Our regular readers may have noticed that we have been publishing a fair amount of content recently based around various camera accessory questions for the Canon m50. This is largely due to the fact that since its release, the m50 has managed to quickly grow itself a massive core customer base that just keeps on growing at an almost exponential rate.
Prior to the release of the Canon m50, the Canon G7X had managed to build up a massive customer base for itself amongst the vlogging community. The limitation of not being able to switch out your lenses on the G7X made the Canon m50 the natural progression for many of these vloggers and just added to the hype, and initial customer base for the camera when it was released.
The excellent performance of the m50 and a large number of vloggers moving over to it from the G7X quickly managed to give the camera a great reputation that has helped it grow amongst the community at such a rapid pace. This is why we have noticed so many people reaching out with various questions about camera accessories for the m50 and we have noticed a large number of people asking specifically for advice on the best tripod for Canon m50 cameras.
Due to this, we have decided to make this the subject of today’s article to try and help as many of our readers as possible. Now, we feel that the Zomei z818 is probably the overall best tripod on the market for the m50 at the time of writing when you factor in the performance, functionality, build quality, and cost of the tripod but we also have two very strong contenders that can take the crown in specific circumstances.
Due to this, we will be going over all three of our tripod recommendations in our comparison table below before spending the rest of the article having a more in-depth look at the Zomei z818 and what it can offer. We hope that our article will be able to help as many of our readers who own the m50 and are interested in adding a tripod to their camera accessories as possible so let’s get started.
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Now, as the Canon m50 is more of an entry-level mirrorless camera that has proven to be very popular with vloggers and videographers as well as in some photography niches, we have focused on the more entry-level tripods to try and keep the price tags down. That said though, we feel that the Zomei z818 is actually underpriced for what you get from it and could see it being just as successful is its price tag was $50-$70 higher.
Due to this, the z818 has managed to quickly earn a large size of the market share at its price point due to being such a great deal. With it being such a solid tripod with such a large customer base it has managed to earn itself one of the best reputations going that just keeps on growing. We will be taking an in-depth look at the Zomei z818 after this section to go into why we feel it is such an excellent option but it offers some great image stabilization, solid versatility, and it is small and light enough to carry with you if you are in a niche where you have to travel on a regular basis.
Next up we have the Regetek Travel Tripod that we feel is one of the better small, lightweight travel tripods in its price bracket. Now, if you are a travel vlogger or travel videographer, we still think that the Zomei z818 will be a better overall option due to it offering better performance as well as being more versatile. That said though, if you are into one bag travel and have to stay as light as possible then the Regetek tripod pushed itself to the front of the pack.
Even though the entry-level travel tripod market is very competitive, the Regetek tripod has managed to earn a large section of the market share as well as an excellent reputation. On the flip side of this though, it does not offer any monopod functionality and is actually a little longer than the Zomei z818 when debuild although the Regetek is a little lighter than the z818.
Now, the final option is pretty niche but so many people still prefer to use a simple Gorillapod with their camera when vlogging. That said though, due to the weight of your Canon m50, you will have to go with the Joby Gorillapod 1K to ensure that it is able to support the weight of your camera with your camera lens and other camera accessories mounted to it.
Although the Gorilla post can perform very well in some vlogging niches, for general videography and photography either of the tripods above are much better options. That said though, the Gorillapod range is still extremely popular amongst the vlogging community and has earned a great reputation amongst many people.
Performance And Functionality
Even then though, we doubt that you will be getting anywhere to the maximum load capacity provided by the Zomei z818, it also offers you some excellent future-proofing. As the Canon m50 is usually used as either an entry-level camera or an early intermediate camera, chances are that you may be upgrading your camera body in the future to a heaver mirrorless camera or even a DSLR. This means that you can easily upgrade your camera as well as your other accessories without having to fork out for another tripod or worry about exceeding the maximum load capacity available to you.
