It is also known as unipod because it singly staffed, pole supports camera. In cameras the use of monopod limits the shutter speed, lower than hand holding. These consist of a ball swivel that enables the camera to pan or tilt. They can also be used as a chest pod or belt pod as the foot can be covered by special adaptor to be rested on the photographer. This advantages the photographer to take the picture as per his wishes. So at lower shutter speeds best sharp pictures can be taken. When not in use they can fold and are easily portable.