Best DSLR tripods for video
Best DSLR tripods for video

5 Best DSLR Tripods For Video in 2022 (Beginner’s Guide)

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In this article, we round up the best DSLR tripods for video looking at size, weight, use and price.

When you’re packing your bag on the way to a shoot, one of the first things that goes in is your tripod, right?

For pretty much every situation, you need a tripod. It is for filmmakers what the hammer is to the blacksmith. The stethoscope to the doctor. In other words, we all need one…

As a result, there are absolutely tonnes of them out there on the market. The good, the bad and the downright ugly that will fall to pieces after one use.

It can be hard to navigate and choose which one is right for you. So, we’ve put the hard work in for you, scouring the internet to find the 5 best DSLR tripods for video.

1. Manfrotto Befree Live Travel DSLR Tripod

  • Material: Carbon Fibre
  • Extended Height: 142cm
  • Folded Height: 34cm
  • Weight: 1.1kg
  • Max load: 4kg

Firstly, Manfrotto’s Befree Live Travel Tripod.

When searching for the best DSLR tripods for video, we’re willing to bet our house and just about everything else that you will come across a Manfrotto product. Probably more than one. Indeed, we could dedicate a whole article just to Manfrotto tripods.

Without question, they are one of the leading manufacturers out there. But, in the interest of time, we’ve narrowed it down to just one or two that represent different markets.

So, as you’ve most likely gathered from its name, the Befree Live Travel Tripod is perfect for travel. Because it’s made from carbon fibre, it’s both incredibly strong and also very light, making it perfect for travel.

Therefore, If you and your film crew are on the move, this could be the one for you.

On the other hand, its payload will only go up to 4kg. Certainly, it can handle DSLR rigs fine but if you were looking at something a little bigger, you may need to look elsewhere. Bear it in mind.

2. Manfrotto MVH502A Professional Video Tripod

  • Material: die-cast aluminium
  • Extended Height: 179cm
  • Folded Height: 37cm
  • Weight: 5.9kg
  • Max load: 20kg

Secondly, another Manfrotto product. Weighing in at 5.9kg, this tripod is a heavy hitter. One for those who have the resources and time to carry a little more.

Consequently, the more weight, the more it can carry. A whopping 20kg in fact.

Because it’s made from die-cast aluminium it’s incredibly strong and robust – it’s ground-level spreader providing extra stability that enables you to film with just about any rig you want.

Indeed, the head has two Easy Link connectors that will enable you to connect a variety of accessories such as lights or an external monitor.

Most importantly, the fluid head allows for flawless, smooth panning shots. It’s the perfect all-in-one DSLR tripod system for any filmmaker.

3. Sachtler 0373 FSB-4 Tripod

  • Material: die-cast aluminium
  • Extended Height: 160cm
  • Folded Height: 84cm
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Max load: 4kg

Moving on from Manfrotto, this DSLR tripod from Sachtler is fantastic.

With a payload of 4kg, it’s ideal for DSLR rigs and smaller super 35mm cameras.

Importantly, as you will have come to expect when searching for the best DSLR tripod, it’s very strong and robust, made from die-cast aluminium (clearly the go-to material for any serious tripod manufacturer).

Additionally, this tripod comes with a carry case and a pan bar that assists with delightfully smooth, fluid panning – operating frictionless all the way from -40°C to 60°C. Also, as the camera tilts, there’s a dynamic counterbalancing system that prevents the camera from inadvertently tipping, ensuring that it’s positioned securely at any tilt angle.

Furthermore, it has a snap and go sliding camera plate. Very handy…

4. Velbon DV-7000N DSLR Tripod

  • Material: die-cast aluminium
  • Extended Height: 162.5cm
  • Folded Height: 57cm
  • Weight: 3.47kg
  • Max load: 6kg

Next, a really great budget option from Velbon that’s proving popular.

You can pick this camera tripod up for under $250. However, despite that small price tag, it’s still capable of carrying payloads up to 6kg.

In fact, everything about this tripod makes it feel like you should be paying more.

For example, there are separate pan and tilt adjustments with a long control arm on the head, it’s an aluminium build, has a quick-release platform, a built-in spirit level, thick, rubber feet for grip on any surface.

It really is quite impressive.

In summary, a real contender for the run-and-gun filmmakers who need to light tripod to set up quickly with their DSLR rigs.

5. Benro A373FBS7 Video Tripod

  • Material: die-cast aluminium
  • Extended Height: 160.5cm
  • Folded Height: 29.5cm
  • Weight: 3.87kg
  • Max load: 7kg

Finally, rounding off our list of the best DSLR tripods for filming, Benro’s A373FBS7.

First and foremost, with plenty of counterbalance options, this DSLR tripod is worth a look for those searching for something with very precise control and balance.

We found it to be very versatile with the options of replacing the rubber feet with spikes, as well as two threads on the head allowing for extra accessories such as lights and external monitors. That versatility continues with the fact that the video head can be removed and used on other flat surfaces such as certain sliders, jibs, half ball adapters and more.

Furthermore, the legs reverse-fold so it’s absolutely tiny when folded away. And yes, it is of course made from aluminium.

Wrapping up – Best DSLR Tripods

So, there you have it. A few of the best DSLR tripods for video.

In short, there are a few key factors you’ll want to consider when looking for the perfect tripod. It should be sturdy, made with good materials that mean it’s reliable and long-lasting and also have a smooth pan. Not too much to ask for, right?

Whichever video camera tripod you go for, we hope this article has helped make your decision-making process a little easier. Happy filmmaking!

Make sure you also check out our other article on the 5 best cameras for filmmking on a budget.

Josh Edwards
Josh Edwards
Filmmaker. 25. I have a real passion for travel and documentaries

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2 Responses

  1. Nice article!

    This is very helpful. I’m currently looking for a new one since the one I’m using just broke after a couple of uses. I am excited to buy and try Manfrotto’s Befree Live Travel Tripod.

    Stay safe and healthy!

    Cheers!

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