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Monday, September 03, 2007

Movers and Shakers at Amazon (Monday night)

So what do we have generating buzz among Amazon's savvy shoppers? The new Pentax Optio M40 has started shipping at a small discount and that was enough to bring in the buyers. The two generations ago model, the Optio M20 sells for $169 via Ritz Online (not the stores). Just $80 can get you the HP E337 (5mp, fixed lens). Or wait for the Kodak C513 with 5mp CMOS sensor and 3x optical zoom starting at $80! At $200 even is the Olympus FE-250 via Beach Camera. Love the Panasonic FX-series? The FX10 blue is $170 via Vanns of Montana. Like the cutesy Casios? The EX-Z1050 is $206 via Beach Camera. Can't complain about the price on the Fuji Z5fd (wine red) for $161.

On the DSLR front, the Sony A100H (with the 18-200 lens) is at $964. The Canon EOS 30D with the standard kit lens can be had for $1520 via Adorama. The really compact (for a DSLR) Olympus E410 with the compact 2-lens kit is $732. Interesting price, eh? Contrast that with the Nikon D40x 2-lens kit that goes for $928 via Cameta Camera.

Quick hitters List

  • Opteka .42x HD² Wide Angle Panoramic Macro Fisheye Lens for Canon PowerShot S5 IS, S3 IS, and S2 IS for $30 via 3rd party seller
  • Sunpak 6601UT Tripod with Extra Quick-Release Mounting Plate $18 via Adorama
  • Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD 35mm Camera $50 via J&R world (this is not a digital camera!)
  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1 6MP Waterproof MPEG4 Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom (White) $425
  • Fujifilm WP-FXF40 Underwater Housing for Fuji FinePix F40fd Digital Cameras $140
  • Samsung SPF-72H 7 Inch Digital Photo Frame $100 after $50 mail-in rebate
  • Kodak Easyshare EX-811 8-inch Digital Picture Frame with Wireless Capability $174

    Top Sellers
    1. Canon A570-IS, $172
    2. Canon SD1000 $213
    3. Canon SD850-IS $310
    4. Canon SD800-IS $292 (starts at 28mm)
    5. Canon A560 $135 (can't complain about the price!)
    6. Canon S5 IS $365 (my how the mighty have fallen from $500!)
    7. Canon SD750 $251
    8. Canon A550 $140 via Beach Camera
    9. Canon A460 $105 (we are almost there, a sub-$100 zoom camera from Canon!!??!?!?!)
    10. Canon Digital Rebel XTi 400d with kit lens $714 (price drops sell cameras!)

    You may have noticed that the top 10 is all Canon, so for the purposes of diversity, I will be providing the top 5 of non-Canon cameras:
    1. Sony W55 black $188
    2. Panasonic FZ8 $245 via Vanns
    3. Fuji S700 $200 via 3rd party seller
    4. Olympus Stylus 750, silver $170
    5. Sony W55 pink $170 via Camta Camera

    And the first non-Canon dSLR is the Nikon D40 with the standard kit lens for $532 .

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