8 Best Selfie Tripods | March 2017

We spent 34 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. We think it's time for smartphone photography to move up a notch and to move beyond selfie sticks. Try one of these selfie tripods. They'll let you (and your friends) pose for perfectly stable and well-framed self portraits. Skip to the best selfie tripod on Amazon.
8 Best Selfie Tripods | March 2017


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The Accmor AC-13TR Self-Portrait selfie stick and tripod combo is suitable for use with your phone, camera, or with many video recording devices. Its contoured handle has an excellent grip surface perfect for snapping action shots.
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The XCSOURCE DC494 Monopod Bundle with Tripod is a very low cost option, and one you'll appreciate as you try to select the absolute best way to snap that perfect shot. Use the selfie stick, the tripod, or combine the two.
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Unlike so many selfie/tripod combinations that are essentially two separate items that sort of work together, the GEPRO X-Snap Handheld Tripod is truly one unit. The tripod collapses to be the handle when it's used as a monopod.
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Whether you use it like a monopod, a selfie stick or as a tripod, the Foneso Extendable Aluminum Monopod Tripod will help you snap selfies or stable images using almost any type or size of smartphone.
  • allows 270 degree rotation
  • remote shutter control option
  • tripod legs may not perch evenly
Brand Foneso
Model pending
Weight 12.8 ounces
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While the actual tripod setup of the Accmor Tabletop Bluetooth Tripod/monopod is a bit too small to offer excellent stability, its legs are well machined and ensure a level image wherever you can find level ground, or tabletop, of course.
  • vertical or horizontal mount options
  • available in many colors
  • not safe for use in high winds
Brand Accmor
Model Rhythm-Pro-Monopod
Weight 11.2 ounces
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The ChargerCity MegaGrab2 Easy-Adjust Smartphone holder tripod is cheap to buy and rather cheaply made, but given the light weight of the average phone, it can reliably hold your phone and aim its lens where you want it: at yourself.
  • anti-shock soft rubber coating
  • spring lock megagrab mechanism
  • weighs less than 5 ounces
Brand ChargerCity
Model MT IPH+SW12
Weight 5.3 ounces
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Now it's no problem if you have no flat surface on which to place your tripod. The iEazy 3in1 Portable Octopus-style adjustable tripod and selfie stick can wrap its "legs" around a vertical or horizontal bar to support your phone.
  • holds phones between 50mm and 100mm wide
  • covered in nonslip material
  • remote control has 6-month battery life
Brand iEazy
Model pending
Weight 3.2 ounces
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This Tripod 3-in-1 from LifeStyle Designs can certainly help you snap smartphone selfies of yourself and the gang when you're on vacation or on the town, but it's also stable and well-built enough to support a real camera.
  • works with gopro and video cameras
  • sturdy enough for some dslr cameras
  • features standard ¼" accessory thread
Brand LifeStyle Designs
Model 3303244
Weight 1.3 pounds

A Perfect Love Triangle

Suzy's in love with Jeff, but he's in love with her best friend Anna, who loves him back, but isn't sure whether her love for Jeff is greater or more important than her love for her bestie.

It's a classic love triangle, and it's a tough geometric combination to challenge. It also has a lot to do with tripods.

Mathematically, three legs is enough. You could, I suppose demand, four legs, or even a dozen, but it turns out that it would actually decrease your stability if you added any more legs.

Why is this? Well, you see, it only takes three points to define a plane in basic geometry. I was an English major, so I'm going to employ a little practical experiment here to make my point clear.

Take a piece of paper (the plane) and rest it on the tips of your thumb, index, and middle fingers (the three points). Make small adjustments to the positioning of your fingers and you'll notice that the paper always rests flat on all three points, even as it changes its own orientation.

Now, add a fourth finger to the mix. In order for the plane to keep in touch with all four points, it begins to bend, to distort, to lose stability.

So, when it's time to balance our expensive phones and cameras on something, a good triangle seems like the best bet.

In Defense Of The Selfie

Millennials take a lot of flack for taking selfies.

A now uncountable number of "think pieces" (page fillers for a 24-hour internet news cycle that is forever desperate for hits) has been written on the topic with titles like, Are Selfies Ruining Your Relationships? or 10 Ways Selfies Are Ruining Society.

Very few of these pieces rely on anything more than anecdotal data, statistically anomalous occurrences of death or injury resulting from sheer stupidity, or–my personal favorite–fear of a changing world.

The thinking among large swaths of Generation Xers and older is that the Millennials are self-obsessed, lazy ne'er-do-wells completely and utterly dependent on the technology of their day.

There is, admittedly, some small truth in this. Trends in advertising have locked in on young humanity's need to see ourselves reflected in the pool.

But that need isn't completely sated by advertising and the media, especially if you're not a young white male.

Traditionally, the most elusive and sought-after target of the US consumer market has been 18-24-year-old white males. Funny thing is, that demographic takes far fewer selfies than its female counterpart.

One probable reason for this? Selfies gratify a part of us that seeks representation in media. The only group consistently, overwhelmingly represented in US media from advertising to film and television, is male, almost always white, and between the ages of 18 and 35.

For the rest of the world, selfies are a way to tip the scales of media representation, a way to empower oneself to say, "I'm here, too. I'm a person, and I matter."

Three Legs For A Long Time

While the selfie itself is a relatively recent phenomenon, the tripod goes back at least as far as ancient Greece.

I'm sure not too many people think about it while they're putting their selfie tripod in just the right place, but the oracle at Delphi, named Pythia, sat herself on a three-legged stool when reading into the future and the nature of the universe for Apollo. Mythology is pretty cool like that.

Knowing what we know about the Greeks co-opting a majority of their mathematics from the Persian Empire and Arabic scholars in Egypt, it's pretty safe to assume that the stability of a three-legged seat was known throughout the Middle East for centuries leading up to its recording in Greek literature, pottery, painting, and sculpture.

Tripods as we think of them today developed as stabilizing instruments for land survey equipment. In the middle of the 19th century, photographers took the leveling scope off the surveyor's tripod and replaced it with a large format camera.

Since then, the tripod has been the preferred device for camera stability in still photography and video, though film makers got a new toy in the 70s called the steadycam.

Do you need a $10,000 counterbalance vest for your selfies? I'm going to say no, unequivocally. Would a tripod be nice, though? Absolutely.



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