If you’re a journalist, Apple wants to sell you a PowerBook Mobile Newsroom. (Heck, if you’ve got the cash, we bet they’ll sell it to you even if you’re not a journalist.)
Touted as “the perfect cornerstone for building an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) system,” the Mobile Newsroom Editing Station includes a Titanium PowerBook G4 (the 500 MHz version), Canon GL-1 MiniDV Camcorder, AirPort card, Airport Base Station and Final Cut Pro 2. You can get the whole shebang for US$7,199.
As Apple points out, with the Titanium PowerBook G4 (which costs $3,499 alone) and Final Cut Pro 2 (Apple’s $999 high end videography application), you can record, capture and edit news stories in any location using a true professional source/record editing model to create and deliver broadcast quality news and features. The AirPort card and AirPort Base Station would cost you $99 and $299 respectively, if bought separately.
The $2,499 Canon Gl-1 MiniDV Camcorder has three CCD image sensors with “Pixel Shift” technology, a 20x optical zoom (100x digital zoom), and an optical image stabilizer. It sports a 2.5-inch LCD screen, FireWire connection, microphone, and PCM digital stereo 12-bit/16-bit.