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PzZ
05-03-2009, 01:16 AM
Please post here anything you know about availability of the GH1 in your country.
(and I'd like to know if in Japan show up a version in english and not Jap-only as is now)

I'll start:
Country: Italy
Date: May 2009
Source: Panasonic.it (http://www.panasonic.it:80/html/it_IT/Prodotti/Fotocamere+Lumix/G+Micro+System/DMC-GH1/Sommario/2171894/index.html) at the end of description "Maggio 2009"
Price: no info

Norbert
05-03-2009, 02:55 AM
Country: Sweden
Date: June 2009
Source: http://www.panasonic.se/html/sv_SE/Produkter/Digitalkamera+-+Lumix/%C3%96versikt/Panasonic+Lumix+DMC-GH1+/2197220/index.html#anker_2197339 (http://www.panasonic.se/html/sv_SE/Produkter/Digitalkamera+-+Lumix/%C3%96versikt/Panasonic+Lumix+DMC-GH1+/2197220/index.html#anker_2197339[/url) at the end of the article "Juni 2009"
Price: 16995 SEK = about $2226 (Ouch!)

wilhelmson
05-03-2009, 02:57 AM
(from an online reseller so take with with a pinch of salt)

Country: UK
Date: 1 June 2009
Source: http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh1-14-140mm-lens.htm
Price: £1199.00

IvanF
05-03-2009, 04:21 AM
Please post here anything you know about availability of the GH1 in your country.
(and I'd like to know if in Japan show up a version in english and not Jap-only as is now)

I'll start:
Country: Italy
Date: May 2009
Source: Panasonic.it (http://www.panasonic.it:80/html/it_IT/Prodotti/Fotocamere+Lumix/G+Micro+System/DMC-GH1/Sommario/2171894/index.html) at the end of description "Maggio 2009"
Price: no info

Ciao,
Maggio sai quando?
Inizio, metà, fine?

Ciao.

PzZ
05-03-2009, 11:43 AM
Ciao,
Maggio sai quando?
Inizio, metà, fine?


Mi piacerebbe saperlo! devo partire il 30 maggio per il giappone e speravo di avere già la GH1 invece di portarmi reflex e telecamera.. ma temo che uscirà a inizio giugno.
purtroppo in giappone al momento è solo in giapponese

IvanF
05-03-2009, 12:35 PM
Mi piacerebbe saperlo! devo partire il 30 maggio per il giappone e speravo di avere già la GH1 invece di portarmi reflex e telecamera.. ma temo che uscirà a inizio giugno.
purtroppo in giappone al momento è solo in giapponese

Ok, grazie.
il primo asapere della disponibilià posta qui.

Ciao.

OPHERBA
05-03-2009, 02:57 PM
Country: Germany
Date: June 2009
Source: http://www.panasonic.de/html/de_DE/Produkte/Lumix+Digitalkameras/G+Micro+Systems/DMC-GH1K/%C3%9Cbersicht/2145581/index.html
Price: €1550.00

squig
05-05-2009, 09:55 PM
from cnet- Panasonic has set the RRP for the GH1 at AU$3299, which includes the new Lumix G VARIO HD 14-140mm lens. The camera will be released in Australia in late May.

PzZ
05-08-2009, 02:33 AM
I asked by mail at Panasonic Italy about availability and they answered:
------------------
Gentile Cliente,
in risposta alla cortese Sua La informiamo che sarà commercializzata entro giugno.
Cordialmente
Servizio Clienti
"Pronto Panasonic"
-----------------

short version in english: will be in shops BEFORE June

wilhelmson
05-08-2009, 02:55 AM
UK official price is £1299.99 according to this:

http://www.photographyblog.com/news/panasonic_gh1_gets_a_price_tag_in_the_uk_too/

--
cameras.decentattempt.com (http://cameras.decentattempt.com)

AdrianF
05-08-2009, 05:47 AM
Another confirmation that British tabloid journalism is really setting the bar in it's standards...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology/2009/05/07/panasonic-lumix-gh1-priced-and-dated-115875-21340166/

Here's a quote:

"You’ll be able to pick up the four thirds Micro System Panasonic Lumix GH1 from early June - in the US at least - for £1,299.99. Compare that to the body only £869 for the Canon EOS 500D, or the £719.99 for the Nikon D5000, and a few questions marks should start floating around."

Looks like they've really done their homework

Solare
05-12-2009, 02:02 AM
Another confirmation that British tabloid journalism is really setting the bar in it's standards...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology/2009/05/07/panasonic-lumix-gh1-priced-and-dated-115875-21340166/

Here's a quote:

"You’ll be able to pick up the four thirds Micro System Panasonic Lumix GH1 from early June - in the US at least - for £1,299.99. Compare that to the body only £869 for the Canon EOS 500D, or the £719.99 for the Nikon D5000, and a few questions marks should start floating around."

Looks like they've really done their homework

This is absolutely what I was talking about, it should definitely be compared to the Rebel T1i and the Nikon 5000D

artforme
05-12-2009, 05:07 AM
That must be so annoying for Panasonic. I remember reading initial responses to the G1 from crappy tech blogs, and they completely misunderstood what the G1 was about. So many tech blogs or tech writers know nothing about cameras at all, but sway their opinions around like they know what they're talking about. Makes me a bit sick sometimes.

Canon is my least favorite camera company due to their latest lameness. I'm glad that Panasonic makes cameras for camera people. The fact that the reporter even compared a GH1 for a canon body only is a ridiculous notion, as the included GH1 HD lens seems to be pretty good quality, besides being slow.

Peter J. DeCrescenzo
05-13-2009, 04:34 PM
I might be mistaken, but I don't think this was "live" yesterday (apologies if this has already been discussed):

Just an FYI: The GH1 is now available for pre-order from Panasonic's US website:
http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Cameras-Camcorders/Digital-Cameras/Lumix-Digital-Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/model.DMC-GH1K_11002_7000000000000005702

Uwe Lansing
05-14-2009, 05:04 AM
The price is going down in germany. Now € 1399,- (a week ago 100,- more):
http://www.computeruniverse.net/products/90328508.asp?agent=509

moremoresp
05-14-2009, 11:58 AM
In Spain I called to a distributor who told me that the price will be 1499€, arriving end of june.

Park Edwards
05-14-2009, 01:09 PM
The price is going down in germany. Now € 1399,- (a week ago 100,- more):
http://www.computeruniverse.net/products/90328508.asp?agent=509

Am i reading that right that it's $978.00?? USD?

Martti Ekstrand
05-14-2009, 01:18 PM
No, 1399,-€ is $1899. That price also includes VAT as required in Europe for all consumer products.

Park Edwards
05-14-2009, 01:23 PM
Thanks, I picked the "german" to "usd" currency converter.

puredrifting
05-14-2009, 04:30 PM
Too bad that we here in the U.S. will not get the choice of Red or Champagne that the rest of the world will have, we only get boring black. Oh well...

Dan

burnardo
05-14-2009, 11:31 PM
I called Foto Koch in Germany yesterday and they said June 25 will be the day..

1499,- EUR
http://www.fotokoch.de

If you can wait a week or 2 the price will still fall I guess, but "the waiting is the hardest part" :)

squig
05-14-2009, 11:37 PM
bah I can't wait that long!

DrDave
05-17-2009, 03:02 AM
I was at the Saturn here in Goettingen and the head photo guy said that they had ordered them and they would be here around the 20th--a week from yesterday. Saturn is a pretty big store so we shall see, but it could be vaporware. They did do a sort of pricematch for me with Deutsche Amazon--split the difference on an MKE 400, which I thought was unusual.

cowpunk52
05-18-2009, 11:04 AM
I don't know how much water this holds, but 43rumors.com is pegging June 12 for the GH1 release date (US). 2,000 units per month.

http://43rumors.com/gh1-release-date-june-12th/

puredrifting
05-18-2009, 11:18 AM
That sounds about right because other rumors have pegged worldwide production total at 5,000 units per month so it would make sense that about 2,000 would go to the U.S.

Dan

DrDave
05-18-2009, 02:32 PM
Guy here in Germany (Saturn) said three days. I'll go back in three days, but not before :)

hurdy-gurdy-man
05-18-2009, 02:57 PM
Guy here in Germany (Saturn) said three days. I'll go back in three days, but not before :)

Three days?! Are you serious? That'd be awesome and allow me to shoot my next project with it.

ChipG
05-18-2009, 03:03 PM
I don't know how much water this holds, but 43rumors.com is pegging June 12 for the GH1 release date (US). 2,000 units per month.

http://43rumors.com/gh1-release-date-june-12th/

I'm not sure about those numbers, I read a Panasonic press release saying they are trying to capture 10% of the DSLR market with the 4/3 G1/GH1. I do know 7.5 millon DSLRs were sold worldwide last year. I can see those numbers for the first couple months but I'd expect production to greatly increase.

Nitsuj
05-19-2009, 09:41 AM
So would early July be a realistic goal to getting one you think?

puredrifting
05-19-2009, 10:17 AM
Are you on a waiting list yet? If not, good luck.

Dan

811productions
05-19-2009, 01:57 PM
Just called J&R where I pre-ordered one and they are saying that their shipment isn't arriving until July 14th. Poopy.

Nighthawk
05-19-2009, 03:05 PM
Just called J&R where I pre-ordered one and they are saying that their shipment isn't arriving until July 14th. Poopy.

JULY 14th!!?? Oh oh.

Nitsuj
05-19-2009, 03:12 PM
I hope this isn't going to be a long painful wait. I have been dreaming of this thing and that is sad in itself. Oh well... you know what they say... If it isn't here by then... just wait longer.

admactanium
05-19-2009, 03:14 PM
The Panasonic Direct website says it will be shipping in June. So take that for what it's worth. I have two pre-ordered through them.

puredrifting
05-19-2009, 05:48 PM
I predict that many of you will not be able to get a hold of one until July or even August/September. This camera is so hyped and so cheap that supply is already overwhelmed by demand and the thing hasn't even shipped yet outside Japan. It will probably be the same story as the original HVX200 was. We all wanted one so badly that we could taste it, yet many of us couldn't obtain one until about 4 months after the "official" shipping date.

Dan

AdrianF
05-20-2009, 01:03 AM
warehouse express in the UK now has a pre order option at £1299 for anybody who's interested
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/product/default.aspx?sku=1031789

I couldn't see a definite date for shipping though.

commanderspike
05-20-2009, 01:31 AM
Stock is even running out in Japan.

I tried ordering from an online shop there, and got conflicting answers. My friend in Japan was able to place an order and got a delivery date of 'Friday'. I emailed the same store earlier and my reply came through the next day saying it was unavailable due to stock shortages from Panasonic, and that they had confirmed this by calling Panasonic Japan.

I am really fed up with the slow trickle of GH1s onto the market.

To have it unavailable in two of the biggest electronics markets in the world, Hong Kong and Taiwan is almost as bad as having to wait 2 or 3 months longer than Japan for it to arrive in the US and Europe!!

Compare this to other mass market digital SLRs from Canon (inc. luxury items like the 5D Mark II). They are EVERYWHERE here in Taiwan, and worldwide.

I don't know what kind of production problems Panasonic are having with the GH1 but clearly it is not going smoothly.

