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The best tripods for the iPad

These days, the iPad camera is in demand more than ever, famous for its excellent videoconferencing, film-making, photography, home security, and other visual pursuits. While iPad cameras may not be optimal for certain photographic or video purposes — your smartphone is more flexible and easier to handle — the newest iPads and iPad Pros rock some of the highest-quality tablet cameras available. Both the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro models boast 12-megapixel rear cameras coupled with a powerful A12Z Bionic SoC (System on Chip) to handle 5 trillion operations per second.

Aside from photography, you likely already use your iPad for other visual presentations, like reading sheet music, watching videos, chatting, teaching, public speaking, reading e-books, and giving performances. Keeping your large tablet steady as you shoot or observe can be a challenge, and that’s where iPad tripods come in handy. We’ve gathered a few of the best tripods for the iPad.

Weiyudang iPad Tripod Stand

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Regardless of how high you need to position your iPad — and regardless of which tablet you’re using — the Weiyudang iPad Tripod Stand is there for you. The stand works with the iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 11, and iPad Air 10.5, iPad 9.7, as well as various Android tablets. The lightweight folding aluminum design makes it easy to tote anywhere. Its stable, foldable body comes with a carrying case to save space. You can adjust the height from 20 inches to 60 inches for video recording, chat, movies, and e-books. It rotates 360 degrees and can be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientation or any position you choose.

UBeesize 50’’ Extendable Lightweight Aluminum Tripod Stand

UBeesize

The UBeesize is a multifunctional, versatile unit that works with a variety of devices, including cell phones, GoPros, and small cameras, and it ships with a tablet holder for iPad viewing, video, photography, YouTube, vlogging, and live streaming. Durable and lightweight at just 1.05 pounds, the UBeesize 50-inch tripod stand is made of aluminum alloy that provides stable support. It is extendable from 16 to 50 inches, with easy flip lock legs. The built-in bubble view levels and three-way pan head help frame your scene, while the 360-degree swivel captures panoramic images, changing from portrait to landscape mode as needed. A Bluetooth remote control lets you shoot photos or videos from up to 33 feet away.

Saiji Tablet Stand Holder

SAIJI Tablet Stand Holder

The Saiji is a desktop tablet stand compatible with 4.7- to 12.9-inch phones and tablets. Use it with pretty much any iPad, including the latest models. It also works with Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Surface Pro series, and Samsung Galaxy Tab series. The Saiji Tablet Stand Holder’s width is adjustable from 4.7 inches to 8.85 inches while the height is adjustable from 11.4 inches to 18.1 inches. It rotates 360 degrees. The horizontal 76-degree angle is adjustable, offering the most comfortable viewing angles and ergonomic eye-level height for watching and recording videos, viewing photos, reading, typing, and playing games. It’s constructed with a sturdy aluminum-crafted column, a counterweighted round base with anti-slip silicone pads, balance-of-gravity design, and supports that keep the screen stable when you touch it.

Peyou Aluminum Tripod Stand

If you’re photographing events, sports, and any activity indoors or out, consider the Peyou Aluminum Tripod Stand with its flexible two-in-one iPhone and tablet mount holder. Its four-section aluminum alloy legs extend to 50 inches, and it features a built-in bubble view level and three-way head for tilt and swivel motion for portrait or landscape shooting. The detachable mounting plate makes it easier to release and install the smartphone holder or camera. The easy attachment and padded grip protect your device from damage. It’s also compatible with a large variety of DSLRs, action cameras, and mobile iOS and Android devices. It’s great for travelers and comes with a water-resistant carrying bag.

Raking Tablet Tripod

The Raking Tablet Tripod, with its adjustable loading button and a spring locking mount, is compatible with a large array of tablets and mobile devices ranging in size from 4.7 to 12 inches (diagonal). It’s crafted with a lightweight aluminum column, so you can adjust the height from 20 to 50 inches with a rotation of 360 degrees. Its swivel ball makes it easy to tilt the unit to achieve a comfortable viewing angle and ergonomic height. It comes with a wireless remote shutter that’s small enough for your pocket and operates at distances up to 30 feet. Transport the tripod with the included zippered bag.

Vstyle iPad Tripod Mount Floor Stand

Ipad Tripod Mount Floor Stand

The collapsible Vstyle Tripod Stand, made from lightweight aluminum, is compact and easy to use  — the handle rotates down, the legs contract, and all other moving parts fold in, so it’s compatible with a variety of iPads and other tablets. You can adjust the height from 20 to 60 inches while a 360-degree swivel ball joint lets you move the tablet to any position — portrait to landscape.  It’s easy to transport with the included zipper pouch.

Acuvar Pro Series Aluminum Tripod

Acuvar Pro Series Aluminum Tripod

Big things sometimes come in small packages, and that’s the case with the aluminum Acuvar 57-inch tripod. This tripod packs down to an amazing 17 inches, making it easy to tote around. It even comes with a convenient travel bag. The Acuvar Pro Series Tripod fits tablets with screen sizes from 5.5 to 9.7 inches — perfect for most iPads and Samsung tablets. This isn’t a great stand for larger tablets and is a poor choice for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch model. Tripod legs are easily deployed via a simple clasp system. Just open a clasp to the unlocked position, then extend the legs either individually or together. Telescoping the neck is as easy as twisting the side lever clockwise for the perfect angle and height. Fold everything back to its original position for storage. The unit also ships with a complimentary Bluetooth shutter remote for iOS and Android. You can use the remote to shoot photos from up to 30 feet away.

Grifiti Nootle Tablet Mount Adjustable Stand

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$40 FROM AMAZON$45 FROM WALMART

The Nootle Large Universal Mount is a dynamic tripod that fits any number of popular tablets, including the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro, and this is where the Nootle really shines. With a functional height of up to five feet, the adjustable Grifiti Nootle Tablet Stand is compatible with tablets ranging from 9- to 14.5 inches. It’s great for videos of all kinds, including, but not limited to, action sports, YouTube bloggers, lecturers, and speakers. For occasions when you need stability for a larger screen, a standalone tripod like the Nootle is handy. For even more convenience, a travel case is included for supreme portability, too.

Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for Small Tablets

JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand

$41 FROM AMAZON$31 FROM WALMART

The Joby GripTight GorillaPod tripod stand isn’t the biggest on the market, however it is one of the most flexible out there. Due to its smaller scale, the Joby can only hold an iPad Mini. The highlight is its twisty-bulb legs, which created all the hype behind the original GorillaPod. You can wrap those legs around surfaces like handrails or tree branches, which is out of the ordinary for a tripod. If flexibility is what you’re after, you’ll probably really click with the GorillaPod line. You can also retrofit this tripod to get a better fit for larger iPads. To do this, you’ll just need to purchase the Joby GripTight Pro Mount. The accessory enables any of your GorillaPod stands to hold up to 10-inch tablets, ticking every box when it comes to flexibility. 

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