I am so excited about this that I have posted this twice. I am usually a Sony fan working in television but I feel like sony has dropped the ball on the low to mid level HD category.
...It has 2/3rds inch chips and shoots 720p 1080i and all SD formats using either mpeg or the new JPEG2000 codecs(the motion picture industry will use JPEG2000 for distirbution) upto like 110mbps on IOMEGAs new REV DISKS (removable hd) or Pro Compact Flash cards . The JPEG2000 codec instead of going blocky when it can't record enough info it goes soft which I feel like is a more natural look.
Another company dumbing down true HD quality, which you ain't gonna get at 110mbs.
Your comment that Sony has dropped the ball on mid range HD needs clarification?
HDV low end,
XDCAM HD pro/educational
SR for High end
Isn't that enough choice from Sony?
The infinity has a 110mbs rate (lets say thats lower than HDCAM)
35GB storage is a pointer that they don't expect you to go uncompressed with it.
So where do you think it will fit?
It doesn't exist, if they can deliver all the ins and outputs that would be great, but don't expect a high end camera head in a camera that can't record 4:2:2 1920 x 1080. 2/3 inch chips and blocks are far more expensive than 1/2 inch chips. Sure they can do it but it would the price well beyond XDCAM HD with 1/2 inch chips and cheapo HD lenses.
Low cost removable media capable of even what HDCAM can deliver 144mbs and does not exist at the moment.
Mid range HD will settle on very lackluster "HD" quality built for education and industry a much bigger market than broadcast (and identified as such by Thomson CEO).
I fear infinity will be built to satisfy the lowest common denominator of *that* market, unless they take notice of some of the postings on this list:)
By the time infinity comes out (2 years to have a reliable model my best guess based on Kinetta and Sony f900 blues) There will be a 2/3 inch XDCAM HD and a SR camcorder capable of 1920x1080 50p/60p in that time.
SR tape records approx 300GB(?) on a £50 tape (vs 35GB from the rev pro disk)
Ok a SR tape currently needs at least a £50k machine to play it. (but expect a £20k SR player once they have relieved post houses of £80k for SR 5000 decks or if their is any competition) .
Low cost removable storage with 400mbs transfer rate is the key to getting the prices of tape machines down.
Anyone see that on the horizon?
I don't see any amazing breakthroughs apart from the new M2 media that has 160mps transfer rate and is 1.2mmx 7mm x15mm with 32GB potential capacity. Designed for mobile phones.
It will enable the nimble fingered Japanese to make stuff smaller but not record higher quality....
Mass produced hard drives like the Kinetta is aiming for will be a mid ground for short form work or inhouse camera to edit workflows.