Top 3 Best Tripods For Sony a6000, a6500, a5000 & More!

Best Tripods For Sony a6000, a6500, a5000 & More!

When it comes to compact SLR cameras, it’s a fair statement to say that Sony is hitting home run after home run. You don’t have to look far to see that cameras like the Sony a6000, a5000, a6500, a5100 and the a6300 are quickly becoming crowd favourites.

I’m currently using a Sony Alpha a6000 which has almost replaced my larger DSLR for my YouTube channel! So after using this rig for a few months, I was wondering what would be the best tripods for Sony a6000 cameras and other compact Sony SLR cameras.

Lets get stuck in!


How I Found The Best Tripods For Sony Alpha Cameras

As Sony Alpha cameras are by definition “compact”, this changes how I typically would research and review tripods. While I typically go for units with high load capacity and a high maximum height. This wouldn’t necessarily be that case with these cameras. So here is how I picked them!

How I Found The Best Tripods For Sony Alpha Cameras

  • Portability: For me personally and a lot of other who use the Sony Alpha range. We tend to use this camera on trips, hikes, travels and video. So having a tripod that is portable like the camera is a must.
  • Light Weight: This is an extension of the above requirement. The tripod too has to be light as I don’t want to weigh myself down with unwanted weight.
  • Sturdy: Like any photography or videography piece of gear, I want it to be able to withstand the environments and situations that I put it through. So having a well designed and robust tripod is essential.
  • Multipurpose: As the Sony Alpha range of cameras can be used from landscape photography to YouTube Vlogs. Having a tripod than can adapt to these different content formats is very important.
  • Affordable: I’m the fist to admit that I am quite frugal. I hate to spend unnecessary money on things that don’t provide me any value. So I kept my eye out for value packed tripods that won’t break the bank!

Top 3 Best Tripods For Sony a6000, a6500, a5000 & More!


1. Mactrem PT55 Travel Camera Tripod

Mactrem PT55 Travel Camera Tripod Review for Sony a6000

Mactrem PT55 Travel Camera Tripod Specifications 

Weight: 2.6 lbs
Collapsed Height: 19″
Extended Height: 55″
Maximum Load: 11 lbs
Price: Click here to find latest price

Mactrem PT55 Travel Camera Tripod Review

Coming in first on my list is a great offering from Mactream which ticks all the requirements that I stated above. In a nutshell, it is lightweight, well constructed, multipurpose, has a small footprint and is under $40!

While there are more expensive tripods made out of stainless steel or carbon fiber, I think that is simply overkill for cameras like the Sony Alpha range. My a6000 for example, only weighs 0.76 lbs, so a lightweight tripod like this one does just fine.

After I received this tripod from Amazon, I was able to unpack it and set it up in under a few minutes. Unlocking the flip locks was very effortless and extending the three aluminium alloy legs to its maximum height of 55″ was a breeze. While the max height is about 10″ less than average, that was a compromise I was happy to make.

One other benefit I really enjoyed about this tripod was the 3-way head with handle which is great for composition. It also comes in very handy for doing video recording and I even used this as a table top tripod because of its collapsed height of only 19 inches.

When it comes down to it, this tripod really does pack a punch for such a lightweight. Would I be attaching my full frame DSLR camera with telephoto lens to this tripod? Definitely not. But for a light weight camera like the Sony a6000 or a6500, it works a treat! Highly recommended!


2. JOBY GorillaPod With Ball Head

JOBY GorillaPod With Ball Head Review Sony Alpha range

JOBY GorillaPod With Ball Head Specifications 

Weight: 1 lb
Collapsed Height: 11.4″
Extended Height: 11.4″
Maximum Load: 3 lbs
Price: Click here to find the latest price

JOBY GorillaPod With Ball Head Review

Next up on my list of the best tripods for Sony a6000 cameras and other models is the very oddly shaped and quite frankly weird looking Joby GorillaPod. But don’t let its odd looks deceive you! This is one hell of a versatile tripod that can almost do anything. And I really do mean ANYTHING!

At a quick glance, I have taken this tripod for overseas trips, hikes, backpacking adventures, YouTube videos, Vlogs, selfies, photography, videography and the list goes on.

But how does this one simple tripod do soo much? Well, simply put, it comes down to those flexible ball joint legs that can attach to almost any surface or object.

Having these flexible legs allows this tripod to not rely on the ground, but rather other objects like benches, trees, poles, cars, fences, you get the gist! This GorillaPod also has a max load capacity of 3lbs, which is more than enough for camera like the Sony a5100 or the a6300. Can’t go wrong with this one!

3. Rangers 57” Ultra Compact Aluminum Tripod

Rangers 57” Ultra Compact Aluminum Tripod Review Sony a5100

Rangers 57” Ultra Compact Aluminum Tripod Specifications

Weight: 2.89lb
Collapsed Height: 15″
Extended Height: 55″
Maximum Load: 26.5 lbs
Price: Click here to find the latest price

Rangers 57” Ultra Compact Aluminum Tripod Review

Coming in last on my roundup is a more traditional and substantial tripod from Rangers. This is actually a tripod that I have used in the past with my DSLR cameras and have absolutely loved the quality and stability it provides.

While I think this tripod is over kill for small Sony compact cameras, if you are after that piece of mind, with a few extra bells and whistles. Then this is a great option.

Two of the big draw cards that drew me into this tripod in the beginning was the max load capacity of 26.5 lbs. So if you plan on using your DSLR too on a tripod, this is a great option. Another bonus of this tripod is the ability to use it as a monopod as well. This makes it into a great videography tool and hiking tripod.

Overall this is a great unit and easily deserves a spot on my list of the best tripods for Sony a6000 cameras! If you want to learn more, you can read my post on some great tripods for the Sony A7 range.