Sirui’s modular monopods are one of the cleverest things we’ve seen so far

Sirui SVM145
The Sirui SVM145 modular monopod accepts an optional snap-on extension to make it taller still. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

A monopod is just a monopod, right? These one-legged camera supports might not offer the hands-free stability of a tripod, but they are really useful extra supports in tight spaces and when you need to keep moving around. But what Sirui has done here is take a simple principle and add some excellent design features.

You might think that the best monopods are all pretty much the same, but we think Sirui has done something special here. On paper, these monopods look interesting enough, but when we got to try out them out for ourselves, we could see just how fast and efficient they actually are.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at