From Manfrotto‘s November press release:
Manfrotto is proud to introduce the “500” series with an invitation to “cross over” to the new dimension of film making. This family is the result of an important technical evolution the perfect synthesis between an innovative “bridge architecture” and Manfrotto’s cutting edge engineering: Bridging Technology, an exclusive Manfrotto patent. A new platform leading the videographer and photographer to even better results with today’s high-definition cameras. (Source Link)
So, as they say, “out with the old and in with the new,” and the new looks great. Taking on the styling of the 504HD and the 509HD, the MVH502 has all the same great features of Bridging Technology, a patented design by Manfrotto, but in a smaller, more compact model.
About the Design
The bridge design improves the head’s rigidity and its PAN friction control is fast, simple to fine-tune, and protected from physical damage.
All structural components are made from aluminium, with the PAN axis rotation unit using ball bearings, giving you smooth, vibration-free controlled movements that can be adjusted using the head’s Fluid Drag System (FDS) variable friction system. FDS on both the PAN and TILT axes also makes sure the head works perfectly at all temperatures, with all types of equipment and under all loads. Ergonomically improved lever and dial designs combine with the new friction index to give you complete control over the MVH502.
Check out the full press release here: Manfrotto Replaces 501HDV With New MVH502