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#1 Greg Hoxsie

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 02:21 AM

Hello there!

I just got my new SteadiCam Pilot today with the IDX battery system. I am shooting a Sony z7u. The rep at B&H told me the power adapter would plug right into the Steadicam system...however, it doesn't look like that is the case. It looks like a different adapter is needed to plug into the Camera/Battery System.

Has anyone had any experience with this issue?

Thanks so much!

Greg :)
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#2 Mike Germond SOC

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 01:29 PM

Unfortunately, that camera (like many other prosumer cameras) runs on 7.2V batteries. Your IDX batteries are 12v. I'm not saying it's impossible to make it work, but the short answer is don't cut and splice a cable straight off the rig just yet! You may damage something if you do.

You can do some digging (or someone more "voltage inclined" can chime in) and you may find the proper voltage regulator required to make a cable that will go from sled to camera. I did the research a while back with the same intentions for a DVX-100B, but the cheaper/easier/safer answer was to fly the camera's battery.
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#3 John atkinson

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:56 PM

Hello there!

I just got my new SteadiCam Pilot today with the IDX battery system. I am shooting a Sony z7u. The rep at B&H told me the power adapter would plug right into the Steadicam system...however, it doesn't look like that is the case. It looks like a different adapter is needed to plug into the Camera/Battery System.

Has anyone had any experience with this issue?

Thanks so much!

Greg :)


Run the onboard camera batteries, you'll need the weight. No need to power thru sled. My 2 cents. John A
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