Their marketing is very tepid and slow too... still evaluating markets outside of UK, Germany, France, Australia, Cananda, USA and Japan.... that leaves a lot of the world still remaining!!

All in all a very poor launch.

I am hopeful my friend's Japanese order will be delivered - apparently stores in Taiwan & Japan have to compensate their customers if the item is not delivered, and have to state the item as being out of stock if they don't have any to send.

Martti Ekstrand
05-20-2009, 04:52 AM
To put this in perspective it's not until the recent week that Canon has managed to manufacture 5DmkII in quantities enough that one can just enter a store here in Sweden and buy it off the shelf and that camera was announced September 17th last autumn. Considering that Panasonic announced the GH-1 in March I'd say they are pretty speedy in ramping up the production.

admactanium
05-20-2009, 02:22 PM
To put this in perspective it's not until the recent week that Canon has managed to manufacture 5DmkII in quantities enough that one can just enter a store here in Sweden and buy it off the shelf and that camera was announced September 17th last autumn. Considering that Panasonic announced the GH-1 in March I'd say they are pretty speedy in ramping up the production.
Yeah. I don't think you can compare the current availability of the 5D Mk II to the current availability of the GH1. The 5D Mk II was very hard to find in stock in the US for months and months. Canon certainly didn't have enough to meet demand at launch. Not even close.

Kholi
05-20-2009, 02:32 PM
Exactly. And it's STILL hard to find. People are just now receiving their orders.

Yeah, I would expect the GH-1 to be harder to get at the price it costs, but it won't be that bad.

Dingos8mybaby
05-20-2009, 02:47 PM
Yeah, I would expect the GH-1 to be harder to get at the price it costs, but it won't be that bad.

...says the guy who already has one. :)

anthonybsd
05-20-2009, 02:49 PM
Yeah, I would expect the GH-1 to be harder to get at the price it costs, but it won't be that bad.

In light of this CNET review might be a blessing in disguise. I've heard from a number of people already "This thing is SOOOO OVERPRICED". I chuckle quietly.

PzZ
05-21-2009, 01:12 AM
Stock is even running out in Japan.

I tried ordering from an online shop there, and got conflicting answers. My friend in Japan was able to place an order and got a delivery date of 'Friday'. I emailed the same store earlier and my reply came through the next day saying it was unavailable due to stock shortages from Panasonic, and that they had confirmed this by calling Panasonic Japan.


I'll be in Japan next week, anybody knows if it is possible to buy a GH1 in japan with english menu?
I don't care much for the price, I guess it would be cheaper then in europe anyway.

I just called an italian reseller and he told me it will arrive in 10 days (cool just 3 days after the day I needed!)

Carlos_Nieto
05-22-2009, 06:08 PM
Country: Spain
Availability: June
Source: Gonzalo Solernou (Panasonic Spain webmaster) http://www.cadadetallenosimporta.com/?p=91&cpage=1#comment-20
Price: 1.500 € (Panasonic Spain recommended price)

muroshi
05-23-2009, 12:12 AM
Will the Europan model provide 25P and can't the american version do that? It looks as if the price difference is huge.

squig
05-23-2009, 12:24 AM
US model only does 60i 24p no 25p 50i

muroshi
05-23-2009, 04:39 AM
Probably no hardware restriction. :) Thanks.

sirk
05-23-2009, 05:31 AM
i just called an electronics store (saturn) here in germany and they told me that they are actually waiting 2 two weeks now for that camera and that it should've arrived today. but it didn't, so they couldn't tell me for sure that it'll be in stores on monday.

they said i shall call them on monday to check if it has arrived.

have fun suffering from the sunday!

Steve Castle
05-25-2009, 08:54 AM
Right now, the GH-1 body alone is being sold for ¥86,630 (which is around $900 at today's exchange rate).

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000035102/

In the Kakaku sales ranking the GH1 is currently third (it was second last week) and is only Canon EOS Kiss X3(Rebel 500D T1i). Strangely enough, the GH1 has created a sales boom for the Panasonic G1 (which has shot up to second place)

http://kakaku.com/camera/digital-slr-camera/ranking_0049/

Ian-T
05-25-2009, 09:27 AM
.. Strangely enough, the GH1 has created a sales boom for the Panasonic G1 (which has shot up to second place)

http://kakaku.com/camera/digital-slr-camera/ranking_0049/LOL...I just call that a case of mistaken identity.

Steve Castle
05-25-2009, 09:49 AM
LOL...I just call that a case of mistaken identity.

I think the real reason for it is that the double lens kit for the G1 is around $600 and comes with the 14-45 and the 45-200mm.

I think there has been a resurgence of interest with the µ4/3rds system with the GH1, but many average consumers compare the specs, and see that the G1 is the same body and has the same megapixel resolution as the G1, but he G1 costs $600 and the GH1 kit with the 14-200mm in Japan costs $1200.

For the average consumer, they look at the two devices and think they are paying twice the price just for video. I think many are thinking its not worth the extra money for video. Little do they know...

muroshi
05-26-2009, 05:24 AM
First online-seller listing showing up here
DSLR DMC-GH1 black with 14-140mm
around 1'900$

Texanite
05-26-2009, 10:33 AM
the double lens kit for the G1 is around $600 and comes with the 14-45 and the 45-200mm.

In Japan? A lot of places in the US are selling just the one lens kit with the G1 for $800. The cheapest I've found is about $650 for the G1 with just the 14-45. If you know a place where I can get the double lens kit with the G1 for $600, I'm all ears

Steve Castle
05-26-2009, 07:40 PM
In Japan? A lot of places in the US are selling just the one lens kit with the G1 for $800. The cheapest I've found is about $650 for the G1 with just the 14-45. If you know a place where I can get the double lens kit with the G1 for $600, I'm all ears

Yes, in Japan. Where cameras, I guess, are a lot cheaper. The G1 body alone is going for ¥40,070 (around $419) right now.
http://kakaku.com/item/00490911150/

Texanite
05-26-2009, 07:52 PM
Yes, in Japan. Where cameras, I guess, are a lot cheaper. The G1 body alone is going for ¥40,070 (around $419) right now.
http://kakaku.com/item/00490911150/

Damn. Probably japanese menus as well. I was hoping there was some legit US retailer selling the 2-lens kit for that price. Oh well. Thanks Steve.

Abstract Photog
05-26-2009, 08:57 PM
Im really hoping we see this camera in the next 2 weeks...
I just pre-ordered one from Panasonic with an NBC corporate discount at $1200.
Panasonics pretty good about corporate discounts, so you might want to see if its
an option for you. That $300 is going towards some Genus rails & matte box...

Texanite
05-26-2009, 09:04 PM
I just pre-ordered one from Panasonic with an NBC corporate discount at $1200. Panasonics pretty good about corporate discounts, so you might want to see if its an option for you.

How'd you hook that up? Did you order it through your people at NBC or did you do it yourself directly?

Thanks

Abstract Photog
05-26-2009, 09:10 PM
Well I work for CNBC, so I have access to the NBC Universal Intranet homepage.
From there I can go into the Corporate Discounts Section, set up an account with
Panasonic, and order whatever I want at a nice discount.

If you work for a Network/Company in the industry, or a company that spends
a good amount of $$$ on consumer & professional electronics, you should see
if they have an agreement with Panasonic.

jona816
05-26-2009, 10:43 PM
may have overlooked this, but does panasonic charge your credit card immediately or not until it ships? sorry if this was already answered

Abstract Photog
05-26-2009, 10:58 PM
may have overlooked this, but does panasonic charge your credit card immediately or not until it ships? sorry if this was already answered
not till it ships

admactanium
05-27-2009, 12:56 AM
How'd you hook that up? Did you order it through your people at NBC or did you do it yourself directly?

Thanks
Panasonic has a number of different partners that they offer discounts to. I've ordered mine through my mom, who works for American Airlines for that same price of $1200. I also got my Black LX3 (which is still hard to find evidently) through this program at a significant discount ($250 or so iirc). I think they also ship those earlier. Mine GH1 is listed to ship in May.

Abstract Photog
05-27-2009, 01:16 AM
Panasonic has a number of different partners that they offer discounts to. I've ordered mine through my mom, who works for American Airlines for that same price of $1200. I also got my Black LX3 (which is still hard to find evidently) through this program at a significant discount ($250 or so iirc). I think they also ship those earlier. Mine GH1 is listed to ship in May.
yea its a sweet discount.
mine isnt listed to ship till June though

admactanium
05-27-2009, 08:54 AM
yea its a sweet discount.
mine isnt listed to ship till June though
Yeah. I got my order in pretty early. Nearly a couple weeks ago now.

Abstract Photog
05-27-2009, 09:20 AM
Yeah. I got my order in pretty early. Nearly a couple weeks ago now.

so yours actually says its expected to ship in May? your lucky...
I called up Panny today to see if i could get a more specific time than "June", and
they told me thats all the info they have right now. i also asked if Corporate orders
get priority over others and I was told no. but the chic didnt sound very competent
so who knows.

im pretty much out of patience waiting on this thing. iv been following it since it was
announced, and its been wayyyy too long now! its June in less than a week and we
still dont have a definitive ship date!!

Tim Joy
05-27-2009, 10:57 AM
Japanese model.. ends in 10 min.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300316537678&_trksid=p2759.l1259

admactanium
05-27-2009, 10:25 PM
so yours actually says its expected to ship in May? your lucky...
I called up Panny today to see if i could get a more specific time than "June", and
they told me thats all the info they have right now. i also asked if Corporate orders
get priority over others and I was told no. but the chic didnt sound very competent
so who knows.

im pretty much out of patience waiting on this thing. iv been following it since it was
announced, and its been wayyyy too long now! its June in less than a week and we
still dont have a definitive ship date!!
Well, all I know is my order status page says "Pre-Order - Ships May 2009". I guess I'll know in the next couple days if it's accurate, haha. I do need to get it reasonably soon. First baby is due at the end of July.

rubberbandito
05-28-2009, 09:45 AM
Philip Bloom's blog post from the EU release of the gh1 shows the price will be 1299 pounds and set for release the second week of June in EU. http://philipbloom.co.uk/2009/05/21/eu-launch-of-gh1-and-new-gh1-short-joshua-tree/
This translate to about $2000 US. I have purchased from UK Amazon before and there is no import fees other then shipping. Couple questions:
1. Since U.S. has not even had a press event like this one in UK, is it likely there will be a U.S. press event and a further delay in U.S.
2. Or is it likely the camera will be released in the U.S. at the same time as the EU version.
3. If at that time one can only purchase the EU version and its several more weeks for the U.S. version I might buy the EU version. If so, its 50i and 25p but of course that does not matter for upload to internet only for broadcast. However, I hear possible to work around that if you are so lucky as to get your footage broadcast in the U.S. Any ideas on this?

I really can't wait any longer then the second or maybe third week of June for the GH1. Otherwise I will have to fall back to a Canon HV30 or 40 and a separate still camera for work in Central America. I use PC so the 5Dmkii is not really possible to edit without all kinds of loss in compression. I shoot and then burn to blu ray and send blu ray home to U.S. to protect the footage from theft or loss. Then edit at home.

Any comments are appreciated.

