When you’re traveling or going on a hike with your Sony A6000 mirrorless camera, a tripod is a must-have. It lets you get the perfect shot without any shake or blur, and it’s especially useful for long exposures.
But what kind of tripod should you buy?
There are two main types of tripods: those that are built specifically for small cameras like the Sony A6000, and those that are built for larger cameras and lenses.
The latter type can be really heavy and expensive—so if you’re looking to save some money while still getting a solid tripod, it might be worth testing out one of the smaller options first.
We’ve rounded up our favorite tripods for the Sony A6000 below so that no matter what kind of photography you do, there will be something here that works perfectly for whatever situation comes up next!
- SIRUI Traveler 7C Camera Tripod
- K&F Concept 64”/162cm DSLR Tripod
- Amazon Basics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
- Peak Design Travel Tripod
- Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2 Mini Tripod
- NEEWER 2-in-1 Aluminum Alloy Camera Tripod with Fluid Head
1. SIRUI Traveler 7C Camera Tripod
The SIRUI Traveler 7C Camera Tripod is a great choice for anyone who wants a lightweight, compact tripod that can hold your Sony A6000 as well as heavy cameras.
This tripod has a load capacity of 8kg and weighs only 3.46lbs/1.57kg—perfect for travel!
The SIRUI has legs that can be inverted and folded back 180 degrees so it takes up less space in your bag. It also comes with a carrying case, making it even more convenient for travel.
The ball head is Arca-Swiss compatible and has a separate panning lock to keep things steady when you’re framing your shots. It is also compatible with phone holders.
The specially designed ball-head can rotate 360° allowing you to take panorama shots smoothly and easily.
This feature is somewhat useful for filmmaking, but of course, nothing can beat a video fluid head when it comes to panning and tilting smoothly.
One more great thing about the SIRUI Traveler 7C Camera Tripod is the 2-in-1 design that allows you to use it as a monopod or a tripod.
Setting it up as a monopod is actually pretty straightforward and it’s pretty intuitive to use. You must remove the removable leg and screw it with the center column.
But if you really want to travel light, you might just consider getting a monopod instead of a tripod. These are great monopods that can handle the weight of Sony A6000 and Sony A7III cameras.
Another feature of the center column is it allows the user to invert it, which is really great for low-angle shots and macro photography.
Each of the legs can be independently adjusted to get a different angle, and each leg has a twist locking mechanism so that you can lock it in place.
You can also adjust the center column so that you can achieve a higher or lower angle.
The material is carbon fiber, which makes it durable and strong while also being lightweight and easy to carry around.
I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for something lightweight but high quality that will support your camera without breaking the bank!
Overall, the SIRUI Traveler 7C Camera Tripod is the perfect solution for photographers and videographers looking for a lightweight, durable tripod.
It’s sturdy enough to hold your camera, even in windy conditions, and it’s easy to take with you wherever you go.
2. K&F Concept 64”/162cm DSLR Tripod
The K&F Concept 64”/162cm DSLR Tripod is a sturdy, lightweight tripod that can hold up to 22 lbs. Comes with a sturdy carrying case that has an over-the-shoulder sling and a hand carry handle.
The K&F Concept 64”/162cm DSLR Tripod is made from aluminum alloy, so you know it is durable enough for any situation you might encounter while shooting on location.
First, I will talk about its ball head. It features a large 28mm ball head, which gives you a 360-degree scale at the bottom of the head so you can take panoramic photos more easily.
The ball head is also stable and can handle most lightweight and small cameras like the Sony A6000.
There are also a number of great tripods that can handle the Sony A7 series cameras with heavier lenses.
However, during my short use of this tripod, I found out that the ball head is quite smooth to turn. My only gripe about it? It is not REMOVABLE!
Also, it has a built-in bubble level to ensure that your tripod is properly balanced.
Like most tripods in this price range, the center column can also be inverted allowing you to take more low-angle shots and it is also helpful for macro photography.
The legs themselves are easily adjustable via twist locks; there are three different angles so you can choose which one works best depending on how tall or short you are.
Now finally, the K&F Concept DSLR Tripod can extend up to 64″ or around 5.3 feet, which can help you to get an overhead shot of a crowd or to capture the beautiful background of a landscape.
