Top 5 Best Tripods Under $50 + Reviews

Best Tripods Under $50 + Reviews

When it comes to photography, there are literally thousands of accessories to choose from. While most of these aren’t necessary, there are a few that are must haves for any level of photographer.

As you might of guessed, I’m referring to the humble tripod which is an absolute necessity. A tripod, even one that is dirt cheap can do wonders for ones photography. Having that extra stability can open up so many new doors of things to capture while providing pin point sharpness

Since tripods are such valuable tools, I have rounded up 5 of the best tripods under $50 so you too can get these added benefits without breaking the bank! But first…

Is it even possible to get a good tripod for under $50?

Is it even possible to get a good tripod for under $50?

Upon starting this article, I kept coming back to the same question “is it possible to get a worthwhile tripod for under $50?”. There would be no point writing a full guide, if there were no worthwhile products right?

So after hours of research and doing my own testing, I’ve come to the conclusion this definitely is possible! And in actual fact, I was quite surprised with the overall quality and the value that I got from these “budget” tripods.

However that doesn’t go without saying that there is a lot of crappy tripods out there for under $50. But if you wade through enough tripods, sooner or later you’ll stumble across the worthwhile contenders, which is exactly what I have done!

Things I Considered When Researching This Article

  • Durability: This was paramount to me as I didn’t want my brand new tripod to break on me after several uses. Because of this, I have added tripods what are made out of aluminium and ABS plastics.
  • Stability: At the end of the day, this is what a tripods man purpose is. So I have added in tripods that have a good load capacity while still being able to handle uneven surfaces and terrain.
  • Weight: If you have ever carried a heavy tripod over a long distance, you know that it can suck! Having a light tripod that is both strong and travel friendly is very important.
  • Price: As this guide is about the best tripods under $50, I of course had to add this in as a requirement. Believe it or not, you can even get a tripod for $15!

Ok lets get stuck in!

Top 5 Best Tripods Under $50 Reviewed

1. Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod 

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod Review

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod Specifications

Weight: 2.5 lbs
Collapsed Height: 24″
Extended Height: 62″
Maximum Load: 13.2 lbs
Price: Click here to find latest price

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod Review

First up on my list is the mighty Dolcia AX620B100 tripod which is by far one of the best tripods I have ever used, iregardless of the price. I found this particular tripod rivalled even some of my own more expensive tripods that cost me almost 10 times the price!

Dolcia is a somewhat less known brand which is based out of California that have been making high quality photography accessories for years. There emphasis is on creating great products for the everyday photographer without having to break the bank. 

That tradition continues with this Dolcia AX620B100 tripod.

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod feet and metal spike

When it comes down to the specifications, this tripod has a maximum height of 62″ which is pretty standard among tripods. Even for a taller person like myself (6’1″), I didn’t have to bend over too much while shooting. Also thanks to its alluminum alloy build, there was minimal flex, even at full extension.

There is also a hook located on the central column for extra stability if need be.

Compacted down, it fits into a 24″ footprint. While I would have preferred it to be a bit smaller to fit in my backpack, I really shouldn’t complain considering the price. But there is a carry case included!

Setting up this tripod was really straight forward while taking photos on my Canon 70D with a 15-85mm lens. Extending the telescoping legs was smooth and securing them with the flip locks was quick. Having the spiked rubber feet also made this great for shooting on uneven ground and terrains.

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod ball head with bubble level

I’m the first to admit that I get distracted really easy. So being able to frame up a shot quickly and take my camera off the tripod in an instant is very important.

Thankfully this Dolcia has a very smooth 360 degree ball head which can be adjusted in an instant thanks to the twist screw. There is also a supporting quick release plate with cork backing for extra grip.

Overall I was very impressed with this tripod as it gave me a ton of use for such things as landscape, action, milky way, portrait and macro photography. At the end of the day, its really hard to go wrong with this one considering its great build quality and laundry list of benefits.

Oh, I also forgot to mention, it comes with a 5 year warranty!


2. Neewer Alluminum Alloy 62″ Camera Tripod

Neewer Alluminum Alloy 62" Camera Tripod Review

Neewer Alluminum Alloy 62″ Camera Tripod Specifications

Weight: 2.82 lbs
Collapsed Height: 22″
Extended Height: 62″
Maximum Load: 17.6 lbs
Price: Click here to find latest price

Neewer Alluminum Alloy 62″ Camera Tripod Review

Next up on my list of the best tripods under $50 is the uber capable and almost indestructible Neewer Aluminium Alloy 62″ tripod.

While Neewer is a relatively new brand, their products really do speak for themselves. I have used their lights and grips before and I have not be disappointed to date. 

Out of the box I could tell straight away that Neewer had continued their tradition of high quality products with this tripod. With its stealth like mat black look, I couldn’t help but admire the finish and design of this tripod.

Neewer Alluminum Alloy 62" Camera Tripod features

As for the specifications, this tripod is very similar to the above Dlocia unit, give or take a few inches and ounces. Fully extended it reaches a height of 62″ using its three telescoping legs and central column. Due to its extra weight, it felt incredibly stable even in breezy conditions.