Peter J. DeCrescenzo
05-28-2009, 06:59 PM
Apologies if this has already been posted, but if this Google translate page is correct, Panasonic might begin selling a GH1 "body only" configuration in Japan on June 12th?
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpanasonic.jp%2Fschedule.html&sl=ja&tl=en&history_state0=

For June 12th the schedule lists both "DMC-GH1A" (w. kit lens) and "DMC-GH1" (body only).

I wonder when the GH1 will be available as a "body only" in other parts of the world?

dcloud
05-28-2009, 08:57 PM
based on kakaku,
body only $860
with 14-45 kit $ 950
with 14-140 kit $ 1150

it still looks the 14-140 is still worth it unless they drop the price on the body

Norbert
05-29-2009, 12:38 PM
Updated my first post. Price in Sweden with 14-140mm is 16995 SEK = about $2226. A little more than I expected.

timbook2
05-29-2009, 01:09 PM
Ciao,
Maggio sai quando?
Inizio, metà, fine?

Ciao.

beh...siamo alla fine di maggio e nisba...figuriamoci che pana li fa uscire prima in italia di altri paesi europei...

dario
05-29-2009, 01:34 PM
Updated my first post. Price in Sweden with 14-140mm is 16995 SEK = about $2226. A little more than I expected.

Do you have any link to the store?

Martti Ekstrand
05-29-2009, 02:40 PM
Do you have any link to the store?

http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/product/item.aspx?iid=9149340

They don't have it in stock yet and no confirmed delivery date. These guys are not the cheapest resellers here and none of their competition has yet listed a price. That price includes VAT, without it's 13 596 SEK or $1,717.

dario
05-31-2009, 12:01 PM
http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/product/item.aspx?iid=9149340

They don't have it in stock yet and no confirmed delivery date. These guys are not the cheapest resellers here and none of their competition has yet listed a price. That price includes VAT, without it's 13 596 SEK or $1,717.

Right, let's hope for a better price at any of their competitors.

sdhurley
06-01-2009, 07:24 AM
So, got an email from my pre-order @ Adorama NYC which apologized for my pre-order being delayed. It gave me a phone number to call if I wanted to cancel.

So I called that number to see if they had received any info beyond the generic 'June' arrival date and the customer service lady told me they have an expected arrival date of June 7 at their store.

I'm hopeful.

Nighthawk
06-01-2009, 07:31 AM
In Canada I just checked my pre-order status on line and saw June 25 as the date under the Gh1's back order status. That little addition wasn't there before. It coincides with a pre-order I have with a smaller independent reseller who told me he may have it in hand by June 26. Looks like end of June for us here.

tonydvcoste
06-01-2009, 08:18 AM
awesome, not only do we get to pay $1899 but we get to wait till the end of the month. i knew i should have just stayed in bed, that's depressing

Martti Ekstrand
06-01-2009, 08:21 AM
Panasonic Center here in Stockholm, Sweden called me today and said they will have my GH-1 ready to be picked up on Friday. I got so excited I forgot to ask what they will charge :Drogar-Happy(DBG):

Nighthawk
06-01-2009, 08:24 AM
awesome, not only do we get to pay $1899 but we get to wait till the end of the month. i knew i should have just stayed in bed, that's depressing

Try not to lose heart on this. It was explained to me earlier that these dates tend to be worse case scenarios in a 'cover our butts' kind of way. Let's hope that's the case and that the delay means they're going to use us Canucks as the firmware update guinea pigs (I wish).

tonydvcoste
06-01-2009, 08:27 AM
ha, that's wishful thinking but they might throw us a bone. i didn't even order mine yet, i'm not like most people on here who seem to have an unlimited cash flow and can pounce on a camera as soon as word lets loose it's available, though i could afford to pre-order mine, i think i'd save some money if i ordered from america and shipped to canada, that's my only hesitation, though vistek has free shipping to nova scotia

i just did some quick calculatin' and convertin', and if i ordered off BH photo and went with 2-4 day delivery it would cost me $1927.27
ordered from vistek.ca with free shipping my order comes to $2,145.87

it's not surprising, we pay more for gas, cellphones voice plans, and obviously electronics

Nighthawk
06-01-2009, 08:45 AM
I thought about a U.S. purchase too but after hearing of J & R's pushing back their release date to possibly July 15th I nixed that idea. If this is the camera you want order soon. There might be an availability issue to begin with.

Don't forget our postal service overpricing. Ordered the same item from Winnipeg and England. Shipping from England was 2/3 of the Canadian item and I received it 8 days before the other. Wassup with that?
Pony Express?

anthonybsd
06-01-2009, 09:07 AM
I thought about a U.S. purchase too but after hearing of J & R's pushing back their release date to possibly July 15th
Pony Express?
They are? Dammit dammit dammit...

NevilleBartos
06-01-2009, 09:17 AM
Apparently it's been delayed till around June 20th in the UK

Nighthawk
06-01-2009, 09:46 AM
They are? Dammit dammit dammit...

Sorry, but I saw it in another thread (probably U.S. pre-order). If you're one of their customers I'd give them a call to see what's up. That date seems a little startling for sure.

Orchidthief
06-01-2009, 09:52 AM
Wow....So June 1st it is. Anyone else in the US have any leads on when this baby is gonna start shipping or arrive?

Have mine preordered with Panny and it still says June. With all this anticipation, can't wait.

timbook2
06-01-2009, 10:38 AM
anybody know where to buy one in italy or germany ???

Texanite
06-01-2009, 10:54 AM
They are? Dammit dammit dammit...

I just called J&R again and they are still saying July 15th :( So bummed.

Orchidthief
06-01-2009, 11:03 AM
I just called J&R again and they are still saying July 15th :( So bummed.

I hope this isn't true! I have a shoot on the 11th and would like to break this puppy in.

Checked my order through panasonic and it still says preorder for June.

tonydvcoste
06-01-2009, 11:11 AM
normally i wouldn't want to use a camera for the first time on a planned shoot, even the dvx100b comes with terrible default settings, but after seeing philip blooms "out of box" footage, this camera looks like it will just kick ass from day one

Texanite
06-01-2009, 12:47 PM
Checked my order through panasonic and it still says preorder for June.

You should give them a call and see if they can give you any more specific info.

Oddly enough, when I called to cancel my pre-order at Panasonic.com, they were confused when I referred to the camera as a pre-order. The woman with a sexy british accent pulled up my order and said that there was nothing indicating that it was a preorder and therefore she had to double check that it hadn't actually shipped to me before she cancelled it. Of course it hadn't shipped, but she certainly didn't seem to have any insight into the availabilty of the camera or when it might be shipping. Since I was cancelling, I didn't pursue it, but maybe you can get something more specific than "June" out of them.

puredrifting
06-01-2009, 01:08 PM
For those of you who are counting on having a GH1 in your hands to shoot specific projects in June, all I can say is that I have gone through this with the DVX100, HVX200, HPX170 and to an extent, the Z-Finder for the 5D MKII. Don't delude yourself that will have it in time. You may but there is a very good chance you will not. This camera has a huge buzz here and elsewhere AND it is dirt cheap. Thos two factors mean that many people who want a GH1 may not have one until August or September even.

Good luck!

Dan

rubberbandito
06-01-2009, 01:21 PM
I had just made a pre order with adorama cameras (heard on this forum they were saying shipping this week or next) BUT got an email this afternoon saying it is backordered and that its likely to be 10-14 days on backorders (general info). These orders can be cancelled before shipping with Adorama. They inform you before shipping.

I called Panasonic Direct and put in an order. They only inform you once it ships. By then its too late to cancel. You can only cancel if you get to them before they ship.

It seems likely they will have the most allocation to me. They told me just June, no other specific info.

Coco Bermudez
06-01-2009, 01:27 PM
As I already posted, mine is shipping out today from Panasonic....rep verified it for me!

tonydvcoste
06-01-2009, 02:03 PM
i just called vistek.ca the only canadian retailer i could find (googled it at least a dozen times, searched with price-grabbers too), and their sales rep took my name and information for a tentative order, and said i was behind at least 20 other people, and he said their system shows a shipping date of june 30th. i'm really hoping they're just saying the 30th, but will really ship sooner, because they know most consumers will go with the competition if they're expecting a camera and there are delays. not me though, this is the camera i need for this summer, and getting it in september would totally suck

jona816
06-01-2009, 02:08 PM
i placed an order straight from panasonic this morning and it appears that they charged my card already. need to confirm this when i get home tonight

Orchidthief
06-01-2009, 02:30 PM
i placed an order straight from panasonic this morning and it appears that they charged my card already. need to confirm this when i get home tonight


Hmmm...Interesting, I placed an order end of May and just checked my account, it still no sign being charged. I was hoping otherwise...I'm hoping that it was just charged today and therefore should be reflected tomorrow.

Anyone else?

timbook2
06-01-2009, 02:50 PM
doh....I tried the german panasonic shop site and its not even there to click on:(

Abstract Photog
06-01-2009, 08:46 PM
i placed an order straight from panasonic this morning and it appears that they charged my card already. need to confirm this when i get home tonight
i dont see how this is possible. i was told by a rep today that orders go out
in the order they were received. and since the cam is still in pre-order status
on Panny's site, i cant understand why you would be charged immediatly.

do you have an update on this for us?

Texanite
06-01-2009, 09:36 PM
Perhaps some people are being confused by a credit card hold/authorization. I too would like to know what the story is since Panasonic's webpage still lists it as a pre-order.

admactanium
06-01-2009, 09:44 PM
I placed my order mid-May. I got a call from a Panny rep today saying it was shipping (they needed confirmation of my credit card information). They said I'd have it by the end of the week most likely.

paulgandersman
06-01-2009, 09:44 PM
As I already posted, mine is shipping out today from Panasonic....rep verified it for me!

when did you place your order if you don't mind me asking? and have they given you a tracking number?

Texanite
06-01-2009, 09:52 PM
when did you place your order if you don't mind me asking?

Late April according to his post in the other thread:


I just called today Panasonic to cancel my pre-order I placed on 4/22 for the GH1

paulgandersman
06-01-2009, 10:06 PM
damn. i ordered mine late May :( i needs it! hehe

jona816
06-02-2009, 05:32 AM
i dont see how this is possible. i was told by a rep today that orders go out
in the order they were received. and since the cam is still in pre-order status
on Panny's site, i cant understand why you would be charged immediatly.

do you have an update on this for us?

yea doesnt look like it was charged, sorry for the false alarm. kind of hard when using mobile phone :(

Abstract Photog
06-02-2009, 05:48 AM
yea doesnt look like it was charged, sorry for the false alarm. kind of hard when using mobile phone :(

no worries. we'll be up soon enough...

Orchidthief
06-02-2009, 10:04 AM
Called Panasonic and apparently it's still not available. Asked the rep if he knew when it would ship and he has no idea, but when it does ship out I'll get an email. Total bummer. All this talk about orders shipping and the news I got is killing me.

Psynema
06-02-2009, 05:13 PM
Where's the US date? It still says Early June and here we are early june, yet you'd think an official date would be known so close.

Abstract Photog
06-02-2009, 05:19 PM
Where's the US date? It still says Early June and here we are early june, yet you'd think an official date would be known so close.

well someone just posted in another thread that a rep told them they start shipping
next week. i was told by a rep that they started shipping this week, and a few have
claimed they have a camera on the way :huh:

every time I talk to a Panny rep i get a different story, as does everyone
else on here. i think its time for us to stop digging and just wait it out.

