Miller Camera Support Equipment

Miller Camera Support Equipment is the commercial name of R. E. Miller Pty Ltd, an independent Australian manufacturer of tripods, fluid heads and various accessories for professional camera systems (dollies,[1] spreaders and other camera supports such as monopods and pedestal systems). The company supplies ENG/EFP equipment to broadcast and government.[2]

Miller Camera Support Equipment
FounderEric Miller
HeadquartersSydney, NSW
ProductsTripods and Fluid Heads

Miller is also the distributor of Lowel lighting equipment in Australia.[3][4]


Robert Eric Miller, an Australian engineer from Sydney, invented the fluid head for motion picture cameras for which he was granted an Australian patent in 1946 and US patent in 1949.[5] He founded Miller Camera Support Equipment in 1954, manufacturing fluid heads and tripods. The same year, he developed the Miller Viscosity Drag. This invention greatly improved image quality in films by applying user-variable dampening to the pan and tilt movements of the camera.[6]

Miller products are widely used in Australia, and since 1958, have been exported to the US, Europe and Asia.[7]


Miller Camera Support Equipment headquarters and manufacturing are based near Sydney, Australia. The company also has service facilities in London and in New York, plus branch offices in Canada, California, Hong Kong, China, and various European countries.[8][9][10]

Main current productsEdit

Fluid headsEdit

  • 75mm bowl
    • DS range: DS5, DS10 and DS20. Introduced in 1992.[11]
    • Compass range: Compass 12, Compass 15 and Compass 20. Introduced in 2009.[12][13]
  • 100mm bowl
    • Arrow range: Arrow 25, Arrow 40 and Arrow 50.[14][15]
  • 150mm bowl
    • Skyline 70


  • Toggle : lightweight tripods with traditional locks and 75mm bowls.
  • Solo : spreaderless lightweight tripods with concentric locks and 75mm or 100mm bowls.[15]
  • Sprinter : fast setup lightweight tripods with 100mm bowls [15]
  • HD (Heavy Duty): sturdy tripods with 100mm or 150mm bowls


  1. ^ Miller Solo Dolly AV Specialist, February 2006 (p2)
  2. ^ Miller Supports Beijing Coverage Content + Technology July/August 2008 (p38)
  3. ^ "Company details - Encore Magazine Australia"[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Lowel Dealers"
  5. ^ "US 2459040 A - Tripod head". Google Patent Search. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  6. ^ ACS magazine, June 2006 Archived 15 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine (p22). Australian Cinematographers Society president John Leake presents his 40-year-old Miller tripod to the National Film and Sound Archive
  7. ^ Miller History on Power House Museum
  8. ^ Encore magazine 8 October 1999 issue - Miller Opens London Facility (p34)
  9. ^ Broadcast Engineering News, June 1998 - Steady as she goes with Miller
  10. ^ Miller office in New York, NJ - Broadcast Engineering News
  11. ^ Encore magazine Australia, November 1998 - Miller moves ahead
  12. ^ Release of the Compass range at the 2009 Sydney SMPTE show Archived 14 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Compass pre-release - Vizcom technologies Archived 5 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Arrow range - Broadcast Engineering News
  15. ^ a b c Holloway, Will (1 February 2006). "Field sticks!". Studio Daily. Retrieved 29 July 2009.

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