Manfrotto MVG220 gimbal review

The Manfrotto MVG220 might look very familiar to FeiyuTech fans, but it's still a good, solid piece of kit and the price is right

Manfrotto MVG220
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Manfrotto MVG220 has a few rough edges, mostly in details like the axis lock switches and stiff balancing adjustments, but once set up it feels like a strong, sturdy gimbal and captures nice smooth camera movements. Best of all, a second bolt-on handle is included which transforms the handling experience, especially with heavier camera/lens combinations.


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    Sturdy feel

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    Second bolt-on handle

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    Smooth camera movements

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    Smooth, multi-function control wheel


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    Pretty basic control app

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    Loose-feeling axis lock switches

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    Stiff and awkward balancing adjustments

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The Manfrotto MVG220 is the smaller of the two gimbals sold by Manfrotto, with a payload of 2.2kg. There is also an MVG460 which can handle a payload of 4.6kg. You would need to be using some pretty heavy-duty filmmaking equipment to need that larger 4.6kg payload, and the MVG220 tested here should be fine for the average Mirrorless Camera/lens combo, even with a microphone.

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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