BUYER'S GUIDE | Camera Support

This section highlights various camera support gear including cages/rigs, mounts and small tripods.

This featured video looks at three popular tabletop tripods:

 

Featured tabletop tripod purchase links:

 

Smallrig Tripod

Movo Tripod

Manfrotto PIXI Tripod

Some other good (more expensive) options to consider:
 

Beastgrip BT50 Mini Tripod (similar to the Smallrig)

Sirui 3T-35 Tabletop Tripod (similar to the Movo)

iFootage Tabletop Tripod

 

Cages, Rigs & Tripod Mounts

Beastgrip Pro

This is one of the more popular smartphone "cages" on the market. If you've seen an Apple behind-the-scenes video of one of their iPhone shot projects then you've likely seen one of these featured. It's a solid performer and has a "universal mount" design, so it will work with most any sized phones.

Buy on Amazon

Shoulderpod G2

This isn't so much a "cage" as it is a tripod mount that will hold accessories. Probably better called a "rig", but regardless what you call it the G2 is a high-quality piece of gear that won't disappoint (unless you don't like the size, as it is fairly large). It has a universal design with lots of cold shoe mounts and is ideal for mobile journalism.

Buy on Amazon

IndieVice

This rig turns your smartphone into a camcorder, well, almost. Once it's setup it does feel like you're shooting with one, which can be great for handheld work. This is a controversial product though as many folks don't understand why you'd want to rig your phone out like this, but for those that do like a camcorder vibe, this one does that well.

Buy at B&H

BeastRail (and BeastCage)

If you really want to add punch to your setup then the BeastCage and BeastRail (along with their DOF MK2 adapter) will really do the trick. The BeastCage is designed for specific iPhones, so make sure you get the right one for your device, but the BeastRails are universal. Btw, you don't need the BeastRails to use the BeastCage, but if you are using the DOF and larger lenses then it's a good option to consider.

Buy BeastRail, BeastCage or DOF MK2

Helium Core

This was the first iPhone cage we ever tried and it's great. We've used one since the iPhone 6S up until the XS Max. They are iPhone only though and we haven't seen one designed for the iPhone 11 or later yet, so not sure if they're going to support it or now. However, for the older device these are great.

Buy from Helium

Shoulderpod S1

The original Shoulderpod is still one of our favorite simple smartphone grips/mounts. It's high-quality build, simple design and robust performance keeps us going back to it. The only negative is it does not have a built-in cold shoe, but for minimalist setups you really can't beat it.

Buy on Amazon

PolarPro LiteChaser Pro

The PolarPro IRIS ND was one of our favorite iPhone ND filter kits, but when the iPhone 11 was released it no longer worked (hate that!). So PolarPro went back to the drawing board and came up with a more all-in-one solution called the LiteChaser Pro - and, it's pretty great. It's a case with a detachable grip/tripod mount and a filter (variable ND or CP). Very solid choice if you don't mind a proprietary setup.

Buy from PolarPro

ShutterCase

This is similar to the LiteChaser Pro, but it is designed more for photography than video (but works great with video) to turn your phone into a "DSLR" style shooting experience. It lives up to that too for a more minimalist approach, although you can add Moment lenses on some of their cases for more advanced setups.

Buy from ShutterCase

GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit from Joby

This is actually an all-in-one solution, so it's more than just a tripod or mount. With it you can create a small "studio" to use for YouTube, Zoom and more - or simply use it for vlogging or TikTok or really any kind of video production. Easy to setup/use and great too for beginners.

Buy from Amazon

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