10 Best Monopods For Video​

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Monopods are a great addition to any videographers arsenal. They can be used in almost endless ways, from adding stability for long shots or close-ups of the ground below your subject's feet and head respectively - all while leaving one hand free! Make sure you check out the video at the end that will show some creative ideas on how monopods have been utilized by pros when shooting videos.

Before we dive straight into the best monopods for video - we will discuss what makes a monopod great.  We will discuss:

  • Features
  • Durability
  • Reliability
  • Cost Effectiveness 

By the end of this article you’ll have a better understanding of which monopod would be the best one for you.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Best Monopod For Video​

The Structure Of This Article​

To make this article a bit easier for you to navigate, read, and understand - I have included a table of contents and broken down the article into three parts.  These parts will be:

  • Affordable to Mid Tier (Gets the job done to more advanced features and materials)
  • Pro level (for pro level videographers needing extra capacity, top notch reliability and warranty, and something that will last you years - possibly decades)
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Aside from the two categories themselves, the monopods are in no particular order (by either price or 'what we think is the best').  I continue to add to and change this article over time, as I test other monopods or talk with someone in detail about one that I haven't used yet.

After much debate - this structure will serve you well in terms of finding, understanding, and making a decision on your next monopod purchase.

A Chart Of The 10 Best Monopods For Video ​

I thought that not only including a table of contents for this article would help (because it's so long) - but a chart at the beginning and near the end would help as well.

Photo Title Price Buy
Benro Aluminum 4...image Benro Aluminum 4 Series Flip-Lock Video Monopod Kit w/ 3-Foot Articulating Base and S4 Video Head (A48FDS4) $246.99
Manfrotto Xpro Aluminum...image Manfrotto Xpro Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Video Head, Black (MVMXPRO500US) $249.88
Benro Aluminum 4...image Benro Aluminum 4 Series Flip-Lock Video Monopod Kit w/ 3-Foot Articulating Base and S6 Video Head (A48FDS6) $219.00
IFOOTAGE Monopod for...image IFOOTAGE Monopod for Cameras, 59" Carbon Fiber Video Monopod with Feet, Compatible for DSLR Cameras and Camcorders $179.00
GEEKOTO Camera Tripod,...image GEEKOTO Camera Tripod, DSLR Tripod with 360 Degree Ball Head, 79 inch Carbon Fiber Tripod with Monopod 1/4 inch Quick Release Plate for Vlog Travel and Work $179.99
K&F Concept SA254M1...image K&F Concept SA254M1 62'' DSLR Camera Tripod Lightweight and Compact Aluminum Detachable Monopod Tripod with 360 Panorama Ball Head Quick Release Plate for Travel and Work $79.99
SIRUI P-SR Series...image SIRUI P-SR Series Photo/Video Monopod with VA Video Head (P-204SR+VA-5) $299.90
Neewer Camera Tripod...image Neewer Camera Tripod Monopod with Rotatable Center Column for Panoramic Shooting - Aluminum Alloy 75 inches/191 Centimeters, 360 Degree Ball Head for DSLR Camera Video Camcorder up to 26.5 pounds $119.29
SIRUI P-SR Monopod...image SIRUI P-SR Monopod with Stand and VH-10X Video Head (20° Tilting / 360° Rotating) (P426SR+VH-10X) $539.90
Gitzo monopod, Series...image Gitzo monopod, Series 4 Long, 5 Sections, Long $447.30

Fluid Head Or No Fluid Head?​

Have you ever wondered how videographers get such smooth pans and tilts?

It's actually not that difficult at all, when you have a fluid head.

As seen in the picture to the right (or below on a mobile) - your camera mounts to the top of the fluid head no different than you'd mount it to a regular tripod (plate mounts below your camera, attach the plate to the head).

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The biggest difference between a regular tripod head, and a fluid one, is the smoothness and control across panning and tilting.

Perfect, right?  Well... here's a couple things to think about when mounting a fluid head to a monopod:

  • Added weight and bulkiness.
  • Significantly less weight capacity on a fluid head
Best Monopod For Video​

I have included a few monopods with a fluid head (which there is nothing wrong with).  But, you have to be ok with the fact that a fluid head adds more weight, a larger head (with an arm sticking out) - and can be, at times, a pain to use in some circumstances.  You'll also find the weight capacity is much lower on a fluid head (sometimes over half).  Again, I am not saying it is wrong (and I have used a fluid head many times on a monopod) - just be aware that it's not always needed.

Floating Ball At The Feet/Base​

As explained in the image to the right (or below on a mobile) - good monopods (all of the ones mentioned in the article) - have a free floating lockable ball built into the base.

This is very similar to a ball head.  This allows you to not only adjust angles and lean with the tripod in any direct - it also allows you to spin and turn the tripod to follow/track your subject.

  • Is the motion going to be as buttery smooth as a fluid head? No.
  • Will it ever be as good as a fluid head, if I practice enough? Yes, it can.

