The win­ner is...

Benro GoPlus Travel FGP18A + B0 £220/$215

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What’s good: Small yet tall, sturdy and fea­ture-packed, with piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn. What’s bad: The car­bon fi­bre edi­tion of the tri­pod is a lot more ex­pen­sive. Our ver­dict: This alu­minium ver­sion is sensibly priced and de­liv­ers su­perb per­for­mance. Small and fairly light­weight for car­ry­ing, yet tall, sturdy and supremely ver­sa­tile in op­er­a­tion, the Benro is likely to be the only tri­pod you’ll ever need, for any oc­ca­sion or shoot­ing sce­nario. It’s piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn beats that of the Kenro, as you can lock it at pretty much any an­gle, in­stead of just hav­ing the op­tion of us­ing it as a hor­i­zon­tal boom.

For a car­bon fi­bre tri­pod, the Nest Trav­eller is un­beat­able value, although the Kenro beats it on fea­tures, with the ad­di­tion of its pivot fea­ture. The Novo is also a high-per­for­mance car­bon model, and has the great­est max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height.

For keep­ing size and weight to a min­i­mum, the MeFOTO takes the prize, and comes com­plete with a novel selfie stick and Blue­tooth re­mote con­trol. How­ever, while the Vel­bon is slightly larger and heav­ier, we pre­fer the way its leg sec­tion clamps lock more se­curely. The de­sign of the Man­frotto BeFree is more con­ven­tional, and doesn’t fold down quite as small, while com­ing up a bit short in max­i­mum height. www.dig­i­tal­cam­er­a­

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