MeFOTO BackPacker Air tripod review

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Tripods are a necessary tool for traditional photographers and smartphone photographers when they want to take a picture without holding the camera. Whether it’s to get in the shot yourself or to keep the camera ultra steady, a good tripod is a photographer’s best buddy. I was recently given the opportunity to try the MeFOTO BackPacker Air tripod, which offers quite a few features in a handy folding form factor. Let’s take a look.

What is it?

The MeFOTO BackPacker Air tripod is a compact folding aluminum tripod for photo hobbyists that weighs in at less than 2 lbs, has a fixed ball-style head and can unfold and extend to a maximum height of 59.5 inches.

What’s in the box?

MeFOTO BackPacker Air tripod
Drawstring carrying bag
Built-in selfie stick
Smartphone holder
Capture button

Design and features

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The BackPacker Air is made of aluminum and comes in seven different colors. I was sent the blue version that you see here.

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The tripod has a HyperLock leg system where each leg section is nested into one group that can extend to allow for a maximum height of 59.5 inches or any height below that with a twist of the leg to lock it in place.

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The “shoulders” of each leg has a leg angle adjustment lock that can be secured to customize the angle of each individual leg.

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If you needed to set the tripod up like in the image above, it’s easily possible with the BackPacker Air.

Note that there’s a spring-loaded hook at the bottom of the main section that you can use to hang a weight to keep the camera in place if there’s a problem with wind.

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The top of the tripod has a fixed ball-style head with an Arca-Swiss compatible quick-release plate holder.

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The plate can be removed and screwed into the bottom of the threaded tripod socket on a DSLR camera or other cameras like a GoPro. The max load that the tripod can handle is 8.8 lbs.

There’s even a little bubble level under the quick release plate that helps you level the tripod before you attach your camera.

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Included with the MeFOTO BackPacker Air is a spring loaded smartphone holder that screws into the quick-release plate.

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The smartphone holder securely held my Nexus 6P even with a thin case.

The ball-style head’s angle can be adjusted with the tension knob on the side.

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The tripod even comes with a Bluetooth remote that has its own little holder that snaps on the main stalk of the tripod.

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The remote has a built-in battery that charges using a micro USB.

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But wait, there’s more! You can remove the center section of the BackPacker Air tripod and use it as a selfie stick.

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Final thoughts

The purchase price of this tripod could be considered expensive at $!25, but MeFOTO offers a 5-year warranty if you register the tripod online after you purchase it.

The MeFOTO BackPacker Air has all the bases covered if you’re a photography enthusiast that uses a DSLR, GoPro or a smartphone and want to take pictures of others or even yourself while you’re on the go. It’s easy to use and folds down for easy transport.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by MeFoto. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

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Product Information

Price:$125.00
Manufacturer:Mefoto
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Light weight
  • Built-in selfie stick
  • Bluetooth remote
  • Included smartphone holder
  • Quick release plate
Cons:
  • None
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews
2 comments… add one
  • Marko Koskenoja November 7, 2016, 11:35 am

    Another good review Julie!

    What is the Bluetooth remote for? Controlling the camera app on your phone?

    I actually need one of these or the non-air version of the backpacker.

    • Julie Strietelmeier November 7, 2016, 11:37 am

      The remote can be used to snap a picture while your phone is on the selfie stick or the tripod.

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