As of late 10/11/17 re-check, both colors are back to their $650 usual price…
The new condition Panasonic GH5 body only continues steady for $2000 at authorized Panasonic USA dealers [towards the middle of the Stock Status Tracker], but the prices of the imported grey-market models are now showing more signs of discounting!
Among the latest eBay Deals, ebay seller “6ave” (99%, New Jersey) is offering new condition imported grey-market Panasonic GH5 body only kits for $1550 with free shipping with a 1-year seller warranty (not Panasonic USA warranty). Limit three per customer.
This is the lowest price I recall seeing. The previous low price I saw was in the $1600s.
Everything expiring! As of a late 9/21/17 PM re-check, the price increased up to $1730…
RAWsumer temptations here we come! The new condition with USA warranty of the Panasonic LX100 compact avec RAWeaux is on sale for $560 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit three units per customer during this sale. This is not a lightning deal. Only the black color scheme (-K) is on sale.
NOTE: if you are wondering around at Amazon, make sure the one you get is the one sold and shipped by Amazon itself. There are also international versions for a similar price.
To the RAWsumer we go, where the Panasonic LX100 in silver or black is bundling with a trio of free accessories at B&H Photo for $648 with free shipping. The three freebies are a 32GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC card, a Hoya 43mm UV Haze filter, and a Ruggard (not to be confused with Rhaegar) Lyra 60 camera pouch.
If you prefer promotional rewards instead of free accessories, you can get the same for the same price and 4% promotional rewards (around $26 to be spent in the future) at Adorama.
Meanwhile at Amazon you can get a different set of freebies for the same price, sold and shipped by Beach Camera: extra generic battery, 32GB SD card, filter kit, camera bag, and various accessoro-trinkets…
… You still get 5% back as a statement credit if you are a Prime member and pay with either the Amazon Chase VISA or Store card, but you don’t get the free snack because it’s not sold and shipped by Amazon herself.
The Panasonic GH5 with the 12-60mm f2.8-4 ASPH POWER OIS lens goes for $2598 at authorized dealers. B&H Photo is also bundling this with the Panasonic V-Log L Function Activation Code ($98 on its own) for free for a limited time.
Optionally you can extend the warranty from 1 to 3 years by filing a rebate to Panasonic.
Speaking of the GH5, the GH5 Menu System Simplified book by David Thorpe goes for $6 in Kindle or $12 in paperback.
If you are a fan of Canon EF lenses, Panasonic video cameras, and the Super 35 format, your wishes are coming true! Panasonic has revealed their new AU-EVA1 Super35 Cinema Camera that takes Canon EF lenses. This is available for pre-ordering for $7345 at Adorama.
As of a 8/17/17 recheck, the lower price is no longer available…
The new Panasonic GX850 with the 12-35mm goes for $550 in new condition at authorized Panasonic dealers which can include some free accessories with it such as Adorama (free Corel software, holster bag, 16GB card, card wallet, etc).
But if you only want the GX850 body-only, and you are comfortable buying international (imported, grey market) camera body WITHOUT any warranty, the Panasonic GX850 body only is available for $390~ with free shipping and no warranty from 6ave through Amazon. This ships directly from 6ave, but if you are a Prime member, you receive Prime-like shipping speed for free. It may not be as fast as Amazon since 6ave is on the East Coast, they don’t have warehouses everywhere like Amazon does.
As usual in situations like this, it is up to you to decide how much risk you are willing to take.
If you are/were planning to get both the Panasonic GH5 camera, and the Panasonic-Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4 OIS DG Vario-Elmarit, Panasonic created a bundle of the two of them for $2600. The GH5 goes for $2000 on its own, and the lens goes for $1000 on its own, so the bundle is at the moment $400 in savings.
PS: Panasonic has two 12-60mm lenses. One is this one, the Leica co-branded 12-60mm f2.8-4 OIS DG Vario-Elmarit; the other is the 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 G Vario which is often bundled with some of the Panasonic M43rds cameras.
