if you have a heavy camera, I’d recommend you to get another kind of tripod.

Manfrotto EVO PIXI 2

The Good

  • Good build quality
  • Very compact when folded

The Bad

  • Small max height
  • Can feel unstable due to the small legs

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Min Height: 3.94″ | Max Height: 7.68″ | Max Load: 2.5kg | Weight: 260 Grams

Even though this tripod doesn’t have the functionality and versatility of a GorillaPod, it is a lot lighter. This automatically makes it better for the sole purpose of vlogging, at least in my opinion.

If you don’t think you will using the functionality of the Joby to adapt to any surface, then this Manfrotto is much better. You can still use it as a tabletop tripod but it’s much lighter to carry as a stick.

I would recommend it if you have a DSLR and have weak arms—like your fellow writer has.

If you’re wondering, the EVO 2 weighs only 9 oz (260g), and it can reach 8 inches (20.5 centimeters). The maximum weight it can hold is 5.5lb (2.5kg).

Sirui ET-35K

The Good

  • Good load capacity
  • Good build quality
  • Extendable
  • Very compact when folded

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Can feel unstable due to the small legs

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Min Height: 4.5″ | Max Height: 10.1″ | Max Load: 4kg | Weight: 250 Grams

This Sirui ET-35K is probably a tripod you have never heard about before, but it has gained a bit of fame really quickly, especially between vloggers.

After all, it only weighs 8.8 oz (250g). That is 10g lighter than the EVO 2—although that’s a barely noticeable difference. It can hold up to 8.8lb (4kg).

The true advantage is the maximum height. It can completely turn into a vlogging stick with a total height of 13.4 inches (34cm), much longer than the Manfrotto’s 8 inches (20.5cm). This allows you to use lenses that aren’t as wide, and to capture more space when you record in selfie mode (see below for a comparison).

It can also turn into a tripod, but it is only useful on completely flat surfaces. This is probably the least versatile tripod of the list, but it is the best if you mainly want a vlogging stick because of its weight and height.

It is the lightest of the three tripods and the best one at being a simple, yet convenient vlogging stick.

Neewer Desktop Mini Tripod

The Good

  • Good maximum height
  • Good build quality
  • Can hold a lot of weight
  • Very compact when folded

The Bad

  • Extremely heavy for a tabletop tripod

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Min Height: 9.06″ | Max Height: 19.69″ | Max Load: 5kg | Weight: 780 Grams

The three things that stand out from this tripod are: how far it can go without turning into a vlogging stick, how much load it can hold, and how small it can become when folded.

The only thing that is not so good is the weight. This is definitely a problem if you’re going to carry your tripod all the time with you. You will be adding almost 1kg of extra weight with it. I’d recommend it only for vloggers that want to use it mostly from home, but that want to travel with it from time to time.

Benro Tabletop Tripod

The Good

  • Great maximum height
  • Good build quality
  • Very compact when folded

The Bad

  • Only for smartphones

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Min Height: 7.48″ | Max Height: 32″ | Max Load: 0.5kg | Weight: 258 Grams

This is a very lightweight tripod that can reach a huge distance, but without adding a lot of weight, unlike the Neewer Desktop Mini. This makes it the best option for vloggers looking for the most extendable tripod.

However, take into account that the maximum height is meant to be used as a selfie stick. This is why the tripod can’t hold a lot of weight. It’s meant to be used only with smartphones, so you’ll need to choose another option if you want to use a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig

The Good

  • Good build quality
  • Can adapt to almost any surface
  • Can attach multiple arms for different accesories

The Bad

  • The ball junctions get weaker after a lof of usage
  • On the pricey side
  • Short maximum height

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Min Height: 2.76″ | Max Height: 12.99″ | Max Load: Unspecified | Weight: 363 Grams

This is one of the most versatile vlogging tripods you’ll find. With it, you won’t be limited to carrying only your smartphone. You can attach up to 2 more arms that can hold different accessories: another camera, a LED light, or a microphone.

If you take into account the adaptable hot shoe that you can put on top of the smartphone, you can have up to 3 additional accessories.

This is all you need to make the ultimate vlogging rig. Technically, you can also buy the additional arms for the 3k and 5k versions of the Joby tripods. But the good thing about this version is it comes with the tripod and the arms included.

It is heavier than most small tripods, but not by a lot. This is to be expected due to the additional arms.

Joby GripTight ONE Micro Stand

The Good

  • Pocketable tripod
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Good build quality

The Bad

  • Non extendable

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Min Height: 3.35″ | Max Height: 3.35″ | Max Load: Unspecified | Weight: 71g

This tripod can fold and become almost as small as a nail clipper. It’s the lightest tripod you’ll find on this list, and also, the one with the most personality.

It’s the easiest tripod to carry around with you, but it’s also meant to be used on top of a table, so there’s no way to hold it while walking around.

It’s an impressive little tripod that anyone can use as a secondary tool. But it’s not what most vloggers will choose as their main tripod to work with. You will need something that can extend a bit. This is the only reason why it’s further down on this list even though we love it.

SwitchPod

The Good

  • Goes from tripod to holding stick in one movement
  • Can hold a lot of weight

The Bad

  • Non extendable
  • Expensive
  • Ball head not included
  • Not too versatile

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Min Height: 9.7″ | Max Height: 9.7″ | Max Load: 45.4kg | Weight: 454g

If you’re a vlogger that likes to hold your camera a lot while walking, but that also end up having to set it up on a surface all the time, this might be for you. The main selling point is that you can spread the legs and fold them in one simple movement instead of having to set up each leg one by one.

That’s the problem with tripods like the Joby. They’re the most versatile, but they require a lot of movements to set up. The Switchpod tries to fix this problem, but it also creates another: it becomes less versatile in terms of where you can place the tripod.

The legs have a fixed distance between them, so you will always need a surface that is large enough for the three legs to fit. The Joby might take longer to set up, but it can adapt to almost any surface, no matter the size, which is pretty handy for vloggers.

The SwitchPod is a good option, but it’s for very niche needs. Maybe that is why it’s also really expensive if you take into account that the flexible ball head is not included.