My camcorder needs a tripod in order for me to use it properly. So I have a heavy duty Davis and Sanford Tripod. It is somewhat like the one pictured, but with sturdier legs, and I also have a frame on the bottom of my tripod with wheels to allow me to roll the camcorder and tripod easily from one place to another. The frame is a separate cost, I believe around $30.00. The bottoms of the tripod legs fit into three extensions of the frame and are locked into place, so that your tripod and frame become one unit.
My tripod is a sturdy piece of equpment, constructed for a bigger, heavier camera or camcorder. I used it just this weekend on a video job that I and my husband performed at a wedding. The tripod can be adjusted to varying heights and the one that I own even has a level that enables you to ascertain when your camera/camcorder is perfectly straight.
Lately, though, I have been having one problem with this tripod that I didn't have before. When I pan from side to side or up and down, the level apparatus of the tripod will tend to go off, which can put a tilt to the video. I know what to do to compensate for this problem, but I shouldn't have to do anything because this problem should not be cropping up. That is why I gave Ease of Use a three. But the tripod has worked beautifully in every other way, this has been the only problem I've had with it and it has just been recently. As a result, I will most likely be getting a replacement tripod because I don't what to have to deal with this issue on a job. The tripod has given me four to five years of good usage, maybe it's just starting to wear.