Panasonic Lumix GH2 Black & 14-140MM goes sub £1000 + £9.99 delivery @ Wilkinson Cameras - HotUKDeals
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A great hybrid video/stills camera. The kit lens is fast and quiet which is essential for shooting video. There are lots of online reviews
e.g http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_gh2_review/

but the best video I have seen that shows the camera off is

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?239980-GH2-Before-amp-After-Canyon-Snow-Storm

John Lewis have said they will price match too and do free store delivery.
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#1
I'll probably get shot down in flames for this, but even though this is a very good camera, I still think £1000 is too much. Needs to drop by a couple of hundred pounds before it will be a 'hot buy' IMO.
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andyken
I'll probably get shot down in flames for this, but even though this is a very good camera, I still think £1000 is too much. Needs to drop by a couple of hundred pounds before it will be a 'hot buy' IMO.

I have to agree with you andyken. For that kind of money I would expect to get a fairly high end DSLR so, although this may be a low price for this camera at the moment, I think that it is way overpriced in the first place therefore, I do not think that it is a good deal.
#3
Before claiming this overpriced, bear in mind the camera comes with the 14-140mm superzoom lens which isn't cheap. For example, a 60D + 18-200mm which is one of the closest setups to the GH2 (stronger in some areas, weaker in others) comes in at over £1100. This is barely more than Canon's budget 1100D body which isn't nearly as sophisticated as the GH2.

I paid just under £700 for a GH2 so getting the 14-140mm superzoom with the camera for under £1000 is pretty good going.

John
#4
Why don't you go for canon 550d+ 18-185mm lens posted in this website for about £750-800...I think that's a better deal though...

Johnmcl7
Before claiming this overpriced, bear in mind the camera comes with the 14-140mm superzoom lens which isn't cheap. For example, a 60D + 18-200mm which is one of the closest setups to the GH2 (stronger in some areas, weaker in others) comes in at over £1100. This is barely more than Canon's budget 1100D body which isn't nearly as sophisticated as the GH2.

I paid just under £700 for a GH2 so getting the 14-140mm superzoom with the camera for under £1000 is pretty good going.

John
#5
I was really sold on the video capabilities but if the stills aspect is too weak it's going back to JL. I'm not sure if this will go hot but I've been tracking the price since January and this is the cheapest its been. I do a bit of filming at festivals and security have been know to stop people with pro looking DSLR's, any more than one lens and you are considered a pro and may be refused entry.
#6
This is actually a really good price. I just bought a second hand gh1 with 14-140mm lens because I couldn't stretch to the gh2 and I must say I've been pretty impressed so far. If video is your priority this blows most DSLR cameras away. It wipes the floor with my NIKON D90's video capabilities and is a fair bit smaller. From what I've read the gh2 is even better. In general the only time you might have issues is if you like to shoot stills in low light at high ISO sensitivity because of the smaller sensor.
#7
andyken
I'll probably get shot down in flames for this, but even though this is a very good camera, I still think £1000 is too much. Needs to drop by a couple of hundred pounds before it will be a 'hot buy' IMO.


I have to agree, but then again aren't people buying this mainly as an excellent video camera that also happens to take photos as well.
It's this latter aspect (photos) in which I think it doesn't really stand up to either a Canon or Nikon in terms of performance.

I bought a GH1 body some months ago (for less than £300), did the T13 hack and it does indeed produce superb video quality, probably better than any other SLR, using my own array of lenses collected over the years, but I rarely use it for stills, preferring instead my Nikon D80 particularly with a fixed 50mm 1.8.

I also use a dedicated 'camcorder', the Panasonic TM700 which again produces superb quality video and although it has less creative possibilities than the GH1, in many respects I prefer it to the latter particularly the handling, the smoothness (50P) and speed.

As nearly all quality still cameras include video these days, I think this should be considered as an added bonus (the D90 and EOS500 video performance are nothing to write home about).
Quirkily, the GH1/2 seem to have got this aspect the other way round.

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