This Polaroid 42″ Travel Tripod has become my new favorite. There is no hinge style adjusting on the tripod mount. Unscrew the handle and the whole thing gets loose, up, down, and side to side goes limp. Then put the camera where you want it and tighten it back up. The best part is that there is a solid piece connecting this neck to the tripod mount. This thing is as solid as a brick. No movement at all. The telescoping legs are more or less the same as the Sunpack and Vivitar travel tripod legs, but are a little different. They turn one way, and must have a slot that they fall into to lock the legs at the height you want. Click this link to go to Amazon.com and purchase one for yourself – Polaroid 42″ Travel Tripod Includes Deluxe Tripod Carrying Case For Digital Cameras & Camcorders
I have owned several Sunpack 4200XL travel tripods for a while now, and I recently bought a Polaroid Travel Tripod and a Vivitar Travel Tripod. I am on my third Sunpack travel tripod now. I primarily use this type of tripod to film with my Samsung HMX-F90. I originally found these Sunpack tripods at Best Buy, and the other two I got from Amazon.com.
The hinge that allows you to change your camera view from horizontal to vertical keeps breaking on the Sunpacks. The small tab that locks it into place while changing the position keeps snapping off over time. This allows the tripod mount to “jiggle” and makes for shaky videos. Other than that the legs lock in place and have been great. If you click on the image of the Sunpack travel tripod you will see the “missing” piece where the tripod mount hinges from horizontal to vertical.
The best Thing About the Polaroid 42 inch Travel Tripod
It is mobile. I can use the tripod itself to hold the camera level as I am walking or scanning. Also the tripod will fit in my bag or backpack, and it also fits in my vehicle. A regular sized tripod is cumbersome and gets in the way. I am always trying to be quick and a regular sized tripod always bumps stuff.