This will take practice (like anything else) - but the benefit of not having a fluid head is:

  • Less moving parts and parts to break/fail
  • Much lighter without one
  • Less bulky/streamline
  • It's cheaper not to have one
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Again, I am not saying it's a bad think to use a fluid head.  They're great - and give you a great advantage over capturing footage than if you didn't have one.

What I am saying is you don't have to have one.  And will do just fine if you decide not to (or can't afford one right now).

Lets dive into the monopods now, shall we?

Affordable To Mid-Tier Monopods​

As stated a little earlier in this article - this first section here will be affordable to mid-tier monopods for video.

You'll be able to gauge if one of these monopods will fit your video needs or if you'll need to step up to the pro level.

Benro is a great company that has done very well since their debut on Amazon a few years ago.

I have used many of their products, including their tripods and geared heads.  All have been fantastic and most of which I still use for landscape and product photography.

This specific model (the 4 series with the S4 head) - is an excellent 'starter' monopod with an very solid fluid head included.

Lets go over some of the features of this Benro monopod to see if it would be a good fit for your video needs.

Features: Manfrotto Xpro Aluminum Monopod w/500 Series Video Head
  • FLUIDTECH base for smooth movements in all directions
  • Quick power lock reliably secures & ensures super-fast set up.Maximum Working Height: 79.9 inches. Folded Length: 30.7 inches
  • Newly designed rubber leg warmer for fast & secure movement
  • Great operating height for overhead shooting. Dedicated professional video head
  • The MVMXPRO500 has one Easy Link 3/8 inch connector to fit an external monitor or other accessories and it comes with the Manfrotto 500PLONG video camera plate

How these features (and others) could benefit you.

  1. FluidTech is Manfrotto's one-0f-a-kind fluid motion on not only the fluid head- but the base as well.  This equates to you being able to get very smooth pans, turns, and angular movements.
  2. A nearly 80 inch maximum height means you'll be able to get shots above most crowds, walls, and anything else that may be in your way.
  3. 3/8inch connecter and camera plate being included means you'll be able to mount your external monitor, external mic, or anything else that may need mounting with that thread size.  The plate that's included is a bonus - something you don't need to worry about getting later (or separate).  
  4. The maximum payload of 11.25 pounds means you'll be able to put even more on this monopod (than the previous one mentioned).  So if you're on the fence whether the monopod mentioned previously, would be enough, you can rest assured knowing this monopod wouldn't have a problem getting the job done.
  5. The feet (and fluidtech base) are an awesome bonus in the fact that it adds more support to the monopod - and also adds resistance - allowing you to lean in any direction without the bottom of the monopod coming off the ground.

Some future improvements...

A major concern of mine (and others), when it comes to monopods with a 3 foot base...  that idea that the base allows you to let go and walk away from the monopod.

This isnt true and should never be done, under any circumstance.  There are a few horror stories that I've heard over the years of guys having longer lenses (70-200+), and leaving the monopod upright small 3 legged base.

As I'm sure you can imagine - they come back a short time later and it's fallen over and destroyed everything on the monopod (camera, lens, even the fluid head).

Best Monopod For Video​

These are not meant to be left alone while extended.  They're meant to add extra stability while holding and help smooth out your angular footage when leaning or turning (with the fluidtech base).

The only time you're able to leave it alone while on the base - is when you take the monopod out of the base, and replace the base with the mounting head.  You'll then have a very low profile tripod.  That's it.

That's what need improving - there quite a few complaints about the monopod falling over, because of this.  They either need a larger 3 foot base - or make it clear  in their literature, that it's not safe to assume it will stay balanced with such a small base.

Benro Aluminum 4 Series With S6 Video Head

We're back to Benro!  Yup, that's right!  Seriously though, this brand is incredibly solid and loyal to their customers.  

The reason I have included another version of the Benro monopod - is that it falls below $250 and has some significant upgrades from its baby brother, the S4.

This is the S6 - and as you'll see here shortly with the features - there are some significant upgrades from the S4 that may tip the scales towards something more capable, but isn't going to break the bank (like a Manfrotto or a Sirui). 

Let's go over those features now.

Features: Benro Aluminum 4 Series with S6 head
  • Combine the Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with the 3-Leg Locking Base and S6 Video Head for a complete camera mount set-up that combines classic design with advanced materials.
  • The S6 Video Head allows 360 degree panning rotation and the A48FD Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base features 4x aluminum tubes that extends to about 69.1".
  • Features a mounting plate with a reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded mount for attaching a video head directly to the camera.
  • The 3-Leg Locking Base comes with a 3/8"-16 female threaded foot for easy attachment to monopod.
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty (Extended to 5-Years with Online Registration).

When looking at these features, there isn't much of anything that's different compared to the S4.  The height is slightly longer with the S6 (6 incles) - because of the larger fluid head.

The real difference is in the head itself.

Lets look at a comparison of both heads against each other.

Benro S4 vs S6 Fluid Head Comparison

As you can clearly see - the S6 head is a significant jump in payload/performance - for a relatively low increase in price.

