For reliability in a small package, try this smart tripod from Hama. Part of the premium range, this solidly-built tripod packs down to a diminutive 34.5cm and extends to 144cm. Made from aluminium and with screw clamp legs for easy adjustment, this travel tripod weighs in at just over 1.2kg, making it light and portable.
There's a manually adjustable centre column which can be inverted for macro photography.
The head is a 3D ball head with panorama function. There's also a small spirit level integrated into the top of the tripod. A quick release plate allows you to remove your EOS camera quickly and easily from the tripod.
Carry bag included for easy portability.