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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:28 AM   #16
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... this camera is being touted as an DVX100 replacement.
The DVX100 is standard definition. This camera is high definition.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:54 AM   #17
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oh I see well it may be to soon for those kinda price drops in the HD world.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:18 AM   #18
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The best VALUE?

Upon further thought, I'll have to agree with Randy and Joe that the pricing for this unit is just about right on the mark.

I consult with new and emerging non-profits and faith-based organizations, and I was hoping for a "miracle" affordable camcorder that "has it all" that I could recommend to my clients. With all its limitations, that'll probably be the HMC70.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 03:56 PM   #19
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The DVX100 is standard definition. This camera is high definition.
Well yes of course Chris, and that reason IS why it will be priced higher.

I was just trying to explain why people are reacting like they are to the current announced price point.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:24 AM   #20
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I agree that "under $4500" is still too high for this camcorder.
Depends on how FAR under $4500. :) I'm hoping for a street price of $3500 and an MSRP of $3995.

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I'm sure the weak dollar has a lot to do with the pricing.
You ain't kidding on that one. Everyone I talked to from Japan said the same thing. They won't quote a firm price largely, I believe, because there's no way to know what the exchange rate will be six months from now when the unit actually ships.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:25 AM   #21
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Any word on what frame rates this will shoot at?
720/24p, 720/30p, 720/60p, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 1080/60i.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:27 AM   #22
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2 things 1. I wonder how it will handle itself in low light espcially compared to my GY-HD100s
Uses the same chipset as the HVX200A. The HVX and HD100 were about the same, noise and sensitivity-wise. The HVX200A is a half-stop faster (500 ISO instead of 320) and much cleaner in noise. You could probably gain up by at least 3dB, if not 6dB, before matching the HVX/HD100 noise level. So, as far as a practical matter goes, the 150 should (SHOULD) be around a stop faster for equivalent grain, maybe as much as 1.5 stops faster.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:28 AM   #23
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and the dvx is a lot cheaper than $4500.
Well, it is NOW. But for the first five years of its life, the DVX was priced at $3795 to $3995.
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Good point. I forgot about that.
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Uses the same chipset as the HVX200A. The HVX and HD100 were about the same, noise and sensitivity-wise. The HVX200A is a half-stop faster (500 ISO instead of 320) and much cleaner in noise. You could probably gain up by at least 3dB, if not 6dB, before matching the HVX/HD100 noise level. So, as far as a practical matter goes, the 150 should (SHOULD) be around a stop faster for equivalent grain, maybe as much as 1.5 stops faster.

I assume when you say "faster" you mean "brighter" which means it may be anywhere from .5 to 1.5 stops brighter than the GY-HD100. thats a pretty big deal for me.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:26 PM   #26
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720/24p, 720/30p, 720/60p, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 1080/60i.
No SD recording?
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Standard definition recording is not an option with AVCHD camcorders.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:58 PM   #28
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Standard definition recording is not an option with AVCHD camcorders.
??? my Sony HDR-SR1 can record SD. Granted, the resulting file isn't AVCHD, but it IS an AVCHD camcorder ;)
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 01:11 PM   #29
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Bufff, this means bye-bye DVD.
And I don't think that DVD format will dissapear soon. At this time, is the universal format to deliver video. How many time it will survive? I don't know, but sure one or two years, or more as "universal compatible" to deliver a work (very cheap and acceptable quality).
Yes, you can record HD and downconvert by software, but it means a lot of time, files, space on your computer.
SD option is great for conferences, INTERNET and a lot of works that don't requiere HD.
It's sad if camcorder makers ignore this niche.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 01:14 PM   #30
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my Sony HDR-SR1 can record SD
I stand corrected then. It's not an option with Panasonic Pro-Line or Canon VIXIA AVCHD camcorders.
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