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reid vanvoris
Re: Panasonic discontinues AF100 in B & H Photo's store
on Dec 10, 2012 at 3:58:02 am

Ok, just some questions from a purely consumer point of view.

I'm not playing Jr. CEO here. I'm sure some one who's a lot smarter than me on how and why companies do what they do from a market, business, and stock market perspective (Philip Hodgetts comes to mind. The guy is excellent) could probably analyze and explain it better.

Upon casual exploration of both Panasonic and Sony's camera offerings at the consumer, prosumer, and pro levels, why does Panasonic seem to offer so many camera choices with similar feature sets and price points that seemingly compete against each other? Sony seems to be guilty of the same. Do they have to manufacture and distribute everything their engineers come up with even if it's not very different from what they already have out? Canon and JVC doon't seem to do this in their product line (JVC does offer cameras with similar features, but the different models are the same camera with some extra bells and whistles and are priced higher).

Secondly, why doesn't Panasonic make available an AVC-Intra-Ultra license so it can be used on external recorders like ProRes and DNxHD? If the GH3 can record an AVC-intra-like 72Mbps H.264 I-frame, on a fast SDHC card, why still offer AVCHD cameras? Why doesn't Sony make a 10-bit 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 XDCAM format instead of 8-bit only?

Why did it take Panasonic so long to come out with professional M43 Lumix zooms for the GH series and the AF100 (will there be a AF200?)? Why does Panasonic not manufacture a Canon to M43 lens adapter that will fully work with the GH3 and AF100 targeted at all those HDSLR shooters with Canon lenses? Why doesn't Sony do this either? I get selling lenses, but what about those that won't buy your camera because they've already invested in a boatload of lenses that won't work well with your camera? Get those customers on board, right?

Anyway, like I said earlier, there are probably people smarter than me who can explain all of this. I was just curious and seeking enlightenment. Best of luck to Panasonic, Sony, Canon, and JVC. They all have great products. You know us consumers, we all want perfection at the perfect price. Can you blame us?


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