Photowarehouse have the new Panasonic FZ1000 for sale.
Launch price at $1368.00 is way too expensive to class this as a average users camera. This is exceeds even the Fuji XS1’s exorbitant launch price, and while the Panny is nice, its still only a bridge camera. There are much better DSLR options out there for those that are after cutting edge Image Quality and performance. If you don’t have huge hands you can get an XA1 twin lens kit here in NZ for $800.00 NZD
It seems that both Sony and Panasonic have decided that their new bridge cameras should be aimed at the Pro market rather than the average enthusiasts sector.
As far as price reductions go here in NZ, the aging XS1 new is still over $850.00. Unfortunately prices seldom drop much with cameras here. So we get stuck with old stock that’s way too expensive. I can see a lot of people going the 2 lens kitset route with a modest DSLR for about half the cost of the FZ1000.
The Canon 1200D twin lens kit is available for a little over half the FZ1000’s current price.
Suffice to say I wont invest in one or a Sony RX10. This is just the sort of thing that will drive people to a top line mobile phone for there photographic needs, and indeed my 31 year old daughter has a nice Canon compact that she never uses because her iPad takes just as good a photo for her needs.
Nice technology for sure but at the price point, pretty much irrelevant for those on a modest budget, wanting quality cameras and IQ.
Lets hope Fuji don’t start down this expensive path.