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How to choose a table-top tripod


Table-top tripods are essentially mini versions of regular tripods. They are designed to be placed on raised surafaces and used primarily with compact cameras. Their lightweight design makes them highly portable. 

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Advantages and disadvantages
  • The camera is securely fixed in place, allowing for long exposure times
  • For night photography, landscapes, and time-lapse photography
  • Highly portable
  • A wide selection available
  • Suitable only for compact cameras and mobile phones
  • Not suitable for sports and reportage photography
  • Tripod height is usually not adjustable

Frequently asked questions when choosing a table-top tripod

When choosing a table-top tripod, do I also need to choose a tripod head?

Most table-top tripods come with an integrated clamping screw that is sufficient for most people's needs.

I'm a novice photographer and don't know which type of photography I want to focus on. Is a table-top tripod the right choice for me?

Regular-sized tripods are the most universal option. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a tripod for your compact camera, action camera or smartphone, a table-top tripod makes for a cheaper, lighter and more compact alternative.

What are the main disadvantages of table-top tripods?

Mainly their limited capacity to carry heavier equipment, such as SLR cameras. Although their low weight can be an advantage when on trips, it may also result in reduced stability, particularly when outdoors. Furthermore, table-top tripods are limited in terms of their maximum height.

Table-top tripods

  • Enable long exposure times
  • Offer excellent stability
  • Highly compact and lightweight
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Important parameters


Maximum load

The maximum load indicates the maximum weight of the equipment that the tripod can support. To prevent falls or instability, however, it is not recommended to go over 50% of the maximum load.

A higher maximum load is needed primarily when shooting with heavy lenses, which are usually associated with sports and wildlife photography.

Glossary - Tripods


A tripod is essential piece of photographic kit used to stabilise the camera during longer exposure times.

Tripod head

The tripod head attaches the supported device (e.g. a camera) to the tripod legs and allows the device to be locked or positioned in different ways. Tripod heads differ according to the clamping mechanism used and the method of adjusting the axis.

Image stabilisation

Image stabilisation helps to prevent blur caused by camera shake. You should consider getting a lens with image stabilisation if you often use zoom or shoot without a tripod.

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