Summary: Decent tripod. I had a Slik tripod for years. Plastic clamps eventually broke. This one is the same basic design, but the legs are a bit lighter weight.
Pros: Seems strong enough for point and shoot, light weight camcorder, or SLR with small lense. Light to carry. folds fairly small. Has a hoom on teh bottom to hang a weight bag to stabilize it. I think if I actually used it, the whole tripod would colapse.
Cons: Bag it comes with is feces, but who uses the bag anyway. I put a sling on it from an old tripod. It does not go as high as a larger tripod, but ont he other hand does fold small.
Cons: Light and Cheap. This was an example of something I wish I saw in a brick and mortar store first. When I pulled this out of the package, I immediately knew I made a mistake. In a word, plastic. Everything feels flimsy. It has not broken yet, but I know if my 4 year old looks at it funny, something will go. Buy something else.
Summary: Many people are complaining about the plastic/cheapness factor of the tri-pod. I am by no means a professional photographer (I use a higher end point and shoot - Olympus) however as long as you take a minimal amount of care, this tripod should easily stand the test of time. I don't know how others do their shoots but it sounds like many are doing extreme sports or wake-boarding with their tripod or something.
Pros: -CHEAP! -Quick Release mechanism. This was one of the main reasons I bought it; I was so tired of having to screw/mount my camera to the tripod every time. Now I just leave the quick release part on the camera and it just pops into the tripod in a snap. -Multiple levels (the tools used to measure if something is 'level' or flat) -Small foot print when 'broken down' -Great customization in terms of settings: height, angle etc etc. -Great for first time tri-pod, casual ...
Cons: -Everything is plastic. -Not as durable as a heavy-duty metal tri-pod. -Note, for the price these cons are not enough to make this a 4/5.
Summary: Let's keep our wits about us. It's easy to spend $500 for a tripod, so for under 20 bucks we should expect...? This is a perfectly good el cheepo tripod. In the house or around the yard it will do fine. Throw it into your backpack for a nature hike and I'm not so sure it will come out in one piece.
Pros: Quick setup, has a neat little leveling bubble. Taller than many. For light duty--preferably in the living room--it's a good tool.