The Panasonic LX10 compact with RAW currently goes for $598 at authorized dealers, but at the moment you can also get a boatlaod of freebies at Adorama: the Corel software bundle (five titles including three photo/videos), a 32GB Lexar PRO SDHC card, a Lowepro Dashpoint 20 bag, a memory card wallet, and a cleaning kit.
At the stroke of midnight last night, the Panasonic GH4 with the 12-35mm f2.8 zoom lens dropped to $1495 at B&H Photo but that’s not the only offer that went live today for the Panasonic GH4!
A number of retailers are running “free with purchase” promotions with the Panasonic GH4 body only, while still selling at the $998 to $1000 price. Here are the options:
+ GH4 Body + Tascam 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode by Beach Camera through Amazon
+ you get Prime-like shipping speed if you are a member but it ships directly from Beach Camera from the East Coast
+ GH4 Body + 2TB WD Elements USB 3.0 External Hard Drive at B&H Photo
+ all the above go for around $1000
The Panasonic GX85 with 12-32mm dropped to $498 like Cinderalla last night at B&H Photo. But the sale is spreading across the interwebs, as of the time of writing, it also goes for $498 at Adorama and by various at Amazon.
PS: if you are a Prime member, and you pay with either the Prime Store Credit Card or the Amazon Chase VISA credit card, you earn a 5% statement credit on the purchase. This covers all Amazon purchases, they don’t have to be sold and shipped by Amazon itself. Prime subscriptions too earn 5% statement credit.
Good until Monday night (7/24/17), you can get the new condition Panasonic GH4 with 12-35mm f2.8 for $1495 with free shipping. The price before the sale was $2095, so that’s a pretty nice combined purchase discount for a PRO zoom lens and a previous generation flagship M43rds camera.
Good until Monday night (7/24/17), you can get the new condition Panasonic GX85 with 12-32mm in silver or black color schemes, along with $20 in promotional rewards for $498 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
If you are not mesmerized by the temptation that is the $2000 Panasonic GH5 [see options at the Stock Status Tracker], then stay up until after Friday 12:01am ET, because that’s when…
… B&H Photo will be offering the Panasonic GH4 with 12-35mm f2.8 for $1495 with free shipping. The price before the sale is $2095, so that’s a pretty nice combined purchase discount for a PRO zoom lens and a previous generation flagship M43rds camera!
The sale price will go live after 12:01am ET on Friday 12/21/17. This is a heads-up so you can deliberate and read reviews for camera and lens and check out samples and such.
This is a heads-up! The sale will go live on Friday at 12:01am ET. The Panasonic GX85 with 12-32mm will drop from its current price of $598 to $498 with free shipping! The heads-up gives you some time to deliberate whether this might be of interest, read reviews and check samples and such.
As of a 7/17/17 update, the used deals of cameras in the Stock Status Tracker have sold out, but this new condition Panasonic GX85 promotion at Adorama continues…
As you can see at our Mirrorless Price Chart, there are many and more both M43rds and mirrorless camera options in general. One can spend literally weeks and weeks deliberating on which system(s) and which camera(s) and which lens(es) and so forth.
One of the choices is back on a bundle again, it is the new condition Panasonic GX85 with the 12-32mm lens, bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together going for $598 with free shipping. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and checkout. This is available in both the silver GX85 kit and the black GX85 kit.
And if this is your first foray into M43rds, you may be interested in some of the manufacturer refurbished Olympus prime lenses offered at the official Olympus USA store.
Speaking of Adorama, if you feel like deal fishing over there in an immersion session, check our earlier Adorama post.
As of 7/17/17 recheck, this SOLD OUT… For more options, check the Stock Status Tracker…
I am currently price-checking cameras for the “Fixed Lens Cameras” Price Chart, and there are a couple of Panasonic 1-inch cameras with extras that are going for $648 with free shipping each, at Adorama.
The Panasonic LX10, the current “deputy” of the famed LX-series, is bundled with the Corel Software Bundle (five titles, three of which are photo/video), a 32GB Lexar SD card, a Lowepro DP 20 camera bag, a memory card wallet and a cleaning kit for the same authorized dealer price of $648.
