The hunt for the perfect travel tripod continues with a look at the ultra-portable Manfrotto Pixi tripod. The Pixi’s tabletop design offers a great deal of versatility and fits snuggly into any bag.
Over the last number of weeks I have traveled with the Manfrotto Pixi as my only tripod and I have to say I have been particularly impressed at just how functional and sturdy the tripod is in a range of situations.
There is literally nothing to the Mafrotto Pixi, it is remarkably strong, stable and functional. The Pixi is 185mm long and weighs just 0.19Kg, things don’t get more portable than this. The Pixi slots nicely into the end pocket of my camera bag and easily attaches to my Fujifilm X-T1.
If I had to sum up the Manfrotto Pixi in one word it would have to be “Sturdy”. The legs are fixed to create a standard triangular level of around 13cm from the surface on which the tripod is set. Handling up to 1KG of payload, it had no problem holding my X-T1, lens and filter system. In relation to balance the Pixi’s sturdy build offers a degree of confidence that I haven’t had in other portable tripods.
The Manfrotto Pixi offers a ball head that offers a 35 degree tilt range which is controlled by a little button release. The grip is strong and offers a nice level of fine adjustment.
Manfrotto Pixi with GoPro
The Pixi is also a great companion for the GoPro action camera. Closing the tripod legs create a nice handle approach, actually GoPro sell a similar attachment for this type of handheld video control so the Pixi really is ideal for this type of camera.
It should be noted to use the GoPro with any tripod you need the little GoPro tripod adaptor.
I have the GoPro 3 with wifi remote which means I can set up the GoPro on the Manfrotto Pixi and then activate recording remotely.
I found the Pixi particularly useful when filming with one camera and then using the GoPro (on the Pixi) as a second recording from a different angle.
Pixi has been developed for entry level DSLRs and mirrorless cameras fitting the following basic requirements:
• Body: maximum weight of 650g/1.4lbs
• Focal length: maximum 85mm (standard non-professional lens)
• Total equipment payload: maximum 1kg/2.2lbs
I would be slightly nervous using a longer lense simply as the centre of gravity is further from the centre of the tripod, that said I found the Pixi to be a reliable and sturdy tripod for the X-T1, X100s etc.
It is possible to pickup the Manfrotto Pixi tripod for around £20 (see here) making it the perfect bargain for photographers who want the ultimate in traveling light.
The Pixi is light, sturdy and functional, working with action cameras and the mirrorless X-T1 in equal measure. I can imagine the Manfrotto Pixi being useful for food photography, macro work and in the stop motion animation environment. The Pixi really is the ultimate in travel tripods for portability and affordability!