The reason for needing camera holders, mounts, or tripods can be as many and varied as the reasons to use your camera in the first place. No matter what kind of photography you engage in — nature, event, astronomical, or artistic — you'll find a camera holder, mount, or tripod that will make your shots more stable, sharper, or more professional looking.

Investing in the camera holders that will best serve you and your photography is a serious matter. Do your due diligence and choose the one that will make your photographs clearer and more professional looking. To make that search less confusing, we've identified a number of superb tripods, mounts, and other camera holders you may want to consider.

Why You Need a Tripod

Grandapa put the camera tripod to his shoulder while watching the beautiful view

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As camera holders go, the tripod has been around almost as long as the camera itself. When cameras were crude, and film plates were not very sensitive, the tripod was a necessity and used merely to ensure that the camera remained steady and still while the agonizingly long exposure time needed back then ticked down.

Even as both cameras and film advanced, tripods were still necessary to stabilize the camera for a more perfect shot. They have improved to the point that current models can assist the photographer with calibrated angles, which allows more interesting shots than possible with a handheld camera.

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Best Tripod Camera Holders

After reviewing a number of models on the market, we've narrowed our list down to those with stellar reputations, good value, and flexibility. Here are a few highly rated tripods.

Camera/Phone Tripod,Patekfly 12 Inch Flexible Camera Tripod for...
  • The flexible tripod can be fixed anywhere you want,such as the lamppost,the banister,the branch or the chair and...
  • This tripod can be applied not only in any Android and iPhone but also in any SLR cameras including Nikon,Sony,Canon and...
  • The tripod is made of the silicone material which makes it more sturdy,more durable and better the skid resitance. It...

This popular tripod from Patekfly is flexible enough for any shooting environment. Not only will it stand, but you can also attach it to poles, tree branches, car rear-view mirrors, furniture, and almost anything else that the long, flexible legs can wrap around. The Pataflex not only wraps around objects for a stable platform, but it can also attach to cameras such as GoPro Hero (3, 4, and 5), and Sony, Nikon, and Canon SLR cameras. It also has a clip to attach iPhone and Android smartphones. Constructed of silicone and rubber material to give it a better grip and more durability, it will easily hold over one and a half pounds. It features a ball head that can swivel the full 360 degrees.

MACTREM Professional Camera Tripod DSLR Tripod for Travel, Super...
  • 【 Professional Camera Tripod with High-Quality Ball Head, Stronger Corrosion & Wear Resistance 】The high-quality...
  • 【 Super Lightweight yet Sturdy, Great for Travel 】Weights only 2.9lbs but can support up to 33 pounds. Thousands...
  • 【 Monopod/Alpenstock with Soft Foam Grip, Extra Phone Mount & Carry Bag 】 The travel tripod can be detached and...

In the more traditional tripod category, the Mactrem stands out from the rest for several reasons. While lightweight at only 2.9 pounds, it can shoulder a maximum load of over 30 pounds. Constructed of premium aluminum alloy, this Mactrem tripod is made especially for heavy equipment. The 360-degree ball head features three locking knobs to secure it in place once you have found the perfect shot angle. It has a detachable central column that allows you to convert it into a monopod that ranges in height from 32 inches to 64 inches in height. It also boasts four sections per leg and three quick release locks per leg for a fast break down and set-up. The Mactrem comes with a 3-year warranty and 1-year money back guarantee. They also have a 24-hour helpline.

igadgitz U4330 Mini Lightweight Table Top Stand Tripod and Grip...
  • Shoot still and movie images better with the iGadgitz dual use portable travel mini tripod. Rubber textured feet for...
  • Textured rubber on the legs transforms the tripod to a stabilizer grip when legs are folded in to reduce camera wobble...
  • Head with lockable ball-and-socket joint gives quick 360 degree adjustability. Built-in spirit level enables perfect...

This lightweight tripod from iGadgitz has textured rubber feet to ensure stability and can quickly and easily convert to a hand-held grip stabilizer. The lockable ball-and-socket attachment offers full 360-degree adjustment, and the built-in level assures perfectly flat horizons every time. The PT310 is compatible with most digital, SLR, and DSLR cameras with a 1/4-inch screw thread attachment.

