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Old Sep 20, 2010, 4:24 PM   #1
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Default Pistol Grip vs Traditional Style Sanyo

My wife's aunt got a Sanyo GH2 on my recommendation. Well I did suggest the CG102 but there was $30 difference so she went with the cheaper GH2 as they seem to be the same camera technically.

I borrowed it to take some video at a party and I have to say, that using it was very tiring on my arm compared to the Pistol Grip camcorders I have for recording any length of time. You hold them both differently and I am thinking part of the problem was that the GH2 was just too small and light for a traditional style camcorder in that arm configuration. My arm seemed to get tired quicker than when I had my arm in the 'Pistol Grip' configuration.

Even holding heavier traditional style camcorders, is tiring but I think it's magnified when it's very small and light.
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Old Sep 20, 2010, 5:16 PM   #2
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Wrong Forum by accident. It's annoying that I can't seem to delete my own thread start so I can repost. Fishycomics, can you move it to Sanyo Forum?
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Old Sep 20, 2010, 6:26 PM   #3
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I agree, pistol grip is much easier to handle and control. I have the Sanyo VPC-FH1 although I'd rather have the HD2000 which I believe has the same specs but has pistol grip. However it was another $150 more at the time I bought it and still much more expensive, so I guess I could live with the traditional grip for that amount. Occasionally I'll use a mini tripod for the pistol effect, somewhat "ghetto" but hey it works.
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Old Sep 26, 2010, 3:55 AM   #4
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I also prefer the pistol grip, so much easier to film and access controls. It is just a shame that I had to stop using my HD1010 because of no suitable stabilisation. The electronic stabilisation was a waste of time.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 9:07 AM   #5
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I also prefer the pistol grip, so much easier to film and access controls. It is just a shame that I had to stop using my HD1010 because of no suitable stabilisation. The electronic stabilisation was a waste of time.
I don't know why Sanyo didn't use Optical Image Stabilisation in their flagship model. It can't just be cost, as all but one model of Canon Digital Camera has it although I did notice that Canon dropped OIS when they brought out a cheaper version of their HF200 camcorder

We can only hope that since Panasonic now own Sanyo, that the next iteration of the HD2000 will finally have OIS. There is not much else they can 'upgrade' to make it worth buying if you already have the previous models since it has taken Full HD as far as it can go with 60p. Panasonic OIS is the best, so a Sanyo with this technology would be formidable.
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 10:29 PM   #6
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Judging from the current models from Panasonic and Sanyo after the takeover by Pana, it looks like they are targeting different markets and we'll never get an improved HD2000 with OIS. Serious users will have to go for Pana while Sanyo will cater for the casual and life-style users where form and style is more important. Sigh!
BTW, I also prefer the pistol grip, seems to be more natural way of holding a camcorder.

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Old Oct 9, 2010, 10:21 AM   #7
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As I gotten used to the Pistol grip, I as well now lean to the cell type one's even more. rather losing shots that Aiptek had angled to high. at least I can have bettershots wit ha cell type. i guess we are changing.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 2:06 PM   #8
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I have also issues with the HD1010 and the stabilization ...

But it is in my DNA , and I can not stay that still as some other people can.

I am used to have always with me an tripod , even if my Olympus C2100UZ with IS does not need it.

Currently I look for an easy to pan head , and those steadycam ideas on the youtube.

The HD1010 its a big surprise to me as Image quality and specs,
I will learn how to handle it properly, and I will adjust at their habits.
It worth's it .
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Here is an interesting video ..at list .. very smart as idea .

About camera support system...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl7LH...eature=related
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