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Old July 15th, 2004, 06:28 AM   #1
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Canon Germany gives MSRP: 5499,- EUR (gulp)

Avaibility will be end of September, recommended price is 5499,- EUR, which is a hefty 1000,- EUR increase compared to the XL1s.

So start saving up!

Source: http://www.canon.de/presse/infos/vid/xl2/
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Old July 15th, 2004, 06:54 AM   #2
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Well, 5499 EUR is 3,671.93 GBP() in the UK, so it looks like I won't be able to afford an XL2 anytime soon :(

Maybe if I sell my current cameras and... computer, TV, house... shoes, clothes, food etc. ;)

But seriously by the time I can afford this, a worthy 3CCD HDV cam will have been released with true 16:9, 25p, 1 inch chips harddisk recording, satelite navigation, internet access, built in microwave, toaster....

Don't you just love technology ;]
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Old July 15th, 2004, 07:11 AM   #3
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hefty price tag

Frankly, in my opinion this is just sick.

Even the DVX-100, which is not easily available in Germany and considered "pro-gear" over here is only about 4100,- EUR, 1400,- less then this "prosumer camcorder".

Btw, the US price being 4999 is "just" 4.044,50,- EUR.

So, live in NTSC-Land or better be rich!
Prices may drop later, though.
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Old July 15th, 2004, 09:00 AM   #4
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There will be PAL ones available from US stores I'm sure. Maybe not immediately but sometime. They will probably be cheaper thatn buying locally.

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Old July 15th, 2004, 11:23 AM   #5
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Pal just always seems to be more expensive, maybe cause of the higher resolution. In Europe there is also VAT (very annoying tax ;) so we have to pay significantly more than our NTSC cousins across the pond.

There is also extra tax on any kind of dv recorder over here (which is why many consumer cams have no DV in, unless you pay more for the DV in enabled version).
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Old July 15th, 2004, 01:40 PM   #6
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I am indeed somewhat disappointed in the price of the XL2 even for the NTSC version. With lenses being separate (and very expensive), and the camera insides not really having anything incredibly different from what's already out there in the DVX100A and other high end cams, I am wondering if these prices are justified.

I'm hoping they'll actually be a lot less on the street, like $4000 with lens.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 05:57 AM   #7
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Just wait 3 months from day of release and you`ll find this camera on sale for a damn site less than the rrp. Sellers will start competing for your money and you`ll get a camera at a price its worth. Just in time for your Christmas list :-)
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Old July 17th, 2004, 07:19 AM   #8
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Let the pricing battle begin!

Well, as 5499 is a steal (just for the record, that's 6 850.10 in USD), I might go abroad to get one if I can sort out all those warranty issues. Shouldn't be much of a problem as long as I stay in Europe. I live by the Swiss border - strange enough, but it seems like our usually expensive neighbours can be quite a bargain when it comes to DV camcorders...

IMTO, the price tag was to be expected - it happens when hyped up stuff like the XL2 becomes available.
Guess they want to cash in on the geeks as much as they possibly can. *g*

For the poorer geeks not willing to go in debt for a DV camera
(like me *g*), I expect (and very much welcome) a heavy pricing battle a couple of months after the XL2 made it's debut, and hope for a price that's a little less off the ground.
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