By investing in a reliable video tripod, you get still photos without blur, smooth panning / tilting and protect your precious camera from danger. In the following article, I will cover 7 of the best camera tripods available under $ 200, specifically designed for use with video. I recommend that you check the product page for each model (which is linked for your convenience) to determine which option best suits your needs and budget.
ProVista 7518 from Tiffen Davis and Sanford offers a stiff design and high weight potential at an exorbitant price. The legs feature a three-piece double-strut design that can carry up to 25 kg. The liquid head has a quick release plate and a weight of 18 lbs. That’s enough for practically all DSLR cameras and most modern camcorders.
With high quality accessories at affordable prices, Benro has made a name for himself in the world of photography and video. The $ 195 video tripod kit supports camera configurations weighing up to 11 kg and can be expanded up to 60 inches. Using retractable rubber feet with steel spikes, the Benro video tripod can be used on almost any terrain.
The Bescor TH-770 is a solid entry-level model for video tripods priced at $ 115 and a 15-pound weight capacity. This is one of B & H’s best-selling video tripods and is currently down to less than $ 100 next week (until November 1, 2014). So, if you want to take advantage of the savings, you must react quickly.
Ravelli’s AVTP Professional model was the first video support I ever bought. It is still used today as a video backup medium. The quality of the design and construction is excellent, but the double-grip fluid head is not as smooth as the more expensive head than the 502HD of my Manfrotto. However, the Manfrotto costs nearly $ 50 more for the head. The price of AVTP is unbeatable.
The Mangus VT-4000 is a rugged tripod consisting of anodized aluminum feet and a two-way fluid head. It is adjustable from 27.6 inches to 59 inches, although the nominal weight is only 8 kg. While this works for most novice videographers, it may not be enough if you decide to upgrade to a larger, better camera in the future.