Yes, the S6 is slightly larger (and over a pound heavier) - but, you're getting nearly 5 pounds of additional payload capacity.

To put 5 pounds into perspective, in camera terms - The heaviest lens I own is the Sigma 135mm f1.8 Sony E-mount.  It has a huge front element (82mm filter threads), and sigma is known for how heavy their lenses are.  It weighs 2.5lbs.

After doing a little research - the only lens that I could find that was close (or a bit over) the 5lb range on lenses - is the Canon EF 400mm F/2.8.  MASSIVE f**kin' lens.  It weighs 6.25 lbs.

So, needless to say - with the added weight, you won't be on the fence of whether the added benefit of additional payload will be worth the extra ~$70 (when comparing the combos) and 1 pound of additional weight of the head.

Are There Any Cons?​

Honestly, coming from someone who has owned both the legs and the head in this combo (I use different leg(s) now) - I have had zero issues with either of them.

The only reason I use a different leg/monopod now is because I wanted something that's complete carbon fiber.

But I started with this very same combo in 2018 - and have used it at least 40 weekends out of the year, for 2 years straight - with no issues at all.  

It more than paid for itself.  I really don't have anything bad to say about it.  And it fixes the payload issue that's seen in the S4 (which I was on the fence about innitially as well).  Can't say anything better about this combo.

This Benro Combo - Needs To Be Seriously Considered​

If you've been on the fence thus far about an affordable monopod, with a great fluid head, you shouldn't look much further than the Benro with the S6 head.

Not only that - but if taken care of, there is no reason this combo shouldn't last you for years.  A length of time that will far exceed your investment.

IFOOTAGE 59" Carbon Fiber Video Monopod With Feet​

I'm sure you've noticed by now - but the IFOOTAGE  is cheaper than everything we've recommended thus far.

There is a pretty significant reason for that - and that one reason for that is - it doesn't have a fluid head.

Remember at the beginning of the article where I stated that fluid heads are great, but you don't need them to take amazing video.

When looking at the best monopods for video - you have to see all options to make -the best decision.

There are a few key features that we need to go over before you pull the trigger on anything other than this monopod - because who knows - this may be the one that best works for your needs and situations.

Let's dive into the features now and then talk about how the various cool features of this monopod will benefit you.

Features: IFOOTAGE 59 inch Carbon Fiber Video Monopod with Feet
  • 📹 Red Dot Design Award Winner: IFOOTAGE Corba 2 Series Monopods; 2017 Red Dot Design Award Winner (product design award); designed for easy operation and longevity. This monopod is ideal for travel and outdoor shooting.
  • 📹 Quick Lock and Unlock Release: Single hand operation. No buttons, no twisting, just a simple slide down to release and slide up to lock.The perfect suitable fluid head with ASIN: B07GR211GZ.
  • 📹 Pivoting Tripod: The monopod base enables 360° swiveling, 90° tilting in all directions and allows easy switches from landscape to portrait modes.
  • 📹 Detachable Design: 4 section design allows for flexibility in use. Our award winning quick release plate and removable trippod stand provide 3 options: 1) Fixed video monopod with adjustable feet, 2) Portable monopod, 3) Low angle camera pod for a variety of uses.
  • 📹 Telescopic design: Award winning buckle design make it to easy extend from 5.3 inches to 71 inches. Suitable for all SLR, DSLR, Video Cameras plus Camcorders up to 22 lbs. Premium materials with Carbon fiber, more lightweight, more max load weight.

How Do The Features Actually Benefit You?​

When I was doing all of my research on different monopods - I was torn between including a monopod without a fluid head about $150.  Because I'm not sure if I would pay over $150 for one (especially for my first one) - and then another $150+ for a head.

But, I had to include Ifootage's carbon fiber monopod.  Let's see how these features actually benefit you.

  1. As stated in the features, the lock and unlock of the different sections of the leg make it very easy for you to setup.  Personally, I prefer locking sections over "screw" sections because of the security of knowing that it's locked down.  Ifootage takes it a step further and makes the locking feature even easier and more effective - allowing you to do it one handed if needed.
  2. As seen in some of the other monopods, the base allows you to tilt and swivel by extreme degrees.  This will allow you to get those pull away and leaning shots you've been looking to do (I hope!)
  3. The quick release plate is 'the' feature that sold me on this monopod.  You're able to push down on the 'lock' to release the plate (literally 1 second).  Think of it very similar to detaching and attaching various attachments to an air compressor.  That connection is very similar to this quick release system.  This will allow you to take the camera off of the monopod within seconds if you need the speed - and makes for very easy storage or throwing it in the car at the end of the day.
  4. And much a couple of the other monopods on this list - you're able to detach the actual leg from the base - detaching the camera with the quick release - and placing the camera in just the base.  This gives you a very low profile 'tripod'.  Great for time lapses or interesting angles from down low.  You can also fold the legs up and hold it much like to would a selfie stick.  Pretty convenient (if you're into that).
  5. Made of carbon fiber - I'm sure I don't have to explain the benefits of it to you - but I will say, it'll last you so much longer than aluminum.

