For you video production guys out there, I've just seen this exciting news on today's Nikkei newspaper in Japan. Yesterday (22th), JVC has announced that they'll start selling a consumer Hi-definition camcorder GR-HD1 from early March in Japan. North America and European market will follow. If you want to check out what the DV guru Scott Billups says about the prototype model GY-DV1000u he checked out, go to http://www.pixelmonger.com/hg_cam.html The production model looks pretty much like the photo there. Production unit spec: - Progressive scan 10M pixels CCD (1/3", 1290 x 880) - Hi-def recording on a regular MiniDV tapes by MPEG2 encoding which allows these tapes to record as much as the regular DV signal. - Estimated street price 350,000 yen (=$2,900) or 400,000 with accessory kit (=$3300) - FireWire 400 and SDI output. This is so exciting. Who thought consumer HD cam will come this early?! New excting era for digital video coming up?! I wonder what would I need to import these HD video into FCP? I have a Sony PD150 with me now, but seriously considering a native 16:8 CCD cam right now. This JVC one looks juicy. The Nikkei article continues to say JVC will make 1000 units per month and 5% of their consumer camcorder sales will be Hi-Def by 2005.