New Year, New Cameras! Panasonic has a new M43rds camera, the GF7 with the 12-32mm lens is a 16mp camera with a price of $600, in black or pink color schemes, available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon with a February-ish release estimate… We are keeping track of only the interesting new cameras of 2015 in this tracking post.
The orange Panasonic TS5 elementproof P&S digital camera is currently on sale for $200 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself. Limit two per customer. Only the Vitamin C color is on sale.
If of all the Panasonic superzooms it is the ZS40 the one you want, you can get it for $350 with a bonus $50 house gift card at Adorama (with bonus 32GB Lexar 400x SDHC) and B&H Photo (bonus 4% promotional rewards). The offer is good in either black or silver. If you buy at Adorama, you get a $50 Adorama gift certificate. If you buy at B&H, you get a $50 B&H gift card.
The Panasonic LF1 is no longer available/orderable at Adorama, but if you still want this out of the many and more compacts with RAW (see Fixed Lens Camera Chart for the big picture), the black LF1 is in-stock and ready to ship for $230 at B&H Photo, while it is in the nebulous “temporarily out of stock” state from Amazon itself.
Panasonic announced a new burst of fixed lens cameras at CES, headlined by the ZS50 with a 30x optical zoom, RAW, Live Viewfinder, and a price of $400. Also new is the ZS45 and ZS10 compact-zoom, and TS6 and TS30 elementproofs, all available for pre-order at Amazon.
As of a 12/29/14 recheck, the price is back to $6500…
As of a 12/29/14 at 2:12am ET recheck, the silver Panasonic GM1 with 14-42mm has gone “temporarily out of stock” as well at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of two per customer. This is not part of the lightning deals, so the price is market driven.
As of a 12/29/14 recheck, the price is back to $6500…
Oranges and carrots are good for you. If you happen to like cameras with colors somewhere in-between oranges and carrots, the Panasonic GM1 with 12-32 (model DMC-GM1KD) is on sale for $500 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit two per customer during this sale. It is currently “temporarily out of stock” (TOOS) but you can order it and lock up the $500 price… This is not part of the lightning deals, so the price is market driven (can change or not change at any point in time).
The Panasonic GH4 camera is bundled with the 14-140mm Panasonic non-OIS lens for $1700 with free shipping and a free 32GB card at Adorama. The GH4 body only goes for $1500 on its own (with various freebies).
The Panasonic 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II megaOIS Lumix G Asph Vario H-FS1442A lens is available in “Used – Like New” condition, in a white box, with the description of “never been used” for $100 with free shipping by Roberts Camera at Amazon Warehouse Deals. I don’t now if this was part of a camera kit that got split apart or not.
The Panasonic LX100 compact-with-RAW stubbornly holds on to the early-adopter price of $900, however, to sweeten the price, there are offers with free accessories at authorized Panasonica dealers. At B&H Photo, the silver LX100 includes for free the Panasonic DMW-CLX100 Jacket Case ($100 on its own) along with a free 32GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC card and 4% promotional rewards (= $36)
Meanwhile at Adorama, for the same price of $900, they have a different set of freebies, the Rode VideoMic Go on-camera microphone and a 32GB Panasonic SDHC memory card and 4% promotional rewards, available in either the black LX100 or silver LX100.
This limited time offer ended. The 42mm f1.2 lens got completely sold-out before the 4-hour deal window closed. The GH3 was roughly 20% claimed…
If you are interested in M43rds lenses, B&H Photo has an instant savings promotion that includes 29 mostly Panasonic and Olympus M43rds lenses. This includes mostly Panasonic and Olympus lenses but there are also a few of other lenses as well (Tokina mirror, Sigma DN, Lensbaby, Ibelux prime). Prices range from $150 to $1400. Some are eligible for 4% promotional rewards as well.
May all your mirrorless dreams come true! Especially if they include the Panasonic GH3! For a limited time, Adorama is offering this special Panasonic GH3 bundle: the GH3 body only kit, plus a $100 Adorama gift certificate, plus 4% promotional rewards for $700 with free 2-day shipping… Optionally you can add lenses or flashes to your order for a combined purchase discount – click on the small link under “Buy together and save” over there for details… Also optionally, you can double the original Panasonic warranty via mail-in rebate. PDF available over there – look for it on the right side of the page, under “View Available Rebate(s)”.
After a sanity break, we are back with a new burst of specials! We start by serving you all some light breakfast. Pancakes! The Panasonic 14mm f2.5 is on sale for $300 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Offer ends 12/18/14 or earlier if sold out. Syrup not included!
The Panasonic FZ1000 continues to go for its early-adopters/premium price of $900 but it is getting a freebie at Adorama, a $100 Adorama gift card automatically included with your order while this promotion is running.
The Panasonic GH4 body only kit remains at $1500 but it has more freebie options. At B&H Photo you get a free Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone. At Adorama, you get a free $50 gift certificate and 32GB SDHC or a free battery and 32GB SDHC and 4% promotional rewards. 4% of $1500 is a sizable amount = $60 to be used in a future purchase.
The black Panasonic ZS30 compact-zoom with a bonus 8GB SDHC and 2% promotional rewards is on sale again, going for $250 with free shipping at Adorama.
And now something for Eneloopy fans. NewEggFlash (NewEgg’s answer to Groupon type sites) is offering the Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA eneloop Advanced 4-position Charger & 4-pack AA New 2100 Cycle Rechargeable Batteries for $18 with free shipping and handling. You can buy up to 30 sets at this per unit price. Free shipping whether you buy one item or a gazillion… This goes for $20 at Amazon but if you don’t have Prime, you don’t get free shipping… The NewEggFlash offer ends 12/16/14.
NOTE: if you are speed-reading the specs,the numbers are similar and it may create confusion (it did with me): this is a 2100 cycle (2100 recharges), not a 2100 mah battery set. The batteries are rated 2000 mah (1900 mah minimum)… (yes, I know, mAh, not mah, but it’s faster to type mah – although not so much faster if I have to write a separate sentence talking about it )
The Panasonic G6 w/14-42mm II Lens is going for $550 with free shipping again at multiple authorized Panasonic dealers, but the listing at B&H Photo has a pleasant surprise: you also receive a $100 plastic B&H Photo gift card! The free gift card will be included automatically by B&H Photo while this promotion is running. While the promotion is running, this offer is mentioned right below the camera’s name.