Finding a mini tripod (or table top tripod) is easy since they are typical dollar store products. However, the quality of such cheap tripods is more than questionable and we wouldn’t recommend using them with something bigger than a compact camera; and even then it’s truly comforting that the drop height is low.
If you’re looking for a small and robust tripod that is able to carry a bulky compact camera or a (D)SLR, it wouldn’t hurt to spend a few more bucks. The prices for decent mini tripods range from $20 to $50. These are, for example, the Manfrotto PIXI (max. 1kg/2,2lbs) or the Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom (max. 3kg/6.6lbs).
Takeway T1 Clampod
The Takeway T1 is pretty unknown even though it is great alternative to the flexible GorillaPod. Made by the Ehoma Industrial Corporation in Taiwan, which produces inter alia clamps, the Takeway T1 is the first clampod (clamp + tripod).
The roots are recognizable: the tripod looks a bit like something you can buy in a hardware store – that doesn’t mean it is ugly. (Industrial design is chic, isn’t it?) In fact, it’s inspiring confidence along with the material: aerospace-grade aluminium alloy.
The T1 weighs 200 grams and its mount can carry up to 3kg/. (The clamp itself has a maximum load capacity of 40kg.) It comes with a fabric carry bag and a smartphone holder.
With a $70 price tag the T1 is not the cheapest mini tripod on the market but the price is reasonable with regard to the overall quality.
PS: In Germany the clampod is distributed by Rollei.