So, What Do You Wish That It Had, That It Doesn't (Or Need To Be Worked On)?​

This is easy - and I'm sure you already saw it coming.  But I really wish it came with a fluid head.  Even as a combo, if we had to pay full price for both - doesn't matter.  Still would be in the same order and recommended by the manufacturer.  The height is quite a bit on the short side too ('smallest' monopod on this list - when extended)

Below is the fluid head that IFOOTAGE recommends with this monopod.  Note: I have not tested or used the fluid head - take the reviews as they are - I am only passing along information at this point.

Something To Consider, For Sure.​

If you're the type of person that enjoys having stuff with a lot of nifty features that other things don't.  This may be the right monopod for you.  It'll obviously last a long time (carbon fiber) and it's backed by a lot of awards - you can't go wrong if you are into feature packed items.

You also have to be ok with having to buy a fluid head (if you want one).  But remember - you don't need a fluid head.  Trust me - watch the video at the end of the article to see what you're able to do with a monopod without a fluid head.  You'll be just fine without one.

GEEKOTO 79" Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod Combo​

To put Geekoto into perspective - I use their tripod on a daily basis.  The model that I'm recommending here is brand new and released last month (April 2021).

Their previous model is absolutely fantastic - and lives up to what you would see from a Manfrotto or Vanguard tripod/monopod.

There are many improvements over the previous model (which is why I put my order in for this model - this morning).  These include:

  • Very strong lower center column lock
  • Strong flip-locks (big plus over screw-locks)
  • Overall better build quality (both look and durability)

Just know - the older model is still available if you don't have the funds to purchase the new model or you don't feel the improvements are worth the extra investment.  Let's take a look at the features of this tripod/monopod - so you can see why I back this product so much (and have for years).

Features: GEEKOTO 79 inch Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod Combo
  • ★Angle and Height Adjustable: 4-section column legs with a twist-lock system allows you to adjust the working height flexibly from 27" to 84" in seconds. 3-position leg angle adjustment system helps you take photos flexible for different scenarios and photography conditions.
  • ★High-strength carbon composite material: It is made of high-density carbon fiber material, which has higher stability than aluminum alloy. The tripod has a 0.98 inch (25 mm) large tube and a load capacity of up to 27 pounds to support excellent balance and stability.
  • ★Versatility: This tripod can be quickly converted to a monopod (23.6 inches to 74.8 inches), providing another shooting method. The center column can be reversed for low-angle shooting and macro photography.
  • ★【Flexible】360°PANORAMA AND BALL JOINT: The specially designed ball-head can rotate 360° and get free angles, allowing you to get the perfect shot and amazing panorama every time.
  • ★Applicability: Professional photography tripod with standard 1/4 " screw aluminum quick release plate and it is compatible with almost all DSLR cameras such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. The professional design makes it really is ideal for outdoor, travel shooting.

Let's Take A Look At How These Features Benefit You​

There are many more features about this tripod/monopod combo that isn't featured above - but let's discuss how these features actually benefit you.

  1. The legs are flip locking in this upgraded model.  What's the benefit of flip lock vs twist lock?  Security.  It's knowing that your legs are locked and will support the camera you have on top of it. I can't tell you how many times I have thought that a twist lock leg was secured - but wasn't.  I've had a couple bad days and many close calls from twist lock legs (the main reason I decided to upgrade to their flip locking legs). Flip locking is also faster than twisting when setting up and breaking down.
  2. A carbon composite material means it's going to be stronger and last longer than aluminum (which is the most common marterial used).  This only supports (no pun intended) Geekoto's claim os a 27 pound capacity.  This material and construction is very capable of that payload amount.
  3. Versatility is huge benefit.  Whether you need a tripod or not - chances are you'll be able to utilize a tripod about as much as a monopod.  And while you're looking for a monopod, specifically
  4. The total height of the monopod when fully extended is about 75 inches (6 feet 3 inches) - and with the strength and rigidity of the carbon composite material - you can lift it even further overhead for extra reach - and not have to worry about it bending/breaking (assuming the camera you're using isn't close to the 27lb weight capacity).
  5. The ball head and quick release plate is pretty standard across tripods and monopods.  Although, Geekoto's ball head twisting locks grip exceptionally well.

The Bad...​

The bad thing I had to say about Geekoto over the last couple years was their twist locking legs.  They were unreliable at times and were a pain to setup and break down.

Finding the perfect length of each leg wasn't hard - but getting that length and then having to twist it to lock - most of the time meant that by the end your legs were never exactly where you needed them.

Flip locks solve that problem.

Since that's fixed, the only other two cons that exist (in my opinion) are:

  • No fluid head - only ball.
  • No 3 foot stability base

Keep It In Mind...​

For the price point, features, and benefits that the Geekoto offers, there aren't many tripod/monopod combos that offer the same level of performance and reliability that this does.

