For ultra-stable shooting, camcorder enthusiasts often choose a remote control tripod like the VCT-D480RM. No more jostling your camcorder when you lean over to push down the zoom button in the middle of a pan this tripod has a handle with a large zoom rocker switch, a video button, and a photo button, so you don't have to touch your camcorder when doing basic shooting.
You don't need to plug in the VCT-D480RM to use it either. Just plug the control cable into a compatible Sony camcorder, and you're all set. You can even use the 'D480RM with a compatible Sony digital still camera (although the zoom function on the handle won't control camera zoom).
The VCT-D480RM is also a good tripod for non-remote use. It can stand as short as 16 inches, or as tall as 42 inches. Plus, it folds into a compact package for easy transport.