Likewise, the ZS100 superzoom goes for the same price, in silver or black color schemes, and is bundled with the Corel Software Bundle (five titles, three of which are photo/video), a 16GB Lexar SD card, a Lowepro DP 30 camera bag, a Sunpak FlexPod Pro gripper thingy, a memory card wallet, and a cleaning kit.
It had previously been offered for $700 with a $100 gift card, but now the gift card has been converted into a discount, so $598 is all it takes for you to get the Panasonic GX85 with the 12-32mm and 45-150mm lenses at B&H Photo, along with a free Chiaro lens filter, in your choice of Silver GX85 or Black GX85. You can optionally triple the warranty by filing a Panasonic mail-in rebate.
If you want to take your Panasonic GH5 audio to the next level beyond what’s outside the camera box, B&H Photo is offering a Panasonic GH5 Body Only Audio Kit for $2599 with free expedited shipping. You get the standard Panasonic GH5 body only kit, along with these four audio-related items that comprise B&H’s audio kit:
+ Sennheiser MKE 600 – Shotgun Microphone
+ Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter
+ Kopul Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to Angled XLR F Microphone Cable – 1.5′ (0.45 m), Black
+ Auray – DUSM-1 Universal Shock Mount for Camera Shoes and Boompoles
Zoom-zoom! Costco is offering the new condition Panasonic ZS60 superzoom (30x optical) with a camera case and 16GB memory card for $300 with free shipping at the Costco website. Non-members can buy it too but may have to pay a 5% surcharge. I was surprised that not every non-legally-restricted Costco non-member purchase gets charged the 5% surcharge. I bought gift cards and shoes and did not get a 5% surcharge. Unless there is the “Shoe Costco Surcharge Prohibition Act of 1965” that prohibits shoe surcharges 😉
Sale ends 6/25/17, or at least the instant savings promotion that creates this price ends.
The Panasonic TS30 elementproof P&S digital camera goes for $138 at authorized dealers, and while keeping the same price, Adorama is including some freebies with them, the Corel software bundle (five titles including AfterShot PRO 2, Paintshop PRO X9, VideoStudio 9), a 16GB memory card, a camera case, and the obligatory cleaning kit. These bundles are available in the black, blue or red color schemes as part of the latest Adorama specials.
The Panasonic GX8 body only (in either black or silver) is bundled with the Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH PowerOIS lens for $998 at select authorized Panasonic dealers that also include some freebies.
At B&H Photo, you get 4% promotional rewards, which is about $40 to spend in future B&H purchases.
At Adorama, you a 32GB SD card, camera bag, card reader, memory card wallet, cleaning kit, and the good old Corel software bundle (which includes Aftershot PRO 2, PSP X9, and VideoStudio 9).
At both places, you can optionally increase the original warranty from 1-year to 3-years by filing paperwork with Panasonic. Because the more computers we have, the more paperwork we need 🙂
UPDATE: but wait, there’s more! Ritz Cameras thru Amazon (Prime eligible) has its own bundle for $998, a 64GB Transcend SDXC card, extra Polaroid battery, extra charger, 72-inch tripod, Polaroid Slave Flash, 58mm UV filter, and assorted accessotrinkets (= accessories + trinkets).
If you are a Prime member and pay with either the Prime Store Credit card or the Amazon Chase VISA credit card, you automatically earn 5% back as a statement credit. This applies to everything at Amazon, but I don’t want to repeat it in every post, so I randomly mention it as a reminder FIY 🙂
Good news and bad news. The bad news ~ the Panasonic GX85 with 45-150mm and $100 gift card bundle is SOLD OUT at Adorama and gone, toast, it can no longer be ordered. They are done.
The good news is that the $100 Gift Card offer “jumped” to the two lens kit. So you pay $698, and for that you receive the Panasonic GX85 with the 12-32mm and 45-150mm lenses along with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, with free expedited shipping. This is available in both the black color scheme and the silver color scheme. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to checkout.
If you are not tempted by the more expensive siren’s song of the Panasonic GH5, there are a couple of promotions on the Panasonic GH4 body only for $1000.
