Using a tripod helps improve the results you get from your camera by holding it much more steady than you can yourself, making photos sharper and allowing you to concentrate more on catching the right scene at the right moment
By using your camera's self-timer and a tripod, you can even get into some of your pictures yourself too
When it comes to video, a tripod is even more essential: it eliminates the distracting shakiness that hand-held video often has and it keeps the picture straight
Overall, a tripod helps you get the best out of your compact camera, by giving you the flexibility to use camera settings (like low ISO, for example) that produce better quality images, and holding the camera still for longer exposures in low light, producing shake-free photos and video that really capture the colours and atmosphere
The MKC3-H01 Photo-Movie Kit is a Compact Series tripod with a built-in head designed for both taking photos and shooting video
The "grip-style" head has a Photo/Movie switch on the side; when the Photo setting is selected, the head allows you to rotate the camera between landscape and portrait positions and then lock it in place before taking a photo
In Movie setting, the camera is locked in landscape orientation but free to rotate left-right, so you can use the grip handle to move the camera smoothly when filming subjects in motion, or to take in wide views without losing horizontal level
Compact Series tripods have quick release camera plates so you can attach and detach your camera in seconds
The plate's universal mount fits all cameras" tripod thread (the screw thread on the underside)
Compact Series tripods also have ergonomic lever leg locks, to make opening and closing the tripod fast
The Compact Series was designed to be an ideal first tripod: easy to use; quick to attach, detach, extend and fold; ultra-portable when closed yet practical and tall when open, they're among the most compact full-size tripods available; strong and secure enough to support anything from small point-and-shoots and compact camcorders up to entry-level DSLRs with kit lenses
iPhones and other cameraphones can be supported too (check your camera has a tripod thread on the underside, or that you have a tripod thread adaptor for your phone)
Centre column: rapid
Closed length: 46 cm / 18.11 in.
Column tube diameter: 22mm
Front tilt: 0 degrees / +90 degrees head tilt
Lateral tilt: -90 degrees / +90 degrees head tilt
Leg angles: 21 degrees
Leg sections: 5
Material: aluminum legs and technopolymer
Maximum height: 154 cm / 60.63 in.
Maximum height (with centre column down): 134 cm / 52.76 in.