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    Is it even worth buying a DVX100b at this point?

    I have been hearing that the DVX100b is going to be discontinued sometime soon and panasonic will be creating a new camera that will be coming out to either maybe replace the DVX100b or push down the prices down on the HVX

    Is it worth me waiting awhile to see whats going to be going on, or should I purchase the DVX100b like I planned to today.
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    #2
    im having the same problem...

    i NEED a camera but there are rumors that the rebate is going up to $900...

    i guess im going to wait until the end of march to get one...

    man i hope they still have SOME sort of rebate...

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      #3
      If I waited on every to buy based on hear say, I would not be shooting anything.
      The DVX is a great camera. I am doing video's and commercial's using my DVX and
      I have not gotten on customer ask me to do anything in HD. They as I realize that
      only a Very small portion of the population can view HD right now

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        #4
        I am waiting for the NAB. The DVX has been such a success, I just can't believe Pana will let it disappear into the dust. I am taking my chance, confident that something is coming.
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          #5
          They are still selling quite a few dvx's from what I understand. Might be a decent idea to wait till NAB, if you want. See what might be on the horizon.

          Otherwise, just buy the right tool for you when you buy, and don't look back. Just start making money, or doing whatever it is you intended with the camera.

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            #6
            The "$900" rumor was said specifically in reference to April 1st. As in, ain't gonna happen. I mean, it might, you never know, but the guy who "started" the rumor basically admitted that it was an april fool's joke.
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              #7
              A DVX is too nice to pass up if you honestly have to have it right now, if you could stretch a little more, an A1 would be a lot better regardless of any reservations about HDV or 24F.

              But the true ideal is to wait until NAB because then you might have NAB discounts to look forward to or new cameras.
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                #8
                Originally posted by Barry_Green
                The "$900" rumor was said specifically in reference to April 1st. As in, ain't gonna happen. I mean, it might, you never know, but the guy who "started" the rumor basically admitted that it was an april fool's joke.
                i figured, but do you think panasonic will continue any rebate or price drop after march 31st?

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                  #9
                  I know a man who told me he should wait to bye a camera at next year because it should come a better one. Itīs many years ago, and he is still waiting
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                    #10
                    yea idk about you RYanKR but im ordering my NEW dvx100b tommorow hopefully form willoughbys... with the rebate and teh software i cant pass it up... i need the camera for a project too badly...

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                      #11
                      Zipper, if you need the camera for a project, Git er Done. You cant go wrong with this camera. However I would suggest some practice with the options before the project. I filmed some stuff right away without knowing much about the camera. They didnt come out bad, but could have had some serious improvement. Now, a year later my understanding and quick adjustments are making things so much easier.

                      Have fun man!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by zipper1022
                        yea idk about you RYanKR but im ordering my NEW dvx100b tommorow hopefully form willoughbys... with the rebate and teh software i cant pass it up... i need the camera for a project too badly...
                        willoughbys doesn't have any left, they only have the pro kit which is $4,380 I believe. They won't sell you just the camera I tried, you will have to place a special order and it will take a few weeks. What I found out by talking around is panasonic is just getting a new HD model camera that will take 4 16gb P2 cards :o

                        So they are coming out with a more expensive camera that might possibly decrease the HVX200 price, but I doubt it since sales are doing extremely well right now.

                        Tomorrow i'm going to be trying out the HVX-200 to see if its worth it, if it is, I will be getting one of those. If its not worth the extra money I will be sticking to the DVX because you can't go wrong with that camera.

                        this is a good picture, I don't know if you have all seen it but look how much bigger the HVX is than the DVX. Its ridiculous.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by zipper1022
                          i figured, but do you think panasonic will continue any rebate or price drop after march 31st?
                          Nobody knows, but ... if I were them, I certainly would. I think the DVX needs to have a street price a bit lower than the XHA1 in order to continue representing itself as a "good buy." DVX is a great camera and has a lot of life left in it in standard-def/cable/reality type situations, but I think a price adjustment would probably be in order soon.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by RyanKR
                            What I found out by talking around is panasonic is just getting a new HD model camera that will take 4 16gb P2 cards :o
                            That's the HPX500. $14,000 body & viewfinder, and Jan said something like $22,000 or so with lens and four 16GB cards too.

                            So they are coming out with a more expensive camera that might possibly decrease the HVX200 price, but I doubt it since sales are doing extremely well right now.
                            I was just doing a q & a session up at CinEQuipt in Minneapolis, and they didn't have a single HVX in stock and were currently backordered. The HPX500 won't affect the HVX200's price; the HPX500 is 4x as expensive. I don't expect to see the HVX's price going anywhere anytime soon.
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                              #15
                              Actually, the HVX200 has no competition in its class - not even on the horizon at the moment. Canon has grabbed the lower end with HV20 and the A1, Sony as usual dropped the ball (with the VU1), and Red and other cameras are in a different (more expensive) class.

                              Again: THERE IS NO COMPETITION for the HVX200 in this price/performance bracket. It's a great camera, whose only significant weakness is how expensive the P2's still are. Once those come down in price and go up in capacity (isn't that the trend with all media?), HVX200 will be unbeatable. Nothing even on the horizon.

                              Therefore, expect the price to stay the same. I still think they'd sell a heck of a lot more cameras if they dropped the price of the P2's by 70%, but I guess they're not that clever

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