August must be drawing to a close – there’s actual news to talk about! IBC is just around the corner, so it’s not too surprising.
Sony has formally announced the HVR-HD1000U shoulder-mount HDV camera, which was previewed as “future technology” at NAB this year. Don’t let the form factor fool you, the lens isn’t interchangeable (that’d compete with XDCam, duh).
Here’s the odd part though: it’s a 3 CMOS camera with many of the features of the V1U (fake slow-mo), and yet the press release lists the MSRP at $1,900. That’s less than half the price of the V1U – about the same price as the diminutive A1U. So, the question must be asked: did Sony make a typo in the press release? Is this really a $19,000 camera? At $1900 it’s a ridiculous steal, at $19,000 it’s a complete rip-off.