that is very true but I've been using a carrefoure tripod for about 2 yrs and it hasn't fallen off or broken anything till now. It comes with a spirit level too, and it didn't cost me more than $30.
I don't see how the camera can fall off if it is secured properly.
vil: If you don't need to change the tripodhead for different purposes, the carrefoure tripods are quite good actually. It's lightweight too! The only downside to it is that the tallest tripod they have is not really tall enough for me. But for leisure walk around shoots, I still carry my cheapo tripod in case I need a stable platform.
Else, if I know I am going for a night shoot, I'll definitely bring my 30yr silk tripod (hand-me-down from my dad :bsmilie: )
Alternatively, you can try this mini store at the basement of SLS, next to the food court. They have a "not bad" tripod at "not bad" a price too.
A good tripod also gives better locking, panning and adjustment a hell lot easier. In another word, it is smooth in operation. I had tried using a cheap tripod and when I started panning it, the whole tripod moved together with the motion.