Psynema
06-02-2009, 06:32 PM
well someone just posted in another thread that a rep told them they start shipping
next week. i was told by a rep that they started shipping this week, and a few have
claimed they have a camera on the way :huh:

every time I talk to a Panny rep i get a different story, as does everyone
else on here. i think its time for us to stop digging and just wait it out.

I want it all, and I want it NOW :)

Abstract Photog
06-02-2009, 06:36 PM
haha me too dude. its gonna be like xmas in June when i have this thing in my hands

admactanium
06-02-2009, 10:42 PM
well someone just posted in another thread that a rep told them they start shipping
next week. i was told by a rep that they started shipping this week, and a few have
claimed they have a camera on the way :huh:

every time I talk to a Panny rep i get a different story, as does everyone
else on here. i think its time for us to stop digging and just wait it out.

The PanasonicDirect website now lists my GH1 as shipped and expected to arrive by the 5th. No tracking though.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b19/jeffnee/SnapzProXScreenSnapz001.jpg

Abstract Photog
06-02-2009, 11:00 PM
sweet! looks like you might be the first to have their hands on a US model

<aston>
06-03-2009, 04:58 AM
Got a call from Panasonic(UK) this morning to let me know they have stock (PAL) :-)
1 GH1 ordered today £1271.99 Free Delivery.
Checked Warehouse Express (£1299), still saying they don't have a date.

ROne
06-03-2009, 06:16 AM
aston, I got that too. I think I ended up paying for delivery though.

http://shop.panasonic.co.uk/invt/dmcgh1keb9k

I rang them as I needed quick delivery for job away on friday - said it would be quicker via phone.

They have red one in too.

androoow
06-03-2009, 09:49 AM
http://shop.panasonic.co.uk/invt/dmcgh1keb9k

you would have thought that the description could at least be of the PAL version as its a UK site!!!!

("The DMC-GH1 is not just a high performance still picture camera. Amazingly it can record Full-HD movies at 1080/24p or smooth HD movies at 720/60p")

rubberbandito
06-03-2009, 10:29 AM
I ordered my GH1 through Panasonic direct about 2 days ago. The order was processed through a 3rd party shopatron. Shopatron called me yesterday to confirm the address for my 2 day delivery. But then they send me an email this morning saying it will be 2-4 weeks on backorder. Shopatron says it all depends on Panasonic getting cameras so call them. I called Panasonic and they say yes they are sending out cameras to folks that ordered early on but that that shipment is used up and they expect a bunch more cameras very soon so she thinks 2 weeks is about right but says it could be any day as well. She also said check your local retailers as they may have ordered a bunch and could get them in. Nobody around here has it yet.

I'm almost ready to jump ship and go with a Canon or Panasonic camcorder like the HDC HS300. I'm delaying a trip that I wanted to shoot with this thing. I wanted to leave this week. Who knows now. Maybe few days, maybe 2 weeks, maybe 4.

Perhaps sell the little camcorder in 3 months and buy the gh1 or a new dslr without a mud problem. No DOF for now but with manual controls on the Panasonic hdc hs300 and a heavy neutral density filter, one could get some DOF I believe. Shoots stills at 12 MP or 8 native so not bad, not as good as the GH1 of course.

Barry_Green
06-03-2009, 10:31 AM
I pre-ordered mine through Panasonic Direct. They say it has already shipped, but can't give me a tracking number yet.

Orchidthief
06-03-2009, 10:37 AM
I'm assuming most of you ordered a while ago. Did anyone place an order around the 23rd of May?

I placed my order with Panny on that weekend as well so I'm trying to gauge when this thing will ship out to me. :huh:

Coco Bermudez
06-03-2009, 10:54 AM
I'm assuming most of you ordered a while ago. Did anyone place an order around the 23rd of May?

I placed my order with Panny on that weekend as well so I'm trying to gauge when this thing will ship out to me. :huh:

Ok..I just checked my order...I ordered on May 24th. I just got on the phone with Panasonic and the rep told me that my camera actually shipped yesterday so I should have it tomorrow June 4th (i ordered 2nd day UPS)

The rep said that Panasonic just got a small amount of cameras and they are filling orders as best as they can...so cross your fingers and hopefully you have one also coming your way


...also, if your order still shows as "pre-Order"..it basically means nothing....funny thing aside...the rep said that they are taking high volume calls all because of the GH1...they are filling orders first for Panasonic Direct, then they will supply distributors....so all others may have to wait a loooooong time to get thier hands on one.....got to love all the hype surrounding this little camera!

Orchidthief
06-03-2009, 10:58 AM
Ok..I just checked my order...I ordered on May 24th. I just got on the phone with Panasonic and the rep told me that my camera actually shipped yesterday so I should have it tomorrow June 4th (i ordered 2nd day UPS)

The rep said that Panasonic just got a small amount of cameras and they are filling orders as best as they can...so cross your fingers and hopefully you have one also coming your way


...also, if your order still shows as "pre-Order"..it basically means nothing....funny thing aside...the rep said that they are taking high volume calls all because of the GH1...


I'm hoping you're dead on Super8! Mine was placed on the 23rd and I opted for UPS Next Day. Meaning that if they're shipping according to when orders are placed, I should be getting mine any day now. Crossing fingers...:shocked:

rubberbandito
06-03-2009, 11:12 AM
If any of guys want to sell yours to me, I will sell mine to you when it comes in 2-4 weeks. I need to use it to film and photograph in Central America pronto. I'm a lawyer so I can draft a agreement that will be rock solid (that each can take to court if either cheats, which of course i don't assume), each will get a brand new camera, just you won't get "yours" for a few more weeks. I can have the delivery redirected to you or send it directly to you after receiving it. Or I can purchase from you, and you can make new purchase. Can any of you guys wait a few weeks or are you all desperate to get the camera like me. haha. Thank you. Dave

upshot
06-03-2009, 11:17 AM
they are filling orders first for Panasonic Direct, then they will supply distributors....so all others may have to wait a loooooong time to get thier hands on one.....got to love all the hype surrounding this little camera!

Wtf.... I've had my order in at J&R since 5/4 and they are not sending ANY to them?? WTF!

Final Design Studios
06-03-2009, 11:17 AM
I caved in and just bought the damn thing. Great, now I'll own 5 cameras that can do video, and all of them different.

I blame you DVXusers, all of you.

I'm actually quite giddy about the situation. :)

upshot
06-03-2009, 11:25 AM
WTF. J&R is now telling me JULY. I feel like I've been scammed. Now it's off to panasonic direct to get to the back of the line. crap crap

paulgandersman
06-03-2009, 11:30 AM
i thought about ordering from one of the resellers, but then I thought, well it comes straight from panasonic right? so rather than going Pana-resller-me, i just opted for Pana-me. Seemed like it would make the most sense :/ I placed my order on May 27, if May 24 ones have shipped..... i should be soon :) :) (also my order status still says preorder, and I have not yet been charged).

Final Design Studios
06-03-2009, 11:50 AM
I went straight to Panasonic as well. I figured it straight from the source would be fastest as well. Unless B&H bought all the remaining stock yesterday.

Barry_Green
06-03-2009, 11:51 AM
I'm assuming most of you ordered a while ago. Did anyone place an order around the 23rd of May?
I placed mine May 15th.

Texanite
06-03-2009, 12:06 PM
Wtf.... I've had my order in at J&R since 5/4 and they are not sending ANY to them?? WTF!

Who really knows what's going on. As I mentioned in another post, I cancelled my pre-order at Panasonic.com back on 5/26 When I called to cancel, they had no idea that it was a pre-order and also thought that it might have already shipped to me. This wasn't just because the person was hypothesizing, it's because their informational computer system didn't show it as a pre-order as it should have. The woman was sure that it wasn't a pre-order.

Over the last couple days people have reported panasonic telling them a wide variety of things. I'd take it all with a grain of salt. If I had to bet, I'd bet that those who were told that their cameras had actually shipped are probably in good shape. But with all the other (mis)information coming from people talking to Panasonic, I can't put complete stock in anything else.



WTF. J&R is now telling me JULY. I feel like I've been scammed.

In their defense, J&R have been saying July 15th for weeks now.

I called them about 2 weeks ago after somebody else on these forums reported the July 15th shipping date. When people started reporting that Panasonic.com was shipping I called J&R again they were still saying the same thing.

upshot
06-03-2009, 12:13 PM
I guess I just assumed they wouldn't leave their retailers COMPLETELY high and dry. After all J&R was taking pre-orders before they were available at panasonic direct AND panasonic was pointing customers TO J&R on their website!

Texanite
06-03-2009, 12:16 PM
I guess I just assumed they wouldn't leave their retailers COMPLETELY high and dry. After all J&R was taking pre-orders before they were available at panasonic direct AND panasonic was pointing customers TO J&R on their website!

I agree and for everybody's sake, I'm hoping that they aren't leaving their retailers high and dry. I'm just saying I'm not sure that any of the information is correct, but nobody knows.

I did/do find it interesting that you can't pre-order the GH1 on B&H. I'm not sure what that means, but it seems like it means something and maybe it does mean that Panasonic is putting their retailers last.

Don't get me wrong, upshot, I totally feel your pain. TOTALLY. After hearing July 15th a couple weeks ago, I completely rearranged my shooting plans to NOT include the GH1. In fact, the only reason I still have a pre-order at J&R is because I haven't bothered to cancel it like I did with my pre-order at Panasonic. If I eventually end up with a GH1 then so be it, but with all the lack of information, changing information or misinformation about shipping dates on the GH1, I took my chips off the panasonic table. At this point it's just wait and see for me. If they suddenly become available online somewhere, maybe I'll still buy one.

puredrifting
06-03-2009, 12:18 PM
Sounds like it is getting ugly out there waiting for a GH1. I am thinking I will be buying one in September or October, I hate waiting in line. I am the same way at buffets. Sometimes if you wait until the line goes down, they run out of food. Hopefully Panasonic will realize that a lot of people really want this camera and they can up the production numbers.

Dan

Final Design Studios
06-03-2009, 01:04 PM
I just placed my order this morning and called the panasonic automatic order status checker number, the shopatron they call it. Esitmated delivery June 8th. If that's the case....awesome.

That's to Alaska too, usually things take a bit longer to ship here.

ThomasS
06-03-2009, 01:15 PM
I ordered mine (PAL version) beginning of may in Germany at http://alles-foto.de for €1499 and received it today. I'm absolutely happy with this neat little camera. Just did some test shots and imported them into FCP, works without any problem. Of course, rolling shutter is obvious on fast pans, but the "panning mud" isn't as severe as feared. Even ISO 1600 is useable.
Stealth filming - here we go!

timbook2
06-03-2009, 01:16 PM
Just managed to get my GH 1 in Germany today.:beer:

It helps being a journalist sometimes....
:Drogar-Love(DBG):

Got the 14-140 kit and am reading the manual, running out to test shoot and am managing to get some good still pix with nice shallow DOF but not in movie mode yet...

back to the manual...the menue structure is awesome! lots more than on my HVX and a lot of buttons to watch out for....been accidentally touching all sorts of buttons...this thing is crammed! But I am already seeing what Kholi was so happy about ;-)

I was hoping to be able to use it sort of hidden but the 14-140 lens drags it downwards.

