Originally Posted by madeinstein
And by the way this strategy is being used everywhere in economy.
I'm not so sure I would call it a "strategy" as I would simply calling it "Sony's way"
Traditionally speaking Sony has ALWAYS tried to draw a clear line in the sand between their consumer products and their pro products. Sony's choice in main profile avc is a good example. It's strictly consumer level stuff. Blu Ray burning is another example. They tried hard to set up 2 levels of burning; BDAV, and BDMV (BDAV being a consumer level burning technique). Unfortunately (for them... not us) the format war between Blu ray and HD DVD put an end to that idea when people started snapping up the HD DVD concept in droves because you could burn HD DVD's with complete menu systems.
For the most part though Sony is pretty correct with their way. Most consumers at this level want GPS... night shot... 5.1 sound... touch screens... and other consumer level nic-nacks as opposed to lots of manual control. Conversely.... you won't find these things on a Sony pro end cam either.
Personally speaking.... I like the Sony way. If you buy a consumer level cam then that's what you should get. I LOVE the night shot and the 5.1sound. They allow me to do things that other consumer cams just can't do. Some of the video that nightshot has granted me for example are great moments in time that I would have otherwise missed.
There are some that look upon this sort of thing as "gimmicky" and to a certain extent they would be correct but then on the other hand Sony isn't trying to take a consumer level cam and pretend it's more than that. My Canon HV20 for example has 24p capability, but I don't ever use it because the 24p that comes out of it is NOTHING like the 24p that comes out of a REAL pro end cam. I don't know if anyone has ever tried to do a manual focus on a HV20 but it's pretty bloody hard to do with that little lcd screen and its fairly rough resolution.
However it is nice that we have a couple of different companies entering the consumer ring at such different angles.... it gives us all a fairly broad choice at picking what is most important to us.