Manfrotto and Gitzo make great carbon fiber tripods and you can choose the ball head to go with. Cheap they are not and they are not what we would call UL--- you can burn up $300 in a blink and still have a 4-6 pound anchor.
Ain't gonna happen for under a pound if you want a pro grade tripod.
I have a Canon G10 and use an older Slik tripod and a remote release.
Things to look for: raise the tripod to a good working level, grasp it by the top and see if you can twist and flex the pivot and legs. Poorly designed 'pods will wobble like a wet noodle. Locks should be positive and can suffer from the same problems that cheap trekking poles do-- dumping your precious toy in disastrous ways.
I like legs that can be independently splayed for uneven ground and getting low angle shots, but that can detract from a rigid setup.
Like all UL gear, fewer geegaws and features equals less weight and more reliability. Simple is good. Fewer leg sections makes for a longer tripod to carry, but reduces weight, moving parts, complexity, and are more rigid.
See if you can rig a stuff sack with rocks or some other weight to suspend from the center below the tripod. This adds some stability in the wind and reduces shake. This is my solution to using an "amateur" 'pod.
If you aren't using long telephotos, you can get by with a lighter rig and there is less torque on the ball head, etc.
A good tripod can help the sharpness of your photographs immensely, so it is worth the effort. Just the ol' compromises faced with all out other gear-- weight and expense over utility.
I have a few spare amateur type UL tripods if you are interested.