I’ve owned the 504HD for several months now and have been enjoying it greatly. Â I find it to be a great head for DSLR video rigs. Â See our full review here. Â The only problem is the 16.5lb weight capacity which makes larger cameras a no-no.
At SXSW, Manfrotto showed off their upcoming 509HD head which has up to a 22lb capacity. Â It also has an “ABR” feature which detects where your tripod plate needs to be locked down for proper balance. The 509HD head is expected to come in at $899. Expect more details at NAB.