ProMediaGear BH1 professional ball head review

The ProMediaGear BH1 offers precise control, zero droop and top-class craftsmanship

5 Star Rating
ProMediaGear BH1
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With an unusual semi-open design that brings extra flexibility for less effort, this uniquely designed and hugely impressive ball head boasts superb build quality, impressively precise control and a complete lack of droop.


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    Incredible build quality

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    No droop or sag

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    Precision control

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    Easy switching between landscape and portrait


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    Very expensive

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    Relatively heavy

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    Lacks smoothness

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    No friction control

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The ProMediaGear BH1 is not an entry-level product. In fact, in the world of the best ball heads this all-aluminium, US-made example has to be near the top of the tree. Just check out its price, a whopping US$499.95/UK£395/AU$695. Nor is it particularly lightweight at 920g/2lbs. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.