Panasonic will announce the G100 soon.

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MOD Tom Caldwell Forum Pro • Posts: 41,272
Re: Panasonic G100 “keen price”?

FunGuy66 wrote:

SystemAgnostic wrote:

This makes the most sense to me, if it really is to be labeled as G100. It is a budget model, probably in DSLR format since it doesn't have an X. I'd guess it uses the same tech as a G85, with a few minor upgrades, in a cheaper body, sold only with a kit lens.

The G## lineup has always been a bit a bit of a middle child that is too expensive without enough technology. I'd rather get basically the same technology cheaper as a GX##, or more recently spend more for a G9.

The G85 and G7 are still widely available, with kits starting at $500. Is there really enough room between them and the G95 for a new budget model? How do you strip down the G95 to arrive at something that isn’t a marginally refreshed G85? (Which is what the G95 arguably is in the first place.) Can’t take away splash/dust resistance, because now you’re below the G85. No point in hobbling video features, they come with the territory of building mirrorless hardware. Remove IBIS and you’re in G7 territory again. And so on.

This is why I think, despite the numbering, the G100 will not slot in below the G95. There’s no obvious room for it. I think this will break with the “3 digits = entry level” logic (for which there are only one or two precedents anyway), and we’ll be seeing a “100 > 95” logic instead.

Proposed new Panasonic slogan: We’ll figure out naming eventually. Promise.

The G95 would be “dead Fred” and I think that the feature set would be more nuanced - seeming to keep the guts of the G95 but subtly moving further apart from the G9 specification.

How they do this I would not know.  It might even punch the G9 lights out feature-wise but somehow I think that they would have to manage to offer an affordable camera that does not interfere too much with their existing unsold stock.  How they do this is more a job for their marketing department.  But it might be hard to sell an uprated G100 without messing up the G9’s patch.

If the other posts on discounting G95 stock mean anything it looks more like a replacement for that model than anything - in which case the 3 digit issue is indeed meaningless.

It it is indeed an uprated, just as expensive, G95 then it is of no interest to me - I already have a G9 and GX9.

Whatever they do one thing is certain - they need to launch a new camera body, any camera body, to show a continued support for M4/3.

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