Manfrotto 501HDV head is adapted for the new generation of HDV compact camcorders. Unlike the old version 501, the new head has a counterbalance system for cameras weighing up to 2.5 kg. The new head has an updated design, more ergonomic, and the location of the latches and buttons ensures ease of use. Like the previous models, the 501HDV has separate latches for vertical and horizontal panning, an adjustable vertical panning system, a pad for the camera (with a standard 3/8 ″ threaded hole), a camera quick release system and a tripod handle.
Easy and accurate hydraulic force compensation allows optimal control of horizontal (360 °) and vertical (+ 90 / -700) panning. The design used Teflon friction elements to enhance the stability and isolation of vertical and horizontal installations.