There’s a silent arms race happening in our pockets. In recent years, rival phone manufacturers have been locked in a fierce battle to produce better quality cameras, miniaturising glass lenses, compressing delicate components and developing highly sophisticated image processing software to produce tiny cameras that rival full-size digital SLRs.
Our phones are now so excellent at taking pictures in fact, that sales of specialist SLR cameras have been in free fall for years. As the award winning photographer Chase Jarvis famously put it, “the best camera is the one you have with you”.
But one feature of high-end photography that phones haven’t yet adopted is stabilisation. Many premium phones use software processing or optical image stabilisation to alleviate the wobbling effects of taking a picture with shaking hands, but smartphone tripods are still the best way to eradicate camera shake completely and ensure a perfectly sharp photograph or video shoot.
For professional vloggers, night time photographers and work-from-home Zoomers, the smartphone tripod is an essential piece of kit. Balancing your phone on a coffee cup or propping it up against a rock won’t cut it – you need something stable, portable, professional and light.
A simple and cheap mini tripod can free up your hands, elevate your photography and transform your smartphone into your very own studio.
We’ve rounded-up 8 of the best smartphone tripods available, from simple desktop stands to hard-wearing tripods for globe-trotting photographers.
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