Vanguard Veo BH-160S Dual-Axis Ball Head review

Precision machining and a dual-panning system give this Vanguard Veo BH-160S ball head the X factor

Vanguard Veo BH-160S
(Image: © Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Don’t let the price fool you, this is an excellent head made from high-quality materials and with a first-rate build and finishing. The dual panning mechanism is a superb addition that will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys shooting panoramas.


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    Wing-style control knobs

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    Dual panning movement

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    All-metal construction


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    No safety catch

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    Lock and friction control combined

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    Bubble level hidden in use

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Vanguard produces two versions of this head, the H-160S, tested here, which which weighs 490g and supports loads of up to 15Kg and the smaller BH-110S that can handle loads of up to 10kg and weighs 427g.

The Veo BH-160S is made from machined aircraft-grade aluminium using CNC technology to enable the ball to have the super-smooth surface needed to deliver jerk-free movement.

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.