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Eric Ruff
What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Oct 30, 2009 at 3:34:11 am

I am about to pull the trigger on a Panasonic AG-HVX200A. B&H has it for about $5100 , so does Amazon, but NextTag lists a slew of sellers:

http://www.nextag.com/Panasonic-AG-HVX200A-P2-605803598/prices-html

with the same camera at $2800-$2900. My mommy always said if it looks too good to be true....

I always thought of B&H as pricing its products in the middle of the pack, not too high, but not suspiciously low, and with good support, but this is a huge difference. What am I not seeing here?

Thanks for any insights.

-Eric


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Oct 30, 2009 at 3:51:23 am

Listen to mommy


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Shane Ross
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Oct 30, 2009 at 4:43:23 pm

You might get the camera, but then...OH, you wanted the MANUAL too? That's extra. The battery too? Sheesh, you are demanding, that's more. The battery charger, the component cables...the 16GB P2 card that ships with ALL P2 cameras when you buy them from reputable places? Man...you want EVERYTHING? Why didn't you say so...OK, that takes you from $2800 to....$5300.

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Eric Ruff
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:47:07 pm

Thanks. I just needed to hear it. $5k is a fair price for the 200A, right? I don't want to be stupid in either direction.

-Eric


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Dan Brockett
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Oct 30, 2009 at 11:17:27 pm

I don't know, seems crazy to pay that much for a 200A when I have been seeing 200s going used for $1,750.00. 200A is better but outdated too.

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Eric Ruff
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Oct 31, 2009 at 12:29:52 am

If the 200A is outdated, what camera do you guys recommend? I like the idea of P2 format.


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Kim Rowley
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Oct 31, 2009 at 11:30:08 am

The HVX 170 (or if you're in Europe 171). The difference though (besides design enhancements) is that the 200 has a tape mechanism that shoots DVCam as well as giving you the possibility of shooting on P2 cards.

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Dan Brockett
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Nov 1, 2009 at 10:55:29 pm

Not to be too pedantic, but the HVX200A does not shoot DVCAM, DVCAM is a Sony only format that features a higher tape run rate than regular DV does, even though the two formats are identical electronically.

The HVX200A shoots DV format to Mini DV tapes.

Dan

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Miodrag Ristic
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Nov 2, 2009 at 12:34:29 am

Not to be too pedantic, I believe Kim meant HPX 170 (not HVX 170).
There are many reviews for HPX 170 you can find on the web;
http://www.macvideo.tv/camera-technology/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=111633

...and this one with direct comparison between 200, 200A and 170

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/awilt/story/review_panasonic_ag_hpx1...

Mio

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Nov 2, 2009 at 2:49:44 am

and the 200A and the 170 have the same updated chipset. The 200 is older, yes, but the 170 and 200A are about the same vintage.


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Kim Rowley
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Nov 2, 2009 at 9:15:31 am

Thanks Miodrag and Dan and apologies to fellow cow members for the inexact info. I'll be more careful in the future. Cheers!

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Eric Ruff
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Nov 4, 2009 at 4:33:25 am

Thank you all for the information. I think you saved me a lot of heartache. After reading your comments and the reviews you mentioned, I am going with the HPX 170 -- it should be here from B&H within a few days! I am very excited. Again, thanks to all .

-Eric


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Matthew Sonnenfeld
Re: What am I missing on the pricing for a Panasonic AG-HVX200A?
on Nov 6, 2009 at 7:46:42 am

You won't be disappointed. I got a 170 in January and I could not be happier. The warranty on the camera is also fantastic. don't forget to register!!! 5 year warranty from panasonic! that's a beautiful thing! Also, check out the scene files on the panasonic p2 website (you get there through the business section on the panasonic site). There are really cool ones that are definitely worth experimenting with! Treat it well and it will do the same for you!

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