For enhanced quality, composition, and creativity of your shots, it’s always a good idea to use a tripod. Manfrotto, the renowned gear manufacturer, produces one of the best tripods you can find. But how to choose one?

We’ve compiled the list of the 9 best Manfrotto tripods based on their functionality, stability, and durability. Read this review to find your next tripod buddy!

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Editor’s choice: Manfrotto 475B Pro Geared

Best value for money: Manfrotto MT190X3

Best for DSLR cameras: Manfrotto MT190XPRO4

Manfrotto 475B Pro Geared

Pros:

  • Super stable
  • Excellent leg locks
  • Stellar center brace strut system
  • Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) system

Cons:

  • Heavy

Specs:

  • Head Type: no head
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Min Height: 17 inches
  • Max Height: 74 inches
  • Weight: 4.3kg

Features

Easy deployment and positioning

This Manfrotto tripod features quick-action leg locks that can easily be deployed - you'll be able to start shooting right away. Fine-tuning the positioning of the tripod is also easy: the non-rollback three-faceted center column will assist you in that and give added control over your movements. There is also a spirit level, which helps you accurately lock the positioning before a series of shoots, which is just perfect for panoramas. You can also frame your shot symmetrically or asymmetrically by locking the legs at the same angle or locking them individually.

Mid-level spreader for better stability

The built-in mid-level spreader gives the tripod some anti-torsional rigidity and doesn’t let the legs accidentally be knocked wider apart. This mid-level spreader gives the advantage of staying well out of the mud and dirt, compared to a ground-level spreader or dolly, and is more suitable for use on uneven grounds.

Final verdict

The Manfrotto 475B Pro Geared tripod comes with a solid aluminum build and offers unrivaled stability. It incorporates a unique center brace structure system, reliable quick-action leg locks, non-rollback geared center column, spirit level, and rubber/metal spiked feet.

The center brace system can be operated in a symmetric or asymmetric way, allowing you to achieve fast positioning through the instant opening of all legs, and individual setting of the angle of each leg for greater flexibility.  The telescopic center braces come with two click-stop positions that allow you to easily find the same spread angle on all three legs. With its capabilities, it is one of the best tripods on the market - definitely worth our “Editor’s Choice” badge.

Manfrotto Befree 2N1

Pros:

  • Premium design
  • Built-in full-size monopod
  • Offers M-lock tripod locking system
  • Compact

Cons:

  • Non-adjustable feet

Specs:

  • Head Type: Ball
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Min Height: 15.75 inches
  • Max Height: 59.06 inches
  • Weight: 1.6kg

Features

Integrated aluminum monopod
The Befree 2n1 tripod includes an integrated full-size aluminum monopod that can be easily mounted in several steps. Simply unlock the dedicated mechanism on the leg with the leg warmer on, and pull out the tripod column - you’ll see two solid aluminum blocks that can be joined together with the dedicated cap screwed under the column. This monopod can handle up to 5kg payload.

Versatile leg-angle selector
The ergonomic leg-angle selector was incorporated to be used by both right and left-handed photographers, allowing everyone to change shooting perspectives intuitively. It also enables you to find the right tripod height without losing focus on the shot. The Befree 2n1 can be set to three independent leg angle positions, which guarantees full shooting versatility for all the creative ideas outdoors.

Final verdict

If you're looking for an affordable tripod that is compact, portable, and lightweight, and can also become a full-sized monopod, then Manfrotto Befree 2n1 is the jackpot. This tripod is a great all-around performer, coming especially in handy if you’re planning to take a lot of trips for landscape or astrophotography. Its 1.6kg weight allows a maximum height of 150cm, which is just the ticket for most photographers. It fully features a new ball head and M-lock legs with independent switching are impressively effective.

