Manfrotto's new Nitrotech 608 and 612 Fluid Video heads are 'revolutionary'

Manfrotto’s new 608 and 612 Nitrotech Fluid Video Heads have a unique Nitrogen piston mechanism which the company says will guarantee continuous counterbalance even when the camera is tilted. They also have a brand new fluid technology for smoother and more realistic cinema-style footage, with variable continuous fluidity on both the pan and tilt axes for smooth, judder-free movement.

Regular tripod heads are fine for static shots with no camera movements, but if you try a panning shot it’s likely to be spoilt by stickiness and judder and irregular movements. That’s why you need a proper fluid video head.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at