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I have a tripod for each of my cameras, I have this little Hama Traveller Mini Tripod for my compact camera, and I have a full size Hama tripod for my DLSR. It was actually my husband that bought both of the tripods for me, he bought them as I'm far too shaky and I really don't have a steady hand when taking photos, he was forever laughing at my lack of photography skills and so he decided to try and help me out by buying me the two tripods.
The Hama Traveller Mini Tripod is the perfect size to use with a compact camera, it's really small and lightweight and is a really convenient size to easily fit into a back pack or a handbag. I normally always just pop this into my bag along with my camera, the only times that I don't take it out with me are normally evenings out when I'm only carrying a small clutch bag and struggling for space anyway (if I have a larger clutch bag that will fit a bit more in then I will just pop it in as it's handy to have to take group self portrait shots).
It's a sleek and stylish looking little tripod, and it's in a silver colour, it's made of metal so it's a sturdy little tripod it's not cheap and nasty. It has the screw thread (I'm sure that's not the proper technical term for this!) on the top of the tripod which you screw into the little hole on the bottom of your camera. It seems to fit most compact cameras, it fits both mine and my husbands which are both Panasonic Lumix's but both different models, and I've had a number of friends use it with many different makes of compact cameras on nights out and it has fitted every single one. It is only suitable for compact cameras, it won't support the weight of a DLSR.
So after you've screwed your camera onto the tripod then you would then open the tripod legs and position the tripod on the table or wherever to get your shot. The little tripod legs are easily adjustable and the tripod will go from a minimum height of 18cm to a maximum height of 29cm, each tripod leg is independently adjustable so that if you have the tripod positioned on an uneven surface then you can adjust the legs accordingly to get it level. The little tripod legs have sturdy rubber feet on the ends so that it won't slip or slide on the surface you have positioned it on.
The tilting ball head that you have your camera screwed onto is fully adjustable to take shots at a wide range of angles and will even allow you to to rotate it and position your camera to take portrait shots rather than just landscape shots. When you have your camera in the desired position then you just twist the little knob at the side of the rotating ball head to lock the ball head into position. The camera is safe and secure on the tripod, all you need to do then is just shoot your picture!
Now I'm not going to lie and say that this has turned me into David Bailey overnight, but it has certainly helped me to take clearer, crisper photos, as obviously it takes away 'the shakes' factor as I'm not always holding the camera anymore. There's still loads of shots that are shaky though as I can't use this mini tripod for all of the pictures that I take. But for the times where I am able to use it then it does create 'a steady hand' to take the photos. It works especially well for taking shots with the self timer feature, group shots, self portraits, time delay pictures etc.
As I said earlier my husband bought this for me and he says that he seems to remember it being in the region of around £15.00, so it's not exactly cheap but it appears to be very well made and it looks like it's built to last. I've had it for around 18 months now and it still seems as good as new.