K&F Concept 62'' DSLR Tripod, Lightweight and Compact Aluminum Camera...
  • The weight of the tripod (include the ball head) is only 2.99lbs,much lighter than 4 cans drinks(300mL). After being...
  • The tripod combines practical and portability factors,with the maximum height (without center column) of the most...
  • With powerful and quick flip leg lock, only use one hand can open and close all the buttons in a few seconds. It's very...

Another excellent travel tripod, the weight of the K&F Concept comes in at less than 3 pounds. And after folding, it measures a mere 18.1 inches. This makes it easy to pack up and carry to your shooting destination. It has sturdy and stable flip-type locks and can quickly open or close using only one hand. With the angle adjustment knob spring self-locked, you need only press and release to quickly adjust the angle for the tripod tubes. The 28mm ball head provides a stable camera platform, and the camera rotates very smoothly due to the non-oil damping. The 360-degree scale on the bottom allows you to take panorama pictures and gauge them more accurately.

Other Camera Holders

While tripods are essential for any level of quality photography, some circumstances demand something more than conventional three-legged camera holders. For these situations, there are specifically purpose-built camera holders ideal to accomplish those shots. Here are some excellent examples of purpose-built camera holders and mounts.

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HME Products Economy Trail Camera Holder
  • Super sharp screw that makes it easy to screw into tree
  • 360 degrees of rotational adjustment and 220 degrees of vertical adjustment
  • Supports all trail cameras with 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on bottom

Not only does trail photography dictate specialized equipment, but it also dictates that weight is an essential consideration when choosing that equipment. With the HMT, no tripod legs or stands are involved. The HMT Trail has a sharp screw that allows you to sink it into the ground or, if necessary, a nearby tree. The unit's design includes 360-degree rotational and 220-degrees of vertical adjustment. Compatible with all cameras equipped with 1/4-inch thread adapters, it's perfect for those hard-to-compose nature shots on the trail.

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This 10-in-1 monopod from Selfie World is designed for GoPro, smartphones, and digital cameras with a Bluetooth remote control shutter. It can also double as an extra-long selfie stick. Weatherproof and shockproof, it features a silicone rubber grip that makes the Selfie World 10-in-1 ideal for hiking, camping, and underwater adventures. It includes a Bluetooth remote control for Android and iPhones as well as a nylon carrying case. It extends from 15 to 47 inches quickly by using quick release chips. Best of all, the batteries come included!

STUNTMAN Pack Mount - Backpack Shoulder Strap Mount for GoPro and...
  • Large base plate made of semi-rigid elastomer fits comfortably and controls camera movement. Two non-slip straps wrap...
  • Mounts on left or right shoulder strap, adjustable from high on the shoulder to low on the chest. Ball joint design...
  • Compatible with GoPro HERO9, HERO8, HERO7, Max, all other GoPro cameras. Compatible with action cameras from 360fly,...

The Stuntman Pack Mount attaches to your backpack shoulder strap to make a stable and comfortable camera mounting platform for hiking, boating, skiing, camping, and climbing. You can mount it on either the right or left side, and the 360-degree ball connection will permit you to shoot from any angle. The three mounting points allow you to adjust the camera height. The stable elastomer shock-absorbing base plate makes for a comfortable fit and helps eliminate shaking of the camera for better video quality. The two non-slip straps securely grip your shoulder strap. The Stuntman was designed to be compatible with GoPro, 360fly, Kodak, Nikon, Sony Action Cam, Olympus, Ricoh, and other mounts. It has compatibility with all cameras and camcorders with a 1/4-inch tripod attachment.

Unlike most of the other camera mounts on this list that are designed to hold the camera as still as possible, the KIng Joy slider dolly is designed to let it roll. Compatible with GoPro, smartphones, and any device with a standard 1/4- or 3/8-inch screw thread, it was designed to create smoothly moving shots on flat surfaces. You can also use it to mount lights, flash units, or microphones for various effects. Perfect for outdoor or indoor shooting under a variety of conditions, you'll find it small enough to travel and strong enough to withstand uneven trail terrain. Constructed of aluminum alloy plate, it also has “double rubble” wheel bearings and shock-absorbing wheels to help make for smooth scrolling. This construction allows the King Joy to shoulder just over 66 pounds. It has a 360-degree mount and a calibrated disc for a precise shooting angel.

