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Pro and consumer versions of this Sony 3-CCD HDV camcorder.


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Old November 27th, 2004, 09:27 PM   #16
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I think the state of the US dollar will play a big roll in the final price for the cam in the United States . My Canadian dollar has dramaticaly increased against the US buck lately not because our dollar is so strong, but because the US dollar is falling huge in global standings. It could hit $6000 msp or more if the trend continues.
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Old November 27th, 2004, 10:29 PM   #17
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$$$$$$$$$$$$

My understanding is that goods manufactured in Europe and imported into the US will increase in price. However, I don't think the same thing is happening with the dollar in Japan so the camera we're all interested in should remain stable in price.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 09:36 AM   #18
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If B&H or any reseller changes their price from what it is now - isn't that "bait and switch"? It is afterall a price displayed for an item they are not carrying yet, so by posting the price they are literally posting "bait". We can't get it now, so we're fishing for their item.

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Old November 28th, 2004, 11:34 AM   #19
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Chris, this might seem like a reeeeeeally dumb question. But how come you have a Z1 listed as part of your equipment when it isn't even out yet?
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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:21 PM   #20
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BestBuy

Best Buy has the camera for $3329
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1096380765286&skuId=6905771&productCategoryId=cat15195&type=product
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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:29 PM   #21
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Umm yes, but it's not out yet. The FX1 is, but the Z1 is not.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:47 PM   #22
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Simon,
Creative Video are taking orders for the Z1 and are asking 4106.63 inc VAT.

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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:51 PM   #23
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Simon, I have budgeted money to purchase the Z1 as soon as its available. Also, I always forget to update my profiles everywhere so I decided to do it when I thought of it. No big thing as far as I can see, but if it bothers you I can remove it?

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Old November 28th, 2004, 03:39 PM   #24
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No, I was just wondering Chris because you had a website advertising HD production. What camera are you using for HD at the moment?
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Old November 28th, 2004, 03:40 PM   #25
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Robin, Creative are taking pre-orders. So are Mitcorp. They had sold 10 when I was there a few weeks back. But it's still not available yet in physical form to take home.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 06:23 PM   #26
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I'm gonna buy an FX1 because the final video quality is the same as the Z1. I guess if there were even more cine gamma controls (like on the DVX100A), that would be reason to buy one.

As my buddy and DV Info contributor Jon Fordham once told me, he had to buy a DV camera. The price difference between the VX2000 and PD-150 was, I think, $1000. Ultimately, the picture was too similar, so he saved the money and bought the VX2000.

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Old November 28th, 2004, 07:42 PM   #27
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Price of the Z1

b&h photoandvideo have the z1 listed for pre-order at $4900.
sony style has it listed at $5900.
it may be a typo.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 07:49 PM   #28
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the price of the hvr-z1j

correction: thats at sony bussiness solutions
http://bssc.sel.sony.com/Professional/webapp/SubCategory?m=0&p=2&sp=141&sm=0&s=&cpos=
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Old November 30th, 2004, 09:32 AM   #29
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Simon, I'm renting and/or borrowing cameras until I get the Z1. (I put that on my profile here, but obviously I don't have it yet.) Also, I am in pre-production on a project....don't need a camera right now for it.
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Old November 30th, 2004, 11:32 PM   #30
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Sony's site does list it at $5946.

The camera's not out yet. They do have the right to change the price any time they feel like it, for any reason.

Keep in mind that the DVX was originally announced at $3495, but Panasonic raised the MSRP to $3795 before the first one was ever produced. It's entirely possible that Sony announced $4900, and we all said "wow, that's cheaper than I thought it'd be", and so they went back and revised the number.

I believe it's Douglas Spotted Eagle who says that Sony has insisted that no dealers take pre-orders. Perhaps pricing revisions are one reason why?

In any case, only Sony can answer this question. And they certainly could have raised the price from the initially-annouced $4900. I hope they haven't, but it's possible.
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