Rollei Mogopod 1 £143, $222
With its grippy foam padding, the Mogopod looks like it belongs in a gym rather than beneath your Nikon, but that coating hides some clever features. A single twist-lock extension clamp automatically opens and closes all three leg sections, making set-up a breeze. It’s also capable of supporting a reasonable 3.5kg load.
At the base is a smooth ball head with a knob that enables you to adjust friction and even lock the head completely, and attached to this are three flip-out legs. If you shoot video, these can be unscrewed and replaced with an optional pair of skate wheels so you can record smooth tracking shots. Get a second set of wheels for the other end and the Mogopod can even double as a dolly, though note that the optional accessories don’t come cheap.
Fed up with regular Monopods? The Mogopod’s innovative design stands out from the crowd