Many photographers are turning to the video monopod as a new tool to dramatically improve their photography and video.
Is there really such a thing as a monopod made specifically for video ? Of course any monopod will add some stability to your shooting whether it's video or still photography. There are a few monopod features that are more useful for shooting video.
Some monopods come with three fold-able legs or feet that may help provide more balance for when your hands full. These legs can keep things in place while you make adjustments to your camera.
They also are useful for keeping your side-to-side panning movements smooth and horizontal.
There are many manufacturers who market their monopods as video monopods. Often this just means that they are heavier or include a slip-on quick release mechanism to secure your camcorder or video camera.
While it is true that these monopods will reduce shake and steady your video footage, if you are looking for the next step in improving your video, then you may want to consider using a monopod with a fluid head, folded legs and perhaps even a fluid ball cartridge as its base like the Manfrotto 561-bhdv.
For the ultimate control when shooting video, there is the $300+ Manfrotto 055 Fluid Video Ball Head.
Normally, this accessory is for use on a quality tripod and not a monopod.
The long "screw-driver" handle isn't needed when using a monopod.
A long handle does make it easy to smoothly pan side to side and tilt forward and backward precisely.
This prevents jerky, uneven movements.
Longer folding feet like the Manfrotto pictured above, will be more stable than the monopods that only have one foot or have very shoot feet.
Just by looking at the construction Manfrotto 561bhdv folding feet below, you can tell that the monopod will cost more and perform very well.
The Manfrotto 561bhdv has a unique fluid ball in it's base cartridge that makes it a great monopod for shooting video.
We all have individual preferences for certain pieces of photography equipment. Often we buy what feels right to us not only based on specifications but also on an intangible notion that it's just the right fit.
My first serious purchase of photography equipment was in 1977 when I was a 17 year old. It was a 35mm professional SLR made by Minolta.
It had several exposure modes including aperture priority, shutter priority and manual. At the time that was a relatively new advancement in camera design and I just loved the versatility.
It was a "state of the art" camera and I got many years of photography out of it. Here's my point. You can buy a simple monopod and get benefits in stability for video and digital still photography. Or you can invest a little extra and buy a monopod that will work well in more situations.
It depends on the type of photography you do. Here are some thoughts on using a monopod or tripod that might give you a new perspective when considering what to do for a video monopod: Monopod Vs Tripod Battle.
Here is one that is extremely well designed by one of the premier manufacturers of quality photography equipment: Manfrotto 561-bhdv
Using a monopod for Video. A few thoughts on using a monopod to shoot video as well as two videos to teach you how to use a monopod for the best video results.