Note the design of the tripod and tripod head. Most professional tripods have a detachable tripod head, this allows you to adjust the design by selecting different tripods. In addition, the trenogues themselves often fail and have to be changed. Light, non-professional tripods usually have a one-piece design, the tripod head is not removed from them.
Most professional tripods have a movable tripod head, fastening to the tripod while usually screwball. More expensive models use a hemispherical mount. Cheap, amateur tripods are either limited in adjustment or at all have a static design. The more degrees of freedom the tripod head has, the better. When checking the adjustment of the head, note the smoothness of its stroke, there should be no jerks, the head should be rotated smoothly.
Very convenient and useful function of the tripod is the counterbalance system. If you have a bulky camera, when you turn it on a tripod, the entire structure can overturn. This happens because of the increasing torque at tilting. To avoid this, professional tripods use a counterbalance system that automatically balances the structure when the camera turns or tilts.
Note the tripod tripod tripod, it must be strong enough to withstand the weight of any camera. Also, over time, you may need to place additional equipment, such as sound, on the tripod. The tripod should be able to sustain it all. Check the height adjustment of the tripod, determine the minimum and maximum point it can take. It is often useful if the tripod rises just above eye level.
The weight of the tripod also plays an important role. The easiest and most convenient to carry are tripods whose tripods are made of composite materials.