Manfrotto MT190XPRO4

Pros:

  • Rotatable bubble level
  • Fast assembling
  • Great leg angle selectors
  • Easy Link connector

Cons:

  • Quite large

Specs:

  • Head Type: no head
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Min Height: 3.15 inches
  • Max Height: 63 inches
  • Weight: 2kg

Features

Extremely user-friendly
This tripod is astonishingly easy to use - no steep learning curve with this buddy. You can switch orientation while the camera’s still attached, which saves time and keeps the workflow uninterrupted. Ergonomic leg angle selectors let you move each leg independently, allowing for quick positioning. Meanwhile, the in-built bubble level at the top of the center column ensures total framing precision. Rotating freely around the center column to capture new perspectives is easier than ever.

Easy to set up and disassemble
The horizontal column is comprised of 4 sections and is made from lightweight aluminum. The column is designed to ensure greater portability - it slots into the tripod’s top casting, and keeps it nice and compact when down.  When setting the tripod up, just use the power lock levers to block or unblock each section to tweak as needed. You can easily grip and maneuver the handles, enjoying a full secure lockup of the tripod. Additionally, there’s an option to pair it with accessories via an Easy Link connector.

Final verdict

The Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 is a durable tripod made of high-quality aluminum construction. It’s packed with some pro-level features, promising to open up new creative possibilities. It’s also lightweight, 2kg only, making it easy to take the tripod on the go for outdoor photography trips. The model comes with Quick Power Leg Locks that let you easily release the lock on each leg singlehandedly. There is a special mechanism for extending the column to 90 degrees, giving you more flexibility for shot framing and shooting from creative angles.

Manfrotto MVH502A 546BK-1

Pros:

  • Robust body
  • Excellent panning and tilting capabilities
  • Telescopic mid-level spreader
  • Fluid drag head

Cons:

  • Pricey

Specs:

  • Head Type: Fluid
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Min Height: 16.1 inches
  • Max Height: 64.8 inches
  • Weight: 5.3kg

Features

Versatile and smart
This Manfrotto comes as a kit with a fluid video head and a tripod with a mid-level spreader, meaning you will have everything you need in one box. The mount has a 75mm half ball for you to easily get the gear into the perfect position. The fluid video head supports interchangeable lens cameras and wider HDSLRs, while its fluid drag system is capable of counterbalancing payloads of up to 4kg and handling loads of 7kg. You can forget about the angle wobbling, no matter the equipment you’re using.

Intuitive and versatile design
Thanks to the smart and intuitive design of this tripod, you can easily link accessories like lights and microphones straight to the photo head. The two link connectors are made to assist you in that, with the flexibility to attach whatever your heart desires. It supports up to 20kg of the added weight of attached accessories thanks to the tripod’s aluminum crown and a rigid two-stage design. With a flick of a handle, you can secure the legs steadily in one place, while the rubber feet and overshoes also keep a sturdy grip on the ground. You can even pair this tripod with a pair of dollies  - that’s how versatile this gear is.

Final verdict

If you’re looking for a Manfrotto tripod with accurate controls, sturdy and lasting construction, and a reasonable price point, then this is the choice. This two-stage tripod with a solid aluminum body and fluid drag system can handle cameras and accessories of up to 12kg and includes Easy Link sockets for external monitors or other gear. You can adjust the legs as precisely as you want them for your shot via the telescopic mid-level spreader. What you get with this tripod is a firm grip, excellent camera stability, flexibility, and convenience when it comes to actual use and transportation.

Manfrotto MKELES5BL-BH

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Legs can spread independently in three positions
  • Telescopic mechanism
  • Twist lock system

Cons:

  • No clip locks included

Specs:

  • Head Type: Ball
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Min Height: 14.2 inches
  • Max Height: 56.3 inches
  • Weight: 1.2kg

Features

Lightweight and versatile
Versatile positioning on almost any surface is the signatory feature of this tripod. The legs can spread independently with the three-leg-angle stop allowing for more flexibility. Getting into the perfect position with smooth and rapid movements is as easy as ever with the in-built twist lock mechanism - as a photographer, you will get the freedom to focus on your shot. The tripod is lightweight and portable, and you can rely on the spring-loaded hook on the bottom of the center column if you feel like adding a little extra weight for better stability.

