Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod doubles as a video grip
The latest tripod from Manfrotto is designed not only to keep your camera steady when taking photos, but also while shooting video. The Pixi, which is designed to be used with anything from a smartphone to an entry-level DSLR, can be deployed as a mini table-top tripod when its legs are splayed, and then a video grip when they're collapsed.
Measuring just 18.5 cm (7.3 in) long when closed and weighing 0.23 kg (0.51 lbs), the Manfrotto Pixi is small enough to be thrown into most bags, ready to be called upon whenever you need added stability. Unlike many mini tripods, it also looks like it could actually be sturdy enough to be worth carrying around.
When on tripod duty, the Pixi stands at 13.5 cm (5.31 inches) tall and with a standard tripod thread it works with most cameras. Its head can rotate 360 degrees and tilt up or down by 35 degrees. A push-button mechanism (the red Manfrotto logo) is used to allow movement of the ball-head, and simply releasing it locks the head in place.
But while the stainless steel Pixi appears to be a capable tripod, its skills don't end there. The curve of its legs mean that it's also comfortable to use as a video grip. This could not only be handy for removing the wobble from videos, but also for achieving different camera angles.
With a maximum capacity of 1 kg (2.2 lbs), the Pixi can be used with smaller DSLRs, compact system cameras, compact cameras and smartphones. Manfrotto's Klyp case could also come in handy if you want to steady an iPhone.
The Manfrotto Pixi is available now for US$28.