<aston>
06-05-2009, 01:44 AM
Update..

Placed my order Wednesday morning over the phone (no pre order)
1 small package recieved this morning :Drogar-Dum(DBG):

What a dinky little camera

Nice.................




Got a call from Panasonic(UK) this morning to let me know they have stock (PAL) :-)
1 GH1 ordered today £1271.99 Free Delivery.
Checked Warehouse Express (£1299), still saying they don't have a date.

AndyW69
06-05-2009, 04:29 AM
I just ordered one with the mic from warehouse express, they had at least 1 other in stock, you need to ring them though as the website still says pre order

Andy
(not affiliated to warehouse express)

edventurous
06-05-2009, 06:10 AM
Spent the morning traipsing around Tottenham Court Rd seeing if any local stores had one in stock, but no joy, just some vague replies like "Maybe next week" or "Two weeks time".

Didn't think to call Warehouse Express, more fool me for trusting their stock update to actually be up to date...

Panasonic have it in stock, but couldn't ship it faster than 3-5 days: http://shop.panasonic.co.uk/invt/dmcgh1keb9k (£1271.99)

So ended up ordering it over the phone from UK Digital, who have it in stock and will ship it Monday to arrive Tuesday: http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh1-14-140mm-lens.htm (£1199 inc. postage!)

Was hoping to have it this weekend, but guess I can wait a few more days...

Hope that helps someone.

Ed.

P.S. A place called Simply Electronics has it in stock on their website, but I checked for reviews of their site and they look a bit dodgy, so be careful if you go through them.

1k0
06-05-2009, 04:27 PM
Hi, GH1 available in Nantes - France at Camara's shop in pre-order with a special kit price : GH1 + 14-140mm + Microphone + bag for under 1499 euros. It's unbelievable but I forgot the price! :-S I'll get more info in a few hours when shop open.

JB_frenchy
06-05-2009, 07:43 PM
c'est bon ça! je suis allé sur leur site mais impossible de trouver l'offre dont tu parles, tu as plus d'infos? tu sais a quelle date ils seront dispos ?
j'ai vu qu'il y avait 2 magasin camara a paris, je les appelle demain...
Si tu peux nous tenir au courant de la disponibilité chez toi, thanks

smkeenan
06-05-2009, 10:56 PM
well i placed my order on May 27th... has anyone that placed theirs around that time gotten any information?

...not too worried about shipping, i choose the free shipping... but another order i placed on panasonic direct came last week within 2 days of ordering with free shipping (i guess a benefit of being in LA)

nathankw
06-06-2009, 04:04 AM
So ended up ordering it over the phone from UK Digital, who have it in stock and will ship it Monday to arrive Tuesday: http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh1-14-140mm-lens.htm (£1199 inc. postage!)



I just ordered one from ukdigital too. He said they still have about 10 in stock.
I'm surprised - I was expecting only pre-orders to get any in the first batch.

Seems like the currently best UK price as well.

Roll on tuesday!

1k0
06-06-2009, 06:24 AM
Bjr JB Frenchy, Et oui je n'ai non plus pas trouvé l'offre sur le site de camara, elle se fait en magasin exclusivement pour la prévente. J'y suis retourné aujourd'hui pour passer ma précommande, et pour la somme de 1399Euros, 100 euros de moins, c'est déjà ça de gagné, sans compter le micro "offert" pour ce prix.
Les appareils arriveront "bientôt" d'après le gérant, sans plus de précisions, mais ce n'est pas un "bientôt" comme celui de l'arrivé de la Red scarlet ;)

Barry_Green
06-06-2009, 10:38 AM
GH1 in da house. Pre-ordered from Panasonic Direct on May 15th, delivered today.

Nighthawk
06-06-2009, 01:27 PM
GH1 in da house. Pre-ordered from Panasonic Direct on May 15th, delivered today.

Sigh, I guess I'm happy for you. Now test the crap out of this puppy and make it sing.

edventurous
06-06-2009, 02:44 PM
I just ordered one from ukdigital too. He said they still have about 10 in stock.
I'm surprised - I was expecting only pre-orders to get any in the first batch.

Seems like the currently best UK price as well.

Roll on tuesday!

Update: Pleasantly surprised to find mine arrive this afternoon - Sat delivery! Looking forward to testing it out Sunday. Really impressed with UK Digital, would definitely recommend them.

Nighthawk
06-06-2009, 04:14 PM
To give you an idea how messed up it is in Canada the Panasonic website here doesn't even list the GH1 yet. Hard to order direct what doesn't exist.... I need a sedative.

squig
06-06-2009, 04:29 PM
lol....they don't even sell direct here

Nighthawk
06-06-2009, 05:03 PM
lol....they don't even sell direct here

That's what I'm sayin'. WTF is up with our 2 countries? Let's unite and conquer the world. Do we let New Zealand in?

DonalDuc
06-06-2009, 05:07 PM
RED GH1 since days available in Germany :-)

http://www.foto-erhardt.de/panasonic-lumix-dmcgh1k-inkl-14140mm-rot-p-10601.html?ref=preissuch

squig
06-06-2009, 05:17 PM
That's what I'm sayin'. WTF is up with our 2 countries? Let's unite and conquer the world. Do we let New Zealand in?

we already let new zealand in I'm afraid

tackleqb
06-06-2009, 05:49 PM
Hey Barry, any chance you'll have some test vids up by tonight? 0=)

BTW congrats on receiving your SPECIAL shipment! boy am I jealous! If I were you I wouldn't get much sleep, I would stay up all night playing with it!

Barry_Green
06-06-2009, 06:28 PM
No test vids from me; I'm getting on a plane in the morning and doing a whole Asia tour. So the camera's in a box and being sent to my right-hand man, who I have no doubt will post prolifically.

Ben_B
06-07-2009, 03:43 AM
Pre-Ordered US version from Panasonic on June 4th...it's being handled through shopatron. Hopefully I'll get it before the month is over.

JB_frenchy
06-07-2009, 09:39 AM
ok merci 1Ko, je vais aller dans un des magassins dès lundi alors,
mais donc tu dis que pour 1399 tu as le kit GH1 + sac (micro a acheter separement)?

Ben_B
06-07-2009, 03:47 PM
So ordering as late as I did, 6/4, from Panasonic (shopatron is handling it) am I totally screwed? Will I get it before the end of the month anyone think? US version. Sorry for basically double post, probably should have phrased last post as a question.

1k0
06-07-2009, 05:33 PM
De rien JB_frenchy ;)
L'offre à 1399 euros est pour le GH1 version Pal +14-140mm + housse + micro!
Je ne connaissais pas les magasins Camara avant de m'intéresser au reflex hybrides, donc je ne peux pas te confirmer que cette offre est valable dans tous les magasins Camara (ce qui me fait aimer encore un peu plus la ville de Nantes :)
J'espère que tu trouveras cette même offre dans ta ville.

tonydvcoste
06-07-2009, 07:14 PM
ben i ordered in late may so we're in the same boat, i asked and here in canada the guy told me i'd have to wait till june 30th, not the news i was expecting, since then i've come to accept the fact that i won't have it for a few more weeks, i'm hoping you don't have to wait that long!

JB_frenchy
06-08-2009, 12:50 AM
wow this is amazing 1k0 ! I hope they do it in paris too, or maybe i'll visit Nantes one of these day...
thanks

Ooze3d
06-08-2009, 03:21 AM
Spanish version (PAL) is already available! I just received the mail from Panasonic.

1,500 Euro.

Solomon Chase
06-08-2009, 11:49 AM
My order just shipped. Two GH1's arriving Wednesday!

(My order was placed May 26th, Panasonic Direct)

cjwolff
06-08-2009, 11:56 AM
1500 Euro....1500 USD

Makes me wonder how much Panny wins or loses in the global currency market.

Abstract Photog
06-08-2009, 12:05 PM
My order just shipped. Two GH1's arriving Wednesday!

(My order was placed May 26th, Panasonic Direct)

dude I place my order the same day!
still no ship date or charge to my card though...

Orchidthief
06-08-2009, 01:16 PM
My order just shipped. Two GH1's arriving Wednesday!

(My order was placed May 26th, Panasonic Direct)

Damn what's up with this shipping ordeal??? My order was placed on the 23rd and I still don't have any info on when I'm getting mine. I even placed the order to be shipped next day!

Congratulations on yours nonetheless Solomon. Anyone in CA receive theirs yet? I've noticed that a lot of these shipping are to people in the midwest/east coast.

Abstract Photog
06-08-2009, 02:40 PM
Panasonic is STILL not admitting that they are shipping cameras out yet.
i called today...again...and they told me that the camera isnt scheduled for
release until June 16th with an expected delivery date of June 22nd for me.

Nighthawk
06-08-2009, 02:50 PM
A shout out to my fellow Canucks. Has anybody heard anything from resellers or retailers as to what is happening? Seems like a kind of black hole up here when it comes to delivery dates. As I said in an earlier post the GH1 isn't even listed yet on the Panasonic Canada website. Best info I have is from a retailer in Grand Forks, B.C. who has stated that his shipment will be shipped to him June 23. Vistek is probably around the same time but maybe a couple will slip through earlier. Would love to hear if you've heard different.

admactanium
06-08-2009, 03:56 PM
Damn what's up with this shipping ordeal??? My order was placed on the 23rd and I still don't have any info on when I'm getting mine. I even placed the order to be shipped next day!

Congratulations on yours nonetheless Solomon. Anyone in CA receive theirs yet? I've noticed that a lot of these shipping are to people in the midwest/east coast.

I'm in California and I think I was one of the first US release camera arrivals. But I placed my order Mid-May.

BrianMurphy
06-08-2009, 04:49 PM
Well I have to say I am not impressed with my retailer nor with Panasonic Canada. I contacted the pro division and in their defense the GH1 is a consumer product so their top brass passed the puck to the consumer division and forwarded my email. No news.
I have sent several emails to my retailer Vistek and heard nothing back in the past two weeks. Whiich I find unacceptable, how long does it take to respond to an email message asking a simple questions?
"why are other people getting their cameras in other places and I am not?" How long will it be? Can anything be done?"
I leave on Sunday for a two week shoot abroad and really wanted the camera to shoot a variety of "special" shots that it would be ideally suited to.
I guess I shoulld have just waited and bought it in the USA or Japan.

Brian

Orchidthief
06-08-2009, 04:51 PM
I'm in California and I think I was one of the first US release camera arrivals. But I placed my order Mid-May.

Darn it...Yeah I placed mine on the 23rd so I don't think should be any later than yours ad. As more footage turns up, the more antsy I get.

I called today and emailed as well and like abstract stated, they're claiming to not have started shipping the camera yet. Totally doesn't make sense because these boards prove that the camera has shipped. :(

chaos
06-08-2009, 04:58 PM
i wish they would just be honest :(, i'm getting the same thing orchid, but i ordered on june 3rd so i know i will be waiting a long time.

