Often, it’s when we’re on the go that we get inspired by the world around us to capture some fantastic video or photos. I don’t know how many times I’ve been out and about when that moment arose, I pulled out my smartphone or camera, and started recording only to be frustrated later because of how shaky my shot was. Even with a steady hand, there are times when I want a super stable tripod shot, but carrying around a full-size tripod isn’t doable. This is why I love having the MV-T1 compact tripod when I am doing any photo or video work. Even when I don’t plan on capturing any shots, this thing is so small that I can easily keep it in my bag, laptop case, or in the glove box of my car.
The MV-T1 is made of durable aluminum alloy, which means that it is solid. It can support up to 11 pounds, so it is excellent not only for smartphones but also for many cameras. Because it is pretty low to the ground, you can use it to capture some pretty cool low angle shots down to a height of 3 inches or use the extension tube, allowing it to adjust up to 16 inches tall. I’ve used the MV-T1 many times on tabletops and counters and even with a microphone mounted to it on my desk since it uses 1/4 inch threads, which are pretty standard with a ton of video and audio equipment.
Another nice thing about having the MV-T1 around, even if I am getting a handheld shot, the base collapses in pretty tight, so I can use the tripod as an added grip and still quickly transition into a tripod shot. I, often, will use this in conjunction with other gear that I have including mobile microphones and lights that attach to my smartphone mount and then to the MV-T1. Because of how strong it is I’ve been able to use it with all that gear and extend the tube out handheld, using it sort of as a selfie stick (but much stronger) to capture video of myself. With the case that comes included with the MV-T1, it makes taking it on the go super easy as it can easily clip on my bag or belt loop. That’s why this is one piece of gear that I always try to have with me and am confident will support my equipment.