At B&H Photo you get a FREE Polsen VM-180M DSLR/Video Microphone included by B&H automatically.
At Adorama, you have two options for freebies: with the Rode VideoMic Pro R Cardioid Condenser Microphone OR with the Panasonic DMW-SFU1-VLOG V-Log L Function Firmware Upgrade Kit.
And now it is the Panasonic GH5 time for updating in the Stock Status Tracker and you have many options here.
+ USED condition for $1748 at Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged, tested, no cosmetic imperfections, two pictures of the actual camera included)
+ this is by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself, not 3rd-party sellers
+ below that, there’s a “Used – Like New” for $1799 by Cardinal Photo
+ GREY MARKET (new condition) for $1893 by 6ave on eBay)
+ NEW CONDITION ($2000 or less): make a “Best Offer” using the eBay “Make Offer” button by Willoughby’s (eBay)
As of a 6/16/17 recheck, this sold out and can no longer be ordered…
Another Panasonic M43rds sale, this time it is the new condition Panasonic G7 with the 14-42mm bundled with seven freebies, all together for $498 with free shipping at Adorama, which is the same price as Amazon and B&H Photo but without the seven freebies.
The seven freebies offered at Adorama are a Lowepro Format 140 bag, 32GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC card, cleaning kit, memory card wallet, mini card reader, 46mm UV MC lens filter, and the Corel software bundle (five software titles, three of which are camera/video related – AfterShot PRO 2, Paintshop PRO X9, VideoStudio 9).
The Panasonic GX85 is currently getting a free Panasonic 45-150 lens, but the Panasonic GX8 camera is getting a different FREE lens at select authorized Panasonic dealers. It is instead getting the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. lens. This is a limited time offer. The offer is running as long as you see it mentioned on the retailer pages. If you no longer see it, it means the offer expired.
Amazon does not offer promotional rewards BUT if you are a Prime member and pay with either the Amazon Prime Store card or the Amazon Chase VISA credit card, you will receive a 5% statement credit on your credit card account ~ $50 in this case.
If you are interested in the Panasonic GX85 camera, at select authorized dealers, there is a promotion running where you get the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens for FREE if purchases together with an eligible GX85 camera kit.
The free lens is included automatically by the retailers and it is mentioned prominently on the product page while this promotion is running. If you don’t see the free lens mentioned on the product page, it means the promotion expired!
+ GX85 body only with free 45-150 for $600 at Adorama
On the higher end of the Panasonic ZS-series, the ZS100 superzoom is bundled with a handful of free accessories for $648 with free shipping at Adorama in the black color scheme and the silver color scheme. The freebies included by Adorama are a Lowepro camera pouch, a 16GB Lexar SD, a Sunpak Flexpod Pro gripper, a Slinger memory card wallet, a cleaning kit, and the Corel software bundle.
The Panasonic ZS60 superzoom was a “CES 2016 baby” but it’s almost gone now. However, if of all the superzoom options out there this is the one you want, you can get it in new condition for $300 with free shipping at Costco’s website. If you are not a Costco member, you can buy it for 5% more ($315 instead of $300).
PRO TIP: even if you are not a Costco member, you can buy a variety of gift cards at the Costco website. You may not even have to pay the 5% surcharge on gift cards. A lot of the gift cards offered are nicely discounted, many 20% off, others a bit more. Most of them are of the food and gifting ideas type.
If you are comfortable with imported grey-market digital cameras, the Panasonic GH5 body only is available as imported grey-market in new condition for $1893 with free shipping with a 1-year warranty from the seller 6AVE on eBay (the warranty is not covered by Panasonic).
For the big picture, check the Stock Status Tracker.
This option sold out at the mentioned price as of a 5/25/17 recheck…
For the big picture, check the Stock Status Tracker….
If you are looking for the Panasonic GH5, we have good news for you! The body only is now in-stock and ready to ship for $2000 at B&H Photo and by Amazon itself which currently restricts it to Prime members.
Meanwhile B&H Photo also has it in-stock bundled with the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod for $2200. The Steadicam goes for $300 on its own, so you are getting a $100 combined purchase discount.
