When you buy a tripod for the camera, it's good to start with better quality equipment, to don't throw money for somethin what is chip and don't overdo with something to expensive. All depends on that what kind of camera we have and maby what camera we are going to buy in the future.
Tripods can be divided into several types. Table stands, lightweight, standard, studio, non-standard and monopods. I don't write in this article what a professional studio stand should looks like, because it is not in my intentions right now and because I'm not a proffesional photographer. I will limit this article to some of the basic features that a standard tripod should have: height, stability, lifting capacity and weight.

Stability and capacity of the tripod.

If you buy a tripod for the camera, then you already have the camera, I assume. The best solution is to go with your equipment to a photo shop and discard the tripods that will turn over when the camera is mounted. Probably there won't be a problems with the compact cameras but if you have SLR or DSLR large lens can couse some problems, and it may happen that the tripod simply will not withstand the weight of your equipment and will roll forward ;) In the other hand it would be an exaggeration to buy a powerful tripod to use it with a small camera with tiny lens.
By making your photos in the open space, sooner or later, you will hit bad weather conditions that - in the case of an unstable tripod - a strong wind can overturn your equipment. If you add to this uneven background, the probability of such a situation increases.
When taking pictures require longer exposure time (eg night shots), it is quite important that when you press the shutter release button or raise the mirror, the tripod keeps the camera immovable without unnecessary vibration.

Tripod construction.

The quality and construction of the tripod is very important; Pay attention to legs, feet and tripod head. The head is an important element to which the camera is attached, so it is good to make solid, strong and durable materials. It should allow for easy assembly and disassembly of our equipment and also have convenient adjustment of the camera position vertically and horizontally. We can buy tripod with the ball head and three directional (slower but more stable than the ball).
Tripod feet can be fitted with rubber, bayonet or suction cups. Most rubberized tripods seem to be universal for general use.
The legs of a standard tripod are usually made up of three parts, which allows you to conveniently adjust the height of the tripod by properly distributing the legs and locking them with latches or knobs.

Tripod height and height adjustment.

All tripods practically allow you to adjust the height of the camera. A shorter tripod will allow us to shoot from a faint perspective and be convenient to transport. It would be nice to have a tripod at least as high as the user's height. If the standard tripod is too high and it makes it impossible for us to take pictures from a low angle, we can always buy a lower table or other nonstandard stand.

Tripod weight.

When choosing a tripod for longer hikes, we should pay attention to the tripod's weight, especially when the photographic equipment is already weighing a bit itself. Remember, buying a very light tripod it can be poor quality or can be quite expensive for the sake of the material from which they were made. Usually we choose a better quality tripod, but at the expense of extra weight.