Having bought the Ulanzi MT-44 Extendable Vlog Tripod on a whim, I am impressed by how reliable it is. It looks like a handheld selfie stick, but the bottom opens up to be a tripod. You can mount a phone, or even an action camera such as the Insta360 One RS Twin Edition.
- 360° free adjustment, support horizontal and vertical shooting
- Up to 146.5cm, load bearing up to 1kg
- Can clamp phones from 6cm to 8cm
The MT-44 features a textured surface that allows you to hold it securely in your hand. As mentioned, the bottom splits open into a tripod, and a ring lets you tighten or loosen it. It's pretty stable when deployed. One thing that makes this tripod stand out is that you can extend it by up to six levels, to around 146.5cm in height.
I do note that at maximum height, the tripod can be a little wobbly at the top. But once it settles, it's pretty stable. At max height, the tripod is perfect for group shots or even selfies. It's pretty quick to deploy, and I've used it quite a bit during my vacation to shoot landscape shots. But instead of a remote timer, I suggest using your Apple Watch to snap a picture on your iPhone. For Samsung users, you can also use the palm gesture to take a shot.
The two-in-one phone holder also features a 1/4″ screw, which means you can also connect a camera such as the Sony ZV-1M2. I don't recommend heavier cameras though, as the tripod's limit is 1kg. Otherwise, mounting a phone is very easy, just open up the phone holder, and slide the phone in. It's pretty secure, and you can also flip the mount to portrait mode if you need. Weighing at 422g, the MT-44 is pretty light, and easy to bring around.
For as low as S$27.90, the Ulanzi MT-44 Extendable Vlog Tripod is a pretty good buy. I've also used it for propping up a light, such as the Zhiyun Fiveray M40. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG.
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