High payload and good shot framing

The tripod is designed to perfectly fit the CSC cameras and to seamlessly hold payloads up to 4kg. Its aluminum ball head is made to deliver the smoothest movements when framing a shot - it firmly locks the equipment where you need it. For landscape photographers, some features come especially useful, like the separate head’s pan lock that enables you to take amazing panoramas thanks to the 360-degree pan index. The ball head features an Arca-type quick-release plate to ensure that the gear is balanced when combined with zoom lenses.

Final verdict

Incredibly versatile, compact, lightweight, durable, and easy it works with - that’s it about the Manfrotto MKELES5BL-BH.  The removable telescoping center column allows for easy mounting of the ball head directly to the center section. The spring-loaded hook together with the center column is removable as well, with the latter being capable of mounting upside-down, this way lowering the camera to the ground. The kit includes some removable rock/ice picks and three Allen wrenches for adjustments. Every little detail of this tripod is easy to work with, as everything is either removable or adjustable, and easily twistable.

Manfrotto MT190X3

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Quick Power Lock system
  • Integrated Easy Link plug
  • Legs can be adjusted independently

Cons:

  • Legs have troubled balancing

Specs:

  • Head Type: no head
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Min Height: 3.54 inches
  • Max Height: 63 inches
  • Weight: 2kg

Features

Comfortable grip and adaptability
Releasing the legs of this 3-section tripod only requires one movement, meaning you get to start shooting right away with no delays. The single-handed grip is comfortable to hold, and the intuitive leg angle enables the customization of each leg to a predetermined angle. The ground-level adapter can be placed at the top casting and linked with the leg angles to reach super-low positions while ensuring greater stability.  The QPL levers are also meant to offer a more powerful lock while keeping the tripod firmer than traditional lever designs.

Easy link connector for accessories
Using the Easy Link connector at the top casting of the Manfrotto 190X helps attach a video or photo accessory like a flash or LED light. You can fit the gear to an extending arm or bracket, this way turning the tripod into a portable and adaptable mobile studio.

Final verdict

Manfrotto 190X is a great choice if you’re looking for a sturdy and stable tripod for a great price. The tripod is high enough for most photographers to use without the extending central column, and the 7kg payload accommodates most systems. You can shoot both straight down and at extremely low levels thanks to the liftable center column which you can angle own by 90 degrees. The legs and overall mechanism are compact and stable, and the new locks grip the tripod legs firmly, allowing for superb stability.

Manfrotto PIXI Mini

Pros:

  • Minimalist design
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Convenient grip
  • Push-button mechanism

Cons:

  • No vertical orientation

Specs:

  • Head Type: Ball
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Min Height: 5.3 inches
  • Max Height: 5.3 inches
  • Weight: 0.191kg

Features

Easy-to-use and flexible
Whether you want to use the tripod legs or shoot without them, the Manfrotto PIXI allows you to do both. It’s an ideal option for those looking for a lightweight and easy-to-use tripod that can help you capture flawless shots. With the newly-introduced push-button mechanism in this model, you can position and lock the ball head in just one quick movement. The ball joint can also be released to move freely with a push of a button - the ball gets unlocked automatically in a chosen position.

Final verdict

The Manfrotto PIXI tripod might not be a go-to for professional creators, but it’s a great option for occasional use with all types of devices, from DSLRs to action cameras to smartphones thanks to its universal connection socket. It’s a perfect pocked-sized tripod with excellent design and a firm aluminum build. Its simplicity but simultaneously its durability and stability make it a popular choice among enthusiast photographers. Lightweight and portable, the PIXI can offer much room for angle adjustments.

