Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG the new 3 way geared head is a step ahead of the previous geared heads.
By nature a geared head is super finely adjustable. The large knobs will allow you to adjust in a micrometer fashion, and the tabs to the side or below the knobs let you disengage the fine adjustment and make a quick, rapid adjustment. Release the tab and the gear knobs pulls back into place ready to fine adjust from the new set point. All three axis are adjustable, the rotation, pitch and yaw. There are even degree markings on the axis to show the pitch of the movement.
The top of the head has the 200PL type quick release. This is Manfrotto’s most popular quick release plate. The plate will fit on almost any camera or lens made in the last 50 years or so! There are two sizes on for the 35mm and now digital DSLR and compact cameras using the 1/4 screw and 3/8 screw was for larger lenses, or older medium format and view cameras. There are also architectural plates that feature an anti rotation plate built into the quick release so you can turn the camera vertical and the torque of the weight will not rotate the camera during long exposures. Available in Anti-rotate 1/4 inch and Anti-rotate 3/8 inch screw sizes as well.
Also on top of the head there are a pair of circular bubble levels for leveling the camera for LEVEL panoramic photos in either horizontal or vertical positions; but this is in addition to the 360 degree level on the pan plate, so you can level the tripod base.
The head is made of a lightweight thermoplastic that is very strong and durable, yet it is not going to dent or bend like metal. So if you drop or the head falls over, it will not deform like a metal head would bend.