I will share my personal experience using the XILETU pocket photo tripod. The XS-20 model proved to be reliable in long-term operation and comfortable on trips and outings. Sometimes you don’t need any bulky photo tripod, but sometimes this baby with a swivel head is enough. And the quality turned out to be enviable — other Chinese tripods did not last as long as XILETU.
Tripod XILETU XS-20
This and other similar mini tripods can be viewed in the selection. There are completely aluminum options (with a load of 4..6 kg). A good option for travel, or for mobile photography.
Permissible load: 2.5kg
Max Height: 14cm
Folded length: 20cm
Clamped smartphone size in XJ‑A: 65…90mm.
The appearance of the cabinet is shown below. An ordinary tripod for mounting a photo or video camera on a surface. The ball head will help fix the camera angle.
An interesting point is that the original packaging contains the contact information of the XILETU company (mail, phone, address, website).
A set of an XS-20 tripod, a ball head is available at the link, and you can also purchase an additional 1/4″ extension cable or an XJ‑A smartphone holder.
The XJ‑A holder is interesting in that it has two 1/4″ threaded connections, which makes it possible not only to install in various ways, but also to dock additional equipment, for example, to install an external directional microphone for a smartphone. The width of the clamped smartphone is from 65 to 90mm.
Inside the holder is pasted over with soft material.
Branded ball head XILETU. It is mounted on a 1/4″ mount on a tripod, and allows not only to rotate, but also to fix the smartphone with an inclination. A wing screw is used for fixation.
All working and power parts of the head structure are made of metal (aluminum), which is noticeably better than plastic Chinese counterparts.
The tripod folds out easily, preferably on a flat surface.
Can be used on its own (1/4″) or as a base for an extension. An extender from XILETU or a regular 1/4″ selfie stick can serve as an extension.
When folded, the tripod fits into a pocket. The mass is slightly more than a bar of chocolate (140g).
The design is reinforced, with rubber pads on the racks.
Tripod XS-20 complete with holder XJ‑A.
It is preferable to use a ball head in the composition — this gives not only panoramic rotation, but also the ability to fix the smartphone at an angle.
I use a similar tripod for subject shooting, for shooting outdoors.
Before XILETU, I had an auxiliary universal mini tripod for the phone, a very simple model, but aluminum, and with a non-removable swivel head.
The design is more or less working, but not without flaws.
The retractable legs of the universal version are not fixed.
If you choose between XILETU for $8 and a universal no-name for $2, then it is better to pay extra and take a normal XILETU, maybe even a more expensive model.
If we talk about smartphones, then almost any model is installed except for the most-most MAX (width no more than 90 mm).
It is convenient to adjust the tilt, you can choose the height and focal length to the object.
If you use a smartphone for selfies, then it makes sense to separately buy a bluetooth remote control.
There is always a use for a mini tripod, even if you already have a large professional tripod.
Tripod XS-20 — This is a good option for a vacation. Last time he “worked” for all the money spent on him. If you choose a tripod other than XILETU, make sure that the mechanisms are metal, plastic tilt heads and plastic 1/4″ screws do not last long.