3 Legged Thing AirHed Trinity review

The AirHed Trinity is ideal not just for video, but spotting scopes, wildlife and telephotos too

3 Legged Thing AirHed Trinity
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The AirHed Trinity isn’t trying to compete on features and performance with a pro video head, but as a lightweight, low cost alternative, it’s pretty remarkable. It’s easy to level up, despite having no bowl base, has a smooth panning action, tilts nicely too and, best of all, takes up hardly any more space than a regular ball head. It’s a great buy for video shooters who like to travel light, but extremely effective for stills photographers and wildlife spotters too.


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    Compact design, light weight

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    Smooth panning action

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    Nicely 'sprung' tilt movement

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    Detachable panning handle


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    Vertical shooting could be an issue!

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    Would need a longer plate to balance front-heavy kits

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    Attaching the handle is a bit fiddly

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It seems like ball heads are the new norm for tripods. Once, three-way heads were just as common, but these are bigger, heavier and slower to use. Ball heads, especially those with separate panning axes, are quicker to set up and more compact.

But there are still lots of situations when separate axes are better, and shooting video is one of them. If you’re carrying out any kind of camera movement, you need a smooth, level panning action, and for vertical pans you need a separate tilt axis – even the best ball heads cannot do a controlled vertical tilt.

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Axes360° pan, 170° tilt
QR plateArca Swiss compatible
Bubble levelNo
Panning arm20cm, detachable
Max payload5kg
Dimensions8 x 9cm (handle detached)
CompatibilityPunks 2.0 tripods, monopods (kits available), any tripod with regular 3/8-inch fitting

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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 fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com