With the Thanksgiving week end and the coming holidays , there are apparently many deals to be had. For the person trying to invest in a somewhat “serious camera” it is easy to get confused . But not all deals shown on the rumors sites are worth plunging for.
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If you already own lots of equipment the holidays deals may be for you the opportunity to save a few bucks on a lens or camera body you have been coveting for a while but if you are relatively new to the “small but serious camera market” all of these deals left and right might be overwhelming
To say that I have been underwhelmed by the products recently introduced by the biggest brands (Nikon, Canon and… to a lesser extent Sony & Leica) would be an understatement.
I will soon publish an article on a kind of “state of the union” for each brand but for the moment I would like to put the emphasis on the non-dslr system which, in my opinion, has really shown the most significant product evolution in 2015 : The micro 4/3rds system.
The M4/3 already had the largest lens line up of any mirrorless camera system but these last few months have seen the introduction of several cameras from both Olympus and panasonic to offer the most broad and competitive line-up:
The GX8 is a great “rangefinder” style camera. Its main weakness was its relatively high introductory price at $1,199 but now it is on sale at $999 only in black (here)or silver (here).
This is a 17% rebate. Even the G7 which was introduced only a few months ago at the very agressive price of $799 (body only) is now available at $598 WITH the kit lens (black here).
Maybe the best current deal to be had is the Olympus Em5 mark II which just come down from $1,099 to $849 (black body here), (silver bodyhere) this is a 23% saving. And you can get deals on several excellent Olympus and Panasonic lenses as well.
And if this was not enough to decide you, please be informed that Olympus just released a firmware update for its Em5-II camera (and there is one for the upscale Em-1 model as well) which brings several real improvements and new functions to these two cameras.
Speaking of the Olympus Em-1, the current flagship model of the m4/3rds line by Olympus is now at an all time low price of $899 for the body only in black (here) or in silver (here)
You may hesitate between which model is right for you and which lenses to get because the m4/3rds systems has almost every lens you can think of but one thing for sure. If you were thinking of a small and light camera system to buy in, the m4/3rds is my recommendation and the prices are a good incentive not to delay your purchase any longer.
I will publish an article this week about which lenses in the m4/3rds I consider the best options as well as a review of a great bag to carry your m4/3rd gear.