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Old April 21st, 2005, 09:13 AM   #1
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Sony's new 3rd HDV model

http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/P...00504/05-0421/
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Old April 21st, 2005, 09:37 AM   #2
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Sorry my Japanese in not that good :)

That's a Z1. Not ?

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Old April 21st, 2005, 11:17 AM   #3
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Seems like it's an upgraded FX1.

Click here and scroll down to read a little about it:
http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/
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Old April 21st, 2005, 01:00 PM   #4
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Seems like it's an upgraded FX1.

Click here and scroll down to read a little about it:
http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/
I don't read Japanese, so hopefully someone else can fill us in, but I'd say it sure looks like a Z1 (which could be described as an upgraded FX1). Unless someone can read something new in the Japanese text, I doubt there's anything new here.

I took the Japanese page into Babelfish and sorted through the specs, and unless I missed something, it looks like it's the Z1.
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Old April 21st, 2005, 01:43 PM   #5
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I took the Japanese page into Babelfish and sorted through the specs, and unless I missed something, it looks like it's the Z1.
You're right. I think what made it odd is that the site is implying that people can start ordering today. I thought Japan already had the Z1. And the name is different too, the Q002-HDR1. Isn't it the Z1 everywhere?
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Old April 21st, 2005, 02:02 PM   #6
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this looks like a black FX1 with two cinema tone modes - type1&2 plus an external mic - sort of half way between the FX1 and Z1
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Old April 21st, 2005, 03:48 PM   #7
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this looks like a black FX1 with two cinema tone modes - type1&2 plus an external mic - sort of half way between the FX1 and Z1
yeah, that's what I pulled from the article too.
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Old April 21st, 2005, 06:27 PM   #8
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I don't know much about reading Japanese but QUALIA is Sony's language for "OVERPRICED". :)
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Old April 21st, 2005, 09:44 PM   #9
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I don't know much about reading Japanese but QUALIA is Sony's language for "OVERPRICED". :)
Exactly-- I remember reading about the launch of the "Qualia" line of Sony products...supposed to have hand finish/assembly etc...

Hence the glossy, piano black look...
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Old April 21st, 2005, 10:04 PM   #10
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Anyone interested in a $2,600 pair of headphones? http://www.elitemediasolutions.com/Sony_Qualia.html
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Old April 21st, 2005, 10:27 PM   #11
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Hey Boyd, don't be sarcastic, I mean they have Frequency Response up to 120,000 Hertz - I've always wanted to hear what those sounds were like :)

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Old April 23rd, 2005, 08:22 AM   #12
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US version is announced

See the following press release: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050421/nyth031.html?.v=7

So, for $5,800 it appears that you get the following (if I am reading this right):

An FX-1 with a different name (Qualia 002) and maybe different color
An NPF-970 battery
A shoulder strap and belt
An ECM-672 mike
A genuine leather grip belt
A three year warranty

Woo-hoo, where can I pick one of these babies up? ;-)
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Old April 23rd, 2005, 09:20 AM   #13
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To be fair, it does say that the lens is different (an "SQ" T*), so there may actually be some kind of worthwhile improvement there...

Still, I'm not desperately trying to find my chequebook!!!
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Old April 23rd, 2005, 10:43 AM   #14
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Dang. Y'all had my hopes up that this was the rumored shoulder-mount version of the Z1...

...and you're telling me it's a Qualia FX1? Gee whiz.
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Old April 23rd, 2005, 02:39 PM   #15
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In the link from sean's post (3d post) it also says it has an improved video codec. Maybe they solved some of the mpeg-GOP issues?
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