Mirrorless price wars - a visual snapshot as of July 10, 2010
With three competing mirrorless camera systems, and the Nikon President firing a shot across the bow of the Pirates of the SLR Mirror, it is time to take a snapshot of the current mirrorless camera market.
More specifically, we are taking a look at the prices of the currently available cameras in the US market. The price you see below for each camera is the lowest price among Amazon (Amazon itself and A-list third-party sellers only), Adorama and B&H Photo. For cameras with multiple body colors, we include the lowest price, not the average price. For cameras available in multiple configurations with the same lens (eg Olympus E-P2) we pick the lowest price (typically it is the base configuration, camera + lens). We only include standard kits with USA warranty available at multiple retailers.
So here we go, first the pancake kits, and then the zoom kits. If you re-publish these charts on your website, blog or forum, please be sure to include proper credit/reference/link, and please do not hotlink.
As you can see in the two charts above (and the one below), Sony has lit a fire in the market by offering their four NEX kits at competitive prices out the door. All the other kits you see (with the exception of the just-released Panasonic G2 and G10) have already had at least one non-trivial price-drop. This puts some price-pressure particularly on the Olympus E-P2 and Panasonic GF1 and the just released G2 (saved by the touch-screen?).
Obviously being in the market the longest, and having eight different cameras, Micro 4/3rds has cameras all over the place. The E-PL1 has the lowest price among 2010 models, "beating" the NEX-3 w/16mm pancake by about $25 at the moment.
Sony's "swarming" has also left the Samsung NX10 "surrounded". Sony and Samsung are both using APS-C sensors, so people who place a higher-weight on sensor-size are more likely to look at the NEX and NX models [funny how they almost have the same name!].
If you want to see all the kits (pancakes and zooms) together in one chart, check it out after the jump...