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Manfrotto 501HDV

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 reviews of Manfrotto 501HDV. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and durability. The reliability and price also get good feedback, but there are some less positive comments about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Manfrotto 501HDV is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Manfrotto 501HDV from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the design and reliability. The durability and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative views about the portability.

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74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Manfrotto 501HDV Video Head - Replaces 501Manfrotto 501HDV Video Head - Replaces 501

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: thom (

amazing for birdwatching


amazingly smooth and stable for supporting a telescope. A lot more stable than the 128RC. Counterbalance spring very comfortable. Cons: The quick release plate is unfortunately not that quick.

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: birderMalc (

Superb quality


I use this to support a Leica Telescope for Birdwatching and the damping is extremely smooth, solid, and accurate and holds the scope steady even with a camara on the eyepiece fo digiscoping. Great piece of kit

very well engineered

a little expensive

May, 2009

Product Specifications

Manfrotto, the world's leading manufacturer of photographic and video support products, presents the 501HDV Video Head. Inside the 501HDV is a powerful feature that takes its inspiration from Manfrotto's top professional head models - a fixed counterbalance spring - which helps ensure both smoother tilt movements and greater equipment safety, even when the tilt locks are inadvertently left off. The easy-access on/off switch allows the counterbalance system to be engaged or disengaged for different filming needs and for quick panning and tilting. The 501HDV offers an updated design, which has been created for improved ergonomics with locks and knobs that allow for a more solid grip and better control. The large knobs - with all controls on the left side of the head - allow for ease of use. In addition, the quick release plate (with standard 3/8" thread) is flush with the casting so that the camera sits flat on top of the video head. The 501HDV inherits its separate pan and tilt locks, gradual tilt friction adjustment system and repositionable pan bar from its successful predecessor.


Manufacturer:Vitec Group
Model:501HDV Pro Fluid Video Head
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Manfrotto


Quick Release System: Yes
Supported Devices:Camcorder / Camera
Type:Tripod head