Product Comparison: Flycam 5000 vs Glidecam HD-4000


General Specifications
Brand
FLYCAM
Glidecam
Model
5000
HD-4000
Origin
China
USA
About the Product
Smooth, dynamic movements can be made easily as Flycam 5000 video stabilizer absorbs unwanted camera motion over all types of terrain. Soft cushioned handle alleviates stress by offering a comfortable, secure grip. Its modular design offers more flexibility and more possibilities for the cinematographers to shoot anywhere, anytime. If you plan to capture skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding from any angle - Flycam 5000 steady cam stabilizer is a must have. With Flycam 5000 you can create super smooth "Steady cam type" shots.
The Glidecam HD-4000 is designed for compact and full-size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 lbs (1.8-4.5 kilogram). A camera mounting platform with quick release plate allows you to quickly attach or remove your camera. Ergonomic control knobs allow precise adjustments back-and-forth, and side-to-side to reach the perfect horizontal balance. By adding more or less counter weight plates to the base platform and by changing the length of the central post, you can adjust the camera's vertical balance.
Key Specs
Stabilization Axles
3
3
Type
Mechanical
Mechanical
Socket Type
Quick Release plate, Head, Mid & Bottom Plate
1/4, 3/8
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Flycam 5000 Video Stabilizer with Quick Release Plate
  • I found it quite simple to balance, despite reading much of the opposite.... OH...and they sent it to me SUPER QUICK like Jimmy John's!!!
  • Great product. Make sure you have a wide angle lens though.
  • Extremely difficult to make it stabilize.
  • This item would be better with the adjustable knobs to slide the faceplate forward, backwards, left or right, instead I have to push, pull and slide with my hands. It serves the purpose, but those are the changes I would make.
  • This model is not like the FLYCAM HD 5000 which they sell also for the same price. If you notice the camera mount plate is different. The HD 5000 model has adjusting screws ( in the middle) from side to side and front to back which makes is hard to balance out finite adjustments.
Glidecam HD-4000 Hand-Held Camera Stabilizer
  • The Glidecam HD-4000 is the closest thing you'll get to perfect camera stabilization for the price.
  • Nice price, easy to use, one of the better manual camera stabilizing systems on the market.
  • BestGlide cam money can Buy. I have use these bad boys for years now and they are the best in Stabilizer technology. Great product!
  • The ability to mimic smooth slider shots, whips, pans, and otherwise stabilize my camera all in one handheld package is wonderful.
  • This thing gets heavy, but if you want to do much video, you need some sort of stabilization solution, and I can get footage with this that would be impossible handheld.
Size & Weight
Height
21 in.
23 in.
Width
9 in.
9 in.
Depth
7 in.
4 in.
Weight
49.4 oz.
52.8 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Flycam 5000 Video Stabilizer with Quick Release Plate
  • Extremely heavy as well. Waste of my money.
Glidecam HD-4000 Hand-Held Camera Stabilizer
  • This thing is pure quality. Nearly 100% of it is solid metal, and I appreciate that it is made in the USA unlike nearly everything else I've ever bought from amazon.
  • All this weight does have its benefits though. When shooting outdoors while it is windy it is often hard to keep smaller stabilizers such as the HD-2000 and Steadicam Merlin stable, while the HD-4000 stays rock solid.
  • You'll need a strong grip, so get some 5lbs or 10lbs weights and do some wrist curls. The glidecam gets heavy with a mounted camera
  • After feeling the weight of the Glidecam HD-4000, I decided to return it for the Came bundle.
Features
Extras
Flycam material: Aluminium, Length extendable from 21.6" to 28.7", Camera plate dimensions: 7" x 4.7" x 1", Counter Weight Quantity - 16 pcs, Per disc weight: 3.35oz., Multi-position arms can be extended up to 15", CNC Made aluminium construction
X,Y Head Dimensions: 8.75" x 5" x 1”, 20" tall in shortest mode, 28" tall in longest mode, Each Custom Counter Weight Plate averages 4.4oz., Includes 12 custom Counter Weight Plates, Integrated quick-release Camera Plate
Maximum Payload Weight
11 oz.
10 oz.
Hot-Shoe Mount
No
No
Grip Handle
Yes
No
Included With Unit
Unico Quick Release Plate, Heavy Duty Table Clamp, Storage Bag
12 Counter Weight Plates
What customers say about "Features"
Flycam 5000 Video Stabilizer with Quick Release Plate
  • The handle is nice and comfy and it is significantly lighter than the glidecam.
  • I dropped my rating to 3 stars because of the poor quality screw that holds the bottom sled on. I would still recommend this as a "cheap" alternative to the glidecam system.
  • The weight set up on the bottom are also not as good for finite adjustments one is square and the HD has square and there is the plane FLYCAM 5000 (not HD) has round weights with back and forth and front and back. Again no finite adjustments like the HD same price. Not that happy about this.
Glidecam HD-4000 Hand-Held Camera Stabilizer
  • Think of the fulcrum(handle part of Glidecam) as an equal sign, the camera being 1 and the base being 3. 1=3 so the weights need to be 3 times the amount and/or make the middle part longer but move it slightly up each time until the drop time is at its best.
  • The HD-4000 is made for heavier cameras than most DSLRs are on their own, so it is best to actually increase the weight. It really does make it smoother. If that sounds like too much, please see the above about the Forearm Brace.
  • With heavier lenses like my 24-70 f/2.8L, I also need to pull back the positioning on the plate, since those will put so much weight in the front.
  • This is the tricky part that you'll really need to practice on. The first time I balanced it, I just put all 10 weights (5 on each end) on the Glidecam and started playing with it, I was too excited to properly balance it.
  • The Glidecam HD-4000 seemed to be the better option because I could easily put it down and swap out the camera for use on a tripod, slider or monopod in a moment's notice.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
0.5 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
399.99 $


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