My Panasonic FZ35 has been ordered by an amigo in the US and I will be the very happy recipient in just a matter of days. I can’t wait! And yet, I’m planning its sale already. Not immediately. But give it a few months. I’m going to be keeping that baby in pristine condition. Why am I already contemplating its sale, before I’ve even taken delivery? Well….
The new Fuji HS10 is why. It looks absolutely awesome. Some specs for you. Backlighted CMOS sensor. A 30x lens with manual zoom ring. A fab 10fps, with a special 1000fps sport mode. Proper HD video in 1080p with stereo mics. And so many more fancy features. And it looks incredible. Why don’t I just buy it now? Well, it doesn’t come out till April for one. Secondly, as good as the specs are, I wouldn’t buy a new camera without reading a few reviews, and they’ll take a couple more months to come through.
Thirdly, the price. My FZ35 is $315, give or take. The Fuji is $499. The price will come down in a few months. Plus, I have a cunning plan. The FZ35 is costing me just a little more than 4,000 pesos, because I’m having it bought in the US. Its retail price in Mexico? A ridiculous 8,500 pesos. Like all imported products, it has a hefty amount of tax added on. I could easily sell (or so I believe) a mint condition reasonably new FZ35 for 5,500 to 6,000 pesos, thus making me enough profit to afford the Fuji. Cunning plan indeed. Click on Read More for the full official press release if your interested in all the details.