Orchidthief
06-08-2009, 05:05 PM
Yeah it's a total bummer that we can't even get an estimated date on our orders. I think also the fact that they're feeding us a bunch bs about how it hasn't started shipping yet! Makes no sense cus a few guys here in the US have already received theirs.

Anyone have any leads on what's going on???

admactanium
06-08-2009, 05:19 PM
Yes, I find it extremely odd that they'd say they haven't shipped any yet. It's simply too easy to fact-check. I received two of them (one for me and one for my brother) last Wednesday. They must be aware that the internet exists.

Ben_B
06-09-2009, 03:32 AM
Man now I wish I didn't wait so long, I was kinda hoping June would come and then they would be officially out and I could get one without all the bullshit, whatever, pre ordered June 4th, and the nice thing was since I didn't jump the gun I got to read over a full U.S. manual, and play with raw card footage, and do everything else while waiting, and then realized that yeah, it really was the camera for me.

Now I'm just hoping that some of the mud from the codec was caused by slow cards...gonna get a SanDisk Extreme III...better deal than the Panasonic ones, and pretty sure it will work just as well..50MB/s is higher than 17MB/s right? :)

Abstract Photog
06-09-2009, 05:02 AM
Man now I wish I didn't wait so long, I was kinda hoping June would come and then they would be officially out and I could get one without all the bullshi*, whatever, pre ordered June 4th, and the nice thing was since I didn't jump the gun I got to read over a full U.S. manual, and play with raw card footage, and do everything else while waiting, and then realized that yeah, it really was the camera for me.

Now I'm just hoping that some of the mud from the codec was caused by slow cards...gonna get a SanDisk Extreme III...better deal than the Panasonic ones, and pretty sure it will work just as well..50MB/s is higher than 17MB/s right? :)
unfortunately, its already been confirmed by a number of members that faster
cards do not help the mud issue. Kohli reported slightly better performance, but
he's the only one as far i know

DonalDuc
06-09-2009, 06:32 AM
Now I'm just hoping that some of the mud from the codec was caused by slow cards...gonna get a SanDisk Extreme III...better deal than the Panasonic ones, and pretty sure it will work just as well..50MB/s is higher than 17MB/s right? :)

Haha, speed&money for the cat :huh: ---> http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showpost.php?p=1659517&postcount=13

50MB/s = 400Mb/s ... dreaming?

Solomon Chase
06-09-2009, 08:19 AM
Got the two GH1's in today. :beer::beer::beer:

paulgandersman
06-09-2009, 08:49 AM
Got the two GH1's in today. :beer::beer::beer:

mind if i ask where and when you ordered from?

anthonybsd
06-09-2009, 09:10 AM
pretty sure it will work just as well..50MB/s is higher than 17MB/s right? :)
For the millionth time, learn about bytes and bits people.

This camera outputs 17 Mb/s NOT 17 MB/s. 17Mb = 17Mbit = 2.12 MB (megabytes). Yes, as in 2 megabytes a second. As in the crappiest card from 10 years ago rate.

In other words I still find the claims that the highest end SDHC cards are required for good performance from this camera dubious at best. Kinda reminds me of the crowd that buy $7000 Pear Anjou speaker wire and swear that it improves performance.

Ben_B
06-09-2009, 11:21 AM
I know the difference between the two, I just happened to have gotten my capitalization mixed up. jUst Be GlAd thAt wAs thE ONlY plACe.

Ben_B
06-09-2009, 11:21 AM
I'd say faster cards not helping is....well that's bad news...the silver lining is that you don't have to blow money on a super nice, fast card.

Ben_B
06-09-2009, 11:25 AM
Got the two GH1's in today. :beer::beer::beer:

Damn you! :angry:

:)

Solomon Chase
06-09-2009, 11:40 AM
mind if i ask where and when you ordered from?

Ordered from Panasonic.com, may 26th. Order was handled by Panasonic Direct. Paid extra for UPS Next Day shipping.

Timw1889
06-09-2009, 12:13 PM
just ordered mine from panasonic direct yesterday~ can't wait!

hopefully it'll get here before november, haha. i need it for a wedding

Orchidthief
06-09-2009, 12:27 PM
Ordered from Panasonic.com, may 26th. Order was handled by Panasonic Direct. Paid extra for UPS Next Day shipping.

I don't get it. I placed my order on the 23rd, paid for Next Day and still haven't gotten word of when I'm suppose to get the darn package. I really don't understand. I checked my status this morning on the panny site and it still says preorder status and ships in june 2009.

What gives????

Congrats nonetheless Solomon.

admactanium
06-09-2009, 01:11 PM
I found that the status on Panasonic's website is not accurate or precise at all. It basically said "Shipping June 2009" and then a day before I got them it said that it had shipped but there was no tracking.

J Davis
06-09-2009, 01:55 PM
Ordered from Panasonic.com, may 26th. Order was handled by Panasonic Direct. Paid extra for UPS Next Day shipping.
nice .. thats a two week turn around which is better than what I was expecting.

Based on that I'm hoping that for orders made in early June within the states, the delivery will vary from 2 weeks to 3 weeks depending where you are. A Sales rep on the phone said that by July they will hit the stores like J&R and B&H (probably after the long weekend for the 4th). My order was made June 5 from Panasonic Direct, I'll post here when it arrives.

paulgandersman
06-09-2009, 02:37 PM
i just talked to the most helpful panasonic person ever. she said that (obviously) they are having a HUGE back order on cameras. and the shipment they got in yesterday was HALF of what they were expecting. yikes. and grrrrrr.

i told her I had a friend that had placed an order on the 23rd and one on the 26th, and the guy on the 26th got his but not the guy on the 23rd. i asked how this could be. she said this is how their system works:

the department checks all information to make sure theres no fraud. if there is ANY inconsistency with the account then they put it on HOLD. (inconsistency can mean ANYTHING, like say you just moved and the white pages list you at an old address, they put up a red flag) guess what. they won't look back into the red flag until the product is in stock. but they're gonna skip over you and send your camera to the next person on the list. meaning they might not go back into your account for a MONTH OR TWO because of the tiniest red flag. WTF????????

she said I had no red flag on my account, but Orchidthief, you might have a flag on yours if you haven't received it yet.

god, this sucks. i have stuff to shoot and i need to shoot it NOW. and NO, i don't have another camera to shoot it with. i shoot a bunch of stuff but i'm always having to rent or borrow, this is the first camera i'm actually BUYING for myself (just to pre-empt the statements of "well you shouldn't count on it, just shoot it with your Red One." :P)

sigh.

I'm Paul Gandersman. Ordered on May 27th. No Red Flags. No Idea When I'm Getting My Camera.

BrianMurphy
06-09-2009, 02:54 PM
For the Canadians who have ordered. I heard from Doug Borbath at Panasonic Canada today he writes:

Hi Brian,

I cannot comment on how or why people in other countries are starting to receive the GH1, yet we in Canada have not. We do expect this model to arrive late this week, but even then it has to pass our own internal inspection process before being cleared through our systems and released for sale. And, to make things even more challenging, we are only receiving a fraction of the inventory that we require, since this model is currently experiencing greater demand than our factories can supply. I wish the news was better, but unfortunately, it does not appear to be possible to meet your request since it does not appear that this product will be shipping until after the time that you would be require it.
I do apologize that we are unable to meet your request, but unfortunately this situation was unavoidable. "

Points to Doug Borbath who is the product manager for the GH1 in Canada, he got back to me within an hour of the original email. I also heard from my retailer Vistek who echoed Doug's response. We will delay the stuff we wanted to shoot with the GH1 until the next trip in the fall. Perhaps by that time there will be a couple of firmware updates and other good news.

Orchidthief
06-09-2009, 03:13 PM
i just talked to the most helpful panasonic person ever. she said that (obviously) they are having a HUGE back order on cameras. and the shipment they got in yesterday was HALF of what they were expecting. yikes. and grrrrrr.

i told her I had a friend that had placed an order on the 23rd and one on the 26th, and the guy on the 26th got his but not the guy on the 23rd. i asked how this could be. she said this is how their system works:

the department checks all information to make sure theres no fraud. if there is ANY inconsistency with the account then they put it on HOLD. (inconsistency can mean ANYTHING, like say you just moved and the white pages list you at an old address, they put up a red flag) guess what. they won't look back into the red flag until the product is in stock. but they're gonna skip over you and send your camera to the next person on the list. meaning they might not go back into your account for a MONTH OR TWO because of the tiniest red flag. WTF????????

she said I had no red flag on my account, but Orchidthief, you might have a flag on yours if you haven't received it yet.

god, this sucks. i have stuff to shoot and i need to shoot it NOW. and NO, i don't have another camera to shoot it with. i shoot a bunch of stuff but i'm always having to rent or borrow, this is the first camera i'm actually BUYING for myself (just to pre-empt the statements of "well you shouldn't count on it, just shoot it with your Red One." :P)

sigh.

I'm Paul Gandersman. Ordered on May 27th. No Red Flags. No Idea When I'm Getting My Camera.

Thanks Paul...I'll look into this. I'm going to give them a call right now to double check on this red flag BS. Will report back here and let you know what happens.

paulgandersman
06-09-2009, 03:18 PM
okay just dont use my name please :) they'll cancel my order or something :P - because i gave out their secret haha

Orchidthief
06-09-2009, 04:00 PM
okay just dont use my name please :) they'll cancel my order or something :P

Haha...So I gave them a call and I got a very helpful rep for the "first" time.

Turns out that there was a shipment that was suppose to go out last week, however, they weren't all shipped out because they only received a partial amount of the inventory. Apparently their allotment for the Gh1 and two other camera models weren't fulfilled.

So I then informed her that a buddy of mine placed an order later than I did and received his shipment. That caught her offguard and she was just as dumbfounded as I was. Unfortunately she couldn't help me out, but that she would forward my case to the Panny research team and they'd be able to sort it out. I asked her if it had anything to do with my credit card on file or if my shipment address had anything to do with it(i had it delivered to my work), and she said there's nothing wrong and that if there was, it would be listed in the database(red flagged, I guess).

So be all end all, shipments have been delayed(how long? she couldn't say). She called me back with a reference number for the research dept. If they don't get back to me on what's going on, she said to call back by Friday or Monday at the latest with that ref number to figure out what's going on. :(

paulgandersman
06-09-2009, 04:02 PM
sigh. its CHAOS! UTTER CHAoS! :/

paulgandersman
06-09-2009, 05:53 PM
Orchidthief did you see in the other thread (that i started) that Jona ordered his on June 1st and got it TODAY? WTF???? What is going on at Panasonic!!! I'm not like a bunch of rich camera guys, i don't have 3 other cameras I can shoot my projects on and I don't have any money to rent anything because i'm spending it on a GH1 that never seems to arrive!!! This situation sucks man. yours even worse than me! this is ridiculous.

jona816
06-09-2009, 05:57 PM
hmmm, maybe i should've kept my mouth shut? :( sorry guys

paulgandersman
06-09-2009, 05:59 PM
its okay, i'm not mad at you AT ALL. i'm just beyond frustrated with Panasonic. I can understand delays in shipping as long as they're shipping in order. but when they screw that up.............. :(

Orchidthief
06-09-2009, 06:06 PM
its okay, i'm not mad at you AT ALL. i'm just beyond frustrated with Panasonic. I can understand delays in shipping as long as they're shipping in order. but when they screw that up.............. :(


Yeah this is a total bummer. Hopefully the panny research team will get back to me soon. I have my reference number already.

