Jared (Froknowphoto) hasn't had it for a while. He was invited to try it for one (extremely windy) afternoon in Brooklyn.
I agree Luke. I have been pricing a Phantom2 kit with gopro4, fpv etc. I was going to be spending around $2600 plus tax. I specifically waited for this announcement before purchasing - and glad I did. This camera doesn't look absolutely great to me, but it does look on par with a GoPro - and will all the other advantages, i'll be ordering one right away.
On the casting:
It isn't wrong to cast actors for no pay. If you do make money off the production, you could pay them (which would be a deferred contract). Actors are a lot like filmmakers in the sense that - they need experience. Actors are generally glad to work on projects that ads to their reel/resume. Very few are making money acting, so using non-professionals is a great way to start.
For underage casting, just list the ages you need in your casting call. I have found that parents of young actors usually show up anyway and stay through the production. Of course, the parents/guardians are the ones that will need to sign any contracts. I find that sometimes spouses/parents for "of age" actors show up at the shoot sometimes anyway.
It is customary however to provide water/snacks etc. during filming. This makes your set a whole lot nicer. Actors generally like to eat healthy, so fruit is good. If your shoot is a longer one, you may want to provide lunch as well. It would be good to include these costs in your budget.
Are you saying Canon is not going out of business anytime soon?
I've had good results with the Tascam Dr60d.