Regardless of which 360 camera you have, the Manbily MT-02 is one of the most useful 360 camera accessories you can get. I’ve been using this stand for a couple of years now and here’s a long-term review with its strengths and weaknesses.
When shooting with 360 cameras, monopods and selfie sticks are essential. They let you capture your photos and videos without your hand being too prominent in the shot and moreover, they enable you to get a third person view (the invisible flying camera effect). Monopods and selfie sticks become even more useful when they are paired with a stand. You’ll be able to capture photos and videos without being in the shot, such as for virtual tours. However, many monopods and selfie sticks do not include a stand. And sometimes, the stand that they include can be too short.
Manbily MT-02 (around $30) is a tripod stand for monopods and selfie sticks. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and have found it to be one of the best stands for monopods. When collapsed it is fairly portable at around 9.5 inches. I can carry it in my pants pocket if I have to, although I prefer to put it in my backpack.
The legs are extendable and moreover, they have two positions – a raised one and a flat one.
The MT-02’s base is among the widest, compared to other monopod stands. Here’s how it compares to the monopod stand for the Bushman monopod (or the Best360 monopod) and the Qubo stand.
The legs are independently adjustable with twist locks. When the legs are retracted and raised, they occupy a small enough footprint that it can be used as a tabletop stand. When the legs are in the flat position and fully extended, even tall monopods can be used outdoors with a slight breeze. And because the lengths of the legs are independently adjustable, the MT-02 can be used in slight inclines and irregular surfaces.
Besides its wide adjustable base, the MT-02 also has a unique two-in-one tripod connector that can be used with either a 1/4-20 or a 3/8-16 connector — without an adapter — thanks to a clever built-in spring-loaded adapter sleeve that automatically retracts when you use it with a 1/4-20 tripod hole.
The MT-02 does have three weaknesses. First, the legs are extended using twist locks. I would have preferred flip locks, which are faster. Second, sometimes I think that the twist locks have been tightened but I find out that they are not fully secured and one or more of the legs gradually sinks back in. Third, when the MT-02 is attached to a monopod or selfie stick, it makes the monopod less portable.
Although the MT-02 does have some weaknesses, it is still the stand that I use most often with the various monopods that I use. The MT-02 is available on Amazon for around $30. Another good option to consider is the Qubo tripod, which is more portable, but has a smaller base. If you prefer maximum portability, check out the Insta360 Multipurpose Tripod, which is very portable but is a bit more flimsy and less stable. Thank you for using these affiliate links to support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you.