Best tripods for iPhone

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I’m hoping that my in-depth review on the best tripods for iPhone and other smartphones will be useful to you here in 2018.

Smartphone photography and video capture is at an all time high. If you’re shooting in low light or taking a self-portrait, an iPhone tripod is an essential accessory.

New features such as time-lapses and slow-motion video greatly benefit through the use of smartphone tripods too.

Affordable, portable and easy to operate, everyone who’s serious about getting the most out of their mobile phone’s camera should own an iPhone tripod, and pair it with a good iPhone mount.

Best Tripods for iPhone

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shk2-table__imageJoby GorillaPod HybridBEST
  • Ultimate stability
  • Made to last
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shk2-table__imageEocean SelfieTOP-RATED
  • Lightweight
  • Foldable
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shk2-table__imageKobraTech Flexible#1 BUDGET
  • Flexible legs
  • Wireless remote
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shk2-table__imageManfrotto B PIXIPOPULAR
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Solid construction
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shk2-table__imageUbeeSize Aluminium
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Wireless remote
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It’s a sad reality for manufacturers that simple products are easy to imitate… but this is a good thing for us the consumer! ;-)

I’ve included a couple of relatively unknown brands in my list of the best iPhone tripods – they may not have the advertising budgets of the bigger brands, but they’re still able to stand toe-to-toe in competition. They also offer significant cost savings to their rivals.

I use the term iPhone tripods in reference to any smart phone of similar dimensions. I’m aware that Apple isn’t the most popular smart phone, but am referring to all smartphones in this review as ‘iPhone’ for simplicity.

The criteria I used to decide upon the best iPhone tripods of the year were as follows:

1) Portability – any accessory for your iPhone needs to be small and light enough so its not a chore to take with you everyday.

2) Strength – legs and iphone mounts need to be sturdy and preferably grippy too.

3) Price – most iPhone tripods are affordable, but those that performed as well as more expensive  iPhone tripods were given bonus points.

Best iPhone Mounts

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shk2-table__imageSquare Jellyfish#1 CHOICE
  • Extremely light weight
  • Works with all smart phones
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shk2-table__imageUlanziMOST POPULAR
  • Fits all smartphones
  • Helps you shoot steady video
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shk2-table__imagePuroma#1 BUDGET
  • Sturdy
  • Convenient to carry
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shk2-table__imageDaVoice
  • Soft foam bumper bottom
  • Effective tool for taking selfies
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An iPhone tripod is only as good as its mount – the ‘mount’ being the grippy ‘frame’ that secures the iPhone to the tripod, a bit like the device used to secure a phone to a car’s air vents.

There are lots of iPhone mounts on the market in 2018, and I’m recommending the ones that are widely accepted to the best. After all, they have a pretty simple job to do – that is, to hold a smartphone securely!

By connecting any of the recommended iPhone Mounts to any of the tripods listed below, you’re setting yourself up for successful mobile phone photography.

iPhone Tripods Reviewed

I’ve seen some great uses for iPhone tripods. Other than the need to get a steady shot while shooting long exposures with your phone at night, or to take a timed self-portrait photo, some photographers are  attaching their iPhones to tripods for other reasons.

The powerful LED light on the back of the iPhone can be used in a pinch for a creative portrait, and using a flexible iPhone tripod can lead to some creative light placement.

Then there’s the practice of filming B-Roll footage in 4K on your iPhone, simply by setting up a mini tripod at a different camera angle than your main camera.

iPhone tripods are also commonly used as a base to grip on while shooting something at arm’s length. Gripping a collapsed tripod’s legs provides a sturdier base than the slippery edge of just the phone itself.

It’s also worth mentioning that mini tripods are popular when using cameras for vlogging.

Let’s have a look at some of my favourite mini three-legged friends…

Joby GorillaPod Hybrid

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Dimensions: 2.17 x 2.17 x 10.12″ (55.118 x 55.118 x 257 mm)
Weight: 190.5 g (0.42 lbs / 6.72 oz )
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When recommending small, versatile tripods for smartphones, there’s really no getting away from the immensely popular GorillaPod range.

It’s a design that’s often imitated, but never bettered. You’ve probably seen GorillaPod knock-offs on sale for half the price, but trust me, just because they may look similar, they’re nowhere near as good.

I bought a fake GorillaPod several years ago before I knew better. After a few initial outings with it, the legs lost their stiffness, which rendered the whole tripod useless.

Genuine GorillaPods are made from some of the finest materials from around the world – from the Japanese medical grade ABS plastic, to the German TPE Rubber, Joby selects the highest quality materials to ensure that each GorillaPod performs the same on day 1 as day 1,001.

Joby is so confident in the GorillaPod’s superior materials that they offer a one year warranty.

