Product Comparison: Glidecam HD-2000 vs Glidecam HD-4000


General Specifications
Brand
Glidecam
Glidecam
Model
HD-2000
HD-4000
Origin
USA
USA
About the Product
The amazingly advanced and totally re-engineered Glidecam HD-Series™ from Glidecam Industries represents the top of the line in hand-held Camera Stabilization. The lightweight and state-of-the-art Glidecam HD-1000, HD-2000 and HD-4000 hand-held Camera Stabilizers will transform your hard to watch, shaky camera footage into hypnotically smooth, professional footage.
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
1/4, 3/8
1/4, 3/8
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer
  • It does improve video steadyness.
  • On the fly spins and pans is great for any fast-paced video you are trying to create.
  • Well, not too hard to balance, even with heavier lenses, Canon 17-40F4.0 and 5D-MarkIII, I have 4 weights only and thinking of rebalancing it to 2 weights total (out of I think 12 it came with). Very smooth recording, a little heavy setup, not a Glidecam.
  • It works well, the problem is that the instructions are no helpful, so plan on using third party sources to teach you how to use it.
  • t's quite difficult (almost impossible) to use for shots where you need to hold the camera lower than your shoulders, which most of our shots are.
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
22 in.
23 in.
Width
7.5 in.
9 in.
Depth
4.125 in.
4 in.
Weight
52.16 oz.
52.8 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer
  • Built with high quality material, this tool feels nice in the hand.
  • 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.
  • Overall it is very light, sturdy, and I foresee years of use out of it.
  • The unit feels sturdy and has few plastic pieces which gives me the confidence it will last through wear-and-tear.
  • Works great. Only have to balance it once before a event then it is set to go. Very sturdy and well made
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
No-tools Telescoping Center Post, Adjustable dynamic balance and inertial-control Base Platform, Foam padded Handle Grip, Precision Bearings at all vital points, Laser etched Labeling
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
6 oz.
10 oz.
Hot-Shoe Mount
No
No
Grip Handle
Yes
No
Included With Unit
12 Counter Weight Plates, Quick-release Camera Plate, Spudz Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth
12 Counter Weight Plates
What customers say about "Features"
Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer
  • It's relatively quick to calibrate.
  • Fantastic stabilizer. The ability to adjust the weights makes fine tuning the balance incredibly easy.
  • Right out of the box the HD-2000 was very easy to assemble without requiring hand tool, just put some parts together rotate them and hand tighten.
  • You have to readjust weight if you add or take parts off your rig, such as changing lenses, adding or removing an eternal mic, etc. This can be time-consuming.
  • It feels awkward and requires some getting used to before you can pull off what it is intended for.
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
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
399.99 $


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