FeiyuTech Official AK2000 Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer for...
  • 【COMPAIBILITY】:Support to work with mirroless and DSLR cameras with many kinds of lens,like Sony A7 series/A9...
  • 【ANGLED MOTOR ARM】:A beveled angle design prevents obstruction of the camera screen during shooting, allowing for...
  • 【TOUCHSCREEN LCD SMART PANEL】:Low-power LCD touch panel, in combination with the joystick and handwheel, allows...

This professional quality camera gimbal from FeiyuTech has anti-shake technology for simple stabilization. Able to handle a payload up to 5.5 pounds, the ak2000 also has an “Easy Camera Balancing” sliding arm that adjusts the balance quickly and easily. This allows it to accommodate many kinds of cameras of different weights accurately. The built-in shutter assembly cable connects the gimbal to the camera and controls the shutter and the zoom. You can also configure it for automatic or time-lapse photography using the FeiyuTech On app. It comes pre-configured to accept anticipated future extension accessories via the dismountable main body. You can also use it in either single- or double-handed configuration, depending on your needs.

SHOOT Aluminium Alloy Underwater Video Light Stabilizer Tray for GoPro...
  • 【Specification】Stabilizer size:18cmx26cm (7"x10"),Ball:1''inch,Weight:1.05lb,Material:Premium Type III...
  • 【More Stable for recording every moment】Meeting various outdoor or indoor shooting needs. Keeps your hands off the...
  • 【Multiple uses】Attach your dome port to this handheld stabilizer,anti-Slip Handle and comfortable,make your dome...

Another stable two-handed mount is the SHOOT handheld stabilizer tray. While not as versatile as the FeiyuTech a2000, it's also considerably less expensive. At 7 inches by 10 inches, the SHOOT is made from aluminum alloy and will record far more smoothly than a traditional one-handed grip. The hand grip keeps your hands off the camera and allows you to capture more stable videos. The 1/4-inch screw mount makes it compatible with all standard still and video camcorders. It also connects with Dome Port 6-inch and 4-inch along with LED light sources with that connection. And since you don't have your hands on the camera, you'll never accidentally change the settings or turn it off when recording. The SHOOT comes with a tripod mounting bracket and provides a stable platform for diving lights as well.

Photography & Cinema Pistol Grip Handle with Standard 1/4" Screw for...
  • The new Photography and Cinema Pistol Grip (Patent Pending) is the only camera handle grip available with a wide...
  • The included threaded D-Ring allows the PNC Handle to be attached to a carabiner which in turn can be hooked onto...
  • A rubber platform prevents slippage when the camera is mounted to the stage using the standard 1/4x20 threaded stud.

Sometimes, all you need to get the shot you need is a simple stabilizing handle. Even so, you need one that is sturdy, stable, and reliable. The Photography & Cinema pistol grip handle fits the bill nicely and for a very low cost. Covered in anti-skid material for a sound grip, this unit also has an ergonomically styled handle for a comfortable feel. The 1/4-inch standard connection at the top of the handle has a broad base for greater stability and fits the most common DSLR cameras and accessories. The 1/4-inch threaded receiving hole at the bottom is perfect for mounting on a tripod or a light stand without having to disassemble the stabilizer. Easy to carry and lightweight, it provides a convenient and stable platform for still and video photography.

The Final Shot

Camera holders, tripods, mounts, and lenses

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As we have seen, there are many kinds of camera holders for many widely varied uses. Tripods for stability and long exposure photography, roller mounts for smooth movement effects, strap-on camera holders for action and adventure photography, and two-handed stabilizers that offer both movement and stability.

As you grow in your craft, investing in equipment that elevates your art and expands your skills is a vital part of developing your business. Hopefully, this list of the best models currently available will save you time in identifying those that will fit your needs. With the wide variety of camera holders available, you're sure to find one in your budget.

What is your favorite equipment, or did you purchase one of these? Let us know what you think of them down in the comments!

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