If you are OK without having a fluid head and 3 foot base stability - you really need to be considering this combo.

K&F Concept 62'' Tripod With Detachable Monopod​

Seeing as you're looking for the best monopod for video - I know you have heard of K&F concepts.

They sell decent and affordable camera gear and are well known for their regular ND and variable ND filters.

K&F is much like Neewer, just not as successful.

When I was thinking about the most affordable monopod for video - I had to include one that was not only reliable and would last you a few years at least - but was under $100.

There wasn't a better recommendation than this K&F Concepts 62" tripod/monopod combo.

Now, before we go any further - I need to state the importance of you understanding that this is about as entry as you can get.  It is not even close to the best thing on the market and you must expect as such.

This is an entry level product and is offered as such.  Think about something within this price range if you aren't too sure if a monopod would be the best thing for you - but want to dabble in what one offers as a feeler.

Let's take a look at its features

Features: K&F Concept 62 inch Tripod With Detachable Monopod
  • 【Compact & Portable】Quality military magnesium aluminum alloy,corrosion resistance; tripod with ball head weighs only 3.35 lbs, it can be 180°reflexed and folded to 16.5'', easy to put it in a backpack or suitcase when travel.
  • 【360° PANORAMA】The 28mm large KF-28 metal ball head provide 10kg load capacity, it can be rotated 360 degrees, helping to expand dslr camera activity range when panoramic shooting.
  • 【Detachable Monopod】 It can be turned into a lightweight monopod or walking stick alone to make your photography more diverse.
  • 【EASY SET UP】 4 sections tube leg and the max diameter is 25mm; With powerful and quick flip leg lock allows you to adjust the working height in seconds; The height without column reaches 48.8'' and the height with 2 sections center column is 62'',making standing shooting easier.
  • 【Multi-Angle Shooting】Spring self-locking foot tube angle adjustment button, just press and release to quickly adjust the opening and closing angle of the three legs; can help you achieve lowest angle shooting, macro shooting, and other special photography through inverted central axis.

Features To Benefits​

Don't let the price fool you.  While it's very inexpensive - the K&F Concepts tripod/monopod combo packs some really good features.

  1. The overall weight (of tripod and ball head combined) is only 3.35 lbs and when folded - its total length is only 16.5".  This is an excellent size and weight for traveling.  So, if you need to put it in a backpack - strap it to a bag or just carry it - you won't have a problem doing that.
  2. Like all of the other tripod/monopod combos - this breaks down from a tripod into a monopod which you can use for your video needs or a walking stick while hiking.
  3. Like I've stated so many times in this article - flip locks are so much better (if they work correctly) than twist locks.  And it does just that!  You don't have to worry about your leg(s) not being secured, falling over, or falling out as your travel.  You'll know that your legs are secure by just looking at it.
  4. Inverted central axis (as a tripod) is great for those who want low-to-the-ground and macro shots

Now For The Not-So-Good​

For every great thing - there's probably something that's not so great... right?

Well, as you'd expect from something in this price-range, there are a few things that may steer you away to something that fits your needs more.

These are:

  • 62" maximum height is the lowest on this list.  And while this is marketed as a travel tripod (which should be small to begin with) - it would have been nice to have it closer to the 6' (72") mark.
  • Aluminum construction is not nearly as sturdy and reliable as pure carbon fiber (very expensive) or a carbon fiber composite material (less expensive than pure, much stronger than aluminum still).  This will hinder what you're able to do with the monopod (like extending it overhead and leaning it - puts a lot of strain on the leg itself).
  • While the legs are very similar to the Geekoto we just went over - the head is obviously not.  You'll find that they head will work just fine during normal operation (straight up and down) - but will lack the strength/bite to hold a heavier camera at an angle.
  • No 3 point base-leg attachment.

So, if height, carbon construction, and angled camera direction is something you need - this might not be the monopod for you (I would recommend stepping up to the Geekoto)

It's Still A Great Tripod/Monopod​

I know the cons may have seemed like a lot (compared to the rest of this article - but I assure you, it's a great combo for someone getting started or wondering if a monopod is the right thing for them.

K&F is a great brand that makes products a bit higher quality than their price-point - and this combo is no different.

You really do get a lot for what you pay for. Sure, it's lacking in areas compared to other combos on this list -but it doesn't have near the price-tag of said combos/monopods on this list either.

Sirui P-224SR With VA-5 Video Head​

The Sirui P-224SR with the V5 video head falls in the mid-tier level of video monopods that we're covering in this article.

Sirui is an 'upper class' (if you wanna call it that) manufacturer of camera gear/tripods.  With that being said, you may have never heard of them... Don't let that worry you, they're a solid/reputable brand.

To solidify the brand and how reputable they are - they're the company that makes very affordable, very well performing anamorphic lenses.  Their lenses have had great success over the last year and a half (ish) and are doing equally well in the tripod department as well.

Let's dive into some specific features.

