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Best Overall: LOHA at Amazon
"Excellent stability allows for cinematic capturing, as well as providing both landscape or portrait mode capabilities."
Best Bluetooth: CamKix at Amazon
"When collapsed, it can even double as a pseudo-selfie stick hand grip."
Best Mini: Joby at Amazon
"Truly pocket-sized, the Joby GripTight micro stand should be your go-to purchase."
Best for Height: eCostConnection at Amazon
"Just what the camera ordered when it comes to making sure you get the perfect overhead or eye-level shot."
Universally compatible with both iOS and Android, LOHA's excellent stability allows for cinematic capturing, as well as providing both landscape or portrait mode capabilities. The bendable legs of the LOHA allow you to take pictures and video in a variety of angles and positions. Want to hang it from a tree branch? No problem. Want to stand it up on a desk? No sweat. And at 5.6 ounces, the LOHA weighs slightly more than most of its similar-sized competition, but that’s due in part to the unnamed premium materials LOHA says it uses. LOHA is so confident that you’ll love your tripod, they offer a lifetime 100 percent money back guarantee.
When it comes to a tripod that’s truly pocket-sized, the Joby GripTight micro stand should be your go-to purchase. While it fits smartphones between 2.1-2.8”, there’s also a slightly larger model that fits larger smartphones between 2.7-3.9” wide. At 1.8”, the GripTight is more than compact, it’s downright portable and can even be attached to a key ring or camera bag. The machined-based aluminum mini-ballhead allows a tilt of 36 degrees in any direction to properly capture any photo or video. The coated zinc-aluminum alloy and silicone grip along with grippy rubber feet make you feel like the GripTight is built to last.
The CamKix tripod kit comes with a wireless Bluetooth remote control capable of taking shots from a distance of up to 30 feet. It's compatible with most Android and iPhones up to 3.8” wide, and at just 9.9 ounces, the CamKix is easily portable. When collapsed, it can even double as a pseudo-selfie stick hand grip.
Composed of premium, high quality material and equipped with non-skid rubber feet for extra solid grip, the CamKix is sturdy and always ready to capture the action. The smartphone grip has 90-degree flexibility and can be moved to grab images or photos in both landscape and portrait modes.
With excellent stability allowing movielike video capture, a price that’s in line with the competition and a Bluetooth wireless remote, the CamKix is an easy recommendation.
The lightweight eCostConnection 50” tripod is just what the camera ordered when it comes to making sure you get the perfect overhead or eyelevel shot. Don’t let the aluminum build fool you. At just 15.2 ounces, this is a lightweight tripod that will easily adjust to your needs. Built for both Android and iOS devices, the smartphone tripod mount extends to hold any device with a maximum width of 3.4 inches. A bubble level indicator will help alert you that you’re on solid footing and the three-way pan lets you capture photography or video in just about any direction you’ll require. The smartphone clip is capable of rotating, so you can use your smartphone in both landscape or portrait position.
Unfortunately, there have been a few small complaints about the durability of the legs over time but, and at 15” collapsed, the eCost won’t fit in your pocket, but it’s the perfect size for any backpack, overnight bag or suitcase for lengthy travel.
Height - Most smartphone tripods are designed for tabletops, but if it’s height you’re after, buy a tripod with extendable legs. There are some models that grow up to 50 inches, which is on par with real camera tripods. Be wary, though, as some reviewers have mentioned that long-legged smartphone tripods don’t hold up over time.
Portability - Your smartphone is highly portable, so your smartphone’s tripod should be, too. Look for tripods made out of durable yet lightweight materials like aluminum. In addition, the tripod needs to be able to collapse to a carryable size. (Some models even double as a selfie stick when collapsed!)
Compatibility - Above all else, make sure the tripod you buy is compatible with the smartphone you have. Many tripods come in multiple models to fit phones of all sizes, so if the one you have your eye on isn’t the right size, check to see if the manufacturer makes others.