This news is really great for film makers, As sony Fs700 is a very capable camera when combined with Atoms shogun or oddysy 7q+. The bad news for people who just bought this camera after the second price drop, it depreciates the value of rental or reselling. But it could last for couple of more years. Buying a camera now a days is a challenge. These kind of news shock people in a good and a bad way. Overall Great news from sony.
I am in the same boat.
I do not see any thing wrong with the paid firmware. Its for those engeners who worked really hard for us to get this feature in relatively very inexpensive camera. I do not understand why people rant about the paid firmware update, If you do not like it do not buy it. No one is forcing you. I will buy it its worth the money to me.
Its only for windows, Not a good deal for mac users.
Good luck canon for that price drop of a overly priced camera, Competition will be far ahead of you, FS7 is 8k, and 1dc is not even near to that. Please wake up its morning in 2015, we are not in 2012.
I think Panasonic really understands the film makers community, I think now a days there are two types of people in the film making community, one who really like to have a solid codec with professional features and they do not mind lighting the scene for an extra cost of lighting equipment and they are called professionals and could say old school style. Other ones are new generation film makers and stepping up from their game they are fond of low light and high dynamic range and they want every thing in their camera. This camera is good for both types of film makers. I just bought sony fs7, I hope that sony will also implement similar technology in their next product.
As we talk Panasonic varicam is not cheap and not in the reach of majority of indie film makers however its good to have a tool if we need for certain situations, we could rent it. Good for film makers I hope other companies would also join the innovation route like Panasonic and sony which will help current and future film makers.