Imported GX8 (Non-USA models) ?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by SteveNunez, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. SteveNunez

    SteveNunez Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    South Florida
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    Steve Nunez
    Hey guys, I normally buy from B&H but the GX8 prices on eBay are hard to ignore at sub $800 while B&H is still at $997.99. The eBay GX8's are "imported"- is there any difference in functionality or video type with imported models?
    (NTSC ~ PAL?)

    Love the new G7 but I need the IS of the GX8!
  2. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
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    Most imported Panasonic cameras's video are PAL not NTSC, it is no way to change from what I read.
  3. SteveNunez

    SteveNunez Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    South Florida
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  4. afg08

    afg08 Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 26, 2015
    Not long ago I bought mine for $997 at B&H, got a $100 gift card plus a 4% rebate. I think they still have that. That gets it close to grey market pricing or even some used prices I've seen
  5. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
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    PAL or NTSC only refers to to video output from the camera, if you were to connect it to a TV, which isn't a big deal these days as pretty much every TV made supports both formats.
    What is different is the video recording frame rates, USA cameras will have 60/30/24 and imported cameras (depending on where they are sourced) will have 50/25/24. This has more to do with mains ac frequency than it does PAL/NTSC. If you shoot video under some types of artificial light you want the video frame rate to be a multiple of the mains frequency to avoid flicker (flourescent tubes are the absolute worst for this), and in the USA the mains frequency is 60Hz, hence the different frame rates.

    I'm not sure there is a good reason for them not to allow all frame rates to be selectable (60/50/30/25/24) since if you travel you are bound to go somewhere where the mains frequency is different. And don't ask me how they get on in Japan where some of the country is 50Hz and some 60Hz - that's just nuts :)
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  6. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
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    This is my understanding as well, biggest issue is video in fluorescent light. So switch to LED bulbs. ;)

    I've owned both a GM1 and GM5 that were imports with no issues. But those were relatively cheap bodies be comparison.
  7. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
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  8. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    Tempe, AZ
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    Unless I have missed it, is there an issue with warranty and post-warranty service? Nikon, for example, will not touch gray market gear, even if you'd be willing to pay for it. They flatly refuse to work on it. Don't know what Panasonic's policy is, but check that angle if you're thinking of doing this.
  9. SteveNunez

    SteveNunez Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    South Florida
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    Steve Nunez
    Thanks for the info guys. As for repairs- there are tons of shops that will work on gray market cameras- so not too worried about that.
  10. Oruf

    Oruf Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 21, 2015
    According to the official panasonic website, there is a one year international warranty. For most countries anyway, but you better check directly the website if you're not USA or EU resident.

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  11. Shaw

    Shaw New to Mu-43

    Apr 12, 2014
    I live in UK (Scotland) and have just bought a GX8 from an official UK dealer, and PAL and NTSC are both selectable under TV connection/video out.