First of all, here's the GH5 link at B&H. There's been an avalanche of new Panasonic stuff introduced at CES.
Note the price. Carl sent me the announcement about with the wry comment, "maybe two grand is the new normal."
I suspect $2,000 is just the new $1,600.
Oren's reply was to the effect that the GH5 is in reality a semi-professional video camera that will also do stills, and as such is appropriately priced for its target market. My question is, if the GH5 does stills as well as the E-M1 Mark II but runs circles around the Olympus's video capability, does Panasonic's flagship then steal sales from Olympus's flagship?
Fuji announced the X-T2 Graphite Silver for $1,800. That's $200 more than the regular X-T2, but I've read about the Fuji's "graphite silver" plating process, and it's pretty involved. It's conceivable that it's worth $200.
And check out the Fuji X-Pro2 Graphite (no "silver" in the name—it's a chic, darker gray) announced along with it...for a cool $2,300, you get not only the special-edition camera, but a matching Graphite 23mm ƒ/2 lens.
Mmm, mmm, good.
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hugh crawford: "That Panasonic GH5 sure looks like a Leica R9. The Leica R9 is about as nice to hold a shape as ever took pictures, but it is huge. If this is typical Micro 4/3 size I wonder if it will be like driving a car with a six-inch steering wheel. It seems the knobs akimbo look is definitely a trend."
Armond Perretta: "Why would a person pay more for a camera with a different colo(u)r? give me more time with this."
Mike replies: Believe it or not, historically the more desirable finish is just the rarer one, regardless of what it is. If black is more common, then chrome is more desirable; if chrome is more common, then black is more desirable. Black-paint film Leicas were a cheap option, cutting the cost of the chrome plating; guess what's prized now?
Of course the jury is still out (and deadlocked) on digital cameras as collectables, so whether this matters any more is very much anyone's guess.