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 🙂
More developments since the previous time we updated the Stock Status Tracker, the new condition imported grey-market Panasonic GH5 body with a 1-year seller warranty is down from $1883 to $1839 by eBay seller “6ave” (99%, New Jersey).
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)
+ NEW CONDITION for $2000 at Adorama and Amazon itself and various on eBay
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.
The Panasonic GX8 body only is available with the 12-60mm lens for $1000 at Adorama (along with $40 promotional rewards) and B&H Photo (also $40 promotional rewards) and Amazon itself.
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
+ GX85 with 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 with free 45-150 for $700 by Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo
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).
If you prefer the new condition at authorized dealers, it continues to be in-stock for $2000 at B&H Photo and Amazon itself and Samy’s (eBay) and Kenomore (eBay).
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….
Continue reading “(SOLD OUT) Used Panasonic GH5 body for $1750”
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.
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.
Since our previous update, Amazon run out of Panasonic GH5 body only kits at $2000, but as of this Stock Status Tracker update, there are two eBay sellers that have it in-stock for $2000, it is Samy’s Camera (Southern California) and National Camera Exchange (Minnesota).
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…
Continue reading “(ENDED) Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and $150 Gift Card for $600”
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has the first wave of free accessories bundled with the Panasonic GH5 body only at its normal price of $2000 with free shipping. PS: if you find these stock alerts/updates useful, please consider making your new camera gear purchases through our affiliate links – it is the main method of funding this poor old blog!
Cameta Camera offers a Precision Design DSLR350 High Power Auto Flash, 64GB Transced SDXC card, extra battery, flex 12″ tripod, camera bag, 1-year Outdoor Photographer subscription, free York Photo prints, and a few trinkety items.
Ritz Camera offers no flash, but has a 72-inch Polaroid monopod, extra charger, 64GB Transcend SDXC, Ritz camera bag, and a few trinkety items.
Meanwhile, if you have Amazon gift cards or if you are an Amazon fan, the camera is now in-stock over there as well, may ship in “1-2 days” with a limit of up to three per customer. Per the page over there, it is currently the Best Selling Mirrorless Camera. Remember, if you are a Prime member and pay with a Prime Store credit card or the Amazon Chase VISA credit card, you get 5% back as statement credit or cashback, that’s $100~ in the case of this camera, no small change 🙂
UPDATE 3:45pm ET: the GH5 body only is now also in-stock for $2000 with free expedited shipping at Adorama… Meanwhile, the estimate by Amazon itself is pushed forward to April 1st.
The Panasonic GH5 body only is now IN-STOCK and ready to ship for $2000 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
The GH5 is also in-stock for $2000 from well-known eBay sellers Samy’s Cameras and Kenmore Camera.
For the big picture, check the just-updated Stock Status Tracker.
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has two new updates on the Panasonic GH5 and Fuji X-T2 front!
On the Panasonic GH5 front, the body only kit is bundled with a dizzying variety of extra small accessories for $2100 with free shipping by BuyDig on eBay: a Vivitar flash, Vivitar battery and charger, Vivitar bag, Corel Paintshop PRO X8 software, 64GB Lexar SDXC 300x card, spider tripod, and cables and cleaning supplies.
On the Fuji X-T2 front, the Graphite Body Only is available for $1665 in “Used – Like New” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself, Amazon’s own used products persona. They even have two pictures of the actual item.
As usual, supplies of both used and high-demand new products are limited, so it may be sold out by the time you read this.
Another update of the Stock Status Tracker has breaking news for Panasonic GH5 hunters, the camera is in-stock, bundled with the 12-60mm Elmarit lens (gold writing; H-ES12060 name versus H-FS12060 for the non-Elmarit) along with a few free accessories (batteries, memory card, etc) for $3000 by Focus Camera on eBay. The GH5 goes for $2000 on its own, and the 12-60mm Elmarit lens goes for $1000 on its own (eg Adorama). As of the time of writing, they have TWO bundles available.
It’s almost time, the official release estimate for the Panasonic GH5 is March 30 (2017), so I just added to the Stock Status Tracker. It is currently available for pre-order for its starting price of $2000 at Amazon itself (March 30) and Adorama and B&H Photo. You can also dive into the Wild West of eBay.
To celebrate the upcoming release of the new Panasonic GH5, B&H Photo is planning a GH5 Live Stream Discussion Panel on Wednesday 3/29/17 1pm Eastern time. The timing is good, because it’s two hours after the Samsung Unpacked live-streaming event that will reveal the Galaxy S8 flagships.
As part of the festivities of the GH5 event, B&H Photo is bundling a $100 B&H Photo gift card with pre-orders of the GH5 Film Maker’s Kit for $2870. This kit goes for $870 more than the standard GH5 kit and includes four Panasonic accessories (official Battery Grip, DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter, AC adapter, DC coupler), along with the $100 gift card.
This offer ended and cannot be ordered as of a 4/2/17 re-check…
The Panasonic G7 promotion expired, but Adorama is back with another gift certificate bundle promotion. They offer the Panasonic G85 with the 12-60mm lens, bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, for $998with free shipping, which is the same price at other authorized dealers, but without the $100 Adorama gift certificate. This is temporarily back-ordered, but you can place an order if you like the price.
As of a 3/26/17 PM re-check, the promotion expired, the price increased from $600 to $800…
Continue reading “(ENDED) Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and $150 Gift Card for $600”
RAWsumer action! The black color scheme of the Panasonic LX100 (aka the LX100K) is currently on sale, in new condition, for $560 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal.
