I would love to own this, and I bet every one of you would agree. At least if we could afford it. Now, I have no doubt that AJA gear is worth every penny. They have a reputation that no doubt has taken years to earn. You can also bet that this is as durable and reliable as any similar device.
The fact of the matter is, their ain’t many similar devices out there. Certainly not near this price. If all you need is a portable standard def recorder, they can be had for next to nothing. Looking for something with a HDMI input? That’ll cost you! While I would never expect a device like the Ki-PRO to sell for a fraction of its price, I wonder why there are no lower priced HD recorders. Specifically, a portable recorder that can record from an HDMI input. One clue is that you can add a card to capture HDV or SD video to your computer via Firewire (IEEE 1394) for about $15. Want to add an HDMI input to yer `puter? It’ll cost you about $400 for a Blackmagic capture card. Again, I don’t doubt the value and quality of Blackmagic products. I just wonder what makes HDMI stuff so expensive.