Features: Sirui P-224SR with VA-5 Video Head
  • Monopod with Stand Feet and Fluid Video Head
  • 20° tilting on all sides and 360° panning system | Removable spreader can be used as mini tripod
  • Height: 78-168cm - Weight: 1. 98kg - Max. Load: 3kg
  • Tube diameter: 19-28mm - Sections: four - Material: Aluminium
  • SIRUI P-204SR Monopod with Spreader, SIRUI VA-5 Fluid Video Head, Quick Release Plate TY-70A, 2x Head Mounting Plate, Spike, 2x Rubber Foot, Bag with strap

How Do The Features Actually Benefit You?​

Aside from the fact that there's a fluid head included - there isn't much included with this monopod that isn't included with the other monopods we've covered thus far.

What you will be getting when you purchase this specific monopod is the backing of a reputable brand.  Here's what the features above will allow you to do...

  1. Smooth panning and tilting while recording video.  Increased stability with the 3 foot base.  Lightweight and small form factor when broken down - great for travel or small storage spaces.  Quick release plate for removing your camera quickly when you can't get the shots you need while on the monopod.

Other than that - you're getting a very well build monopod with a solid fluid head.  Pretty boiler-plate in terms of features, but, you're paying for a product that's been proven to work and has been around for the better part of 5 years (early 2017)

What's The Bad...​

There are a few things at this price point that I wish this monopod had.  These include:

  • Carbon composite material (would last longer, have a higher payload, andbe able to take more abuse).
  • Flip locks instead of screw - yeah, you know my feelings on this... I've talked about it in every recommendation
  • Larger capacity on the fluid head (it states it's only capable of 3kg or 6.6 lbs - which is incredibly low for a combo at this price-point.  I am currently investigating whether this is true because I have seen people with larger payloads with this monopod.  I will update this section when I hear more).

You may still be thinking why I would recommend something so expensive - that doesn't deliver nearly as much as say the Ifootage monopod... and it really comes down to the brand.

Brand Loyalty Should Drive You To Purchase...​

This is the idea behind why people stay loyal to a brand like Apple, Toyota, Sony, etc...  The same can apply to Sirui.  Already have one of their anamorphic lenses?  Know someone with one that loves the hell out of it (like myself)? That'll be the tipping point for this purchase over something else in this article.

Neewer 75 Inch Camera Tripod Monopod​

Neewer, at this point, is considered the 'go-to' for affordable camera gear.

While the quality isn't 'the best' - their prices reflect that; and in some cases, you get more than what you pay for.

A great example is their motorized slider - where Neewer charges a pretty modest amount compared to Rhino sliders - and believe it or not, the quality is comparable. Blew my mind when comparing the two.

Another great example is the tripod we're going to cover here.

This is another tripod/monopod combo with a ball head.  The interesting thing about this version is the center column and how you can put it horizontal through the head itself.

Not only that - but for what you get, the price you're going to pay, and the backing of a very well known brand - you'll have a great product backed by a great company.

Let's dive into the features.

Features: Neewer 75 inch Camera Tripod Monopod
  • SOLID CONSTRUCTION AND ULTRA-STABLE: Made of aluminum alloy and 25mm tube diameter, durable and solid; Non-slip feet design keeps the tripod steady on virtual ground surface
  • UNIQUE ROTATABLE CENTER COLUMN DESIGN: Center column can be rotated 360 Degree horizontally, making it easier for photography enthusiasts to realize the panorama shooting; Inverted installation also can realize the lowest angling shooting, macro shooting, panorama shooting
  • 2-in-1 MULTI-FUNCTIONAL TRIPOD MONOPOD: Tripod can be detached to be monopod and converted into alpenstock when removing one leg; Can be used in different occasions; Four sections adjustable-height leg tubes with 2-sections center column
  • ADJUSTABLE AND HEAVY LOAD CAPACITY: Extended to 75 inches/191 centimeters, folded to 24.4 inches/62 centimeters; Max load capacity is 26.5 pounds/12 kilograms for optimal performance
  • PANORAMIC VIEW: 360 degree swivel ball head with bubble level provide you with a panoramic view; 3 position leg angle adjustment system provides flexible shooting; Carrying bag can prevent the product from damage

Extra Features Means (Potentially) More Benefits​

Aside from the benefits that you get from a monopod and what we've covered in other items thus far - this Neewer combo offers something that no other combo on this list does...

  • The center column allows passthrough from left to right - straight through the head.  This allows you to use the tripod in tight areas that you couldn't normally (by offsetting the tripod).

Aside from that - you're getting a very solid tripod/monopod combo.

What We Wish It Had...​

Since this is a combo - a 3 foot base for stabilization was out of the question - but:

  • We wish Neewer offered a 3 foot base as an accessory.  You could then purchase it with this combo and it would be complete!
  • Twist locks should be flip locks
  • No fluid head (for those who want one)

Motion Blur Is Directly Related To Shutter Speed​

I don't recall ever saying anything bad about Neewer, ever.  They're a solid company that put's their customers first - hence the reason why have been so successful.

