The Best Tripods for the iPad
While iPad cameras may not be optimal for some photographic or video purposes — your smartphone is likely more flexible and easier to handle — the newest iPads and iPad Pros rock some of the highest quality tablet cameras around. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with its 12-megapixel rear camera and powerful A12Z Bionic SoC (System on Chip), can handle 5 trillion operations per second — just like the iPad Pro 11-inch. Not too shabby.
Today, the iPad camera is acknowledged for excellent video conferencing, film-making, photography, home security, and any other visual pursuit of interest. You can also use it for reading sheet music, watching videos, chatting, teaching, public speaking, reading e-books, and giving performances. But keeping a large tablet steady as you shoot or observe can be a challenge, and that’s where iPad tripods enter the picture. We’ve gathered a few of the best tripods for the iPad.
Weiyudang iPad Tripod Stand
Regardless of how high you need to position your iPad — and regardless of which tablet you’re using — the Weiyudang iPad Tripod Stand is there for you. The stand works with the iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 11, and iPad Air 10.5, iPad 9.7, as well as various Android tablets. The lightweight folding aluminum design makes it easy to tote anywhere. Its stable, foldable body comes with a carrying case to save space. You can adjust the height from 20 inches to 60 inches for video recording, chat, movies, and e-books. It rotates 360 degrees and can be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientation or any position you choose.
UBeesize 50’’ Extendable Lightweight Aluminum Tripod Stand
The UBeesize is a multifunctional, versatile unit that works with a variety of devices, including cell phones, GoPros, and small cameras, and it ships with a tablet holder for iPad viewing, video, photography, YouTube, vlogging, and live streaming. Durable and lightweight at just 1.05 pounds, the tripod is made of aluminum alloy that provides stable support. It is extendable from 16 to 50 inches, with easy flip lock legs. The built-in bubble view levels and three-way pan head help frame your scene, while the 360-degree swivel captures panoramic images, changing from portrait to landscape mode as needed. A Bluetooth remote control lets you shoot photos or videos from up to 33 feet away.
Saiji Tablet Stand Holder
The Saiji is a desktop tablet stand compatible with 4.7- to 12.9-inch phones and tablets. Use it with pretty much any iPad, including the latest models. It also works with Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Surface Pro series, and Samsung Galaxy Tab series. The stand width is adjustable from 4.7 inches to 8.85 inches while the height is adjustable from 11.4 inches to 18.1 inches. It rotates 360 degrees. The horizontal 76-degree angle is adjustable, offering the most comfortable viewing angles and ergonomic eye-level height for watching and recording videos, viewing photos, reading, typing, and playing games. It’s constructed with a sturdy aluminum-crafted column, a counterweighted round base with anti-slip silicone pads, balance-of-gravity design, and supports that keep the screen stable when you touch it.
Peyou Aluminum Tripod Stand
If you’re photographing events, sports, and any activity indoors or out, consider the Peyou 50-inch aluminum tripod with its flexible two-in-one iPhone and tablet mount holder. Its four-section aluminum alloy legs extend to 50 inches, and it features a built-in bubble view level and three-way head for tilt and swivel motion for portrait or landscape shooting. The detachable mounting plate makes it easier to release and install the smartphone holder or camera. The easy attachment and padded grip protect your device from damage. It’s also compatible with a large variety of DSLRs, action cameras, and mobile iOS and Android devices. It’s great for travelers and comes with a water-resistant carrying bag.
Raking Tablet Tripod
The Raking Tablet Tripod, with its adjustable loading button and a spring locking mount, is compatible with a large array of tablets and mobile devices ranging in size from 4.7 to 12 inches (diagonal). Crafted with a lightweight aluminum column, you can adjust the height from 20 to 50 inches with a rotation of 360 degrees. Its swivel ball makes it easy to tilt the unit to achieve a comfortable viewing angle and ergonomic height. It comes with a wireless remote shutter that’s small enough for your pocket and operates at distances up to 30 feet. Transport the tripod with the included zippered bag.
Vstyle iPad Tripod Mount Floor Stand
The collapsible Vstyle tablet tripod, made from lightweight aluminum, is compact and easy to use — the handle rotates down, the legs contract, and all other moving parts fold in, so it’s compatible with a variety of iPads and other tablets. You can adjust the height from 20 to 60 inches while a 360-degree swivel ball joint lets you move the tablet to any position — portrait to landscape. It’s easy to transport with the included zipper pouch.
Acuvar Pro Series Aluminum Tripod
Despite its compact size of only 17 inches when fully retracted, the aluminum Acuvar 57-inch tripod is easy to tote around to any event in its own travel bag. It fits tablets with screens sizes from 5.5 to 9.7 inches — perfect for most iPads and Samsung tablets, though not the larger iPad Pro 12.9-inch model. It’s easy to use, with simple clasps to extend and retract the tripod legs. Just open a clasp to the unlocked position and extend the legs either individually or together. Extending the neck is as easy as twisting the side lever clockwise for the perfect angle and height. Fold everything back to its original position when you’re finished using it. The unit ships with a complimentary Bluetooth shutter remote for iOS and Android, which you can use to shoot photos from up to 30 feet away.
Grifiti Nootle Tablet Mount Adjustable Stand
The Nootle Large Universal Mount — made for the big guys — fits any number of popular tablets including the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro. With a working height up to 5 feet, the adjustable Grifiti is compatible with 9- to 14.5-inch tablets. It’s great for video of all kinds of action sports, YouTube bloggers, lecturers, and speakers. It comes in its own travel case.
Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for Small Tablets
The Joby GripTight GorillaPod tripod stand isn’t the largest on the market, only able to hold an iPad Mini, but it is one of the most flexible. Featuring the twisty-bulb legs that made the original GorillaPod a smash hit, this stand is perfect for wrapping around odd surfaces that a standard rigid tripod stand just wouldn’t be able to handle. Plus, if you really want to retrofit the GorillaPod for a larger iPad, you can pick up the Joby, an accessory that enables your GorillaPod stands to hold up to 10-inch tablets.