The Canon m50 has seen exponential growth in its core customer base since its release and has managed to establish itself as one of the most popular entry-level mirrorless camera bodies that we have ever seen. With so many vloggers upgrading directly to the m50 from their older Canon G7X camera the m50 always had the expectation of having a large initial customer base and then once the word was out about just how good the gimbal is, its sales took off with no sign of slowing down in sight.
With the Canon m50 having built up a massive core customer base made up of photographers, videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers, we have noticed an absolute ton of people reaching out with each passing month with questions about the camera. They are all based around how you are able to improve the image quality that you can capture with your m50 via various camera accessories but one of the most frequent questions that we constantly see asked is based around the best tripod for Canon m50 users.
With the Canon m50 being more of an entry-level camera body, we have decided to stay away from the expensive professional level tripods such as the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 in favor for a cheaper, more budget-friendly tripod that still offers some excellent levels of image stabilization. That is why we have chosen the Zomei z699c as our recommended tripod for any of our readers who own the Canon m50 and are looking to add a tripod to their camera accessories.
The z699c is an excellent tripod that is small, lightweight and compact enough to make it an ideal travel tripod too as so many Canon m50 users are travel vloggers and need to be able to move around with their gear easily. On top of that, it is also much cheaper than most of the compeating tripods on the market right now with similar levels of performance offering better bang for your buck too.
Since its release onto the market, the z699c has kept going from strength to strength and has earned itself one of the best reputations going amongst the cheaper, entry-level tripods on the market right now. We will now be taking a more in-depth look into the Zomei z699c and its various features that we feel make it the obvious option for the Canon m50 over the compeating tripods.
Performance And Functionality
Although the Zomei z699c is a small, lightweight travel-friendly tripod, it offers the same great image stabilization as the compeating heavier and larger-sized tripods too. It offers an absolutely massive thirty three pound maximum load capacity that is the best ratio currently available between tripod weight and load capacity for its price point meaning it can easily support your Canon m50. The camera body of your m50 comes in at around 0.85 pounds of payload weight meaning that you have over thirty-two pounds of spare load capacity for your camera accessories.
We are unable to think of any commonly used Canon m50 setup that comes anywhere close to this and doubt that there will ever be one due to the m50 being a small and light mirrorless camera with most of its accessories being small and light too. Even the heaviest m50 rigs that we can think of won’t even need a quarter of the supported load capacity of the Zomei z699c meaning that you can rest assured that the tripod won’t be giving way under the weight of your camera.
On top of this, the massive load capacity of the tripod also helps to offer you some future-proofing in case you decide to upgrade to a heavier camera body in the future as many of the DSLR rigs are larger and heavier than the m50 but can still easily be supported by the Zomei z699c. In addition to this, the structural support on the tripod also ensures that if you wish, you can mount longer and heavier camera lenses to your m50 if needed too. Some compeating tripods at this price point in the market can have a number of issues with their center of gravity being compromised and the tripod potentially tilting if you use a heavier lens with your camera but not the Zomei z699c.
The Zomei z699c also has a fully detachable leg that is a fully functioning monopod when removed too. Now, the usefulness of this is definitely going to depend on the niche you are working in and what you are planning to do with your m50 but if you are a travel vlogger or working any other niche where you have to travel or hike long distances this can be a godsend. Rather than have to carry your full tripod to your destination you can simply detach the monopod leg on your Zomei z699c massively reduce the weight of the camera accessories you have to carry with you while still having a great source of image stabilization.
The Zomei system is extremely straight forward too and we are confident that even a first-time tripod user will easily be able to detach and then reattach the leg via its twist lock system with ease. You can go through the process in less than a minute and be ready to go without having any issues that some compeating systems can have.
The central column on the z699c is also fully reversible allowing you to mount your Canon m50 to get some great low angle photographs or video footage as required while still have the great image stabilization that the tripod offers. Again though, this is definatley going to depend on the niche you are working in but it is definatley a nice feature to have available on your tripod if required.
Considering the bang you get for your buck it is easy to see why the Zomei z699c has been such a big hit with the community and established itself as one of, if not the best tripod in its price bracket. On top of this, a ton of photographers, videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers seem to agree with us as a ton of people have published their own independent reviews of the Zomei z699c that you can read.