Much like all of their other products - you'll get a very solid, affordable, and reliable product.

Not only that - if you have any issues with their products throughout the time using them - they do not have a problem fixing, replacing, or refunding you for anything that they feel could have been caused by them.

You really can't beat that.

Pro-Level Monopods​

This is the part of the article where we dive a bit deeper into some of the best monopods for video, on the market right now.

Without further a-do, let's get started.

Sirui P-426SR Carbon Monopod​

This is another Sirui monopod that I've had the pleasure of using (a buddy of mine owns onw).

A friend of mine is a diehard fan of theirs ever since their anamorphic lenses hit the market.

They have treated him great whenever he had questions or needed replacement parts on a product.  They even sent him a brand new base (3 foot stabilizer at the bottom of the monopod) - when all he needed was a new pin for one of the legs.  After that point, he was hooked.

I have to agree that this monopod is friggin' solid.  It feels as if you could literally through it anywhere and into anything - and it would take the beating.  You will find it's quite a bit heavier than the other monopods on this list, because of that (almost 10lbs, without a camera).

Let's dive into the features.

Features: Sirui P-426SR Carbon Monopod
  • P-426SR Photo/Video Monopod - Rubber Foot - Stainless Steel Spike - Wrist Strap - Custom Padded Case - Shoulder Strap - Tools - Instruction Manual - VH-10X Video Head - Handle - VP-90 Quick Release Plate (Manfrotto Compatible) - Instruction Manual - Sirui 6 Year Limited
  • P-426SR Monopod Features:
  • Three sturdy fold-down support feet provide additional stability and flexibility. Removable for use as a standard monopod
  • Patented panning grip smoothly rotates 360 Degree
  • Adjustable friction control on the base ball head lets you adjust tension for different weight equipment and resistance requirements

So, What's So Much Better About This One Vs. The One Mentioned Earlier?​

Aside from having the same features as the previous model - you have added features of both the monopod itself and the video head.  Those include:

  • Stainless steel spike for when you don't want to use the 3 foot base.  This is good for an area where you can't use the base but need the added protection of driving the spink into the ground.
  • The video head is smoother, tension spring is stronger, and there is fluid resistance.  Meaning the head won't fall forward and will completely stop once adjusted correctly.  This is a high end feature that can be fine-tuned.  This will allow you to not only protect your camera from flipping forward violently, but dial in a fluid resistance setting that'll support your camera without touching it (or tightening a knob).  

The Not-So-Good​

Here are a few cons and hope that they will improve on in future models.

  • Max weight on fluid head: 8lbs.  With a price point north of $500, you'd hope it would have a capacity north of 10lbs.  This fluid head is clearly directed at mirrorless cameras, or DSLR's with smaller lenses. 
  • Screw locks should be flip locks

Keep Sirui In Mind​

Like stated in the previous Sirui model that I mentioned - you're not only purchasing a high quality item, you're purchasing from a brand that's do nearly anything to keep you as a customer.

That says so much more, to me, than a great product from a company that doesn't care about me as a customer.  Seriously - start considering Sirui as a company to buy from - you won't regret it.

Gitzo Monopod (Only)​

Let me tell you, this is the end-all be-all of monopods.

Hands down. 

You're looking at one of the strongest, most affordable (in relation with what it does), and long-lasting monopods on the market right now.

When you look/see the monopod on the computer/phone or in person - it doesn't look like must.  Just a semi-compact monopod with a cool textured look.

And then you pick it up...

Features: Gitzo monopod
  • Extra-tall, 5-section carbon fiber monopod
  • Perfect for shooting over crowds and fences
  • Strong and secure G-lock Ultra system
  • Captures moving subjects with innovative pivoting foot
  • Removable feet, easy to accessorize via 1/4″ and 3/8″ attachment

Some Additional Features And Benefits​

Since the features listed above are a bit short - I have included more features and a description below.  The majority of this was pull from their description online - with a couple added features that I've noticed about it.

  • The Gitzo GM4552L Series 4 Monopod is a 5-sectioncarbon fiber monopod. It is the tallest model in the range, designed to securely provide low-footprint elevation and be lightweight, particularly effective when shooting over crowds and fences.
  • The GM4552L is a professional solution that leverages larger tube sizes (top leg diameter 37.0mm) and stiff Carbon eXact tubes to provide rock-solid stability even when extended to its maximum height of 190 cm, keeping weight to an absolute minimum.
  • It securely supports an impressive 30 kg-worth of equipment and weighs only 730 grams.
  • Gitzo’s G-Lock Ultra system makes the tubing even stronger by rigidly connecting the leg sections, protecting joints from moisture and dirt.
  • The monopod features a handy, reversible 1/4" and 3/8" mounting thread for attaching various types of cameras, lenses, and heads.
  • It folds down to just 56 cm and is easy to pack or strap to a backpack for day and overnight hikes.
  • The GM4552L base features an innovative 50 mm rubber foot with a pivoting ball-joint for smooth movement that is perfect for capturing moving subjects. It provides solid footing and maximum stability on any surface and can be removed when necessary and replaced with optional feet or metal spikes.
  • The monopod also features Gitzo's signature ergonomic textured hand grip and a removable wrist strap for increased security, allowing photographers to move freely with their monopod attached to their belt or clothing. 

