Choosing a Table-Top Tripod

Whether you are shooting photographs or spotting targets, there are times when you want your lens to be to be as steady and on the level as it possibly can be. Even just the slightest amount of handshake can make the difference between getting a good shot and a great one. Mini tripods developed for placing on table-tops and other solid surfaces can solve this problem.

What Are the Different Uses?

Tripods are not only three-legged designs, these days there are three main uses. Many tabletop tripods use the same sized screw head fittings to attach your equipment whether a camera, a pair of binoculars, or a gun scope. You may therefore find you can use your tripod for more than one thing.

  • Camera Tripods: Tabletop tripods for cameras can be great whether you are at home, traveling or capturing outside scenic shots. Balance them on a picnic table, the roof of your car for extra stability.
  • Scope Tripods: Target shooters and hunters often use a tripod for balancing their spotting scope. They help with getting that extra zoom and magnification necessary to take an accurate shot.
  • Selfie Stick Tripods: Yes, you can even find small tripods to rest your selfie stick, or your mobile phone on its own! Perfect for getting a really good clear selfie from your phone, or if youve got a group of people and you want to get in the shot. 

What Are the Features of Different Designs?

There are different designs and features in tabletop tripods. Some come as all-in-one designs, others have interchangeable parts. Different tripod designs may base around balancing on three feet that extend from the base of a center column, other balance on their three adjustable and/or foldable legs. Other features to consider in a tripod include: 

  • Head Tilt: Tripod heads come as fluid, ball, or pan designs. These can give you the flexibility when you are spotting. Or if you want to line up the angle of your photo. You can pan or tilt your equipment in the direction you need to.
  • Feet: The feet on small table tripods can be rubber or spikes. Rubber feet will give you grip on a smooth surface and prevent the risk of your equipment moving. Spikes will help your equipment stay steady if the surface is slightly uneven.
  • Materials: The materials in small tripods is usually a combination of plastic, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Aluminum legs give you a lightweight tripod, with durable support for your gear.
  • Leg Locks: The mechanism to adjust the height of your tripod legs and lock them in place may operate by friction, twisting or a lever. Likewise, the mechanism to fold them away for storage and transportation.
  • Quick Release: If you are expecting to be on the move quickly or want to switch between types of equipment, look for models with quick-release mounting plates. These use a lever or clasp to attach your camera, scope, or binoculars so you can quickly remove and replace each.