Right now, you can get the Panasonic G1 with a kit lens for $499 at Amazon while supplies last.
It’s in the $600 or so range elsewhere. The G1 is the predecessor to the new G2 (it’s over $700 now). But even though this is last year’s model, it’s still a solid deal on a well-performing mirrorless camera.
Here’s the product link to the G1 again.
Just because your camera doesn’t have a large sensor or a nice lens doesn’t mean that you can’t take great pictures with it. As much as I love taking my Canon 5D Mark II out with me, she (her name is Dahlia) can be a bit bulky at times in my messenger bag. On top of that, I can’t exactly fully justify the purchase of a Micro Four Thirds camera or a Leica X1 in this economy. So at times, I find myself turning to my T-Mobile G1. Here’s how to take better photos with a cameraphone.
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I don’t about you, but I sure thought that smaller would mean cheaper. Even though Panasonic kept it under wraps in their press release, it appears that the new Micro Four Thirds system G1 will come in at $799 retail in the US.
Other things you could by for $799:
Canon Rebel XSi w/ 18-55mm IS lens + Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod = $790.89
Nikon D60 w/ 18-55mm AF-S DX VR Lens + Nikon SB-600 = $752.15
Refurbished Canon 30D w/ 18-55mm lens + Canon 75-300mm III lens (also refurb) = $799.90
I understand that Panasonic is the first to market with a Micro Four Thirds camera, but 800 bones is a lot for a camera that doesn’t do anything more than an entry-level DSLR – other than “be smaller.”