Benro S4 Video Head

Benro S4 Video Head

Benro S4 Video Head

B&H # BES4 MFR # S4
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Product Highlights

  • Supports 8.8 lb
  • Fluid Drag and Spring Balance
  • Separate Pan and Tilt Locks
  • 501PL Compatible QR Plate
  • Quick Release Plate Safety Lock
  • Integrated Bubble Level
  • R/L Pan Handle Mounting Rosettes
  • 60mm Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Mount
  • Includes SuperUser Group Membership
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The compact Benro S4 Video Head weighs only 1.5 pounds and can support cameras weighing up to 8.8 pounds. The head has a fluid drag system and spring balance, with 360° panning rotation for smooth camera moves. There are separate pan and tilt lock levers for locked-off shots. The sliding quick release (QR) plate helps balance the camera, and the head comes with a safety lock for the QR Plate. The S4 Video Head accepts 501PL compatible quick release plates, making it easy to find spares or replacements.

The integrated bubble level aids in setting up level horizons. The adjustable pan bar can be mounted onto either side of the S4 video head using the built-in rosettes. The S4 head can be mounted on ball adapters, tripods, and other camera supports via the 3/8"-16 threaded female receiver on the magnesium alloy flat base.

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Benro S4 Video Head
  • Pan Bar
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Registration
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Load Capacity 8.8 lb / 4 kg
    Diameter/Thread 60 mm flat base, with 3/8" threaded female receiver
    Counter Balance System Spring cartridge
    Counter Balance Range Not specified by manufacturer
    Center of Gravity Not specified by manufacturer
    Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
    Balance Plate Sliding, 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screws
    QR6 (501PL compatible)
    Tilt Drag Fixed fluid drag
    Tilt Range -75 to +90
    Tilt Lock Separate lock lever
    Pan Drag Fixed fluid drag
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Lock Separate lock lever
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/no
    Temperature Range -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Height 3.9" / 100 mm
    Weight 1.5 lb / 0.7 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.8 x 5.35 x 4.96"
    S4 Video Head is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A lightweight lightweight Already being a pleased owner of the Benro monopod with S4 head I figured I'd get another S4 to compliment a lightweight Vanguard tripod I had since I was pleased with the S4 on the monopod. Maybe it is only an illusion, but the second S4 doesn't seem to be as smooth as the first I bought. Maybe it's just due to the monopod having a fluid cartridge on the bottom of the leg that makes it all seem smoother? This isn't a bad buy if you go in figuring you'll get what you pay for. Keep in mind that there is NO panning drag adjustment - only a pan-lock on the S4.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value in a small package This is a budget, lightweight video head. No, it's not as awesome as a Sachtler or Vinten Vision -- but it's not priced like them. I have two of these, AND several Sachtler & Vinten heads. I use the S4 for stuff like the end of a small jib and on a slider, or for lightweight use when light load is paramount. The pan is smooth as is the tilt. Both lock off. The tilt has some drag control, but not much. Pan is off or on. The QR plate does interchange w/ the Manfrotto of similar size. Though the QR mechanism on the head is secure, it's not as solid as the Manfrotto or as smooth since the S4 has a plastic part instead of metal as on Manfrotto (see the blue button on the left of the S4? That's plastic -- no harm, but it's just not as precise). That is the safety release, not the lock knob; so when it's locked, it's plenty solid. The handle can be removed which is something not all the Manfrottos can do -- an important detail for use on sliders.
    Date published: 2013-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value I have a 75mm bowl head tripod, but that head won't fit on a slider, jib, or monopod. I looked for an adapter, but those were running the same cost as this small head and would add unneeded weight and height. So this S4 was a perfect solution for my lightweight camera. It works fine for the limited pan/tilt I will do on these devices and even uses the same mounting plates as my existing head. If you want more control over pan/tilt than just an adjustment screw, or if you have a heavier camera, then just go up the Benro line to the price/performance blend that suits your needs. This one was perfect for me.
    Date published: 2016-02-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice concept, low manufacturing quality I bought this as a lightweight fluid head for use with my GH4 setup, for example to put on a slider. I liked the price, the counterbalance, and the 501PL compatibility, and the positive reviews. It is an attractive looking head. I bought an S8 at the same time, which had more severe manufacturing problems, with loud noises inside the head while tilting. This one, with its simpler mechanism was silent at least. But the clamp mechanism on the top of the head was unacceptable. The plate would slide in an get stuck. All the machining there is crude, but the real culprit is the weak plastic button / pin to secure the clamp. This was not planar, but a terrible design in the first place. I guess other reviewers must have had better luck.
    Date published: 2015-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the price! As you can expect, this is NOT high end professional video head but for small cameras and dslr's it works just fine. I bought it for my travel tripod and use my sony rx10 on it. First of all it's better to test it on place instead of order online because there are differences between these heads...the first one I tested had very loose panning. Just tested another one in another shop and it was ok. I compared this one to other heads including manfrotto mvh500ah and in my opinion they are on par. The manfrotto plate is a bit easier to put because of the drop-in system but it's bigger and heavier... And all of these heads have some spring back and are not perfect. There's no drag control at all (may be very little bit). With some practice it could do a good job!
    Date published: 2015-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as smooth as it should be Lightweight but not as smooth as the .. bigger name competition. Does the job but requires much more attention.
    Date published: 2014-10-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Check the allen head bolt if it doesn't pan smoothly. I got this for my Canon HF G30 to do youth sports. It works fine once you get the tilt dialed in just right. The pan was a little sticky on mine in spots, so I took the top plate off and loosened the big allen bolt about 1/4 turn and it fixed the problem.
    Date published: 2016-10-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Very smooth! Love it. Looks great, easy to use. Best video head Ive had so far!
    Date published: 2014-05-14
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