Benro Cyanbird tripod review

The versatile Benro Cyanbird proves that smaller really can be better, especially when it comes to space-saving travel tripod kits.

Benro Cyanbird Tripod Kit
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Most travel tripods these days have swing-up legs so that the feet can encircle the head to reduce stowage size. The downside is that they take longer to set up for shooting and to fold down afterwards. The Benro Cyanbird takes a different approach, with arch-profile legs to ensure a snug fit with no wasted space. The hybrid design with a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum leg sections, and ocean blue magnesium alloy castings is very easy on the eye, and the 1.05kg (2.31lbs) weight is very easy on the back. Although compact and lightweight, it’s very versatile and gives sturdy support, making it a smart buy at the price.


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    Space-saving design

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    Lightweight but sturdy

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    Versatile yet simple to use


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    Typically limited maximum height

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    No monopod configuration

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    A bit fiddly to split the center column

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The Benro Cyanbird takes its name from a legendary Chinese bird of prey, said to be a strong and dexterous flyer that transformed into a ‘stunning, auspicious creature’. Naturally, the Benro company itself doesn’t stretch back to Chinese mythology, but it has been making high-quality tripods since 1995.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.