If you have the time available, skimming over a few of those reviews is well worth the time as they provide some great insights into just how good the Zomei z699c actually is for its low price tag. The reviews cover its performance in a large number of situations and niches too as well as go into the general opinions of the z699c from a large number of people who have used it for a long period of time.
User Interface And Control System
Although rare in this day and age, even some of the entry-level tripods released onto the market three years or so could have a problem with the tripod head balancing and being able to support the weight of your camera. Thankfully though, the Zomei z699c does not have these issues and due to the very lightweight of your Canon m50, the gimbal is easily able to keep its tripod head level and keep your camera held as required.
The tripod uses the newer twist lock system that is much more efficient than the older flip-lock system helping to keep the legs locked in place once the leg locks are activated. This new development in tripod leg locks offers all the advantages of the speed and ease of use of regular twist locks while also offering the security and firm lock of the flip lock system all in one. To our knowledge, the z699c is still the only entry-level tripod that offers this technology as standard on the base model of the tripod too.
Zomei has taken on the feedback from the community that they received for their older tripods too. Rather than just randomly place the bubble level on the z699c wherever they saw fit, they have actually ensured that it is in an easy to read location even when your camera body is mounted to the tripod. This ensures that even with your Canon m50 mounted to the tripod, you can easily glance down to check the spirit level and know if your tripod is level or not and make adjustments as required.
The quick-release plate on the Zomei z699c is also very easy to use too allowing you to quickly and easily mount or unmount your Canon m50 as required. This allows you to go from having your camera mounted to your tripod to be able to capture your content handheld within seconds. Another advantage that the z699c has going for it is that spare quick release plates are very easy to source. If you use multiple cameras or your included quick-release plate gets damaged or lost then you can easily get your hands on a new one for cheap without having to purchase a brand new tripod.
Build Quality And Design
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the Zomei z699c follows the standard travel tripod design to ensure that it is as small and compact as possible when not in use. This ensures that it requires the smallest amount of space possible and can easily be added to a photography kit bag or backpack with ease while offering great professional-level image stabilization when required.
The z699c is available in either an aluminum or carbon fiber build with each offering its own advantages and disadvantages. The aluminum build is cheaper but the carbon fiber build is usually lighter, tougher, and longer-lasting than the aluminum variant of the tripod. That said though, the aluminum alloy used by Zomei is solid and should last you for a fair few years before it starts to show the signs of wear and tear anyway while helping to keep your costs down.
Both variants of the tripod are robust enough to put up with the punishment of general use as well as any bumps or knocks coming their way while in your luggage while traveling too. This is great to see as so many of the cheaper tripods on the market right now can be flimsy and buckle or have issues with their legs less than a year after purchase. Thankfully though, this is not a problem for the Zomei z699c and we are actually surprised that the robust build quality of the tripod has not forced Zomei to hike the price tag up.
Zomei has also been very generous with the minimum and maximum usable heights of the tripod too. It comes with a minimum usable height of 13.8 inches and a maximum usable height of sixty inches offering one of the best ranges for its price point in the market. As we mentioned earlier in the article, it also offers full inverted mode too for low angle footage too.
They have also included a solid little counter-weight hook at the bottom of the central column of the tripod too allowing you to hang counter-weights from it when required too. This ensures that you are easily able to use your Zomei z699c with your Canon m50 mounted to it in high winds as you can hand your backpack or some sandbags from the counterweight hook to prevent your tripod from blowing over in the wind while in use.
That concludes our article going over what we feel is the best tripod for Canon m50 camera users and we hope that you have found our article helpful. As you can probably guess, we feel that the Zomei z699c will likley be the best option for most of our readers who use the m50 but the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 is an excellent option is you have the budget available too. Either of those tripods will help to improve the image quality that you can capture with your m50 due to their excellent image stabilization.
We mentioned it earlier in the article but we just want to quickly remind our readers that the Zomei z699c has a ton of independent reviews published for it. Those reviews have been posted by third-party photographers, videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers who all use the Zomei z699c and wanted to share their thoughts on the tripod and its performance. If you are still on the fence about if you should add the Zomei z699c to your camera accessories or not then skimming some of those reviews could be a great option.