Originally Posted by LoganT
Chances are that 1 or 2 months after it's released it's going to be simmilar in price to those mentioned cameras, especially on Amazon.
Sorry but i have to disagree. It took several MONTHS, not 2 months for the HG20, HG21 and the HF11 to get to where they are now. All 3 listed above had MSRP of around $899-$1199 and sold for near MSRP for a while.
Even now the HF11 is still at around $800ish at Amazon (depending on week) and at or above $850 at major stores.
The "New" Cameras will not even be available for sale until a couple of months AFTER CES which is in Feb, and will be sold for atleast 2-3 months at MSRP or JUST below MSRP.
You are now looking at 4-5 months from now. People will then pay $900-$1100 for them 4-5 months from now only for them to be sold at $550-$600 in late 2009 the whole cycle starts all over again.
MY point is that the HG20 is now and has been for 4-6 weeks sold for $550 SHIPPED. Thats $450-$550 cheaper than any of the "new" cameras.
No matter how you look at it, the new cameras will not have features or picture quality that is $450-$550 MORE than the Hg20.