SmallRig Heavy-Duty Fluid Head Tripod AD-01 3751 review

The SmallRig Heavy-Duty tripod is affordable and light, and perfect for budding videographers using a mirrorless camera

SmallRig Heavy-Duty Fluid Head Tripod AD-01 3751
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The SmallRig AD-01 3751 is an entry-level video tripod masquerading as something far higher-end. You can’t go beyond 8kg/17.6lbs and it's entirely made of plastic and aluminium alloy, but build quality is good and its versatility and ultra-lightweight design makes it an excellent product to use with a mirrorless camera.


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    Lightweight design

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    186cm max. height

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    Fluid ball-head

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    Levelling bowl base

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    Multiple threads for accessories


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    Feels a little flimsy

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    For lightweight set-ups only

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    Plastic joints and levers

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The SmallRig Heavy-Duty Fluid Head Tripod AD-01 3751 has a slightly misleading name. An affordable tripod specifically aimed at videographers, it has a maximum load of 8 kg. That hardly makes it heavy duty at all, while its easy-to-carry design means it should probably instead be called a ‘super lightweight’ tripod.

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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.