This tripod is a great value for the price. It’s lightweight and easily portable, but it’s not made of cheap materials. The center column is sturdy and durable, and it holds up well under pressure.
The K&F Concept 64”/162cm DSLR Tripod is also very easy to use, with its quick-release plate being a feature that we really like.
All in all, this tripod is a great purchase for anyone who wants to take their photography on the road or just get started with a new hobby.
3. Amazon Basics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
Amazon Basics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag is 3lb. lightweight, compact, and somewhat sturdy (for smaller cameras and lenses) tripod for any basic photography needs. It is not the best tripod in the world, but it is an affordable one.
This tripod is made of aluminum alloy and has an included carrying bag that has of good quality for its price.
It can hold up to 6.6 pounds —which is not a lot, but it will securely hold your Sony a6000 with a lens and other light DSLR cameras and kit lenses.
If you want to use other lenses, like a heavy telephoto lens like the Sigma 150-600mm, this tripod might not be the best one because of its weight capacity and basic head.
The head is a basic axis head that can be moved in a limited direction.
It is actually decent for most types of shots, but if you need more versatility, then this tripod might not be the best one.
The Amazon Basics Tripod has a maximum height of 60 inches/5ft which is not that tall but still useful for general photography like portraits, landscapes, product photography, and even for group shots with your loved ones.
Overall, the Amazon Basic Tripod is a great tripod for its price point and it’s perfect for beginners or anyone who wants a decent quality tripod without spending a lot of money.
For the price of just below $40, this tripod is a pretty good buy if you’re on a budget and need something for traveling or just to use at home.
I recommend this tripod as a backup if you have a nicer one, or if you’re just starting out.
4. Peak Design Travel Tripod
The Peak Design Travel Tripod is a lightweight, compact tripod designed for photographers on the go. It features durable aluminum construction and folds down to just over 15 inches in length, making it easy to carry in its included waterproof case or your backpack.
If you want to splurge on something that is pretty tough and durable, you might consider this amazing tripod.
The included ball head provides smooth movement and stability for shooting video or stills with your camera. I find that its lock mechanism is easy to operate and provides stability even if you use a heavier setup.
Moreover, the quick-release plate makes it easy to remove your camera and quickly switch between DSLRs and smaller cameras.
One thing that I really like and is actually a very neat feature of the Peak Design Travel Tripod is its integrated mobile mount for mobile phones.
It’s like a small adjustable phone holder that you can put on the quick-release plate and it seems like it can support different mobile phones with or without a case.
The Peak Design Travel Tripod can support up to 20 pounds of weight, making it suitable for use with most cameras and lenses.
While most tripods have 4 leg sections, Peak Design made this tripod a step above the rest by including 5 leg sections, which increases its stability when used in rough weather conditions.
I can’t say enough good things about the Peak Design Travel tripod. It is a very impressive piece of gear that could easily go on the top of my list but its price tag might hold it back for some people.
5. Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2 Mini Tripod
If you want a small tripod that looks really cool and can turn heads, you might consider the Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2 Mini Tripod.
I take a lot of pictures and videos of my small dogs and cats, so I need something that can go really low on the ground, small enough to carry around when I travel, but also sturdy enough to hold up my camera and keep it steady.
The Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2 Mini Tripod has been perfect for this! It’s compact enough that I can throw it in my bag without taking up much space, but it’s also strong enough to hold up my Sony A7III with 85mm with ease.
It comes with an adjustable ball head that lets me move the camera in any direction without having to worry about it falling over or getting knocked out of place by an errant paw.
It’s also lightweight enough that it doesn’t weigh down my backpack if I’m going on a hike or heading somewhere where weight restrictions are a factor (I know some airlines have weight limits on carry-on luggage).
In my humble opinion, the PIXI EVO 2 mini tripod is the best in its class. This is a great little tripod for the price. It’s sturdy, and it has a wide range of motion.
The legs have 2 sections and can extend to about 7.68 inches, also it only weighs around 267 grams.
6. NEEWER 2-in-1 Aluminum Alloy Camera Tripod with Fluid Head
This is a great option not just for photography but for filmmaking as well. The NEEWER tripod comes with a fluid head that allows you to pan and tilt your camera really smoothly.
It is a great tool to stabilize your camera when you’re filming, especially if you’re shooting in windy conditions.