It's The Strongest Monopod On This List By More Than Double...​

I want you to understand and let this sink in.

The monopod weighs about a pound and a half - but can support over 66 pounds.

Yes, you read that correctly, 66 pounds.  You can literally put any camera setup on this (mirrorless, DSLR, Larger Format) - even a RED or ARRI would easiler be supported by this monopod.

This means that not only will it support it, it'll last monger than some others on this list.  It's made of carbon fiber, hence the reason it is so light, but can support so much.  Again, only supporting the idea that this is a monopod that'll last decades if take care of.

The only con would be that it doesn't have a fluid head.  But again, you can purchase that separate (I would start with the Manfrotto 502 fluid head, if you decide you want one).

Highly Recommended​

If you started reading this article, looking for the strongest and lightest monopod for video, this is the one.  Period.

Yeah, you're going to have to invest a bit more into a fluid head if that's something you want - but again, this is one of the best-of-the-best for all aspects discussed in this article.  It's the strongest, lightest, and most reliable (most likely).  The price-point matches quality.  Again, highly recommended.

Different Ways You Can Use A Monopod For Video (Video Format)​

10 Best Monopods For Video Chart​

Photo Title Price Buy
Benro Aluminum 4...image Benro Aluminum 4 Series Flip-Lock Video Monopod Kit w/ 3-Foot Articulating Base and S4 Video Head (A48FDS4) $246.99
Manfrotto Xpro Aluminum...image Manfrotto Xpro Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Video Head, Black (MVMXPRO500US) $249.88
Benro Aluminum 4...image Benro Aluminum 4 Series Flip-Lock Video Monopod Kit w/ 3-Foot Articulating Base and S6 Video Head (A48FDS6) $219.00
IFOOTAGE Monopod for...image IFOOTAGE Monopod for Cameras, 59" Carbon Fiber Video Monopod with Feet, Compatible for DSLR Cameras and Camcorders $179.00
GEEKOTO Camera Tripod,...image GEEKOTO Camera Tripod, DSLR Tripod with 360 Degree Ball Head, 79 inch Carbon Fiber Tripod with Monopod 1/4 inch Quick Release Plate for Vlog Travel and Work $179.99
K&F Concept SA254M1...image K&F Concept SA254M1 62'' DSLR Camera Tripod Lightweight and Compact Aluminum Detachable Monopod Tripod with 360 Panorama Ball Head Quick Release Plate for Travel and Work $79.99
SIRUI P-SR Series...image SIRUI P-SR Series Photo/Video Monopod with VA Video Head (P-204SR+VA-5) $299.90
Neewer Camera Tripod...image Neewer Camera Tripod Monopod with Rotatable Center Column for Panoramic Shooting - Aluminum Alloy 75 inches/191 Centimeters, 360 Degree Ball Head for DSLR Camera Video Camcorder up to 26.5 pounds $119.29
SIRUI P-SR Monopod...image SIRUI P-SR Monopod with Stand and VH-10X Video Head (20° Tilting / 360° Rotating) (P426SR+VH-10X) $539.90
Gitzo monopod, Series...image Gitzo monopod, Series 4 Long, 5 Sections, Long $447.30

Frequently Asked Questions

Is monopod good for video?

Absolutely. Monopods are great for both photography and video. They add a great deal of stability - and it allows you to do movements you wouldn't normally be able to do handheld (or with a gimbal) - such as overhead extension/boom shots - as well as panning and 'leaning' in and out of shots.

What is a good monopod?

Manfrotto is a very reputable brand - that has made a name for themselves over the years for both durability and reliability. Neewer is a great affordable brand. Gitzo is the most rugged and reliable brand on the market right now (although, quite expensive)

What lens should I buy as a beginner?

Yes! A monopod adds stability and support to any camera/lens combo. More importantly, it adds stability for long focal lengths, to ensure you get sharp images that you normally wouldn't get if shot handheld. They also help with the weight of large lenses - which would leave you fatigued after long use if you were using it handheld.

What height monopod do I need?

Generally speaking, you want a monopod that extends to at least 60 inches (5 feet). If you're considering using one for boom style shots (for video), a strong 6+ foot (72+ inch) monopod like a Gitzo, is recommended.

Whew! Those Are The Best Monopods For Video In 2021!​

Yeah, that was a long one!

But we got through it!  And at this point you should have a much better understanding of monopods in general, what to look, and average price point for what you need!

By now you can make a much better, educated decision on which one is going to work the best for you.

If we had to choose one of the Beginner/Intermediate monopods, and one Pro level it would be:

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