Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Video Fluid Head with Quick Release - Supports 8.82 lbs.


About Manfrotto 701HDV

Manfrotto/ Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Fluid Video Mini Head 701HDV Pro Fluid Video Mini Head Developed specifically to support the latest prosumer and professional light compact HD camcorders.

The 701HDV 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, a better fluidity thanks to improved internal fluid cartridges, a double pan-bar rosette and a bigger sliding plate to optimize the position of the camera considering its centre of gravity.

The Manfrotto 701HDV is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Sports/action, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 701HDV is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 701HDV is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 701HDV: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (12),Attaches firmly (10),Strong clamp (10),Large range of motion (9)
Best Uses:
Video (13),Landscape/scenery (7),Sports/action (5),Home (4),Night shots (4),Weddings (4),Wildlife (4),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (6),Photo enthusiast (4),Pro photographer (3)

Manfrotto 701HDV Specifications

Tilt Range
Front tilt: -60° / +90° tilt range
Maximum Load
8.82 lbs
Drag System
Tilt drag: fluid cartridge with fixed drag
Balance System
Balance control: one fix spring for 1.5Kg camera weight
counterbalance: yes
Mounting Plate
Plate type: 501PL
Sliding travel of plate: 2.28 in
Quick release: yes
Head Mount
Attachment (bottom): 3/8'' female thread attachment type
attachment (top): 1/4'' and 3/8'' screw attachment type
Working height: 3.74 in
1.83 lbs
Bubble spirit level (no.): 1
pan bar - positions: 2
pan bars included (no.): 1
pan drag: fluid cartridge with fixed drag
panoramic rotation: 360° degrees
Color: black color
Maximum working temperature: 60
Minimum working temperature: -10

Manfrotto 701HDV Reviews

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(based on 16 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Love to shoot

If I would have known that the adjustments was not controlled by the arm I would not have gotten it. SAD. But it works for all wide shots well. I have a 5d mk2 and a 70-200 and you will not want to go bigger on the lens than that with this head. It is very good but limited....The slide tenchen nob hits the body of the camera LAME.


Most Liked Negative Review


It works as promised.

This mount works fine for video. I was disappointed in the plastic release pin. I have another Manfrotto mount with a metal pin and it works much better. The plastic is "sticky" and adds a layer of effort when mounting and removing my camera. I would probably recommend paying a little more for a better built video head.

Reviewed by 16 customers


NIce video head


from Lynchburg, VA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I knew I was pushing it regarding weight. Be aware that it can take a full body DSLR as the 1DX with a fairly heavy lens as the 70-200mm but you need to be careful. It tips very easy. The panning is kinda jerky until you get used to it. Can this be used in a professional environment? Yes and no. If you want a stellar performance, a few more hundred dollars should do the trick.


excellent product


from Huntsville Al  -  Pro Photographer

I use this head on a slider and it far surpasses my expectations. It is able to cope with a heavy camera with no issues.


Meet the expectation


from Naperville, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This head is used for the SONY FX7 camcorder. It's a perfect match. During our last weekend wedding project, our video person responded that she really loved this head. Pan is very smooth.




from Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great low budget fluid head for video. The only issue I've had so far is lack of control. There is basically no drag control and the head moves very easily when it is unlocked. You can kind of get drag by partially turning the lock, but it doesn't work as good as an actual drag control knob. This can make it harder than it should be to get controlled motion tracking.


Great Head for the Money


from Austin, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first fluid head. I use it mainly for shooting video with my Nikon D5100 of kiteboarders. The quality of my latest video has greatly improved. So far I am very pleased with the performance of the head. I did a lot of research and this head stands up to all my expectations. I use it on my Slik Pro 700 legs and its a very good union.


Great motion control


from Muncie, IN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

We use the head for video work. I particularly like the smooth motion that we get from this product.


Tilting and panning couldn't be smoother


from Omaha,NE  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have started to learn dslr video and Manfrotto 701HDV is all I could ask for a real smooth panning and tilting , I had tried to some video without this before and comparing this with it earlier just shows how right technology could enhance your work. I like everything about it, the only downside I am seeing personally is the quick clamp attached to camera sometimes gets a little loose


It works as promised.


from Maine  -  Photo Enthusiast

This mount works fine for video. I was disappointed in the plastic release pin. I have another Manfrotto mount with a metal pin and it works much better. The plastic is "sticky" and adds a layer of effort when mounting and removing my camera. I would probably recommend paying a little more for a better built video head.




from NEW YORK, NEW YORK  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I actually wanted the 501, but they didnt have it, so I went with this...I must say, I have no complaints, other than I still wonder about the 501 gives some extremely smooth panning action which is great for my video work and I use it on a KONOVA slider, so thats smooth on smooth...u can see a sample of my video work here

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great for all uses


from Globe, Arizona  -  Photo Enthusiast

Mostly used in back country photography and spotting scope work. With the quick release I can switch from using my spotting scope, to locate animals, and then change to my cameras for the photo or video.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES O  have had good experiences with previous manfrotto video heads. I like the feel and ease of use.
S M  Does this item come with a rebate? Thank! Shaun
DANNY Y  You'll need to check, I am not aware of any rebates.
Shopper  ? Can I attach this head for (get ready) an old Bogen 3040 for medium format film cameras and view cameras up to 8x10 (very sturdy) the head on now is 3 way head by Bogen understand now the system goes by the name of Manfrotto, but still Italian made just over 30 years old that's right...
RAYMOND C  It has a 1/4x20 on the bottom.
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