There are several tripods in the GorillaPod range that can fit the bill as an iPhone tripod. The one that’s often recommended is the newest compact version – the Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit.

Whilst that one is a good option, I actually prefer the older Joby GorillaPod Hybrid, and recommend you invest in it for your smartphone or any camera/lens combination up to 1kg (2.2lbs).

Check out the video below to see the Hybrid in use with a compact camera.- you can see how strong it would be when holding something much lighter like a smartphone.

The GorillaPod Hybrid differs from the 1K Kit in that it offers a bubble level, as well as a quick-release plate.

The bubble level is useful to ensure you’re lining up a perfectly square shot with your smartphone, and particularly important with a GorillaPod – here’s why:

The downside with a small tripod with flexible legs like the GorillaPod is that it’s hard to get each leg to be exactly the same length/angle. At least with using the bubble level, you can confidently adjust the legs to the point where the bubble indicates everything is ok!

Once you have your stable shooting position sorted, you can use the GorillaPod Hybrid‘s 180 degree tilt and 360 degree pan to get creative with your composition.

Adjustment is simple and smooth with a twisting knob and a locking wheel on the side of the ball head.

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As for the quick-release plate, you’ll be able to attach the iPhone mount directly to it, then simply slide it on and off the tripod as opposed to having to screw it on/off each time.

Speaking of the mount, you’ll need to purchase one separately, and my recommendation for iPhone mounts is the Square Jellyfish Smart Phone Mount.

The combined GorillaPod Hybrid + Square Jellyfish combination collapses down to the size of a small water bottle, making it easy to slip into your bag or jacket pocket.

The Hybrid is a high-quality, strong, versatile tripod that’s perfectly suited to the weight of any iPhone or small camera. Its flexible, rubberised legs allow you to twist it around tree branches, table legs and anywhere else you need to attach it to for a stabilized shot.

Another benefit of the Joby GorillaPod Hybrid when used as a tripod for iPhone is that it doubles as a great grip/stabilizer when held at arm’s length.

If you’re interested in taking a selfie or vlogging, you’ll find it particularly comfortable to grip the tripod’s rubberised legs, and a much more stable/secure way your smartphone.

As a premium product, the GorillaPod Hybrid is twice the price of most of its competitors, but the difference in quality and functionality is definitely noticeable. Solidly built using high-grade materials, it offers quality that other flexible tripods simply can’t match.

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Eocean Selfie-stick-Tripod

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Dimensions: 40 x 1.1 x 1.1″ (1016 x 27.94 x 27.94 mm)
Max Height: 40″ (1016 mm)
Weight: 272.16 g (0.6 lbs / 9.6 oz)
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I know, I know… I’m cringing a little recommending a selfie-stick in this list of the best iPhone tripods in 2018… but hear me out here!

The selfie-stick-tripod is actually a device I wasn’t aware of before I started researching this topic, but I’m glad I found out about them.

Part selfie-stick, part tripod, there are numerous versions of this popular device available on Amazon. I chose to review and recommend one called the Eocean Selfie-stick-Tripod, since it was backed up with so many positive customer reviews.

At less than $20, it’s also excellent value for money too (see latest price here).

The premise of a selfie-stick is that you have your smartphone attached to an extendable arm, from which you can take a more flattering self-portrait from a high angle, at a distance longer than your own arm!

The Eocean Selfie-stick-Tripod comes with a removable phone mount which fits any phone from 2.05 to 4.13″ – easily big enough for even the biggest iPhone. The mount is fastened via screw, as opposed to the springs used in other iPhone mounts, and provides a very secure grip.

Once secured, the ball head allows you to rotate your phone 360 degrees, meaning you can get more precise with your photography composition.

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Flipping out the 3 short legs at the back of the Eocean Selfie-stick-Tripod converts the selfie-stick into a tripod, complete with anti-slip rubber feet.

The selfie-stick centre column can be extended up to 40″ (1m), meaning that the tripod can also grow to this height – taller than the other iphone tripods mentioned in this review.

However, I wouldn’t recommend leaving your phone attached to the Eocean Selfie-stick-Tripod at full height, since any gust of wind on an un-even surface could potentially send it toppling over.

The extendable length of the centre-column is useful in a pinch, but keeping it short and simply finding higher ground on which to place the tripod is a safer option ;-)

One thing I loved about this unusual contraption is the included wireless remote control, which clips in neatly to one of the tripod legs when not in use. Most remotes are completely separate from their main device, which usually means you’ll end up losing them!

When paired via bluetooth to your smartphone, the remote allows you to trigger the shutter release of your smartphone, allowing you take a selfie or group photo from a distance. Remotes also offer a more stable way to take a long exposure photo.

