Phil, I understand your points, but disagree when it comes to reality based on what I've seen. Again, taking your points literally, it doesn't translate to what I'm seeing on my screen. If that's hugely emasculated 4K downrez'd to 2K, I'll take that every day of the week over anything 2K out there. That's just a fact based on the actual video. I fully intend to take my footage over to my nearest BB and put it on a large screen, 4K TV. I'll then see what it looks like there. I'm not a naïve consumer Phil, trust me. I do plenty of research and often drive myself nuts with A/Bs. I delve in to specs as much as the next guy, but for me, the ultimate decision is based on what I see or what I hear. It's where the rubber meets the road. At that point I throw out every data sheet I've read, every internet post I've read. How does it look? Does the codec and bitrate meet MY shooting style. If it breaks down for the guy that shoots auto racing, does that impact me? No. The equipment must perform in the environment that I use it, not in the environment that some other guy uses it. That's all that matters Phil, it really is...at least for me.
Again, I use the analogy of the criticism that the RX10 has received from a few guys. In practice, almost all owners
are utterly delighted with the camera. Does it have 4:2:2? Nope. Does it shoot RAW? Nope. Does it shoot in that utterly 'horrible' crap they call AVCHD? Yup. And you know what? It looks fabulous. Once again, the specs that may mean so much to some, translate to something entirely different once the owner hits the 'start' button. Funny how that happens.
Yes, I confess to being a camera junky and it's the one place I do spend $$$. My wife accepts that has my one of my many failings
However, thanks to Ebay, it's not quite as costly as it may seem on the surface. Sure you take a hit selling used equipment, but it certainly does defray the cost of the new equipment.
With that said, of course when Sony comes out with a 60p version it will be better and yes, I'll probably be among the first on line to get it. But I have zero brand loyalty. I've had Panasonics, Canons & Sonys. Whichever company is producing what I think is the best equipment, that's what I'll go with. But trust me Phil, whenever you decide to buy your
next camcorder, that camera too will be outdated in 6-12 months. You know that's true. You may, at the time of your purchase, be closer to true 4K than I will with this purchase, but by the time you buy you may be hearing the footsteps of 8K. The timeframe of when we buy is largely irrelevant in the area of electronics. The only thing you know for sure is it is soon to be replaced by something better. There is simply no such thing as being 'future-proofed'. Where I have withheld a purchase is in the area of 4K displays. I certainly was not going to venture into 4K displays that were incapable of 60p/HDMI 2.0. I also knew there were going to be precipitous price drops (which we don't see in the area of camera equipment...at least not of the magnitude we're seeing in displays). The price drops we've seen have certainly surpassed what I would have expected.
So in the time I will have this camera (assuming I keep it), I will be recording video in a quality that's better than anything 2K. Of that I'm sure and I'll be happy that I'm archiving in that higher resolution (however short it may fall from all of the available 4K resolution). In this manner I'll have 4K material available whenever I do decide to get a large screen 4K TV. In the interim, from what I've seen of the down sampled 4K from this camera, I'll be delighted.
Rather than being overly critical of Sony for not having high bitrate, not having 4:2:2, having a compressed format, or whatever else you'd like to point out as a failing, I actually applaud them for a) having come out with a sub-$2,000, 4K camcorder b) down-sizing it to manageable levels from an ergonomics standpoint c) bringing us PQ that easily exceeds anything yet in the consumer's hand sans far larger and more expensive equipment. Do I see this from Canon? Nope. Do I see this from Panasonic? Nope. Do I see this from anyone else? Nope. My enthusiasm is shared by many, including many that shoot professionally and know quite a bit about this subject.
Phil, it's easy to be critical of Sony or any other manufacturer, but when they come out with a piece of equipment that can only be described as 'revolutionary' and, at a price point under 2 grand (still pricey yes, but we've been asked to pay far more for far less), I choose to applaud them. And applaud them I will, kudos to Sony!