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Benro S6 Video Head

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You Pay: $153.96
Product Highlights
  • Supports 13.2 lb (6 kg)
  • Posi-Step Counterbalance System
  • Variable Tilt Drag Control
  • Separate Pan and Tilt Locks
  • 501PL Compatible Quick Release Plate
  • Quick Release Plate Safety Lock
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • R/L Pan Handle Mounting Rosettes
  • 70 mm Flat Base with 3/8" Threaded Mount

Weighing in at only 2.6 lb itself, the Benro S6 Video Head is a compact video head capable of supporting cameras weighing up to 13.2 lbs. The Posi-Step Counterbalance system has four settings of 0.0, 4.4, 9.9 and 13.2 lb. The S6 has 360° panning rotation and variable tilt drag for smooth camera moves. There are separate Pan and Tilt Lock levers for lock off shots.

The sliding Quick Release (QR) plate helps to balance the camera and the head comes with a safety lock for the QR plate. The S6 Video Head accepts 501PL compatible Quick Release plates, making it easy to find spares or replacements.

The illuminated bubble level (requires CCR1220 Battery - included) helps to level the S6 Video Head, even in the dark. The adjustable Pan Handle can be mounted to either side of the S6 Video Head using the built in mounting rosettes. The S6 Video Head can be mounted to Ball Adapters, Tripods and other Camera supports via the 3/8" threaded female receiver on the magnesium alloy flat base.

Load Capacity Maximum Load 13.2 lb (6 kg)
Mounting Base 70 mm Flat Base
with 3/8" Threaded Female Receiver
Counter Balance System Spring Cartridge
Counter Balance Range 3 Steps: 4.4, 9.9, 13.2 lb (2, 4.5, 6 kg) plus zero setting
Center of Gravity Not Specified by Manufacturer
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
Balance Plate Sliding, 1/4" and 3/8" screws
QR6 (501PL Compatible)
Tilt Drag Variable
Tilt Range -75 to +90
Tilt Lock Separate Lock Lever
Pan Drag Fixed
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Separate Lock Lever
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/Yes (CR1220 Battery - Included)
Temperature Range -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Height 4.5" (115 mm)
Weight 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
Benro S6 Video Head
  • CR1220 Battery
  • BS04 Pan Bar Handle
  • QR6 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 3 Year USA Warranty +
    Additional 2 Years with Online Registration
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    BenroS6 Video Head
     
    4.1

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Highly compatible (5)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • High quality (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (4), Business owner (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great video head and a great price.

      Fantastic video head! I originally tried the Benro S8 with my Sony mirrorless cameras: the NEX 5 and NEX 7 but it wasn't quite as smooth as I had hoped when going from dead-stop...Read complete review

      Fantastic video head! I originally tried the Benro S8 with my Sony mirrorless cameras: the NEX 5 and NEX 7 but it wasn't quite as smooth as I had hoped when going from dead-stop to moving. It's also twice the weight of the S6 (about 5lbs!). The Manfrotto 502HD is half the weight so the S8 was a little disappointing with just how much it weights. I think for heavier cameras and/or rigs, it's panning and tilting would be better suited for. I swapped it with this S6 video head and couldn't be more pleased! Saved a little cash and got a better product for my cameras. The panning is perfect for me so eventhough I lost the ability to adjust it's panning tension that the S8 offers, the default tension is just perfectttt for me. To the reviewer Jim who confused the pan lock for a tension dial when he said "applying drag makes the head almost unusable" ..this head doesn't have drag/tension control! What he's referring to is the drag/tension lock - it's either you have it unlocked to pan or locked. He was trying to slightly lock it to control it's tension which isn't going to work and why it wasn't smooth. The S6 is well built and uses the Manfrotto plates as others have mentioned if you want to swap them or buy specialized manfrotto plates from say smallrig. My only room for improvement would be to make the screw under the plate have a d-ring so the need for a coin with you wouldn't be needed to secure/tighten it. I use this for weddings and travel videos and it works out well on my tripod or monopod. I played with the Manfrotto video heads: 502HD and MVH500AH at BH's store and went with this instead as it's very similar, if not better, yes better I felt, especically when planning/tilting from a deadstop to moving, and highly recommend it. The S6 in my opinion is the best option if you want something between Manfrotto's MVH500 (Benro's S4 counterpart) and Manfrotto's 502HD (Benro's S8 counterpart) and ultimately which I love it. I also have the S4 which I purchased with their monopod kit which is great too for it's compact size and light weight if say traveling. If buying by itself, the price difference makes getting the S6 a better value as you get counter-balance, which is great if putting anything more than just the camera on it - say a slider or rig, and tilt tension control. The S4, tilting is either locked or unlocked, but just as smooth though. If I had to pick S4 or S6? The S6 as the price difference of $27 is very little for what you're gaining. If I travel with it and needed something smaller and less weight, the S4 should be more than fine. I also have Benro's S4 monopod as mentioned and can easily swap heads - something Manfrotto's Monopod doesn't let you do and it's $100 more - this was a deal break for me. If I had to choose between the S8 and the 502HD, I would probably go with the 502HD simply based on the weight being half. If you're in a studio, then the S8 as it's really almost good or equal as the 504HD! Lastly, the arm on the S4 and the S6 are using the newer rubber handle with the blue ring and not the plain foam handle you see in the stock photos.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      I won't do that again

