As you might now the Panasonic GF1 is now selling for $599 at Amazon. That’s an incredible $90 price drop compared to last week price and a $220 price drop compared to the last month price. The Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens (Black) sells for $499. Such price drops do allow the mirrorless market to compete against the low-entry DSLR. The Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm Lens sells for $646 and the Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 18-55mm Lens for $849. For a long time an argument against the new mirrorless camera was that those cameras were too expensive. Of course DSLR can offer some advantages but so do mirrorless cameras (compact cameras and lenses, less weight and no mirror movement, etc.). The recent price drops could become more important than any new camera announcement. No excuses now, if you want a compact high-quality camera it’s time to get the GF1 or the E-PL1!
The graph from Idealo.de shows the GF1 price drop in Germany (on the Panasonic GF1-14-25mm kit). The graph below shows the Olympus E-PL1+14-42mm price drop.
Check your Pixmania or Amazon store to see the current GF1 prices:
Pixmania Deutschland, Pixmania Belgium, Pixmania France, Pixmania Austria, Pixmania UK, Pixmania Nederland, Pixmania Poland, Pixmania España,Pixmania Italia.
Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK and Amazon France
Trendy.Nikkei.jp worte an article about the recent Panasonic GF1 price drops. On the graph above you see the price trend comparison bertween the Panasonic GF1 (violet) and the Sony NEX-5 (green). Even if there is a GF2 coming in a few months they suggest to buy the GF1 because the price is very low.