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About Manfrotto 492

Manfrotto ball head family has been completely updated to be more ergonomic and easier to handle. Payloads range from 4.4 lbs (2kg) to 17.6 lbs (8kg). Features include a new friction control knob which allows micro movements without having to engage the head locking mechanism.

The friction control is present in all modelsexcept the small 492 head. The locking lever can be moved to the most convenient position, making it easierand quicker to work with this head.

All models featuring the quick release plate include an additional safety system that helps to prevent an accidental detaching of the camera from the head. These new Manfrotto heads are the ideal support for all needs!

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Attaches firmly (3),Large range of motion (3),Stable (3)
Best Uses:
Home (3),Travel (3)

Manfrotto 492 Features

  • The 492 the most compact of the range, features a standard platform. The 492 is designed for compact and small digital cameras. Max load 4.4lbs (2kg)
  • The new friction control knob allows the photographer to achieve superior control when handling the camera and making micro movements without having to totally lock and unlock the ball head
  • The elliptical lines and curves recall the design of the latest launched tripods. The hollows make the head lighter
  • The knobs have been redesigned to be more ergonomic, easier to handle and more user-friendly. The ergonomic shape allows the user to better lock the ball.
  • A smart repositionable locking lever allows the user to place it in a comfortable position in order to use it in the most convenient way. Just pull it outwards, put it in the best working position and then release it.
  • The models featuring the quick release plate include an additional safety system that prevents the accidental detaching of the camera from the head.
  • The locking lever securely locks the head both in the +90° -90° ball positioning and in the 360° pan movements.

Manfrotto 492 Specifications

3/8" female thread attachment type 3/8" female thread attachment type
Black color
Independent Pan Lock
Lateral Tilt
-90° / +90° head tilt
Panoramic Rotation
Plate Type
Fixed - with 1/4-20" screw
Quick Release
Load Capacity
4.41 lbs (2 kg)
0.31 lbs (0.14 kg)
Working Height
2.4" (6 cm)

Manfrotto 492 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Works good.


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

It works great for holding a speed light, a point and shoot, and a small DSLR.




from SANTA FE,NM  -  Semi-pro Photographer



"Rolls effortly"


from River Falls, WI  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it with a car window mount for taking pictues while sitting in my truck. I slao use it on my tripod.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Smooth ball head locks up tight.


from Livermore, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I first starting using Manfrotto tripods and accessories 30 years ago and they continue to be my go-to source for camera mounting both professionally and for my personal photos. Parts continue to be well designed, well made, good looking, good feeling, and reasonably priced. This little ball head is no exception.


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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Does this head fit nicely on the 295 monopod?
thomas a  yes.......that's the way i use it
Shopper  Does the platform come off and how tall is it?
PATINA T  Hi! The platform does not come off and it's 2.5" tall.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ANDY N  Great small ball head for attaching to a Super Clamp.
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