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Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod doubles as a video grip

Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod dou...
The Manfrotto Pixi is a small and portable tripod which can also be used as a video grip
The Manfrotto Pixi is a small and portable tripod which can also be used as a video grip
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A push-button mechanism (the red Manfrotto logo) is used to allow movement of the Pixi ball-head
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A push-button mechanism (the red Manfrotto logo) is used to allow movement of the Pixi ball-head
The Manfrotto Pixi is a small and portable tripod which can also be used as a video grip
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The Manfrotto Pixi is a small and portable tripod which can also be used as a video grip
When on tripod duty, the Manfrotto Pixi stands at 13.5 cm (5.31 inches) tall
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When on tripod duty, the Manfrotto Pixi stands at 13.5 cm (5.31 inches) tall
A standard tripod thread on the Manfrotto Pixi means it works with most cameras
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A standard tripod thread on the Manfrotto Pixi means it works with most cameras
The curve of the legs on the Manfrotto Pixi mean that it's comfortable to use as a video grip
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The curve of the legs on the Manfrotto Pixi mean that it's comfortable to use as a video grip
The Manfrotto Pixi measures just 18.5 cm (7.3 inches) long when closed and weighs 0.23 kg (0.51 lbs)
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The Manfrotto Pixi measures just 18.5 cm (7.3 inches) long when closed and weighs 0.23 kg (0.51 lbs)
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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.

A push-button mechanism (the red Manfrotto logo) is used to allow movement of the Pixi ball-head
A push-button mechanism (the red Manfrotto logo) is used to allow movement of the Pixi ball-head

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.

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4 comments
willemco
Why isn't this available for Smartphones? Do I REALLY have to sit down and design something like that MYSELF? Surely, someone out there can come up with an idea how to fix this damned thing to a Smartphone? Preferably my Galaxy S3...
simoncrisp
@willemco: Something like the Joby GripTight should do the trick.
willemco
>simoncrisp: Excellent! Only 1,500 pesos here in the Philippines. When I was in NZ a couple of months ago, I saw a little sheet of 'plastic' that you could drop on your dashboard and would stick. You then could drop your phone on top of that and it would 'stick' as well... Great when using your phone as a GPS. That, combined with the 'tripod'-grip for manual use would be THE solution. It's all coming together...
Ed
Uh...isn't this something *ANY* table-top tripod can do? And cheaper too?Unless this tripod has a remote shutter trigger on it, then this thing can do nothing more than any other table-top tripod! Now *THAT* would be something to report about!