Criterea for a tripod will vary obviously for the end user.
For me any videograhpy i do is 99.9% hand held and makes up a very small part of my workflow, so I base it on stills photograhy and tripod work is not a daily occurance, my primary use for a tripod is night time shots, so YMMV
What I look for is
1. the smallest packsize to get the job done
2. minimal weight
3. ability to take shots in portrait and landscape
4. none panning mount, because this adds a whole lot of extra requirements, and to me the only time i feel this is needed is for astro shots where I'd be stiching multiple shots to create a star scape panorama and need to get the movement completed ASAP. I do it old school, lift and rotate the tripod...easy.
So...option one, the free version, a pile of rocks/ cairn, its lame but it works with the right rocks and its stable, and can be found 'on site'
triopds 2 and 3 were a grand total of $44.64 combined and both work great.
First up, the ultra-pod 2
made for use with a DSLR and big lens, it weighs 4.2oz
It has an additional mounted velcro strap to assist in mounting it at a height
with the velcro mount I can also strap it to my bike to raise the level of the camera if needed, and with the ball mount it has infinate positioning capabilities
and for less than $16 it is a good addition to your kit for those times you would never think of taking a tripod with you.
Next option; I trade out the Ultra-pod with is an antique, made in the early 60's in Germany, its a Bilora extendable tripod.
As you can see the two combined are smaller than a 500ml bottle of coke
I read about this in an old photgraphy magazine and went looking I found mine on ebay for $29 shipped with a leather case.
It has a small ball head so can shoot landscape or portrait, if i need additional stability I can loop a hydration pack (for weight) over it prior to mouting the camera on the standard 1/4-20 mount.
Its raised height is about 3 1/2 feet which to me is not an issue cause I have a rotational screen on my Sony
legs click into place on sprung detents. This design has been copied a lots and made inferior by many brands but this original is very sturdy, even for night time shots of long duration.
The weight of the tripod and case is 11.2oz and packed its about 12"x1" in the case
Does it do the job, I'd say yes, which means along with @Chris I said no to the $600 peak designs
Washington D.C. 4th of July 2019 fireworks
CameraSony ILCE-6300LensE 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSSFocal Length18.0 mm (27.0 mm in 35mm)Aperturef/11Exposure Time2.5s (2.5)ISO100
Deep in Wyoming, Milky Way and Jupiter to its right
CameraSony ILCE-6300Lens30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary 016Exposure Time15s (15)ISO2500