Whilst most smartphones feature timers on their cameras, having a remote is a great way to shoot off multiple consecutive images at will. The remote includes a rechargeable battery and a USB charging cable.

One thing to note is that the functionality of the zoom in/out and shutter buttons on the remote vary per phone. You may find yourself using one of the zoom buttons to take a photo!

Another great benefit of the Eocean Selfie-stick-Tripod is the way it can fold down to only 20.5cm (with the mount removed). For something that extends up to a metre in length, this is pretty impressive, and makes it all the more likely you’ll take it with you in your handbag or jacket pocket.

Despite its bargain-basement price, the Eocean Selfie-stick-Tripod feels durable and strong, made from aluminum to keep its weight down.

It’s a unique and versatile product that functions well as a selfie-stick and as a tripod for the iPhone, and the inclusion of a mount and remote control make it excellent value for money and genuinely useful.

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KobraTech Flexible

kobratech_selfieDimensions: 10 x 3 x 3″ (254 x 76.2 x 76.2 mm)
Weight: 86.18 g (0.19 lbs / 3.04 oz)
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The KobraTech Flexible Tripod for iPhone or Android is actually the only flexible tripod I feel comfortable recommending along side the aforementioned GorillaPod.

Its design differs from the rubberised balls of the GorillaPod, and dare I say, actually improves on it. The KobraTech Flexible also features an industrial grade metal ball joint and 1/4″ screw for durability – steer clear of anything that tries to save money by using plastic in these key areas.

Backed by a 2 year warranty, KobraTech seems to be a company many have never heard of, but still stands behind its products with a decent satisfaction guarantee many photographers expect in 2018.

The KobraTech Flexible comes with a carrying bag, GoPro mount, iPhone mount, and a wireless remote that can be paired with your smart phone to support a remote shutter release.

As previously mentioned, a remote can be a better alternative to using your smartphone’s timer function, since it allows you to fire off multiple images, all from a distance of up to 9 metres (30 feet).

The included iPhone mount extends up to 3.75″, meaning that it’s large enough for even the biggest iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note smartphones. You can even use the upper portion of the mount in combination with the grooves on the tripod’s legs when bent  to create a stand for your tablet.

The legs of the KobraTech Flexible are covered with a foamy-rubber-like material, which grips securely when the legs are bent around an object.

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It’s worth noting that the legs of the KobraTech Flexible aren’t as long as the GorillaPod, meaning it can’t wrap around wider posts and poles. However, it’s perfect for the average hand-rail you usually find when walking around with your smartphone.

While the GorillaPod can handle cameras up to 1kg, the KobraTech Flexible is aimed more at smartphone photographers or those with much smaller point and shoot cameras.

The ball head is altered via one twisting plastic screw cover, and allows you to position your phone in both landscape and portrait orientation (and every angle in between).

I found the KobraTech Flexible to be useful and functional – the perfect compact size to throw in a jacket pocket but still large enough to allow for some creative placement of my phone for mobile photography.

As with the other iphone tripods tested, the rigidity, length and grippiness of the legs provide a great place to grab for one-handed vlogging/self-portraits.

All in all, at under 17 bucks (latest price here), it’s hard to go wrong with this little smartphone tripod.

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Manfrotto B PIXI

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Dimensions: 7.28 x 3 x 3 ” (184.9 x 76.2 x 76.2 mm)
Max Height: 5.11 ” (129.79 mm)
Weight: 231.3 g (0.51 lb / 8.16 oz)
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The Manfrotto B PIXI is a great value for money mini tripod ideal for smartphone photography, from a company with a reputation for high quality tripods.

Its attractive, no-nonsense-but-functional design has won the hearts of many, and at around 20 bucks (see latest price), it’s a bit of a no-brainer to add to your gear collection.

The Manfrotto B PIXI features Manfrotto’s iconic red logo on a button at the front of the tripod, which when pressed, allows you to rotate the ball head freely. You secure the angle of the ball head by releasing the button.

I’m not too sure about the mechanics inside the B PIXI, but whatever is gripping hold of the ball inside the socket is remarkably strong – way stronger than you’d ever require to support a smatphone mount and even the bulkiest of smartphones.

If you look closely at the ball resting in the socket, you’ll see fine grooves running around it which no doubt help to create the impressive grip strength.

Small design features like these ‘ball-grooves’ are testament to Manfrotto’s impressive attention to detail and innovation in the most unlikely places.

Being able to position and lock the ball head in one quick button press/release is intuitive and actually quite addictive – you’ll find yourself pressing the button all day long, when carrying the PIXI in your pocket!

Fashioned out of durable techno-polymer and robust aluminum, the Manfrotto B PIXI was actually designed for use with entry level DSLRs, so can easily carry much lighter devices such as smartphones and action cameras.

