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    Z280 price just lowered
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    So, is Sony preparing to come out with an updated PXW-Z280 or are they just trying to drum up business? Just received a notice from Sony lowering the price $500 and noticed that B&H is offering it at a lower price?


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    Maybe a semi shoulder mount version like its earlier brothers in the EX range. Z280 body form is a bit like the early EX1. Then came the EX3 then the PMW-300 with their 'proper' side mount viewfinders and interchangeable lenses. Maybe a PXW-Z300 is in the wind?? I think in the broadcast arena there could be a market for a cheaper 1/2" 3 chipper for news work. Most of the new 2/3" ENG cams are starting to get up in price somewhat.

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    I am only guessing but it would seem the pricing for the Panasonic CX350 pretty much tipped the boat over on Sony & Canon. Each went for a fairly high price point for the privilege of 4k in this size of camera and now they are left up there hanging. I have not used the camera which is probably nice but it is tough to pay more than ~$5,000 for this type of camera these days imho. As DLD is always pointing out, smart phones are taking over everything, even peoples' minds. We are all starting to see how in the not so distant future, the smart phones will be considered event cameras...


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    I wouldn't read too much into the discount. This is the time of year that Sony always runs their promotions. Their fiscal year ends in March and they like to use this quarter to pick up a few more sales before the books are closed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassman2003 View Post
    ... As DLD is always pointing out, smart phones are taking over everything, even peoples' minds. We are all starting to see how in the not so distant future, the smart phones will be considered event cameras...
    The smartphones are already "event cameras" where professional quality isn't necessary or cost prohibitive. The key here is that the amateur footage is getting better and better, so there's a natural replacement process at work as well. Joseph Schumpeter called it "creative destruction". Milk deliverymen, switchboard operators and VCR repairmen say hello.

    PS. Sony is running a major trade-in program too. Is this purely because it's the end of the fiscal year in Japan - January-March is the last quarter - or because there's a lot of inventory piling up and CP+ is coming up in February? Or is it because the World Mobile Congress is in March and the new generation of smartphones will have high resolution sensors and 8K video?

    I reckon it's all of the above.


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    In general, price drops are pretty common. Almost every camera at B&H has an 'instant savings' in its lifetime within a year or two. Depending on how popular the system is, some are temporary and not too frequent, and others may be more available and/or permanent.
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    Some Sony discounts are getting "inventory clearing" steep.


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