As an amateur film maker it is necessary for me to have multiple different tripods and I have slowly begun to realise that there are some seriously terrible tripods out there and unfortunately they are generally the ones that I can actually afford. Recently I purchased a Sony Handi cam camcorder to accommodate my main camera ( to capture scenes from different angles etc) and because of this I required a new tripod.
Straight away I can say that this tripod is fantastic and it has passed all of the tests I have done with it! A problem I have had with other tripods is that their is a weird creak when you attempt to rotate the the camera while it is attached to the plate on the top. This has literally been the bane of my existence at times as it ruins scenes when there is supposed to be complete silence. This certainly doesn't have this problem, it is blissfully silent. Another irritant with other tripods is that they are annoyingly stiff, which can be a huge problem while filming as it cause the footage to come out shaky which totally defeats the point of a tripod in the first place. Again this tripod does not have this problem and all the footage I have made using this tripod has been silky smooth.
Now onto the most interesting part about this tripod, it's remote controlled, yeah you heard me correctly. This tripod can be controlled remotely with the use of a remote provided, this means you can move the top of the tripod without even touching it. To me this is an amazing feature, sometimes you don't want to go near the tripod at all for fear of nudging the tripod and ruining the footage. This way the head of the tripod can rotate without the aid of physical interaction. So to prevent this from sounding like an advertisement I will say that honestly I don't use this feature a lot and the reason for this is I'm just plain scared to use it. There is something terrifying about putting your £600 camcorder onto a tripod which you aren't in full control of, what if the head gets jammed and the tripod falls over?! (I am literally shuddering at the thought) but perhaps this is just me being weird. Realistically I shouldn't think this way as the tripod is very sturdy and stable so my worry is probably misplaced, I cant really see this tripod falling over unless you push it or position it on a precarious surface. As a final word of advice I would say that it is ESSENTIAL that you check the tripod is compatible with your camcorder otherwise you would've just spent £70 on a paper weight!(although I have said this, there probably is an adaptor for your camera but that just means spending more money and who wants that!)
Like I said before, this tripod is around £60-£70 so it is reasonably expensive and for an amateur film maker who has spent most of their money on their camera like myself this is probably quite a lot of money. But although this is quite a lot of money it isn't nearly as bad as some other insanely priced tripods on the market, do not be fooled by these tripods as this one is probably all you need realistically.
So ultimately, whether you're an amateur like me or a semi pro film maker this tripod is perfect for use with your Sony camcorder. With the remote control feature and the absolute sturdiness of this tripod you'll be purchasing a welcome addition to your arsenal.