      Okay, I'm not really sure if this product was defective. I'm hoping so because otherwise this is just a piece of junk. I have returned it. I've come to the conclusion that I...Read complete review

      Okay, I'm not really sure if this product was defective. I'm hoping so because otherwise this is just a piece of junk. I have returned it. I've come to the conclusion that I can't cheap out on a video head and I'm researching what comes next. The pan "tension adjustment" loosens if you pan left to right and tightens if you pan right to left. That just won't fly. As the the tilt tension adjustment… it was barley noticeable at its tightest setting. Also when tilting the head made sounds like popping air bubbles. They were fairly quiet but could easily be picked up by the sound recording of you video camera. Sound is an important part of most videos and you can't have a video head that gets in the way of that. The whole thing felt very cheap and while it was inexpensive I expected much better.

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      5.0

      Smooth and reasonably priced

      By Broth Man

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Business Owner, Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

        I've had great success using this head with my Canon 6D on both monopods and tripods. Very smooth tilt and pan. Great value.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Missing the panning tension adjustment

        By Sherwin L

        from San Diego, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

        I have a Manfrotto 502HD and it's great. The S6 is a decent head (and is slightly cheaper than the 502). I needed something that was smaller and lighter for a 2nd setup. I went with this one even though I knew that the resistance on the panning is not adjustable. Actually, the only thing I dislike about this head is the fact that you can't adjust the tension of the panning. Too bad indeed!The load balance adjustment is good. The tilt tension adjustment is good. It just needs the panning tension adjustment and it would be perfect for run and gun!

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        5.0

        Great video head and a great price.

        By Frank

        from New York, NY

        About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

            Fantastic video head! I originally tried the Benro S8 with my Sony mirrorless cameras: the NEX 5 and NEX 7 but it wasn't quite as smooth as I had hoped when going from dead-stop to moving. It's also twice the weight of the S6 (about 5lbs!). The Manfrotto 502HD is half the weight so the S8 was a little disappointing with just how much it weights. I think for heavier cameras and/or rigs, it's panning and tilting would be better suited for. I swapped it with this S6 video head and couldn't be more pleased! Saved a little cash and got a better product for my cameras. The panning is perfect for me so eventhough I lost the ability to adjust it's panning tension that the S8 offers, the default tension is just perfectttt for me. To the reviewer Jim who confused the pan lock for a tension dial when he said "applying drag makes the head almost unusable" ..this head doesn't have drag/tension control! What he's referring to is the drag/tension lock - it's either you have it unlocked to pan or locked. He was trying to slightly lock it to control it's tension which isn't going to work and why it wasn't smooth. The S6 is well built and uses the Manfrotto plates as others have mentioned if you want to swap them or buy specialized manfrotto plates from say smallrig. My only room for improvement would be to make the screw under the plate have a d-ring so the need for a coin with you wouldn't be needed to secure/tighten it. I use this for weddings and travel videos and it works out well on my tripod or monopod. I played with the Manfrotto video heads: 502HD and MVH500AH at BH's store and went with this instead as it's very similar, if not better, yes better I felt, especically when planning/tilting from a deadstop to moving, and highly recommend it. The S6 in my opinion is the best option if you want something between Manfrotto's MVH500 (Benro's S4 counterpart) and Manfrotto's 502HD (Benro's S8 counterpart) and ultimately which I love it. I also have the S4 which I purchased with their monopod kit which is great too for it's compact size and light weight if say traveling. If buying by itself, the price difference makes getting the S6 a better value as you get counter-balance, which is great if putting anything more than just the camera on it - say a slider or rig, and tilt tension control. The S4, tilting is either locked or unlocked, but just as smooth though. If I had to pick S4 or S6? The S6 as the price difference of $27 is very little for what you're gaining. If I travel with it and needed something smaller and less weight, the S4 should be more than fine. I also have Benro's S4 monopod as mentioned and can easily swap heads - something Manfrotto's Monopod doesn't let you do and it's $100 more - this was a deal break for me. If I had to choose between the S8 and the 502HD, I would probably go with the 502HD simply based on the weight being half. If you're in a studio, then the S8 as it's really almost good or equal as the 504HD! Lastly, the arm on the S4 and the S6 are using the newer rubber handle with the blue ring and not the plain foam handle you see in the stock photos.