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The Manfrotto B PIXI doesn’t come with any mount, but is compatible with any regular smartphone or action camera mount, thank to the standard 1/4″ screw and grippy rubber base plate.

Paired up with the Square Jellyfish Smart Phone Mount, the B-PIXI makes a great looking, sturdy base for your smartphone, and can be collapsed in a split second by simply squeezing the legs.

(Manfrotto do offer their own smartphone mount here, but I wasn’t able to get my hands on one in time for this review – I’d stick with the Square Jellyfish, which is backed up with hundreds of positive reviews.)

With its rubberised feet, the Manfrotto B PIXI should keep its grip on a table top or slippery surface too. It’s worth noting that although each leg can be independently moved, you should always extend each leg completely for the most stable support, and use the ball head to alter the angle of your smart phone.

When the legs are collapsed, the curvature and width of the legs themselves provide a comfortable grip to hold your smartphone at arm’s length for vlogging or taking a self portrait.

At only 231.3 g (0.51 lb / 8.16 oz), the B PIXI is feather light, and a lot of fun to use – it sounds strange to say this, since the B PIXI is such a simple device! It’s well designed and built, with no superfluous fluff and built with high-quality materials which will last a lifetime.

While flexible tripods such as those mentioned above in this review are versatile, nothing beats the simplicity of a fixed-length, rigid mini tripod if you need to get a quick stabilised shot.

I love how you can quickly adjust the Manfrotto B PIXI via the button, get your shot, then grab the legs together and move on in a flash.

It’s also the only mini tripod I carry in my camera bag to support the weight of my Sony a7 III + lens – I actually included it in my list of the best accessories for Sony cameras too.

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UbeeSize Aluminium

Ubeesize Aluminum Tripod

Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.9 x 2″ (190.5 x 73.66 x 50.8 mm)
Max Height: 11.6″ (294.64 mm)
Weight: 181.44 (0.4 lbs / 6.4 oz)
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The last iPhone tripod I want to recommend to you here is this compact and lightweight iPhone tripod by a company called UBeeSize.

The UbeeSize Albuminium actually stood out to me in a sea of black tripods – it’s refreshing to see silver being used for a change, and I have to say it makes this iPhone tripod look pretty cool!

The included smartphone mount allows you to attach any device up to 3.75″ in width, meaning it’s big enough for iPhone Plus phones and the Samsung Note.

As with the other iPhone tripods in this review that come with a smartphone mount, the mount can be removed completely to reveal a 1/4″ screw, allowing you to attach higher quality mounts such as the Square Jellyfish.

Made from strong and lightweight aluminum, the legs of the UbeeSize Albuminium can be adjusted individually to your preferred height. The 3-section adjustable legs extend up to a maximum height of  29.5cm (11.6″) – tall enough to be useful, but not so tall as to be unstable.

The ball head is designed for 360 degree rotation and 90 degree tilt, allowing you to easily get a portrait or landscape orientation shot with your mobile phone.

Adjustment is via a twistable grooved plastic screw grip, which is easy to grab hold of and twist even when wearing gloves, and fastens tightly and securely as you’d expect from a high-quality product.

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Also included with the UbeeSize Albuminium iPhone Tripod and smartphone mount is a carrying bag and bluetooth remote control.

The remote control features two buttons – one to take a picture using an iOS device, and the other to take one on an Android device. Range is about 9 metres (30 feet), and there’s also an eyelet on the remote through which to thread the included wrist strap, or your key-ring.

Another great thing about the UbeeSize Albuminium, and something that isn’t offered by any of the other iphone tripods in this list is a lifetime money back/replacement service.

I can’t see anything going wrong with the tripod since it feels durable and well built, but perhaps the slightly cheap feeling remote could malfunction in the future – it’s great to know that UbeeSize will stand behind their product if anything should go wrong.

Perhaps the best thing about the UbeeSize Albuminium is its price – its actually the cheapest iPhone tripod I reviewed, and at under 10 dollars, it’s hard to find any fault with it!

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Best iPhone Tripods | Final Words

People spend so much on the latest smartphones in a bid to take great photos, but it’s always surprising how few people actually own a smartphone tripod.

Investing a little money in a cheap iPhone tripod can make the difference between a sharp shot and a blurry one. It can also open the doors to self-portrait and vlogging opportunities, vastly extending the capabilities of your smartphone camera.

So take my advice – even if you don’t think you want a tripod for your iPhone, just buy one now and keep it tucked away in your everyday bag. They’re small and lightweight, so shouldn’t be a burden.

Then the next time you’re struggling to get a stablized photo or video, you can quickly whip out your mini tripod and get the shot you need.

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