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Old August 25th, 2006, 02:31 PM   #1
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Turning Z1/FX1 into a block camera

Anyone aware of someone that can convert the insides of these camcorders into block cameras? This would be used for a conferencing application. I would supply pan/tilt mechanism and housing for the unit. So in the end I end up using the sensor and lens, and then control zoom via lanc.


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Old August 25th, 2006, 02:51 PM   #2
 
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Might as well use the 310 head at that point, no? More money, but by the time you convert the housing and mate it all up, I don't know you'd be saving anything.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 05:04 PM   #3
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not familiar, what is the 310 head?
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Old August 27th, 2006, 08:18 AM   #4
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Ah, the Sony 310.

Way too big and the external lens would make it way way too big.

On the Z1/FX1 the entire form factor is much smaller including lens. If you take it apart (http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=60134) the actual size of the sensor and lens is really small.

This is what I need.
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Old August 27th, 2006, 06:13 PM   #5
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why not get the hc3 or hc1... just about a grand and hd to boot.
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Old August 27th, 2006, 06:40 PM   #6
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What i need is to make this into a block camera, so I can add my own ptz. Something like

http://www.imaginghardware.com/Produ...as/P40003.aspx

but in HD.

Are there folks that tale camcorders (sony or others) and convert to something like a block camera?


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Old August 28th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #7
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What i need is to make this into a block camera, so I can add my own ptz. Something like

http://www.imaginghardware.com/Produ...as/P40003.aspx

but in HD.

Are there folks that tale camcorders (sony or others) and convert to something like a block camera?


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I dont think it is in big demand. The Hc1 and HC3 are about that size and Canon's new consumer HDV is tiny just get that dont buy a 3K camera just to strip it completely.
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