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Pros:

  • Innovative design
  • Sturdy construction
  • Bubble Level rotation
  • Easy Link connector

Cons:

  • Heavy and large

Specs:

  • Head Type: no head
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Min Height: 3.54 inches
  • Max Height: 67 inches
  • Weight: 2.5kg

Features

Stable and rigid
This Manfrotto tripod offers superb stability and durability thanks to its carbon fiber tubes and the new Quick Power lock mechanism that firmly locks the legs on the terrain. The gear absorbs vibrations and is light and is a lot easier to carry around compared to an aluminum tripod. The MT055CXPRO3 is a good choice for travel photographers exactly for those reasons.

Easy and quick setup
Extending the center column of this tripod is easy and fast - no additional equipment is needed. you can open it with one hand in one simple movement, and position each tripod leg to a predetermined angle for more precise shot framing. The carbon fiber-3 section is equipped with an innovative bubble level that moves and rotates freely around the column, allowing you to place the camera as you want without worrying about anything obscuring it.

Final verdict

The MT055CXPRO3 is one of the best Manfrotto tripods for still photography. The flip locks, leg angle selectors, and extendable center column make this gear offer some serious competition to more popular options. This tripod is a perfect choice if you are looking for a sturdy, well-built, and wealthy in features tripod that comes at an affordable price point. Although this tripod might be less compact and lightweight than others on our list, it’s still worth considering.

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Pros:

  • Rotating center column
  • Thick, sturdy legs
  • Low minimum height
  • Easy Link connector

Cons:

  • Relatively heavy

Specs:

  • Head Type: Ball
  • Material: Carbon fiber
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Min Height: 3.54 inches
  • Max Height: 66.93 inches
  • Weight: 2.1kg

Features

Clever design and comfortable grip
Thanks to the Quick Power Lock levers, the legs of the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 tripod are fast and easy to extend and adjust. The intuitive design of those levers also allows for a comfortable and firm grip of the leg locks, even if you’re using the tripod single-handedly. In a single movement, all the legs are getting released, and with a powerful locking of each section, the tripod acts stable and sturdy. The leg angle selectors enable you to set each leg independently into any angle, giving you much freedom with positioning and shot framing.  

Rotating center column and strong legs
It’s easy to switch from landscape to portrait mode with this tripod with the help of the rotating center column. You don’t even have to remove any equipment to move between the modes. The built-in bubble level lets you take the shot whenever you have the opportunity and don’t miss anything - it rotates the center column for your shot to be lined up precisely. The tripod legs are another distinctive feature, as they’re incredibly strong: even the thinnest parts are over half an inch thick, which helps minimize vibrations and keep the steadiness and firm grip.  

Final verdict

The Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 is the perfect option if you’re looking for the following combination of features: steady, solidly built, smart design, and feature-richness. Its super strong adjustable legs will offer you uncompromised stability when shooting, and easily switching between different shooting modes will appeal to many photographers. It’s slightly heavier than the CXPRO3 - meaning, it’s a little bulky since the previous version is already quite heavy - but the folded length works just fine for most situations.

How we picked the best

Light weight


The weight of the tripod is an important aspect to consider when making your choice since in many situations you’ll likely be carrying it around. The weight is influenced by the construction material: carbon fiber is lighter than aluminum which is a tad heavier but more affordable.

Great stability

Stability means a tripod has to be free from shakes and vibrations and be made of a rigid material yet again. When quality is combined with clever design, consider you got a combo. Look for flexible and heavy-duty joints made of durable materials.

Durable

Durability, stability, and weight are all interlinked. Again here, carbon fiber is as lightweight as it is strong and durable. It also has better resistance to weather, corrosion, and scratches, and is considered more durable than its aluminum counterparts.

Why are Manfrotto tripods so good?

Manfrotto produces professional gear that greatly balances the price-quality ratio.

What is the lightest Manfrotto tripod?

Manfrotto PIXI Mini is the lightest tripod on our list, weighing slightly under 200g.