A broader and lower profile. I needed a tripod for Cabela's large, heavy model spotting scope, and photographic equipment was too high once I had it on the bench. I like the stability of this tripod and worry less about knocking my scope off.
I bought this the last of Nov and when I took it out to use today, the "heavy duty" plastic aiming handle was broken off. It lasted a "Heavy Duty" month. OTW back for a "heavy duty" refund. Find something else, or live with your camera tripod.