Not following you there, Paul. All the prices are retail. P30's for instance are frequently sold well below $17K by dealers, and H3D-31's can also be sold below the $25K retail.
And sorry, but you're wrong on being behind. The H3D-31 is shipping NOW. Um, when is the P30+ shipping? It's nice to have a product announcement when you can actually see and feel the product the day it's announced instead of waiting 6 months or longer.
The H3D-31 already shoots faster than the P30+ (1.2 seconds per frame vs 1.25 seconds per frame), so I would say it's a step ahead, rather than behind.
That's true, but the H3D-31 doesn't come with a software suite like C-1 and talking software, well, let's not mention leaf software at all.
Actually if your going for what is shipping and proven today, the P-30 is very good and solid and has been for a while.
The last few days I have shot thousands of frames on location, tethered and non tethered, with the P-30 without any real issues and after a job like this will not mind one bit batching out in C-1.
Also, right now the P-30 is available in almost any mount with no waiting and goes to 800 iso well.
As far as speed, the Aptus S series may be fast, but nobody has answered if they can reach this speed non compressed, which for now shooting compressed with a Leaf pretty much locks you into LC-10. Shooting hundreds to thousands of files to that software is very diffiuclt to process in any significant numbers.
I do agree that using something that is stable and available today is a wise move, rather than wait for promises from any manufacturer.
As far as numbers, I'm not pimping Contax or Phase but take the fact that a P-30 can be had for under $17,000 and a new or like new Contax kid (with lens) can be bought for $2,800, puts the P-30 and the Contax thousands of dollars under the price of the H3d-31.