Like Manfrotto’s joystick heads, also 2010 POP Award winners, Vanguard’s new pistol-grip head places the camera low and close to the ball joint for easy operation. But unlike the Manfrottos, its release trigger can sit behind the ball joint instead of to the side. The result is a head that you can aim like a true pistol, allowing single-handed adjustment (with either hand), plus friction control. If you want it, though, the trigger can be repositioned to the side of the ball joint, à la Manfrotto. Another perk: The panning motion is click-stopped in 5-degree increments for precise panoramic stitching.