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Old February 8th, 2004, 07:24 PM   #1
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GS200 Photo

For those who care, here is a photo of the Black Mini:

http://prodb.matsushita.co.jp/produc...GS200K-K&ghj=1
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Old February 8th, 2004, 07:50 PM   #2
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Good pic.

Whats up with the external power light on the LCD housing? Is that even necessary?

I always liked it when Sony had the simple LCD info panels on the outside of the main LCD side panel. They were usually blue or green backlit but seem to have disappeared along with acceptable low light peformance.

http://dmania.intizen.com/camera/son...ages/01-01.jpg

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Old February 8th, 2004, 09:32 PM   #3
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That's the Power LCD button Tommy. Allows the user to increase LCD brightness by approx. 2x (when needed) for better viewing on the LCD depending on the shooting condition. Button is provided so that user can on/off power mode anytime to save on battery life.
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Old February 8th, 2004, 10:09 PM   #4
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I would never have guessed that.

Allan, any update on the ceased production of the GS100 with the GS200 being its replacement (albeit a poor one).
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Old February 8th, 2004, 11:18 PM   #5
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Yeah, the GS100 is gone from the shelf of both YODOBASHI and BIC Camera, 2 of the biggest electronic retailers (and very profitable) in Japan.

They say new stocks of the GS100 may come out in late Spring. That sounds sensible considering the GS200 will be out during the first week of March 2004. I guess Pany Japan would like to test first the response of the market on the GS200 before deciding how much more GS100 they have to produce, or whether they need to offer a GS300 or higher sometime in July 2004.

I have played with the tiny GS55 which uses the new universal body design that will also be employed on the GS200. Very user friendly indeed which the mainstream Jap market would most probably appreciate. But it may not be that big a deal to current Pany owners, and other markets, the US in particular which in my opinion gives more emphasis on getting the "best bang for the buck" (which is good actually) instead of having one with a new ultra-compact and user friendly design (and stripped away of many relevant features).
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Old February 8th, 2004, 11:58 PM   #6
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it still amazes me the supreme picture quality coming out of something the size of an orange.
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Old February 9th, 2004, 02:02 AM   #7
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At least they got the color right---I know, technically, black isn't a color. So I wonder if the GS100 is gone?
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Old February 9th, 2004, 04:49 AM   #8
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i think it is.. ther hasnt been any hype on it here, but when u look at the spec and then compare it to the DVC30, the 2 would be comparable in price if they were to hit the shelves together..

so instead of the middle one (gs100) looks liek they get rid of it and replaced it with the DVC30 and the GS200... this caters for both ends of the market without the need to get in the middle...

who knows....
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Old February 9th, 2004, 10:38 AM   #9
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Peter, thats a pretty big gap in-between the GS200 and DVC30. Not saying its not possible but I wouldn't think that the GS100 would steal too many DVC30 sales in Japan. They seem to favor extremely small cams and of course the GS100 is not available in North America. Of course if your theory plays out then the DV953 might be on the chopping block as well.. sigh
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Old February 9th, 2004, 05:48 PM   #10
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I'm glad my old DVL9500's are still working, so I don't have to play the upgrade game. However, I sure would like one of them English version Black Mambas. I was thinking about it but decided to go after more gear instead. (It's starting to get nice here in Vancouver....) :-))))))
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Old February 9th, 2004, 07:41 PM   #11
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where d'ya get an english gs100k from Frank?
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Old February 9th, 2004, 07:59 PM   #12
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From Allan..., because he provides "cheat sheets" when you order from him. :-))
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