GH1 is going to be Affordable!

Started Mar 4, 2009 | Discussions thread
OP LizaWitz Regular Member • Posts: 461
Yeah, a lower price would increase volume, but...

Of course I'd rather the kit were $1,000, hell, I'd rather it were $500. Below that and I might wonder about quality.

But that doesn't mean that at $1,500 its overpriced. Especially if video is irrelevant to you.

For video, it does what no camera does-- short of $5,000 and in some ways, short of $18,000.

antoineb wrote:

Of course someone could argue, "oh for a 10x zoom shouldn't we be
looking at 500 dollars?" (remember this is a fairly slow zoom). Well
maybe, it will depend on quality. A Sigma 18-200 stabilised goes for
around 400 dollars, but a Tamron 18-200 for 250, while the Nikon is
nearly 600.

Now factor in a kit discount, remember that the G1's price includes a
not so bad kit lens. Ok maybe you'd get to 1200 dollars in a good

But this is not a good economy. And also, surely Panasonic, while
not discounting the brand especially on such nice new products, also
want to see the m43 standard gain share, not just sit on shelves due
to the high price?

I look at the D90 and it can be found w 18-200 kit for 1200 dollars
or even a bit less. It's video is less capable than the specs of the
GH1 but it's not horrible. And its photo quality will be a good bit
better. And that's from the photo brand with probably the biggest
pricing power out there today.

So yeah, ok, I'll give you 1'100 dollars at most. But I think the
GH1 will sell better if the kit stabilises around 1'000 dollars.

Which, again, remains far from "cheap" or "affordable", especially in
the current economic times.

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