Compacted down, it has a length of 22″ which fits snug into the included carry case.

When is came to the ball head and quick release plate on this tripod, everything performed as expected. Using the ball head was a breeze and I was able to go from landscape to portrait orientation in an instant. There was also a bubble level attached to the head which made framing shots that little bit easier.

Neewer Alluminum Alloy 62" Camera Tripod ball head plate

The only real gripes I had with this tripod were the weight and the lack of spikes on the tripod legs. As for the weight, this may be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. While being incredibly stable, long hiking trips with this wound not be recommended.

While this tripod has its subtle flaws, it is still jam packed with a lot of features and would be a valuable addition to any photographers camera bag. Highly recommended!


3. Zomei Z666 Professional Portable Tripod

Zomei Z666 Professional Portable Tripod Review

Zomei Z666 Professional Portable Tripod Specifications 

Weight: 2.6 lbs
Collapsed Height: 18″
Extended Height: 55″
Maximum Load: 11 lbs
Price: Click here to find latest price

Zomei Z666 Professional Portable Tripod Review

Moving onto the next unit is the highly compact Zomei Z666 tripod. Seriously, this thing is small! I love to pack light, even on long overseas trips. I really hate being burdened down by a lot of stuff!

So after I saw the compact nature of this Zomei tripod, I had to get one for my next trip to Bali. It was cheap enough for me to justify the purchase for this one time trip, but I have actually used this tripod many times since!

Fully compacted, this little tripod reaches a minimum height of 18″ which was perfect for my Samsonite carry on bag. While the maximum extended height is on the short side (55″), I was happy making that trade off for the smaller footprint.

Zomei Z666 Professional Portable Tripod 3 way pan head

Another reason for me landing on this specific model was the addition of the 3-way panhead and geared centre post. While photography is my bread and butter, I also like to dabble in a bit of videography now and again. So having the pan head and crank mechanism helped me a lot in doing some nice tracking shots.

Just remember that it is not a fluid head, so there may some jerkiness. But after some usage, this can me minimised.

While this tripod ticks a lot of the right boxes, I couldn’t help but think that this tripod felt a bit “cheap”. It did give me very sharp images, but I just had a feeling that maybe this tripod wouldn’t last as long as the above mentioned models. Nonetheless still a great pick!


4. JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom Flexible Tripod

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom Flexible Tripod Review

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom Flexible Tripod Specifications 

Weight: 1 lb
Collapsed Height: 11.4″
Extended Height: 11.4″
Maximum Load: 6.6 lbs
Price: Click here to find the latest price

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom Flexible Tripod Review

Next up on my list is the definitely weird looking but ultra versatile Joby GorillaPod with ball head. But don’t let its octopus like design fool you, this tripod is one of the most useful tools I have ever used for photography, vlogging and videography.

What makes this Joby GorillaPod so useful are those ABS plastic flexible ball joint legs that can attach to pretty much any surface or object. This opens up a whole new world of things to shoot from and letting go of those traditional rigid tripod legs.

Personally I have attached my Joby to trees, benches, rails, cars, scooters and the list goes on. 

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom Flexible Tripod ball head

While this tripod definitely does do well with photography uses, I would say this product leans more towards the video side of things. More so for vloggers who need that extra reach when recording or need to start recording in an instant.

As this Joby is rated for DSLR size cameras, I had no problem attaching my Canon 70D to the 1/4″-20 standard tripod mount or the 3/8″ adapter. Just be cautious if you plan on using a full frame camera with a larger lens as it can slowly loose its grip.

Also with the added ball head with bubble level, framing and composing shots was an absolute pleasure. The quick release plate also comes in quite handy if you want to start shooting from the hip. A must have for vloggers or travellers and is easily one of the best tripods under $50


5. Camopro 70 Inches Tripod/Monopod

Camopro 70 Inches Tripod/Monopod Review

Camopro 70 Inches Tripod/Monopod Specifications 

Weight: 3.6 lb
Collapsed Height: 21″
Extended Height: 70″
Maximum Load: 8.8 lbs
Price: Click here to find the latest price

Camopro 70 Inches Tripod/Monopod Review

Last but not least for my list is this 2 in 1 tripod/monopod combo that comes in just below $50. I’ll come out right away and say this isn’t the most durable tripod on the market.

At full extension, I noticed some substantial flex in this unit and I was using a DSLR with a 50mm lens, so that was a little concerning. But where this tripod really strives in in its ability to go from tripod to monopod with a few quick adjustments.

Removing the central column was very straight forward and once attached to one of the tripod legs, I then had a 18″ – 65″ monopod which was great for hiking and sports photography.

Another great benefit about this tripod is the 3-way head with a 360 degree swivel function. There was also an added bubble level which is was great for composing landscape scenes, having this level sure saves a lot of post editing on Photoshop.

A great pick!


Wrapping It Up

Hopefully this guide on the best tripods under $50 has helped you with your next photography purchase. If you think I have missed out on a certain tripod, please let me know as I plan on updating this list as time goes on. Thanks for reading!