Interesting special last night (12/23) about how they're shooting this series. Remarkably, there are ~100 videographers, etc. between the 3 sites now, from various countries, probably with the UK lead team most prominent. Amazing how many cameras and operators swarm the miners for many scenes. Several shots of videographers nearly getting chomped by excavator buckets. Lots of monstrous camera cranes--for that environment--and crew members being immobilized in knee-deep mud.
Tough to precisely recall PQ differences, but some demonstrated chopper shots, using all-in-one pro camcorders, seemed to have softer images of distant trees and landscapes compared to the earlier '09 Alaska 'trek' series. There they used a gyro-stabilized chopper camera to a separate high-bandwidth Sony SRW-1 deck, as outlined here
and the sublinked article.
Must be near the series end, with freezing problems previewed for next week. At the northern Crystal Creek site, the few ounces of gold finally extracted were reviewed, with the usual, ah, optimistic goal of 200 ounces before winter. -- John