On the other hand, if you are an eBay fan, a handful of recognizable camera sellers also have it in-stock for $1300 ~ check the Stock Status Tracker for those.
This coupon promotion expired…
Good news for all of you looking to find the Panasonic GH5 body only in-stock! As of the time of writing the camera is in-stock for its starting price of $2000 at Adorama and by a trio of recognizable eBay sellers, Samy’s Camera (eBay) (Southern California) and Kenmore Camera (eBay) (Washington, the Apple state) and Pixel Connection (eBay) (Ohio).
Meanwhile the estimate at B&H Photo is May 16, 2017, so if you are a B&H fan or have gift cards or rewards or store credit, that’s an option too. Keep in mind the “May 16” is an estimate and can change at any time as the estimates depend on various factors.
On the other hand, if you are a fan of buying used, you can get it for $1848~ in “Used – Like New” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. The listing says damaged original packaging, no cosmetic imperfections, and it has been tested and fully functional (not sure by who, and not sure how much the AWD camera testers know about customers). Amazon offers a 30-day return policy but makes no promise of a manufacturer warranty.
If you are chasing the Panasonic GH5 body only, it is currently in-stock and ready to ship for $2000 (actual price is $1998 but I’m rounding things for simplicity) at Amazon by Amazon itself. The page says it may take 1-2 extra days to ship.
If you are a Prime member and pay with either the Amazon Chase VISA card or the Prime Store credit card, you earn 5% back as a statement credit, which in this case is a cool $100 🙂
I will do a full update of the Stock Status Tracker at some point on Sunday, on a time permitting basis, but you can use it to do a quick DIY check at any time.
May the Panasonic Fourth be with you! The GH5 body only in-stock estimate is currently May 4th (2017) for its starting price of $2000 at Amazon by Amazon itself. This too restricted to Prime members.
Meanwhile Ritz Camera on eBay has it in-stock for $2100 but they include a boatload of free extra accessories: 3rd-party charger, 3rd-party battery, 64GB Transcend SDXC, Polaroid 72″ monopod, Ritz branded camera bag, and the obligatory trinkets: card reader, cleaning kit and memory card wallet.
For the big picture, check the Stock Status Tracker.
The instant savings party at B&H Photo continues, this time with Panasonic cameras. A total of seven options are available, including the GX8 body with the FREE 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens for $1000, the GX85 with 12-32 and FREE 45-150 for $700, the GX85 body with the 45-150 for $600, the GH4 with a 2TB hard drive for $1000, and the 35-100 f4-5.6 MEGA OIS lens for $250. Many of these also get 4% promotional rewards, and they are eligible for the 3-year warranty via mail-in rebate.
NOTE: the free lenses in the GX8 and GX85 bundles are included by B&H Photo automatically during this promotion. Once the promotion is over, you will no longer see the free lens mentioned there. Screenshot of what to expect if you are not familiar with the B&H website follows before:
Superzoom with RAW action now, Panasonic’s new ZS70 (not to be confused with the good old FZ70 superzoom), with a 1/2.3″ MOS 20mp sensor and 30x optical zoom, and RAW is on now available for pre-order, in two color schemes, for $450 at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo. As usual, the early adopters pay the “having it first” tax, but time will eventually erode the price.
Speaking of superzooms and eroding prices, the Panasonic FZ70 is on sale for $250 by Amazon itself (limit three per customer).
The new ZS70 has been added to the New Cameras of 2017 Tracker. Only serious P&S cameras are added there. RAW is a litmus test ~ among others 🙂
If of all the superzoom cameras old and new, it is the Panasonic FZ70 superzoom (60x optical, Li-Ion) the one you want, it is available in new condition for $250 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer during the sale. It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 800+ customer reviews and has 900+ answered questions.
It is currently the #2 Best Selling P&S camera, so at least there is some consistency in their chart, the top two selling cameras are both on sale, and of limited availability at other retailers (in the case of the FZ70).
UPDATE 4/3/17 PM: as of this re-check, this sale ended, the price is back up to $750…