Whether we’re running to pick up a carton of milk at the grocery store or running to catch an international flight, few of us leave home without our cell phones, regardless of the trip’s length. One of the many benefits of having a smartphone in our pockets 24/7 is the ability to turn into a photographer at a moment’s notice. But if you do have more than a moment, a tripod explicitly designed for cell phones can turn a good picture into a great picture.
Cell phone tripods are designed specifically to work with smartphones, in some cases including attachments designed to hold phones as well as digital cameras, while other tripods work only with your phone. Having a tripod that is compact, lightweight, includes a wireless remote, and can be set up quickly can help eliminate the need to take your oversized DSLR with you on vacation or to important functions, with the tripod as the perfect photography assistant. Wide-angle shots? No problem. Group pics? Got it. Want to record your child’s dance recital? Eliminate the dreaded shaky video-syndrome that plagues most home videos and capture a performance that can be enjoyed by family members for years to come.
Not only are cell phone tripods an easy and inexpensive way to improve the quality of your pictures and videos, but they’re also great for everyday use. Whether you’re using them as a holder for FaceTime or need both hands when video conferencing at work, cell phone tripods are a multi-functional tool that extends the usefulness of your phone. Check out a list of our favorite cell phone tripods below.
1. UBeesize Portable and Adjustable Camera Stand Holder
The UBeesize Portable and Adjustable Camera Stand Holder works with smartphones, digital cameras and sports cameras like GoPros, making it a versatile option for all photographers. The UBeesize Portable Stand has a wireless remote that allows users to take photos from up to 30 feet away, making it great for group shots and wide-angle views. The updated version of the stand, shown here, includes stronger material for peerless durability and has decreased the defect rate by 80 percent.
Pros: We like that the stand can handle smartphones, GoPros and digital cameras that are up to 3.75-inches wide. When not taking photos, the stand doubles as a holder for smartphones or tablets, with the durable foam and plastic octopus-style legs able to sit on a flat surface, wrap around the arm of a table and more.
Cons: Oversized smartphones may not fit the UBeesize without removing the phone case.
2. Acuvar 50 Inch Aluminum Camera Tripod
Modeled after traditional tripods, the lightweight and portable Acuvar 50 Inch Aluminum Camera Tripod has wireless remote capabilities. Professional photographers and anyone looking for a tripod that is reliable and will take steady shots and videos will love the Acuvar, which has the ability to control smartphones using the keychain-sized wireless remote that works up to 30 feet away. The tripod is easy to use thanks to its fast neck extension, swivel abilities, and quick release plate that makes switching between smartphones and digital cameras a breeze.
Pros: The Acuvar is lightweight and comes with a travel bag, making it ideal for photographers on the go. The Acuvar includes both a smartphone mount and a universal screw that can be used to safely attach digital cameras.
Cons: The Acuvar works best on flat surfaces and can’t contour to poles and table legs like the Ubeesize Portable and Adjustable Camera Stand Holder.
3. Eocean 54 Inch Extendable Selfie Stick Stand Camera Tripod
Get three products in one with the Eocean 54 Inch Extendable Selfie Stick Stand Camera Tripod, which is a selfie stick, a table tripod and handheld tripod in one product. With a tension holder for smartphones, a GoPro adapter and a screw mount for safely securing DSLRs and compact digital cameras, the Eocean works as both a traditional camera tripod and one specially designed for smartphones. The Eocean has six height settings and can go from 12.2 inches to 54 inches, making it one of the tallest tripods on our list. It also comes with rubberized non-slip foot pads for added stability and security.
Pros: The Eocean comes with a rechargeable wireless remote that has a charging time of only 30 minutes, a standby time of three months and a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
Cons: The Eocean doesn’t come with a carrying case.
4. Sturdy Tiger Flexible Tripod
For a tripod that will easily bend under pressure but won’t crack or tear apart even in the harshest of conditions, we recommend the Sturdy Tiger Flexible Tripod. Designed for use with smartphones, GoPros, DSLRs, digital cameras and more, the Sturdy Tiger comes with a wireless Bluetooth remote that works up to 30 feet away. With its bendable legs, the Sturdy Tiger can stand upright or wrap itself around poles, table legs and more.
Pros: The mini tripod can rotate a full 360 degrees, making it easy to adjust your smartphone or camera to the optimal position for any shot.
Cons: The wireless remote isn’t rechargeable.
5. Xenvo SquidGrip iPhone Tripod
If you’re looking for a lightweight tripod with a superior grip that can handle just about any surface, try the Xenvo SquidGrip iPhone Tripod. The flexible tripod legs are made with durable neo-rubber that provides a tight and secure grip on any surface you bend it around, making this an excellent option for attaching to bike handles, table legs and more. The all-metal construction ball head rotates 360 degrees and allows for a 90-degree vertical movement. Compatible with just about any smartphone, the Xenvo also comes with a GoPro mount.
Pros: The Xenvo has a lifetime warranty against breakage.
Cons: The Xenvo is one of the most expensive tripods on our list.