Its flip locks are easy to use and don’t come loose during use. And from my experience, they are really secure and can hold a lot of weight.
It’s made of aluminum and comes in at about 70″ long when fully extended.
It’s somewhat compact and not that long, only around 18″ when fully collapsed but the weight is around 2.2kgs which is a bit heavier than most of the tripods within this price point.
Again, with the fluid head, you can take your photography or filmmaking to the next level because it allows you to be more versatile and comes up with a lot of different unique angles for your shots and film footage.
The fluid head is pretty durable and has a solid feeling, it can definitely handle a heavier setup like my Sony A7III and Sony 70-200 2.8 GM II.
And finally, the NEEWER 2-in-1 Aluminum Alloy Camera Tripod has a removable leg that you can use as a monopod or a walking stick. It is also adjustable and easy to set up.
What To Look For In A Tripod
Finding the right tripod for your Sony A6000 mirrorless camera can be a challenge.
There are so many options to choose from, and the sheer number of features and price points can be overwhelming.
However, once you’ve got a good idea of what you’re looking for, it’s time to start narrowing down your options!
Here are some tips for finding the right tripod for your needs:
If you’re looking for a tripod head, there are a few things to consider.
First, you want to make sure that the head is compatible with your camera—make sure it can hold the weight of your camera and lens setup.
There are three types of tripod heads: simple, ball-head, and pan-tilt or fluid head. Simple basic tripod heads have locks that allow for tilt and pan adjustments (vertical and horizontal angle) as well as a 90-degree angle adjustment.
This type of head is really a limiting factor and can be found on most basic and cheaper tripods like the Amazon Basics 60″ Tripod.
Ball head tripods are the “workhorse” and can be found on most mid-range to higher-end tripods.
These heads can turn up to 360 degrees and are smooth to operate. It allows you to compose a lot of different angles with them and can easily do panoramic shots.
The only catch is, that they are not really smooth for filmmaking.
More expensive tripod heads like the fluid heads have pan and tilt axis for maximum control and angle correction. They are made for filmmakers because it helps them pan and tilt the camera smoothly while filming.
The stability of the legs can be a good indicator of how sturdy your tripod will be. If the legs feel flimsy, it means that they may not be able to support much weight, which is important when you are working with a heavy camera and lens combination.
Generally, the taller a tripod is, and the more extensions for legs that it has, the more wobbly it could be depending on its design.
When you’re looking for a new tripod, it’s important to consider the quality of the locks. If they get loose, your equipment will be damaged when your tripod falls over.
For high-end tripods, this isn’t an issue. But for cheaper models, I’d closely read reviews to make sure that the locks are made well and won’t break under heavy use.
There are two common types of locks: twist and flip locks. Twist locks are rings around each leg that you tighten by turning them.
Flip locks are designed so that you just flip them left or right to lock or unlock them. Flip locks tend to be more difficult to break than twist locks unless hit directly—but if they get loose, there’s no way to tighten them further without replacing the entire leg section.
Eventually, leg locks may wear away from use and exposure to sun and weather over time.
A tripod’s height is important because it affects the angle of your shot. If you’re shooting someone or something who is taller than the tripod, then it will be hard to get a good angle.
Some tripods are short—they’re table-top size. Some are tall enough, more than 6 feet, and some are in between. It all depends on what you plan to shoot.
Compact tripods that extend really high will typically have more extensions in the legs, and that means they can be less stable at tall heights.
Material and Weight
There are a few different materials that tripods are made from. The most common are aluminum, which is lightweight and strong. Carbon fiber is also popular because it’s very light and durable.
More expensive carbon fiber tripods are usually lighter and sturdier. For a basic, quality tripod, you should look for one made of aluminum. This metal is light and strong, though not as durable as carbon fiber.
Some cheap tripods are made with plastic legs, which can break easily if hit or when you drop them.
More expensive legs are made of carbon fiber, which is a very lightweight material. If you’re planning to travel a lot getting a carbon fiber travel tripod is the right choice.
Emma Lucy is the Founder & CEO of Emma Lucy Photography. She has over a decade of experience shooting weddings and other intimate events. She also tests the latest digital camera bodies, lenses, analog cameras and other gear from Canon, Nikon, Sony and other camera brands. She currently lives in London where she spends most of her time being a self-employed professional photographer and writer.