Here is the ULTIMATE buying guide and comparison for 360 camera tripods and 360 camera selfie sticks. No matter what kind of 360 camera tripod, 360 camera selfie stick, or 360 camera monopod you are looking for, you’ll find it here.
Here is the video:
TABLE of CONTENTS (with approximate prices and where to get them)
02:04 S1. Benro MK10 ($29)
Benro tutorial new
Benro tutorial old
03:18 S2. Monopod brand selfie stick ($6)
04:28 S3. Disney-proof selfie stick
04:59 Intro to MONOPODS and legs for monopods
05:13 M1. Manfrotto Compact Extreme ($40)
06:08 M2. Insta360 selfie stick ($39 with bullet time handle)
07:17 M3. Kodak monopod
08:02 M4. EEEKit tripod legs ($13)
08:44 M5. Octopad
Not shown in the video: MT-02 stand. I use it all the time. Reviewed here.
09:18 Intro to MONOPODS WITH TRIPOD LEGS
09:27 M6. Yunteng 1388 ($28)
09:51 M7. Panoroo Stealth ($99) panoroo.com
10:34 M8. Monoshot version 2 ($55)
12:57 M9. Promaster LS-CT ($80)
NEW! M10 (not shown in the video): Best360 Carbon Fiber Monopod (GBP129.99)
14:21 Intro to LIGHTSTANDS (why they are more stable than monopods)
14:28 L1. Linco light stand ($75 for 2 units)
15:26 L2. Neewer lightstand ($27)
15:50 L3. Manfrotto Nano ($57)
Manfrotto Nanopole ($78)
Fosoto Light Stand (reviewed here). Nanopole clone.
16:51 L4. Manfrotto 190go aluminum ($160)
Manfrotto 190go carbon fiber ($345)
17:45 Intro to SPECIAL PURPOSE MOUNTS
17:48 X1. Telesin 106 ($30)
18:25 X2. blue 3 meter stick ($33)
19:07 X3. Seldi hands-free mount
19:53 X4. Sail video systems hands-free mount Lite ($200)
Sail video systems Pro ($390)
20:26 X5. motorized dolly with remote ($65)
21:23 X6. Sutefoto ($38)
X7. Koolertron (around $90). This is not included in the video. This is a very long pole (longer than Telesin), and is also stiffer than the Telesin. It is also hollow, which can be used for microphone cables or power cables.
My favorite ones are currently (these are the ones I use most often):
1 – Benro MK10
+ Pocketable. Very easy to carry with me anywhere.
+ If you can remove the ballhead, it becomes invisible.
+ built-in stand is usable indoors
+ includes a very slim smartphone tripod adapter
– Difficult to remove the ballhead
– Not stable enough for outdoor use
– No 1/4-20 tripod connector (can’t be attached to a taller tripod)
2 – Best360 Monopod (reviewed here) and the Bushman monopod (reviewed here) – These are similar monopods. The main difference is that Best360 is carbon fiber. These are ideal for vlogging or for indoor 360 photos. But I do not suggest using them outdoors unless paired with a wider stand such as MT-02.
+ Very tall (60 inches long)
+ Slim and invisible to all 360 cameras, including Insta360 One X, Ricoh Theta V, and Xiaomi Mi Sphere.
+ Sturdy — can support the weight of the GoPro Fusion without flexing much even when fully extended
+ Includes a compact stand and counterweight which together make the Bushman monopod stable enough for any consumer 360 camera. At the same time, the stand occupies only a small portion of the nadir, so it is easy to patch.
+ The last segment of the Bushman can be rotated to enable you to aim the stitch line and/or the lens to any direction without moving the tripod.
+ Very light
+ Useful accessories such as counterweight and magnetic base.
– When stand is attached, it is not so compact.
– The small base is easy to topple outdoors.
– Because the base is very short, the monopod has to extend longer than monopods with taller stand, resulting in more swaying compared to other monopods with similar height. However, this is a non-issue when using the MT-02.
3 – Insta360 invisible selfie stick – also for vlogging.
+ reasonably long at around 4 feet
– sometimes I need to retighten the twist lock after extending.
– doesn’t include tripod legs
4 – Linco light stand – for virtual tour photos with 360 cameras
+ wide and adjustable base
+ sturdy construction
+ last segment can be rotated to enable you to aim the stitch line and/or the lens to any direction without moving the tripod.
– not compact
5 – Telesin – for drone-like perspectives
+ very long (around 106 inches)
+ low cost (around $30)
+ tip has a rubber collar that can be moved to make the Telesin invisible.
– Each segmented can only be fully extended. Each segment cannot be partially extended.
– flexes from the weight of a camera
Let me know if you have any questions!!!