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Old October 23rd, 2006, 08:14 AM   #1
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A1's shipping date postponed to the beginning of November

A1's shipping date postponed to the beginning of November, but G1's shipping date acutally got earlier.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 08:53 AM   #2
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is this delayed worldwide or just in japan?
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 10:24 AM   #3
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This information is for Japan, but usually conflict worldwide I would imagine.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 10:27 AM   #4
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Whenever I hear such things I always want to defer my buying date by a few months too. Don't be first in line to be a prototype tester for the company.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 11:15 AM   #5
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Kaku,

Any idea why the delay? I'm guessing most people will assume they found a problem with the cameras, but what could possibly be fixed in one week?
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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It seems to me that it is change of strategy? Maybe they wanted to start selling in the world at the same time if they do start shipping in the beginning of November.

Actually, I was briefly informed that it was the manufacturing cause, mainly due to the high demand.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 01:11 PM   #7
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I had thought that the cameras for the US were shipped weeks ago and were waiting customs, so they should already be here (somewhere)...
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 02:30 PM   #8
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Well, not quite I'm afraid. They're supposedly still at Canon.

I sent Canon support an email and got this word back from them:

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Dear Mr. Graham:

Thank you for writing to us. We value you as a Canon customer and
appreciate the opportunity to assist you with available information on
the XH A1 camcorder.

We have been informed the estimated ship date to Canon Authorized
Dealers is Oct. 30, 2006 instead of today. We apologize for any
inconvenience this may cause.

We hope this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to contact
us again if you have any other questions or concerns.

Thank you for choosing Canon.

Sincerely,

Althea
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 09:45 PM   #9
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Does anybody know if that ship date means the date they are sent from the factory to the dealers, or the date they will be shipped from the dealer to the customer? It would be nice to know when the big dealers will have them in stock. I'd spend the money to fly to Chicago to see one if necessary.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 10:01 PM   #10
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Well, not quite I'm afraid. They're supposedly still at Canon.

I sent Canon support an email and got this word back from them:
If anything ever was on time I would have a freaking heart attack.

Same thing with this http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

it has been delayed like 3 times now.

I hate that crap.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 10:14 PM   #11
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When will the G1 launch compared to the A1? Two weeks later? Or are they released at the same day now? One thing I know for sure, is that these camera's are almost here and will likely be worth the wait.

About prototype testing, I do not expect many problems to occur. And if they occur, they will replace of fix your unit. And also do not expect Canon to fix things like CA or something in a later stadium. The flaws of the XL-H1 are also not fixed around a year after it's release.

So I cannot see why one would wait. Then you will be waiting forever. Why? If you wait let's say six months to be sure that all is well, Sony will announce the Z2 or Panasonic a new camcorder which will challenge you to wait again. Then it will be the same story all over again. So if I go for one of these two camcorders, I will buy it when it launches and not a day later.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 10:17 PM   #12
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I agree Floris, I have never understood that "wait and see" mentality when you are talking about technology that is in constant flux.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 10:56 PM   #13
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Sometimes, 'purchasing the perfect camera' is the only excuse we can come up with for not actually filming that movie we so badly wish we would just make.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 09:04 AM   #14
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Maybe. Though, I think that that if all you wanted to do is make a movie, you'd hire a DP with an HD camera package. That would be a lot cheaper than buying a $4k camera.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 10:51 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Brent Ethington
I had thought that the cameras for the US were shipped weeks ago and were waiting customs, so they should already be here (somewhere)...
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Originally Posted by Bill Pryor
Does anybody know if that ship date means the date they are sent from the factory to the dealers, or the date they will be shipped from the dealer to the customer? It would be nice to know when the big dealers will have them in stock. I'd spend the money to fly to Chicago to see one if necessary.
Quote from Canon USA: "We have been informed the estimated ship date to Canon Authorized
Dealers is Oct. 30, 2006 instead of today. We apologize for any
inconvenience this may cause."



My interpretation of the situation is that the machines are shipped from Japan (air freight or a boat) to probably one or two "warehouse" locations in USA (*maybe* one West Coast, and one East Coast but thats an educated guess) and then from there they are transported to each Canon authorised dealer by rail/road/air.

From Canon's statment, that sounds like the machines will start to depart to be transported to the actual Canon dealers in about 6 days time. So right now i'd imagine they are either in the country at the "large warehouses" or passing customs inspection or, if not, then at least they'll be physically arriving in the USA (via air freight or sea freight) in the next 2 or 3 days.

Sea freight from Japan (IF it's sea freight - it might be air freight) will take several weeks to arrive at USA, possibly about 4 weeks. Maybe longer if it's going sea freight to East Coast as it would have to go thru Panama Canal etc.

Summary: IMO machines to commence journey to actual Canon dealers all over USA on 30th Oct, and will arrive at most a few days after that, so should be available approx towards end of 1st week of November. (IMO).
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