Monopods, also called unipods, are camera stands with only one leg. They are sleek, and lightweight, making them easy to handle and move around. They are used for holding cameras and keeping them steady. However, because they only have one leg, they do not offer the same stability provided by tripods.
Types of Monopods
Kinds of Monopods include the following:
Headless monopods use scope clamps similar to tripods instead of heads. Because they are headless, they cannot be used for panning and tilting. The scope clamps are fixed, preventing them from falling off when the monopods are moved in different directions. Most headless monopods have removable screws that allow cameras to be fitted directly on top.
Fixed head monopods
Fixed head monopods have built-in heads that allow scoping and moving in different angles. The heads are designed to lock cameras steadily, preventing them from falling off when carried together. There are two types if heads: ball and socket heads, and pan and tilt heads. Some models have quick-release plates for easy camera attachment and detachment.
Choosing Monopods (Buying tips)
Height: Choose a monopod that comes up a little below your eye level. You can comfortably face your subject with your legs slightly spread and the monopod standing squarely between your legs. Adjustability: Look for a monopod that comes with a height adjustment feature that allows you to set it to the required height.