bfitzgerald wrote:I wouldn't pay the Fuji's asking price right now either...then again I'd not pay the over £400 for the G15
Whew, that is a bit high. I just checked Amazon UK and see it for £415 ($634) there. The black X20 is £484 ($739) and silver one is £500 ($763). The prices are quite high, but the difference between the G15 and X20 price is not as large as in the U.S. and Japan.
In the U.S. the G15 is $400 and the X20 is $600 (I only checked at Amazon). In Japan the G15 is about 38,000 yen ($382, £250) and the X20 is about 55,000 yen ($552, £362). At the current exchange rate the G15 I bought a couple of weeks ago worked out to about $385. I could have gotten it for $375 from an electronics shop in Akihabara in Tokyo that I have bought stuff from before and they could have shipped it to me (they are on the internet), but I decided to buy it from Amazon Japan since it is so much simpler and the shipping would probably be faster. I ordered it with the free shipping option and it was in my hand in less than 23 hours on a Saturday morning.
Just a side note. Last year we were in Japan for 6 months when the dollar/yen exchange rate was the worst in history (well, worst if you are using U.S. dollars in Japan). The exchange rate was in the $1 = 76 to 79 yen range while we were here. Even so I was able to get a good deal on a Canon S95 from Amazon Japan since it had just been replaced by the S100 (and I actually preferred the S95). I also got a good deal on a new Olympus 9-18mm, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 14-42mm, and Panasonic 45-200mm (all less than in the U.S. even with the terrible exchange rate). All the other m4/3 gear I wanted was too high so I waited until I got back to the U.S. This year the much better exchange rate ($1 = 99.5 yen) sure is a relief.
bfitzgerald wrote:X10 is under £300, Fuji are well known for some very hefty price drops once it's been out a while.
I'll wait until later this year to see what they are at. But I do like the output from the Canon too looks very decent
Yes, maybe the X20 will be down before long. Your prices sure are high in the U.K., but maybe there are better prices at other places than Amazon UK.