3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine review: A tripod head with fluid movement for shooting video

Like the Sade song, the 3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine is a smooth operator, engineered from the ground up for cinematic and video shooting, with a fluid dynamic.

3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A refreshingly compact and lightweight cine head, this one nevertheless delivers a fluid, silky-smooth range of movement for tilt and panning. And despite its relatively small size, it shoehorns in a smart set of features which are well implemented. It’s quick and easy to set up and a pleasure to use. All in all, the AirHed Cine is very easy to live with and travel-friendly for the journey. Considering its excellent build quality, it’s very good value at the price.


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    Compact and lightweight but robust

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    Smooth, extensive range of movement

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    Intuitive and easy to use


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    No counterbalance adjustment

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    Pricey but well worth it

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The 3 Legged Thing AirHed Cine is engineered to enable smooth, fluid movement in two axes, for tilt and panning when shooting video. That said, it works perfectly well for stills photography, especially when combined with an L-bracket like the 3 Legged Thing Lexie or Zelda, giving the option of additional portrait orientation shooting, with quick and easy swapping between the landscape and portrait modes.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.