Benro Rhino FRHN05CVX20 tripod review

The Benro Rhino FRHN05CVX20 is the smallest in Benro’s new travel tripod range, but its performance is rather good

Benro Rhino FRHN05CVX20 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This is the smallest of Benro’s four new Rhino travel tripods, but it’s remarkably stiff for such a compact tripod and Benro’s new VX ball heads and their secondary pan axis just under the camera plate are a triumph. Travel tripods have limitations – a lower working height and longer ‘unfolding’ time, but this goes with the territory and we can’t criticise the Benro for this.


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    Just 350mm long when folded

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    Good rigidity for size

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    Clever VX ball head


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    5-section legs – setup time

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    Small pan axis knob

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The Benro Rhino FRHN05CVX20 (or Rhino 05C with VX20 head) is the smallest of Benro's four new travel tripods. We've already reviewed the Benro Rhino FRHN34CVX30 (or Rhino 34C with VX30 head), which is the biggest of the four, and found it remarkably stiff for such a portable tripod. Does the 05C live up to the same standards?

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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