Rigs for Poles
Which PhotoMop+ is the one for you? If there is already a camera that you want or need to use than it is easy: just take the PhotoMop+ that is just big enough for it. For SLR cameras you will need a PhotoMop+ L; the large version. Most other digital cameras will fit in the PhotoMop+ S. And if you have to choose between a row of cameras sitting on your shelf, take the one that is the lightest. Because the lighter the system is you have to work with the bigger the chance you get the photos you need.
If you are in the position that you have to buy a camera to be used with the PhotoMop+ than the weight is one of the most important properties of the look at. Again, the lighter the tool is the easier it is to work with and the results will be better too.
With a lighter camera, not a SLR, you can use the Q or S version of the PhotoMop+ which gives you the major advantage that it is 1,2 m longer so you can take pictures at a height of nearly 8 meters.
The PhotoMop+ Q is specially designed for the Sony QX- series of cameras. Today there are 4 variants: DSC-QX10, DSC-QX30, DSC-QX100 and the ILCE-QX1. The first 3 are basically ust a lens and a sensor, the QX1 is just a sensor with which you can use a wide variety of (Sony) lenses. Both the QX100 and the QX1 have very good CMOS 20,1 MP sensors. All these Sony "Smart Lens" cameras are remotely controlled by a smartphone or a iPhone with the Sony PlayMemories app.
Olympus has the Air A01; a concept similar to the Sony QX1 as it uses SLR lenses too. For now there is no PhotoMop+ rig available for this Olympus as it is not for sale in Europe today.
If you can find reasons not to buy a super small Sony (or Olympus) than consider a serious compact camera with the option of remote control over WiFi. Please note that lots of these cameras today claim to have WiFi but that is just a one way system. It is only able to send pictures from the camera to other devices. What you need with the PhotoMop+ is a WiFi that also reacts to the commands given by the operator through a mobile device like a smartphone or an iPad.
When the PhotoMop+ with its camera is used outdoors in daylight conditions we see no reasons to use a much heavier SLR. Of course in general the SLRs are better cameras because they can produce better pictures in difficult light conditions like darkness, mist or rain. But are that the conditions you will use a PhotoMop+ in? If you must answer this question with "Yes" than go for the PhotoMop+ L with a Canon or a Nikon dSLR. The reason we recommend these 2 brands is because there is a wide variety of good remotes controls with live-view on the market for them.
All variants of the PhotoMop+ are available with a carbon pole too. A pole made out of carbon tubes is a little bit lighter (90 grammes, 6,6%) and much stiffer. This gives you more precise control so that you can work faster.