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02-07-2006 06:04 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Want2Fly

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As some of you know, I am getting my AP equipment together. I am in the process of selecting the camera equipment. I have not looked that much at the digital camera yet, but I have been doing some research on the video equipment. I am trying to decide between the Sony HC1 or the Sony FX1. I have a friend that can get these for me and there is only $250 difference in the price. With price taken out of the decision process, which one would you get, or is there a different camera that would be better.

Thanks for any help,

Mike

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02-07-2006 07:21 PM  12 years agoPost 2
GauchoVolador

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Mike,
The choice between the HC1 and the FX1 has to do more with what helicam will you choose as your AV platform than which camera is better.
The HC1 only weights 1 1/2 pounds against >4 of the Fx1, this means that these two models belong to a different "family" of cameras for AV use because of its size and weight then the question is a little bit broader than only a camera election.
I'd choose the HC1 instead of the Fx1 regardless of the helicam in which you'll be installing them. And i have many reasons for this election.
hope it helps..
my .02 pesos

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02-07-2006 08:12 PM  12 years agoPost 3
HawkEyeMedia

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We were out in the field shooting this weekend and I got a chance to see an FX-1 up close. It's a large camera. Not that it's impossible to use, as someone on the east coast is swinging a Canon XL-1 under a Broadcast 360, but since you're just entering the AP arena, I would suggest you go with the HC1. It will meet the needs of what most of us are doing, all things considered.

Once you get a handle on the flying characteristics of your birds with the mounts, then you may want to explore hauling around a larger camera.

I'm not sure, but I don't think they're using any type of stabilization on the XL-1, but at around 5 lbs, it's probably self stabilizing because of it's mass!

Just my .02 cents worth.

You must've found a heck of a deal on an FX1, the new retail price is nearly double the HC1. I picked up my HC1 used for $950.

Mark LaBoyteaux
HawkEyeMedia.com

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02-07-2006 08:20 PM  12 years agoPost 4
Want2Fly

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GauchoVolador,

You make a good point about the weight, I had noticed the difference and added that to the list of pros and cons.

As for the helicam, I have a Vario Benzin Trainer, a Century Predator. I also have a JR GSR260 on the way. I am going to try all of them and see which one does the best job for me.

Mark,

All good points. I hope to see some of your footage from this past weekend. I will make it to one of the shoots soon. I have a friend that is a rep. for Sony and he can get some real good deals from time to time.

Mike

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03-29-2006 12:26 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Mitsos12

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Hi, since you own all these gassers,
could you tell me which gives wanted performance for AP with
lower cost?
Thanks, Dimitris.

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03-29-2006 05:02 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Want2Fly

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Dimitris,

I just got my GSR last week and I have not gotten to fly it yet. The Predator and the Benzin both fly very well, but for some reason I feel a little more comfortable with the Predator. The Predator has the Hanson 26 and the Benzin has the 231. I think the 231 is a little smoother, but not by much. After having flown both of them, if I was put in a position that I could only have one, I would choose the Predator. After I get the GSR up and flying, I will let you know what I think about it.

I hope this helps,
Mike

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03-29-2006 05:30 PM  12 years agoPost 7
Dakine

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My previously owned GSR....it would sit in a hover hands off for 10 seconds. The most important thing...it was very predictable.

I miss it Perhaps I've got to get a replacement

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