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Manfrotto492LCD Micro Ball Head
 
4.7

(based on 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (26)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Efficient (19)
  • Professional quality (19)
  • Compact (18)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Large footprint (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Improve viewing angle (10)
  • Independent films (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Quality oriented (18), Professional artist (8), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (16), Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Durable, does what it's supposed to do

This thing is a tank. I haven't been using it very long, but the thing supports my AF100 with decent sized lenses at it at extreme angles. I thought this was incredible, because...Read complete review

This thing is a tank. I haven't been using it very long, but the thing supports my AF100 with decent sized lenses at it at extreme angles. I thought this was incredible, because that setup is probably pushing about 7.5 pounds. I use it in combination with my metal Gorillapod, you just need a 1/4" adapter to go with it, so I use the Pearstone 1/4-20 F to SHOE MOUNT F ADAPTER - PEAFF1420. What a great combination. When you loosen the head lock, it will spin left to right and of course the ball head will move anyway you want it to. Very secure and very versatile. It is a bit on the heavier side for it's size, but that's because it's made out of quality materials.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice, But Mine's Defective

I'm no stranger to both B&H and Manfrotto products. I purchased this Micro Ball Head to mount a Zoom H4N portable recorder to the hot shoe on my Canon 70D in order to...Read complete review

I'm no stranger to both B&H and Manfrotto products. I purchased this Micro Ball Head to mount a Zoom H4N portable recorder to the hot shoe on my Canon 70D in order to better see the audio settings on the recorder's small LCD while shooting HD video. My hope was that, by tilting the recorder at an angle, I could better monitor and adjust the audio settings. I have friends and family in the music business and was asked to shoot some video at an upcoming nightclub performance. I even read the instructions ! Sadly, after attaching the small ball head to the DLSR, I could not get the mechanism to tilt no matter what I tried. I tried to gently twist it, turn it, loosen it all the way, added a drop of WD-40.....nothing could make it budge, and I decided to return it as I didn't want to risk damaging it by applying too much brute force. It just shouldn't be that difficult. I applaud B&H for the ease of exchange, but I'm pretty sure I got a "lemon". Disappointed since I have a slew of Manfrotto equipment, but gave it 3 stars due to the defect. Once my return is processed and I receive a replacement, I will gladly review again.....for now, it's just "okay".

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5.0

Ultra Solid & Stable

By Saint Kelley

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I have used cheaper version of this product from other companies, but have always been disappointed with their performance....usually flopping over at the worst time with whatever I had attached to it. This product is not cheap...in fact very expensive...but it is the best and I would recommend. Side note: first one B&H sent me was defective, but they quickly replaced it and am very happy with second.

 
5.0

I would buy it again

By Larry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I had several of these ball heads from different manufactures but they were not solid. I put a TORCH LED 220 light on them and they did not do a very good job of securing the light. The TORCH is a heavy a light - so I purchased the 492 - so far it has been a tank. Very strong and durable made a world of a difference.
Great Ball head

 
4.0

Strong, heavy

By Packard

from undisclosed

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Works great, heavy. Not much foot room - I had to return it because my built in camera cage cold shoe mount was too thick for this to fit. Will work fine on a thin cold or hot shoe mount.

 
2.0

Seems solid...but it's not.

By Ben

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

My last ball head was a $15 piece of junk so when it broke I couldn't really complain. So I figured I'd go with the bigger company and spend some more $ for a better product. This ball head is really solid and heavy in your hand which made me think I had gone the right direction. However, when you mount it to a hot/cold shoe and tighten it, the head still spins 360 degrees no matter what. It feel like it is stripped on the inside and I JUST bought it. Really disappointed with it. I'd stay away.

 
5.0

I ordered some more

By Tom (Chev)

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

This is exactly what the doctor ordered. I mount a Ninja 2 on top of a Nikon body, and this thing just works. No ifs ands or buts. Holds on to stuff nice and tight.

 
1.0

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME -- COMPLETE TRASH

By Nick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

If you're looking for a low-quality piece of gear that straight up does not tighten onto hotshoes, or work, period. Then go with this piece of garbage. Disspointed Manfrotto would put their name on a product this low quality.

 
2.0

Constant 360º rotation detrimental to product usability

By Ryan

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Upon first inspection this feels looks like a high quality product. After attempting to place it in the hot shoe mount of a DSLR I found the product to be unsatisfactory. The locking mechanism for the ball head works fine but the hot shoe mount and silver ring (at the base of the product) have no way of locking rotation while in use. 

The problem appears to stem from the small square shoe mount rotates when in fact it should not. The shoe mount appears to be attached by a screw in to a post which is inserted in to the interior of base of the head itself through the center of the locking collar (silver textured ring). 

