Whatever your style of photography there will be times when you will need a decent tripod for your bridge camera, DSLR or even your compact camera.
You will certainly need a tripod to get the best results in landscape, portrait or still life shots and for wildlife photography where you may want to operate the camera remotely or wirelessly. A steady but functional tripod is an essential piece of kit. Then there’s travel photography.
On this page we will look at some of the most popular and top rated tripods for bridge cameras for sale on Amazon UK. We cover a range of models from very portable small tripods to more traditional but reasonably priced professional style models.
When Should I Use A Tripod?
Beginners often ask if they really need to spend more money on a tripod. The answer is no, to begin with. As the desire for better, sharper well framed images grows then the answer will change to a resounding yes. Here are some reasons in the following video why to use a tripod, with a short summary below.
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- To provide stability to your landscape photography shots and remove camera shake.
- When taking sunsets or night-time shots
- When taking action shots and sports photography
- When taking close-ups- eg nature photography
- To allow you time to frame your shot perfectly
- When you are using the longer focal lengths of a zoom
- When you want to fire the shot remotely
- Many, many more uses for a tripod
Top Rated Tripods Suitable for Bridge Cameras
Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom Tripod for DSLR and Bridge Cameras
I love this one. This unique tripod can be wrapped around banisters, railings, branches or anything secure enough to provide stability to your shots. It has received over 390 buyer reviews to date with an approval rating of 4.4 out of a possible 5 stars. Priced at under £30 this tripod could be in every photographers kit bag.
- Suitable for SLR/Bridge cameras up to 3KG
- Leg joints, made of ABS plastic, bend and rotate 360 degrees
- Fully flexible legs can wrap around all sorts of items securely – it’s down to your imagination
- Foot grips are rubberised for enhanced stability
- Ball head not supplied
Buyers just raved about the ‘flexibility’ of the GorillaPod SLR. It has so many quirky uses and yet is stable enough for the heaviest bridge camera. See it demonstrated in the video below.
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There is a cheaper and more lightweight version, the Joby GripTight Gorilla which would suit most compact cameras, but for bridge cameras or DSLR’s most reviewers recommend the model we have reviewed above.
Manfrotto BeFree Compact Lightweight Travel Tripod
A very popular, robust and compact tripod weighing only 1.4kg. This BeFree model is dedicated to those photographers who love travelling. Own this and you will never have to compromise on picture quality because of having to leave your tripod at home. It is just that portable.
Keeps your camera both steady and locked in position for sharp images every time.
This Manfrotto BeFree model has over 200 reviews at Amazon UK and shows a 4.7 out of 5 star approval rating.
It is currently available for under £120 and is a real bargain as well as a much loved purchase.
- Quick release aluminium leg locking system
- Just 40cm long when closed
- Shoulder bag included
- Maximum height 1450mm
- Lightweight, sturdy and strong
The video below shows the Manfrotto BeFree tripod in action
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