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Panasonic G9 New Open Box at Samy's for $999

Discussion in 'Hot Deals - Find a Great Deal? Share It Here.' started by Hal Knowles, Oct 20, 2018.

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  1. Telonson

    Telonson Mu-43 Veteran

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    Won't be surprised if it's $999 everywhere by Black Friday.

    If they'd just remove the awful 10 minute and 29 minute video recording time limits, they'd definitely sell one to me.

    Not holding my breath.
     
  2. Mike G

    Mike G Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    It’s not a video camera!
     
  3. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Are there any non-Panasonic cams that don't have video recording limits?
     
  4. Telonson

    Telonson Mu-43 Veteran

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    Lots, but most aren't shaped like DLSRs.

    Some of the higher end Canon DSLRs have no limits. Unsure of the new Fuji.

    Neither technically is the GH5. Both are hybrid shooters.

    The larger point is that G9 seems to have saddled with artificially imposed limitations to its functionality in order to prevent it from competing with other models.

    Consumers tend to bristle at artificial limitations. It could be a big reason that G9 sales are apparently so lackluster.
     
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  5. Mike G

    Mike G Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I bought the G9 precisely because it’s a stills oriented camera! Aren’t most modern cameras technically hybrids?
    The GH5 and GH5S are much more video oriented and therefore be more suitable to a person who wants unlimited video. Horses for courses!
    In the U.K. I’m seeing quite a lot of G9s quoted as the camera used, mine I reckon is brilliant but as with all cameras not perfect.

    And of course “OpenBox” means second hand! Doesn’ It?
     
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  6. Telonson

    Telonson Mu-43 Veteran

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    Can be a return. Can also be a product that was used for in store demos. Open box tend to carry a full warranty, which in Panasonic's case is 3 years.

    As well you should. the G9 IS a stills oriented camera.

    Much more of a video person myself. So had they not placed (seemingly) artificial time limits on the video, would probably buy one at this price.
     
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  7. Mike G

    Mike G Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    As I said second hand, because someone has used it for whatever purpose, why else would one open the box?

    As with most modern cameras firmware updates can radically change how a camera operates!
     
  8. Telonson

    Telonson Mu-43 Veteran

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    True, but usually in mint or near mint condition. If used, only lightly.

    Sometimes also a method stores use to get around manufacturer minimum pricing restrictions. Meaning, it's completely new, never used by anyone else, but "open box" to allow them to sell under the required price.

    Yes. If only Panasonic would remove the video restrictions in the G9's firmware. Though as you point out, matters not at all for still shooters.
     
  9. Mike G

    Mike G Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mint or very lightly used it is still second hand!

    Give time and a clamour to alter the firmware maybe it will happen, Panasonic is known for listening to it’s customers!
     
  10. ScottinPollock

    ScottinPollock Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Numerous sources have pointed out that this is a taxation issue in some parts of the world.

    Oddly enough, the G85 had no limits... but that camera had a different model designation in different regions.

    I was surprised that Panasonic didn't do the same thing with the G9 as it is NOT an international camera. Go figure... the team in charge of their model naming has been on 'shrooms for years.
     
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  11. Mike G

    Mike G Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    What makes you say the G9 is not an international camera?
     
  12. ScottinPollock

    ScottinPollock Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Unlike the GH5, two separate models for NTSC and PAL markets.
     
  13. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Yes, it has a few different names in different jurisdictions, like the G80/G81/G85. I know that certainly it is called the G9 PRO in Japan. Though I guess I don't know if that necessarily entails a different SKU...
     
  14. Jay_M

    Jay_M Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Those G9s are all gone, link goes to GH5S now
     
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  15. It'sold.

    All is not lost though. Ebay's scientific 'best match' system has come up with an identical deal (well almost).

    "Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Digital Camera {BODY ONLY} MINT Condition!"for $1299

    A completely different camera, at a 30% higher price - but otherwise, the same.
     
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