Monopod vs Tripod – which is better?

tripod vs monopod
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Getting a support for your camera enables you to use it hands-free, shoot with longer exposures, or perfect your composition by keeping your camera in one position. When we talk about camera support, we mean a tripod vs monopod, but which is right for you? We'll compare both to help you decide.

The main difference between a monopod and a tripod is obviously the number of legs; a tripod has three legs (tri) while a monopod is a single leg mono). Do you need both products? And are there photography situations when a monopod is better than a tripod? Let's look at both options to find out.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.

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