Peak Design Travel Tripod (Carbon Fiber) review

Peak Design has never made a tripod before and it wants you to pay over $600 for this one

5 Star Rating
Peak Design Travel Tripod
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There are cheaper travel tripods than this, and taller ones too, but nothing that offers this performance, this design cleverness, and yet folds down into such a neat, compact and portable package.


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    Size and neatness when folded

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    Serious rigidity and weight capacity

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    Dazzling design details


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    Not the tallest

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    Some hex key fiddling

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    Don’t look at the price!

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The Peak Design Travel Tripod tells you pretty much everything you need to know in the name. But Peak Design specializes in innovative design, as seen in its very clever camera bags, straps and camera clips… so it’s no surprise to find the company’s new travel tripod is unlike any other.

The best travel tripods need to be adaptable and rigid, obviously, but they also need to be small, light and portable. If you just want the best tripod all round, it's not so hard to find some great candidates, but if you want a tripod portable enough take on your travels but still sturdy enough for night shots, selfies and long exposures, the list gets a lot narrower.

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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