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GH4 price - what's the holdup?


jurgen

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I've been holding onto ~$1400ish waiting to hear on the GH4, but with no new information on price or release in a number of weeks I'm starting to look at other options. If it isn't for sale until late April, fine, but tell us! I'm content to wait if I can know how much I need and when I need it by.

Have I missed something? Has Panasonic said when they're announcing/what the holdup is? I've hear sometime around the 14th rumored on forums, but it just seems to be conjecture. Anyone have any insight?

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2 months isn't really a long time. Makes no sense either, to go announcing pricing before you know what the competition is up to. If I were Panasonic I'd wait until NAB to announce the price and immediate availability.

 

Immediate availability... something Blackmagic could try one day?

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@jurgen Is the $1,400 burning a hole in your pocket? Because the GH4k is going to run at least $1,600-$1,700 USD. Plus SD cards. I think it would be prudent to wait until we see some tests, which I'm sure we'll start to see by some time next month. At least some first-looks, anyhow. Pricing is supposed to be announced the second week of this month, according to what I've read. Meanwhile, go out and shoot.

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@jurgen Is the $1,400 burning a hole in your pocket? Because the GH4k is going to run at least $1,600-$1,700 USD. Plus SD cards. I think it would be prudent to wait until we see some tests, which I'm sure we'll start to see by some time next month. At least some first-looks, anyhow. Pricing is supposed to be announced the second week of this month, according to what I've read. Meanwhile, go out and shoot.


I've heard conflicting "reports" (read: rumors) on this - some have said $1599-$1699 (PhotoTools posted a price), while some have said that they've heard the it's going to be around the same price point as the GH3 at launch (imaging-resource: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/panasonic-gh4/panasonic-gh4A.HTM). My assumption is that it will be in the ballpark of ~$1500 (because they're still hoping to appeal to the larger stills market), and that they'll make up some margin on the $2000 brick for video shooters.

Too much more than $1500 and you're starting to stretch it into the range of the lower end full frame DSLR's, which means you're competing with a whole different performance bracket for the dollars of stills shooters/casual hybrid shooters.

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GH4 is the best contender for my next semi-pro video solution... but man I really wish that add-on brick was better designed! Ugly, bulky thing. And that's coming from a function-over-form guy! Oh well...


Interesting you say that - I kind of like it. Just looks like a big battery grip to me. I'm glad they didn't build it in and preserved the modularity of the stock body, and I'm also glad it isn't some massive, behemoth thing. Gonna be a long while before I get one (if at all - just a hobbyist), but I still kinda like it.

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