Ben_B
06-09-2009, 09:09 PM
I am confused, I ordered from Panasonic.com and the order is being handled by shopatron, what's the difference between that and Panasonic direct?

Ordered June 4th: just got this message from shopatron.

We have some important information regarding your Order # *******, placed on the Web site through Shopatron.We are not able to ship your order at this time, but we expect to ship the order in its entirety in 2-4 weeks.
>
> If you would like to keep your order on backorder for shipment in in 2-4 weeks, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. You will receive an email update with tracking information when the order has shipped.
>
> If you no longer wish to receive your order, please cancel it. To cancel the order, call 877-412-7467 and have your order number ready . We apologize for the inconvenience.
>
> If you have any questions regarding this order, please contact Panasonic at 800-405-0652 orcustomerservice@us.panasonic.companasonicops@us. pa.
>
> Thank you very much for your continued business and trust.
>
> Customer Service
> Panasonic
> 800-405-0652
> customerservice@us.panasonic.companasonicops@us.pa

admactanium
06-09-2009, 09:51 PM
I don't believe my order went through Shopatron. I've never heard that company's name in my dealings with Panasonic. But I also go through their corporate partner store.

Texanite
06-09-2009, 10:18 PM
I am confused, I ordered from Panasonic.com and the order is being handled by shopatron, what's the difference between that and Panasonic direct?



http://dvxuser.com/V6/showpost.php?p=1659354&postcount=7

They are a middleman company that enables individual end users to buy stuff from Panasonic (and other companies) without Panasonic (or other companies) having to deal with sending out products, one by one, to individuals.

You place an order with shopatron and they put you in a database. Then, retailers (or distributors or whoever) in your region will send you the product whenever they get it. So, for example, if Best Buy has a relationship with Shopatron, you might get your GH1 sent from a local Best Buy warehouse. Best buy gets a ton of cameras from Panasonic, they go to their Shopatron portal, and basically have the sales already lined up there for them.


http://dvxuser.com/V6/showpost.php?p=1659362&postcount=9

They don't have warehouses, they don't have orders in with Panasonic. They're not waiting for any product at all. They're not buying or selling anything. They're basically just an e-commerce database, business-to-business networking company.


http://ecommerce.shopatron.com/files/financialtimes_mar08.pdf (http://ecommerce.shopatron.com/files...imes_mar08.pdf)

"His business takes customers’ orders and places them on
“Confident Order Exchange” (Coex), an internet-based online
exchange where orders are taken up by a local retailer for
delivery or the goods are held in a store to be picked up."



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shopatron

Ben_B
06-10-2009, 01:34 AM
This is what I was afraid of. I got screwed into a deal with a middleman and am at the mercy of local retailers supply chains? AKA the bottom of the barrel, aka July, even though I ordered through Panasonic? What the hell? Should I call Panasonic directly and complain until I get on the direct list with the same slot I should have had?

Rolly
06-10-2009, 03:36 AM
At panasonic.ca (panasonic canada) the GH1 doesn't exist yet... can you believe that! At Vistek.ca they sell it for $1899 and mostlydigital.ca $1646.99... (canadian dollar) I pre-ordered one at Vistek the 14/05... :(

BrianMurphy
06-10-2009, 05:11 AM
At panasonic.ca (panasonic canada) the GH1 doesn't exist yet... can you believe that! At Vistek.ca they sell it for $1899 and mostlydigital.ca $1646.99... (canadian dollar) I pre-ordered one at Vistek the 14/05... :(

Read my post Rolly-#187

Rolly
06-10-2009, 06:02 AM
Read my post Rolly-#187

Thanks Brian, I miss this one.

I may end up buying from B&H, fast delivery (2 or 3 days) no custom charge and cheaper then here in Canada. (bought my D90 from them) but the question is if I place a pre-order now... my chances for the first shipping batch are probably close to none.... its getting frustrating and I already sold my D90 :(

Nighthawk
06-10-2009, 07:26 AM
At panasonic.ca (panasonic canada) the GH1 doesn't exist yet... can you believe that! At Vistek.ca they sell it for $1899 and mostlydigital.ca $1646.99... (canadian dollar) I pre-ordered one at Vistek the 14/05... :(

Just received email from Vistek that I've been tagged to get mine from their first order which should be in their hands June 26. I pre-ordered on May 13th, just one day before you. Good chance you might be OK if you stick with them.

Brian, sorry but it doesn't look you'll have a chance for your trip on June 14th.

Rolly
06-10-2009, 08:08 AM
Just received email from Vistek that I've been tagged to get mine from their first order which should be in their hands June 26. I pre-ordered on May 13th, just one day before you. Good chance you might be OK if you stick with them.


Thanks Nighhawk for the info, I will probably stick with them. :beer:

rudyo
06-10-2009, 10:05 AM
So if I place a direct order at Panasonic today for a GH1, how do I prevent it being handed off or send to a third party processor like shopatron?

Direct from panny seems to still be the fastest way to get one. I have a pre order at B+H, but they have no idea when it might be in stock to ship.

Abstract Photog
06-10-2009, 10:13 AM
So if I place a direct order at Panasonic today for a GH1, how do I prevent it being handed off or send to a third party processor like shopatron?

Direct from panny seems to still be the fastest way to get one. I have a pre order at B+H, but they have no idea when it might be in stock to ship.

there is no way to prevent it from getting filed with shopatron.
either you end up with an order from Panny Direct...or you dont :/

tonydvcoste
06-10-2009, 10:51 AM
just got off the phone with mostlydigital.ca and they said they see it in their system as shipping the week of june 21st, and much to my disbelief he said there wasn't many orders, or at least backorders, for this camera. he said he would call me back when it is shipping, it's between him and the guy at vistek, they're having an imaginary race that only exists in my head. i hope mostly digital wins, they have it quoted at a better price

Ben_B
06-10-2009, 11:07 AM
Just got off the phone with Panasonic. Guy there says that orders that were handled through shopatron were ones where the retailers in your area were believed to have GH1s in stock before Panasonic did, because they're not filling preorders and then retailers, there doing some other crap, whereby these retailers will probably get it first. He said that you're only routed through shopatron if it's the fastest way for you to get your camera, because Panasonic Direct and Shopatron are on backorder now, but Shopatron is supposed to be faster if they put you there, which is why they did it....not sure how much of that I believe, but it makes me think my best option is to keep my shopatron order....I don't know what other option I have.

Texanite
06-10-2009, 11:56 AM
The irony of shopatron is that I'm sure in some cases, it IS the fastest way. I mean, I can understand why people might choose shopatron, because it's basically like putting in a pre-order at EVERY local retailer. Or, every local retailer that's associated with the shopatron system.

In theory, it seems like it could work and might be good for the customer. In theory...

The 'rub' is that they're local retailers. Screw that. If I wanted to buy local, I'd buy local. I didn't WANT to buy local and I went directly to PanasonicDirect because THEY are the people making these cameras.

The ONLY reason I placed an order with Panasonic Direct is because this is a Panasonic product and I wanted it as soon as humanly possible. I didn't WANT to freaking wait until my local retailers got it. I don't WANT to be first in line at a local retailer. I'd much rather be 50th in line at the actual SOURCE of the cameras.

I'd say I hate shopatron, but I don't think it's their fault. They are what they are, which is a middleman. On the other hand, I totally blame Panasonic. They are the ones who diverted orders to shopatron. THEY are the ones who are making these cameras but yet, somehow, have NO idea what's going on with the cameras. THEY are the ones who think that no cameras have been sent out when we know that they have. And, from what I've read of Orchid's situation, he actually HAS an early order through PanasonicDirect and STILL hasn't gotten his camera even though other people have. WTF? What is wrong with them?

I've cancelled my 2nd order with Panasonic.com/shopatron. I still have my order in at J&R because I'm pretty sure I'm high up on their list although, frankly, I'm not even convinced I want this camera anymore (for other reasons, not completely because of the way Panasonic has handled this roll-out) I may just sell it whenever I get it/if I ever get it.

BrianMurphy
06-10-2009, 12:40 PM
Thanks Brian, I miss this one.

I may end up buying from B&H, fast delivery (2 or 3 days) no custom charge and cheaper then here in Canada. (bought my D90 from them) but the question is if I place a pre-order now... my chances for the first shipping batch are probably close to none.... its getting frustrating and I already sold my D90 :(

I just heard from Panasonic that they will be available next week in Canada.

paulgandersman
06-10-2009, 01:03 PM
next time we call Panasonic, their new response is gonna become "what camera? we haven't heard of any camera. a GHwhat? that doesn't exist." and then they hang up on you.

and then they call you back and say:

"i hate you and hope you die, thanks for choosing panasonic"

the end.

Peter J. DeCrescenzo
06-10-2009, 01:23 PM
I just heard from Panasonic that they will be available next week in Canada.

Wow. I wonder why the GH1 is so expensive in Canada compared to the US? With the current exchange rate, shouldn't the Canadian price be around $1,650 or so instead of $1,900?
http://www.panasonic.ca/english/audiovideo/camerascamcorders/digitalstill/DMCGH1.asp

Ben_B
06-10-2009, 01:25 PM
Well...all that said about Shopatron, the local retailers have to get it eventually, and they might before Panasonic sends out more cameras. The guy on the phone basically said that whatever supply chaining is going on their is independent from preorders being filled by Panasonic Direct....

I used to intern at a big technology company, and when we launched a new product, it actually went to best buy, new egg, and other places like that, MONTHS before it showed up on our own website for sale, and months before anyone at the company even had personal access to the product! I am sticking with my Shopatron order for now, I can live with 2-4 weeks, if that is really what it is.

The guy on the phone said that both were backordered, and that you were only assigned shopatron if it was faster for you...so here's hoping.

Ben_B
06-10-2009, 01:28 PM
Wow. I wonder why the GH1 is so expensive in Canada compared to the US? With the current exchange rate, shouldn't the Canadian price be around $1,650 or so instead of $1,900?
http://www.panasonic.ca/english/audiovideo/camerascamcorders/digitalstill/DMCGH1.asp

Supply chaining. Do you know how hard it is to drive trucks through hundreds of miles of wilderness between "population centers" when moose keep jumping through your trucks windshield? $400 is a small markup given that moose alone caused $4.5 million dollars worth of product and vehicle damage in winter of 2008 alone!

tonydvcoste
06-10-2009, 01:46 PM
peter, you're right i've been complaining about that canadian price for a few weeks now, but i did find one canadian seller that has it for 1650, i just called them and they didn't even want to give me a release date for it, and they said that if any other stores gave me release dates (vistek and mostlydigital.ca both gave me dates, both upsetting and at the end of the month) then they were just pulling numbers out of their asses to try to keep me from going elseware, because he knows there isn't a release date yet.//td

Peter J. DeCrescenzo
06-10-2009, 01:47 PM
Supply chaining. Do you know how hard it is to drive trucks through hundreds of miles of wilderness between "population centers" when moose keep jumping through your trucks windshield? $400 is a small markup given that moose alone caused $4.5 million dollars worth of product and vehicle damage in winter of 2008 alone!

