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Old August 3rd, 2005, 04:07 PM   #1
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Fire Stores? FS-3 & FS-4

Hi

I am thinking of buying a FireStore for my XL2.

Is it a good device?

Which one is better FS-3 or the newer version FS-4

Could the Image quality be better with them?


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Old August 3rd, 2005, 04:09 PM   #2
 
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Your recording (storing) medium will not improve or degrade the image quality, it's nothing but zeros and ones. You have to "master" the tools themselves, in this case, the camera.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 04:19 PM   #3
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We're working up a review on the FS-4. For a review of the FS-3, see:

http://www.dvinfo.net/canon/articles/article88.php

As Jay says, within the digital domain of DV there is no difference in "quality." The differences between the FS-3 and FS-4 have to do with feature sets.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 09:21 AM   #4
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I have the FS-4 Pro. I have three complaints about it.

(1) File system is FAT32 only. You cannot change it to NTFS.

(2) Battery is a miserly 90 minutes, but the hard drive can record for six hours.

(3) You have to order a separate $200 kit to be able to mount it on the computer -- it should come with the kit!

Other than those complaints it performs it's function well.

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Old August 4th, 2005, 10:15 AM   #5
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"mount it on the computer"

I think you meant to say "mount it on the camcorder."
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Old August 4th, 2005, 10:33 AM   #6
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You're correct Chris. Thanks.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Merrell
I have the FS-4 Pro. I have three complaints about it.

(1) File system is FAT32 only. You cannot change it to NTFS.

(2) Battery is a miserly 90 minutes, but the hard drive can record for six hours.

(3) You have to order a separate $200 kit to be able to mount it on the computer -- it should come with the kit!

Other than those complaints it performs it's function well.

Dave M.
The FS-3 has the following disadvantages:

(1) File system is FAT32 only. You cannot change it to NTFS.

(2) Requires an expensive, and compared to the FS-4, heavy battery system.

(3) Mounting it to your camcorder can be a real challenge, and will increase the overall weight of your set up considerably.

(4) The menu navigation, compared to the FS-4, is not as advanced (unless Focus has changed that in newer models of the FS-3.

(5) Costs a lot more than the FS-4.

The FS-3 has the following advantages:

(1) It is just about silent (no cooling fan)

(2) Has easily swappable HDDs

(3) It is made out of metal and is very solid.

(4) Accepts an assortment of professional battery systems.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 11:16 AM   #8
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Hello,

Keep in mind though that FS-3 was designed for full-size, shoulder mount DV camcorders (Sony, JVC, Ikegami, Panasonic) and FS-4 for hand-held DV camcorders...hence that FS-3 uses the camcorder's battery which you already own (Anton, IDX, PAG, NP etc....). If you own one of the larger camcorders, mounting is a breeze. It can be tough to mount it to a hand-held camcorder as Daniel has pointed out. If you do own a hand-held camcorder, FS-4 is the way to go.

Hope that helps,

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