They never will offer such a program; they don't have to. The P2 Panasonics are a "dog" format and Panny had to try anything to move some inventory, which I don't think they accomplished. The 700 on the other hand is an excellent camera with a complete feature set (with options) and a bulletproof media that the client can walk away with at the end of the day.
To alleviate some upset with the announcement of the 800, Sony has offered a program giving a $1500 reward to anyone who bought both within a certain timeframe. I was able to get mine, but I know a lot of people are upset about what they think is an obscelete 700, but that is not really the case; even with all the options it's less money than an 800 and all you really are missing is the duel filter wheel.
Gotta tell you... we have 2 of the 2700's and 2 of the 3700's
and they are working all the time... But our clients have always liked the Panasonic look - from the SDX-900's and Varicams and the HDX-900
The AVC-Intra - is an incredible codec for greenscreen...
As one of my client's said.. who bought a 3700
"they made me a deal I couldn't refuse"
I was going to buy (2) of the Sony PDW-F800s - glad I didn't..
I have not received 1 - rental call for them.
Our projects are higher end.... The F-800 seems good for
reality type programs....
I can tell you Panasonic did move quite a few 3700s and 2700s
It may be a regional thing... Out here ( NY ) we see more
But I am excited about the new Sony SRW-9000 camera with option for
upgrade to 35MM imager... It will be either that camera or the
I'm not knocking the Sony - it serves a particular market..
My point was, for them to get more placement - they need to be
more aggressive on price....