LOL! Ah, Santa Cruz & Davis, CA. Keep smokin' what yer smokin'! :)

Nighthawk
06-10-2009, 02:26 PM
Supply chaining. Do you know how hard it is to drive trucks through hundreds of miles of wilderness between "population centers" when moose keep jumping through your trucks windshield? $400 is a small markup given that moose alone caused $4.5 million dollars worth of product and vehicle damage in winter of 2008 alone!

LMAO, "population centers" in quotes. We have 3 ya know.
FYI when driving in Canada; moose = death, Mule deer = heavy damage, White tail = light damage, black bear = sudden off road driving, Grizzly = only gear is 'R', beaver = speed bump.

Final Design Studios
06-10-2009, 03:16 PM
LMAO, "population centers" in quotes. We have 3 ya know.
FYI when driving in Canada; moose = death, Mule deer = heavy damage, White tail = light damage, black bear = sudden off road driving, Grizzly = only gear is 'R', beaver = speed bump.

Ha ha, most of those apply up here too.

yabyum
06-10-2009, 04:02 PM
Rep I just spoke to said they were hoping for 1-2 weeks...

Abstract Photog
06-10-2009, 06:34 PM
Rep I just spoke to said they were hoping for 1-2 weeks...

from where? Panny Direct or Shopatron? when did you order?
it looks like a lot of orders are going out next week from Direct. Keepin my fingers crossed...

paulgandersman
06-10-2009, 07:18 PM
another day gone by, still no idea if i'll get my camera in 2 days or in 2 years.

Nighthawk
06-11-2009, 05:58 AM
From everything that I've been able to piece together from posts here and input from retailers is that the next big delivery will be between June 23 and 26 for Canada and U.S. customers. Depending on your shipping methods a lot of us should have a camera by the end of the month. It would be nice if Panny could pump out just a few a bit faster than that.

BrianMurphy
06-11-2009, 06:22 AM
After doing the conversion , I am happy at the Canadian cost for the camera. $1899. Cdn. When comparing to the European and UK prices.

paulgandersman
06-11-2009, 12:55 PM
ugggh. i already had a shoot this weekend thats not gonna work out and my next is the 26th. am i seriously going to have to cancel TWO shoots because of this camera?

sdhurley
06-11-2009, 02:16 PM
so just called Shopatron number from my Panasonic pre-order email.
after going through the automated system to be told by a computer that this item is on backorder it gives you an option for 'more information' which I pressed (natch) and then had someone answer who said they were from Panasonic.

ok cool. so I ask them and after telling me it's on backorder - yeah we know - i ask if there is any info on when it might ship and she said it is scheduled to ship on the 25th of June.

So that's where I'm at. Now I hope they can stick to that.


ps. (my order with panny direct was placed June 4)

Ben_B
06-11-2009, 02:24 PM
I can live with that! My order also went through Shopatron and I ordered on June 4th as well! But it is also..so far...away. :( At least we have some idea when it is. I might call and have them change to next-day shipping.

sdhurley
06-11-2009, 02:31 PM
i asked her about changing to next day shipping myself and she said it couldn't be changed because it was a backorder....I said, 'I don't understand' and she paused and seemed confused and so I just let her off the hook. but you can try.

e-steve
06-11-2009, 02:36 PM
Anyone else still have an order in with Amazon? I placed my order on May 14th, but still the ship date is not definite...

Final Design Studios
06-11-2009, 02:44 PM
I got the June 25th date through my Shopatron order as well. I ordered the camera and the next day I actually got a call from Shopatron telling me it wouldn't ship until the 25th.

Abstract Photog
06-11-2009, 06:22 PM
got a call from panasonic today.
lady told me my camera is going out beginning of next week, and ill have it by friday. finally!

Orchidthief
06-11-2009, 06:45 PM
got a call from panasonic today.
lady told me my camera is going out beginning of next week, and ill have it by friday. finally!

Abstract,

Were you in contact with panny prior? Was that the reason for them calling you? Just wondering if I should even bother calling in again to check on my status.

paulgandersman
06-11-2009, 07:22 PM
got a call from panasonic today.
lady told me my camera is going out beginning of next week, and ill have it by friday. finally!

abstract, what was your ORDER date? and like Orchid said, did they just call you out of the blue?

Abstract Photog
06-11-2009, 08:09 PM
Abstract,

Were you in contact with panny prior? Was that the reason for them calling you? Just wondering if I should even bother calling in again to check on my status.


abstract, what was your ORDER date? and like Orchid said, did they just call you out of the blue?

yea i was in contact with them. when i originally placed my order i
opted for free shipping. since its been taking so long for the cam to
go out i had called and asked them for 2 day shipping. the lady called
to confirm my ship and arrival date, and to let me know that the 2 day
shipping had been applied to my order.

i placed my order through Panny Direct on May 26th.

paulgandersman
06-11-2009, 08:10 PM
oh wow, i was the 27th, i wonder if i'll get mine next week as well....

Orchidthief
06-11-2009, 08:14 PM
Well hopefully mine ships as well. I placed my order on the 23rd. I've been in contact with them and I haven't been able to get an estimated date. The bummer is that I paid Next Day shipping from the very get-go.

Where are you located Abstract?

Abstract Photog
06-11-2009, 08:15 PM
oh wow, i was the 27th, i wonder if i'll get mine next week as well....
you might be.

btw...
when i called the other day to change my shipping, they told me the reseaon
my online order status page still showed pre-order was b/c theyv been having
issues with their system. if everything was working properly, my status would
have shown June 16th shipping. they said it would be fixed by next week


Well hopefully mine ships as well. I placed my order on the 23rd. I've been in contact with them and I haven't been able to get an estimated date. The bummer is that I paid Next Day shipping from the very get-go.

Where are you located Abstract?
Im in New Jersey

Martti Ekstrand
06-12-2009, 05:59 AM
OK - there is one GH1 in Sweden now. It's sitting on my desk waiting for the battery to charge and me finishing work for today - bloody deadlines.

Orchidthief
06-12-2009, 11:00 AM
Well the research department got in touch with me this morning and all I can say is bad news....

After about 20 minutes of going back and forth, it turns out that I will not be receiving my May 23rd order for at least another two weeks. Apparently, since my ship and billing address were different(had it shipped to my work) my order was delayed. I found this kind of odd because I called about a week and a half ago to confirm addresses and everything, and they said it was clear and there were no flags on my order.

I then mentioned what some of you have been stating on here about it shipping off next week, and she said she has no clue about it shipping next week(keep in mind this woman is higher up in the chain) and that unfortunately "sometimes" their reps don't know what they're talking about. She then stated that availability won't probably be for another two weeks and that it would be July. She kept looking in their system for any stock to ship to me and there's nothing for another two weeks.

I then asked her if there's anything they could compensate for the inconvenience like lift the charges for my choice of next day shipping and she said unfortunately she couldn't do that as well.

After all this, I asked her if there was anything else she could do in regards to the order and she stated no....So I guess there it is fellas, we're left with another two weeks(July). She couldn't even give me a specific date......

Abstract Photog
06-12-2009, 12:53 PM
Well the research department got in touch with me this morning and all I can say is bad news....

After about 20 minutes of going back and forth, it turns out that I will not be receiving my May 23rd order for at least another two weeks. Apparently, since my ship and billing address were different(had it shipped to my work) my order was delayed. I found this kind of odd because I called about a week and a half ago to confirm addresses and everything, and they said it was clear and there were no flags on my order.

I then mentioned what some of you have been stating on here about it shipping off next week, and she said she has no clue about it shipping next week(keep in mind this woman is higher up in the chain) and that unfortunately "sometimes" their reps don't know what they're talking about. She then stated that availability won't probably be for another two weeks and that it would be July. She kept looking in their system for any stock to ship to me and there's nothing for another two weeks.

I then asked her if there's anything they could compensate for the inconvenience like lift the charges for my choice of next day shipping and she said unfortunately she couldn't do that as well.

After all this, I asked her if there was anything else she could do in regards to the order and she stated no....So I guess there it is fellas, we're left with another two weeks(July). She couldn't even give me a specific date......
obviously all of what shes telling you isnt true. people have already
gotten their cameras, and a few of us have em on the way.

i spoke to a manager the other day who confirmed a May 16th ship date. then
i spoke to someone from the actual warehouse to update my shipping from free
to 2 day, and they told me the 16th was 100% confirmed.

Orchidthief
06-12-2009, 01:39 PM
obviously all of what shes telling you isnt true. people have already
gotten their cameras, and a few of us have em on the way.

i spoke to a manager the other day who confirmed a May 16th ship date. then
i spoke to someone from the actual warehouse to update my shipping from free
to 2 day, and they told me the 16th was 100% confirmed.

Abstract, let us know when you receive yours. Also, I just got a call from another rep and she's telling it's based off location and availability in that location.

rubberbandito
06-12-2009, 01:44 PM
F*** me!

paulgandersman
06-12-2009, 02:02 PM
I spoke to a woman from research dept. today as well. and she gave me similar info as Orchid. she said that NO cameras would be shipping out any more this month and the earliest I would see my camera is July. I would honestly feel comfortable if I just had an exact date that wasn't contradicted by every other post on here. :/

txcrew
06-12-2009, 02:03 PM
I pre-orderd mine through PanasonicDirect on 6/2. After speaking with a rep today I was told my order is shipping out 6/28 with an estimated delivery date of 7/2.

anthonybsd
06-12-2009, 02:04 PM
This thread reads like Schindler's List....

rubberbandito
06-12-2009, 03:13 PM
Maybe the elect, the shopatron'd, are the lucky one's now. They're still saying with some certainty june 26 allocation.

J Davis
06-12-2009, 03:17 PM
I pre-orderd mine through PanasonicDirect on 6/2. After speaking with a rep today I was told my order is shipping out 6/28 with an estimated delivery date of 7/2.

I was told this info as well.
(spoke to them today)

Orchidthief
06-12-2009, 03:45 PM
Yeah I'm seriously at a point where I don't even want to waste any more time trying to figure out the status of my order. I've contact Panny so many times and I get discrepancies from call to call.

Not one has been able to give me a date on when to expect it. The most I've gotten so far is that it'll be another two weeks. Speaking of which, the same girl I spoke to earlier called and left another message on my cell stating that it's been delayed to July. I guess she didn't realize I was the same person she spoke to earlier since I left a voicemail.

I don't understand how some of you are getting dates on this thing. :huh: I guess two weeks would be about the 26th. I'm at a point where I'm considering just snatching a japanese model. Getting that desperate.

Other than the language settings, anything else differ from the us version?

paulgandersman
06-12-2009, 04:24 PM
the guy i just spoke to on the phone at Panny Direct told me they have no more information than we do when checking the order status on the website. they just punch our order number into the website and thats all they look at...... yup.

J Davis
06-12-2009, 04:51 PM
Pana rep just called me to report the same info that I learned earlier (my post above).
I asked her how some people got theirs earlier and she said that sometimes other vendors will fill an order from Panasonic Direct if Panny are out of stock.

paulgandersman
06-12-2009, 04:57 PM
HOW can other vendors have it if Panasonic themselves dont?? i'm so confused. haha. panasonic DOES make this camera RIGHT? Panasonic SENDS it to vendors to send to us? wha??