It has reverse folding legs, making it small enough to fit inside of a backpack, rolling case or carry on.
We settled on the Benro Aero 2. It’s right at $200.
Pro: Lightweight, smooth, mono-pod option
Cons: the nob that tightens base plate hits the camera (tested on a GH4).
We have found that the head is smooth and adequate for our shooting style. We shoot “film” style and don’t do a lot of panning. Some reviewers raved about the legs and versatility but complained about the smoothness of the head. If you are shooting videos that require smooth pans and tilts I would bring your camera into a B & H Photo or Andorama and test it out for yourself.
If you are looking for the absolute best tripod with a true fluid head, have a heavier camera (e.g. 5D, MIII) and want carbon legs then there are better choices. However, if you want a tripod that will give you professional results with a smooth head that converts to a mono-pod then this might be your ticket. If you live by a B & H you can easily test it out for yourself. The max load is 5lbs.
Here are the specs.
MAXIMUM LOAD 5.51 lb (2.5 kg)
MAX HEIGHT (24° LEG ANGLE) W/COLUMN RETRACTED 52.95 in (134.5 cm)
MINIMUM HEIGHT 18.5 in (47 cm)
MAXIMUM HEIGHT 62.4 in (158.5 cm)
FOLDED LENGTH 18.3 in (46.5 cm)
LEG LOCK TYPE Flip Lock
INDEPENDENT LEG SPREAD Yes-with 3 stops
QUICK RELEASE (QR) PLATE Slide-in Video (QR4)
WEIGHT 4.1 lb (1.86 kg)