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Old April 28th, 2009, 09:05 AM   #1
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I need a GH1 by early May - how can I get one???

HI folks,

I'm planning a project in mid May which would be really well suited to the GH1. Does anyone have any clever ideas on how I could get a GH1 shipped to me in London by mid-May? I've checked eBay but no joy. The GH1 was released in Japan on Friday 24th April. Does anyone know when it's due to be released in the UK?

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Old April 28th, 2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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I think it's due in the UK some time in May, perhaps early June. There was a guy on ebay a week or two ago offering to place orders for people and then ship out, but I think this was a scam. Other than that, book a plane ticket!

If your projects for PAL delivery, then you might need to wait on the EU model.

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Old April 28th, 2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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I just sent an inquiry to a U.K. dealer because I thought you guys might be getting it before us here in the Colonies but they sent back a reply that they will receive them in the first week of June. I am in the same boat.

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If you happen to be the incomparable Philip Bloom, you can get one today, as he did...

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Old April 28th, 2009, 09:25 PM   #5
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Just spoke to Panasonic Australia and I was told that they expect the PAL version in June.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 10:44 PM   #6
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The solution is to import a Japanese model.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 12:35 AM   #7
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More info about the Australian release is here:
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Old April 30th, 2009, 11:52 AM   #8
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Thanks loads for the replies.

If I do import the camera from Japan, please may I check 2 points:

1) Will the cam have Japanese menus? I assume so?

2) Will the cam have a 25fps mode? I assume it will? I think I've read that all cameras will be switchable between 25p-over-50i and 24p-over-60i.

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Old April 30th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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Jack,

If I were you I would double check this. I read it that European models would output 25p in a 50i stream and 24p in 60i for US/Japanese models. If I'm wrong then great, cause that means there is another bonus to this little camera. Phil Blooms clip was 25 and I think his was a UK model? He might be able to confirm this.

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Old April 30th, 2009, 12:36 PM   #10
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2) Will the cam have a 25fps mode? I assume it will? I think I've read that all cameras will be switchable between 25p-over-50i and 24p-over-60i.
Don't count on it.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #11
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I'm also interested in getting the camera as soon as possible, I've read that the japanese cameras have english menus,

anyone has experience dealing with japan internet stores?
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Old May 6th, 2009, 07:03 AM   #12
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I have not ordered from an internet site, but there's a big chain of Yodabashi Camera stores over here. The one in Akihabara (Tokyo area) is the largest in Japan. I recommend you do internet search on that and see if you get an English-language site.

Beware - Almost every electronic item I've purchased in Japan has come with a non-English instruction manual. I have to find and download manuals. If there's software involved, such as with an Epson photo scanner I bought over here, it's even worse. The only language on the software was English and Epson USA wouldn't send me a replacement CD due to import/export laws.

You'll also want to brace yourself for sticker shock. Prices are higher in Japan than everywhere else. I got a Canon 70-200mm IS F2.4 lens in Bangkok for $1,750 about 2 years ago and the same lens is NOW going for $2,400 over here.

Yodabashi phone number: 81-3-5209-1010
yodabashi.com

Oh, they have staff in the camera dept. who speak perfect English.

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Oh, they have staff in the camera dept. who speak perfect English.
Thats a stretch.
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