For other Amazon sales that are not lightning deals, check the Elsewhere at Amazon sections of the lightning deal round-ups.
To the land of the Micro Four Thirds we return, where Adorama is offering the Panasonic GX7 with the 14-42mm and a $50 Adorama gift certificate and $24 in promotional rewards (to be used in future Adorama purchases) for $597 with free shipping in the black color scheme and the silver color scheme.
For more action, check the latest Adorama featured sales.
If you can resist the $2000 Panasonic GH5 siren song, the Panasonic GH4 body only is currently bundled with a $200 Adorama gift card, together going for $1200 with free shipping at Adorama. Or instead of the $200 gift card, they offer other other freebies. This is part of their WPPI specials.
Or if you are comfortable with imported grey-market, you can get it for $918 by Eagle Camera with the order fulfilled by Amazon (no gift card obviously).
The new Panasonic GX850 with 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 MEGA OIS is now in-stock in the silver color scheme for its starting price of $550 at the official Panasonic USA store.
If you prefer to buy from independent retailers (instead of the manufacturer) it is expected to start shpiping on Wednesday at Amazon by Amazon itself. Therea are no date estimates at the moment at Adorama and B&H Photo.
There are many options these days in the world of Micro Four Thirds cameras. If the Panasonic G7 (in either color scheme) with the 14-42mm kit lens is the one you want, it is currently bundled with a $50 Adorama gift certificate for the authorized dealer price of $698 with free shipping at Adorama… Optionally you can triple the original warranty by submitting a rebate to Panasonic…
The new condition Panasonic ZS50 for $300 is currently out of stock and un-orderable at the Costco website but it’s on sale again in refurbished condition at B&H Photo for $249 with free expedited shipping and a 90-day warranty from B&H… For more action, check their latest Featured Sales…
The Panasonic LX100 compact with RAW is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama in either the black LX100 kit or the silver LX100 kit… Optionally you can triple the original warranty by register the product with Panasonic – see details in PDF file. This promotion runs until 3/31/17 (unless extended). Once you register, you get three years. The deadline is a registration deadline, not an extended warranty expiration dateline…
Zoom-zoom now! Panasonic has another superzoom camera in the FZ-series with RAW out of the box. It is the new FZ80 with a 18mp 1/2.3″ sensor and a 60x optical zoom lens (20-1200mm eq) and RAW with a pre-order price of $400 at B&H Photo and Adorama… This too has been added to our New Cameras of 2017 page…
Panasonic has a second mirrorless camera, in the shadow of the GH5, it is the new GX850 bundled with the 12-32mm kit lens, in black or silver color-schemes, available for pre-order for $550 at Adorama and B&H Photo.
Panasonic has a new flagship now, the GH5 with a March 2017 release estimate and a pre-order price of $2000 at Adorama and B&H Photo… You can find this along with the other New Cameras of 2017…
UPDATE: also accepting pre-orders now is Amazon itself for the same price of $2000 (I am rounding prices for simplicity sake, the actual price is $1997.99).
PS: also available for pre-order is the DMW-BGGH5 Battery Grip for $350.
As of 1/1/17 this party is over:
Zoom-zoom! The Panasonic ZS50 travel-zoom is available for $250 with free shipping at Costco for members, or $262.50 for non-members. This sale ends 12/31/16 per the site over there.
The refurbished sale ended but it appears to be recurring at B&H, so it may return in the future…
On the other hand, if you prefer a lower price, you can get it refurbished for $200 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo until Wednesday at 11:59pm ET. This is one of their After-Holiday Deal Zone specials.
The Panasonic G7 with the 14-42mm lens and a $50 Adorama gift certificate goes for $598 at Adorama. Then enter coupon code CA11223344 and the price drops to $498. This is available in black or silver camera color schemes. This is a limited time offer.
Vitamin C doorbuster at B&H Photo, they are offering the Panasonic HX-A1 Wearable HD Action Cam (Orange) for $89 with free expedited shipping… For more of their specials, check their Featured Sales page…
While updating the Green Monday Situation, an improvement upon the Panasonic GX85 two-lens kit surfaced. You get a $150 Adorama gift certificate instead of the previous $100. You still get the Panasonic GX85 with the 12-32 and 45-150 lenses at at Adorama in black color scheme or the silver color scheme
Panasonic time with a bundle, the Panasonic GX85 with the 12-32mm lens kit is bundled with the Panasonic 45-150mm f4.0-5.6 ASPH lens, along with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together for $698 with free shipping at Adorama in either the black color scheme or the black color scheme. Both are in-stock and ready to ship as of the time of writing… Optionally you can triple the original 1-year warranty with a mail-in rebate (PDF details can be found there)…
This offer is also available for purchase at B&H Photo but neither kit is currently in-stock.
UPDATE (3/28/17): as of this re-check, this is OUT of STOCK, and CANNOT be ordered 🙁
UPDATE (3/26/17): as of this re-check, it is now down to $230.
Costco members can now score the Panasonic ZS50 travel-zoom for $250 with free shipping at the Costco website and may be at their stores (that’s what the page there says). This is thanks to a brand new $50 off manufacturer discount that went live today and will continue until Christmas Eve… If you are not a Costco member, you can purchase it but you have to pay a 5% surcharge (around $12.50 more).