Brian Sweeney wrote:
Reading the article on the Nikon website, it sounds as if the production of the QV-1000c was on the same order as the "E" series, totalling a few hundred.
There's no doubt there were made far fewer QV-1000C's than E cameras.
According to the Nikon article 'only hundreds pieces exist in the world'. I'm pretty sure they meant to say 'hundred' (i.e. 100), not 'hundreds'.
Personally, I know of four such cameras, in addition to the one mentioned by Stan. Two of these are located in France, one in the Netherlands, and one in another European country (more details later). There are probably a few in the United States, Canada, Germany, UK and some other countries as well, in addition to Japan.
Some of them have probably been discarded years ago, or are collecting dust in a basement somewhere. For a DSLR collector, it's the ultimate piece (except for unique prototype cameras and custom made versions like Kodak's digital Nikonos).
As far as I know, no QV-1000C has ever been offered on eBay, and it has never been sold by Christie's. As mentioned before, the camera was distributed exclusively to news photographers.
I'm still not sure how many E/DS-units were sold, but we're definitely talking several hundred cameras, if not a few thousand (both Nikon and Fujifilm, all models). As we all know, there are a few of them circulating on eBay.
Actually, I've recently written Nikon in Japan and asked for some figures for these early models. I doubt they'll give me a straight answer, but it never hurts to ask. I could get lucky. I'll keep you posted.