Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced is a travel tripod for photo and video

Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced is a travel tripod for photo and video
(Image credit: Manfrotto)

Manfrotto has launched its first photo and video travel tripod. According to the camera accessory outfit: “Befree 3-Way Live Advanced is the first travel tripod kit on the market developed for both photo and video applications.” The kit comprises Manfrotto’s new Befree 3-way Live Head and the Befree Advanced aluminum tripod.

This dual-functionality travel tripod could prove one of the best travel tripods for content creators on the move, and would be a great pairing with cameras that are designed for photo and video use, like the Nikon Z6 mirrorless and Nikon D780 DSLR.

Plenty of photographers are doubling as videographers these days (and vice versa), and so a portable all-in-one solution for photo and video content creation makes a lot of sense. We’ve yet to get our hands on the Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced, but who knows, maybe it has the potential to topple the belt buckle bottle opener as our fave multifunction gadget! Here are its key features... 

Manfrotto’s Befree Fluid Drag System should allow the new Befree 3-way Live Head to operate smoothly. (Image credit: Manfrotto)

Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced design details

The Befree 3-way Live Head features foldable handles for “unparalleled compactness” and boasts a 6kg payload. Video tripods are all about smooth operation and the Live Advanced uses Manfrotto’s high-performance Befree Fluid Drag System, on both panoramic and tilt movements.

We’re told it’s “built to offer the smoothest level of control and movements and exceptional stability, even in extreme temperatures (-30°/+70°).” The head features three bubble levels and the aluminum 200PL-PRO plate, which is fully compatible with Manfrotto’s RC2 and Arca-Swiss type head attachments. The head’s plate-holder is also compatible with Manfrotto’s 501PL video plate.

The Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced folds down to a compact 42cm and weighs just 2kg. (Image credit: Manfrotto)

The spider has been designed for stability on challenging terrain and the QPL Travel lever leg-locking system “makes setup and adjustment easy and secure”. The leg-angle selector is built for right and left-handed users, and the tripod features three leg angle positions. It comes with Easy Link connectors for external accessories.

The Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Advanced is available at the recommended retail price of £249.95/$279.99.

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.