"compared to the low internal compression" - you must mean "compared to the high internal compression". Highly compressed means less information with smaller files. I also would think that the Ninja Star would be good for chroma key work, which I do occasionally.
Yes, really: PXW-70, entry level Sony XDCAM pro video camera series, 10-bit 4:2:2 in camera recording, cost ~$2.5k for the 4K version.
Yes, and thanks for wishing me good luck. Never liked boxes. I prefer to rattle the walls a bit.
The question "what is higher end" was purely rhetorical. I'm attempting to highlight certain absurdities in current market sector thinking. All the information you provide is well understood (thanks for helping me to make to my point), and underlies my irritation with the status quo. I would like it to be otherwise. Beside showing the rather obvious spots on the tiger, so to speak, I'm not sure what point you are trying to make, other than that this is tactical marketing by the big boys. Hmm...why didn't I think of that? Meanwhile, there are pro film makers such as Renan Ozturk who will sometimes use this camera over an Red Epic due to its form factor. Yes - it needs a better codec.
Not sure what you mean by higher end. And what's with these arbitrary categories anyway? The A7S has found a professional niche. Rigged out with a basic set of set of video primes wouldn't leave much change from $10k. Come on. The codec sucks and it's well within Sony's capabilities to do better.