When the locking collar is touching the base of the head (black part) the shoe mount doesn't rotate, but the distance between the locking collar and shoe mount is to great to mount anything. Once the locking collar is separated from the base of the head the shoe mount rotates freely making this product unusable for mounting anything to a camera that may be moving. 

I want to like this product, I own a couple of larger manfrotto heads that I like very much. But for me I'm going to return this and try something else. I don't think this problem is exclusive to the ball head I received but something that has not been addressed in the manufacturing of the product.

 
5.0

Beefier than the mount sent with my video light.

By Jim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Love this little micro ball head. I bought it to replace the connector that came with my video light. It's heavy duty and works well.

 
3.0

Is this great or not so great?

By Ken

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I ordered two and one arrived as a dud (the ball head was totally locked and would not move at all). Now the "working" one is totally loose in the middle. I can mount it to the camera, but it rotates.

I love the form factor of this ball head, but these issues are deal breakers. Being a one-man video crew, I carry only what I need to use. This is a pretty hefty accessory to carry around and not use.

 
5.0

I really love the quality

By Leoddy

from Ecuador

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Perfect price to the quality and utility

 
5.0

2nd Time Is A Charm

By John

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

My first Manfrotto Micro Ball Head was a dud (I gave it only 3 stars at first), but the replacement arrived today and I tried it out right away. I'm upping my rating to 5 stars for a couple of reasons : (1) this thing is well built and works as intended and (2) B&H made the return easier than Amazon......can I say that here ?

While it is weighty, it holds my Zoom H4N digital recorder tightly atop my Canon 70D at the angle desired to help me monitor sound levels in the field. Fit and finish are just what you'd expect from Manfrotto, and I expect to get many miles out of this little gadget. Spend a few extra bucks and get the best. Highly recommended.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice, But Mine's Defective

By John

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I'm no stranger to both B&H and Manfrotto products. I purchased this Micro Ball Head to mount a Zoom H4N portable recorder to the hot shoe on my Canon 70D in order to better see the audio settings on the recorder's small LCD while shooting HD video. My hope was that, by tilting the recorder at an angle, I could better monitor and adjust the audio settings. I have friends and family in the music business and was asked to shoot some video at an upcoming nightclub performance. I even read the instructions ! Sadly, after attaching the small ball head to the DLSR, I could not get the mechanism to tilt no matter what I tried. I tried to gently twist it, turn it, loosen it all the way, added a drop of WD-40.....nothing could make it budge, and I decided to return it as I didn't want to risk damaging it by applying too much brute force. It just shouldn't be that difficult. I applaud B&H for the ease of exchange, but I'm pretty sure I got a "lemon". Disappointed since I have a slew of Manfrotto equipment, but gave it 3 stars due to the defect. Once my return is processed and I receive a replacement, I will gladly review again.....for now, it's just "okay".

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's perfect!

By Ricky

from coconut grove, florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

This is my second one. I am very happy with it. It's very sold and very well made.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It does the job

By andrewn51

from Santa Fe, NM

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Using it to attach a Ninja monitor/recorder to Canon C100 Mk II. Nice positive grip action with no slippage. Control easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid

By Piti

from San Juan, PR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Using it for an external monitor and its just strong and solid. Love this product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply a great product

By 247 Creative Studio Inc.

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

After looking for a while for a strong ball head for my on camera lights and Monitors, I purchased this head after input from a great and knowledgeable B&H salesman. It is well built and performs flawlessly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Started Out Good But Failed After Several Months of Service

By Dave S.

from Orange County, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

In July 2015 I purchased a Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head and it worked great up until a few months ago. Now, as far as I can tell, it's impossible to fully tighten it up anymore. I have the hot shoe fastened securely to my camera cage and the ball head fastened tightly with the lever but the whole middle section of the device is still loose to rotate. I've spent an hour fiddling with it, trying to adjust the one screw at the bottom of the hot shoe but it didn't work. Have searched the internet but haven't found a way to fix the problem

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sturdy solution

By Ed

from Winter Park, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Ever since I got an Atomos Shogun, I have looked for Ball heads to connect the Shogun to the cage of the Panasonic GH4. The Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head is finally a sturdy connection that gives me adequate confidence. I don't want the Shogun to flop in the wind or to suddenly move while I pan or tilt. The lever for tilting the unit as well as the locking wheels are large enough that you can secure them by hand without using pliers or other devices.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Jesucaro

from Bronx ny

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Very good excellent product

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny

By DW

from RVA

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

This is a great product. It's extremely well-built Sollitt and I'm confident that it will hold my expensive gear safely. It's a bit pricey but worth it

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