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            1.0

            I won't do that again

            By bob

            from Chicago IL

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Lacks Functionality
              • Poor Design
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                Okay, I'm not really sure if this product was defective. I'm hoping so because otherwise this is just a piece of junk. I have returned it. I've come to the conclusion that I can't cheap out on a video head and I'm researching what comes next. The pan "tension adjustment" loosens if you pan left to right and tightens if you pan right to left. That just won't fly. As the the tilt tension adjustment… it was barley noticeable at its tightest setting. Also when tilting the head made sounds like popping air bubbles. They were fairly quiet but could easily be picked up by the sound recording of you video camera. Sound is an important part of most videos and you can't have a video head that gets in the way of that. The whole thing felt very cheap and while it was inexpensive I expected much better.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Fluid head for the Money!

                By Outdoor_Overdose2

                from Calhoun, GA

                Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                I am in the Hunting/Outdoor filming industry and this benro head works great. I'm used to running a manfrotto head but decided to give this one a try and I'm glad I did!

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                (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good head, but (big but)...

                By Jim

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                    This is a great tripod head in many ways. However, it has one fatal flaw that may or may not be a dealbreaker for you. With pretty well every other fluid tripod head (including much cheaper heads), for both pan and tilt you can tighten down on the appropriate knob and it will increase the drag. The pan or tilt will still be smooth when it has a little drag. With this head, however, applying drag makes the head almost unusable. The head becomes scratchy and uneven in its performance. It will move smoothly, and then at certain points, grab. For pan, this may not be that serious a problem. (just leave the drag off). But for tilt, it is definitely a problem. I had to send back three heads before I realized that this is actually a design problem. If it weren't for this problem, I would give it four or five stars.

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                    4.0

                    great low budget head

                    By adamski

                    from St. Paul, MN

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                      I bought this head to replace the Manfrotto 502 head on my slider. This head is kind of like the old 501 with a better adjustment for tension. I like the extendable pan arm and the light-up bubble level. The release plate is the same spec as the Manfrotto so you can easily change between heads or other accessories. Overall a good head to start with and it has the pan and tilt locks on the correct side. (for a right-handed operator)

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                      5.0

                      Great product for the price point

                      By Morriss

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp
                      • Works As It Should

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                        I looked at every thing near the price point before choosing the S6. I shoot dance recitials on occasion, which are somewhat challenging to track smoothly. That being said, I was very pleased with the results I got using the S6.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great head for the price.

                        By Paul

                        from Birmingham, AL

                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good quality
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Inexpensive

                        Cons

                        • Lacks Functionality

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • Slider
                        • Small Jib

                        Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                        I bought this head as camera support on a slider, and it works great. There's a 3-step counterbalance to keep the camera in control, and the tilt drag is smooth at all settings, with no dead spots. One thing that surprised me is the lack of any pan drag adjustment. There's a lock knob, but pan resistance is a single, relatively fast setting. It's not a dealbreaker for the way I use it, but it is something to be aware of.

                        All in all this is a great head for the price, and I would recommend it as a second or third head, and for use on a jib or slider.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Suprise and Disapointment

                        By Smiddy

                        from Suwanee, GA

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Looks cool

                        Cons

                        • Stickers Fall Off

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                        The being accustomed to Manfrotto heads, I was surprised at how smooth the Benro head was. The counterbalances are amazing for its price. (I use it with 60D ~ WARNING REQUIRES A QUICK RELEASE PLATE WITH DSLRS!)What was not cool was the control labels falling off both sides of the tripod. I had a deadline to keep so returns were not and option. One was off when it came in the box the other fell off a week later. Annoying, but an easy fix with crazy glue. Details Benro, its all in the details! I like the head but I am watching to make sure nothing else fails.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great Video Head for the price!

                        By Marv

                        from Hobart, IN

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                          Great for shooting video on the go!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Does the job

                          By Z

                          from New York, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • High Quality
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                              Fluid and good to track shots.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Well Built, Good Value

                              By Old Crow

                              from Chicago, IL

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • High Quality
                              • Stylish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                                  I was torn between this and the S4, but I'm glad spent the extra few bucks.

                                  The counterbalance works great (comes in handy when I have my 7D paired with a 70-200) and I like the thicker/telescoping handle compared to the one that comes with the S2/4. The illuminated bubble level wasn't much of a selling point for me and it still seems kind of silly, but I guess if you shoot in the dark a lot and don't want to carry an extra flashlight it could be very useful.

                                  Though the specs say the head only weighs 2.6 lbs, it's built solidly- no need to baby it. Motion is smooth, it looks really sharp, and the price is definitely right.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Low Cost Video Head

                                  By The Dingo

                                  from Toronto, Canada

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Effective Counter-balance
                                  • Feels Very Solid
                                  • High Quality
                                  • Smooth Panning
                                  • Smooth Tilts

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Smooth camera movement

                                    Comments about Benro S6 Video Head:

                                    This is the best low cost video head I've ever owned. The counter-balance adjustment is very effective at properly balancing cameras from 2 - 12 lbs. The 501 compatible camera plate is a smoother fit than any of the Manfrotto plates I've used to date.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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