The Zomei z818 also offers a maximum usable height of 65 inches and a minimum usable height of 22 inches that pretty much guarantees that you are able to capture all of the angles you need while out and about with your Canon m50. Not only is the maximum height ideal for regular photography and videography but the minimum height is excellent for low angle shots too. If you are in the competitive travel vlogging niche then this can let you capture your subjects and locations with a unique angle and help your content stand out against the competition.
On top of all this, the z818 also has a fully detachable leg that is a fully functioning monopod too. The whole process to detach or reattach the monopod leg is quick and easy and ensures that you don’t have to waste time going through the process. If you are a travel vlogger and plan to hike to remote locations then this is a great feature to have on your tripod as it allows you to keep some form of image stabilization while reducing the amount of weight you have to carry with you.
When you take into account that the Zomei z818 is a sub-one hundred dollar tripod and then look at all of the features the tripod provides as well as the level of image stabilization you get, it is easy to see why it has proven to be such a big hit within the community. Additionally, it is evident that many photographers, videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers think very highly of the tripod due to the large number of glowing reviews the community have posted about it.
User Interface And Control System
We have already touched on the monopod system in the section above but it really is extremely easy to detach and re-attach to the main tripod when required. Although a fully detachable monopod leg is rare for tripods in the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket, Zomei has done an excellent job of pulling it off. On top of that, in our opinion, the system they have come up with is actually better than that of some compeating tripods double the price of the z818. The whole process can be completed in less than a minute to get you out the door as quickly as possible with the tripod or monopod as required.
Another great feature on the Zomei z818 that can save you a bunch of time is the twist-lock leg locking feature. Now, we know that some people do prefer flip locks but in our opinion, the twist-lock system is better as you can lock or unlock all three of the locks on each leg at the same time by grabbing them all in your palm and turning.
If you are using your Canon m50 in a niche where you will have to change location on a regular basis then this can actually end up saving you a ton of time over the course of a day. Although back in the day the flip lock system was more secure for locking your tripod legs in place, the twist-lock system has come on leaps and bounds and is essentially as secure as the flip locks in these modern tripods.
The final point that we want to make when it comes to the user interface on the Zomei z818 is that the quick release plate on the tripod is very easy to use. This allows you to quickly and easily switch your Canon m50 between your tripod, a gimbal, and freehand as required.
Depending on the niche you are working in, this can make your very easy and also save you a ton of time as you may be switching between your tripod for landscape panning, your gimbal for super-smooth b-roll and freehand for general use. On top of this, spare quick release plates are readily available and cheap to purchase. If you lose the one that comes with your z818 or have additional camera bodies that you want to use with your tripod then you can easily get your hands on more plates.
Build Quality And Design
The tripod is then put through both the Zomei anodic oxidization process and their anti-corrosion treatments too. This means that you are able to use your tripod outside in raid, wind, snow, or even near saltwater without the elements taking their toll and having an effect on the performance of your tripod. Treatments like this are usually reserved for higher price point tripods on the market but Zomei has managed to include in their z818 as standard without having to increase the price tag of the tripods.
Finally, the Zomei z818 also comes with a cast metal counterweight hook rather than a weak plastic one at the base of the central column. This means that if you are out and about with your Canon m50 in heavy winds you are able to hang your backpack or other counterweights off the hook to help increase the stability of your tripod to ensure you are getting optimal image quality in high winds without the tripod blowing over.
This may sound like a small thing but so many tripods in the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket use a plastic counterweight hook that breaks quickly. Thankfully, due to using cast metal on the Zomei z818 hook, this is not an issue and it should last you for many years without breaking helping to keep your tripod upright in heavy winds.
That brings us to the end of our article going over what we feel is the best tripod for Canon m50 cameras currently available on the market right now. We hope that our readers feel that we have done a decent job of explaining why the Zomei z818 is such a good tripod option for your m50 but if you are still on the fence then we would recommend you skim over some of these reviews that really do offer an excellent insight into performance and quality of the z818.