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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cameras advertised by Staples next week

Let's see what Staples has in-store for us next week. Next week being 12/23 through 12/29. The deals go live (tomorrow) Sunday morning.

As always keep in mind that brick and mortar prices are higher usually than reputable online dealers and you have to pay sales tax as well. But you can also use the brick and mortar ads to get a price match at your other favorite retailers. So it pays to look around and sniff around.

First up the Canon SD850 IS is $270, this one does not start at 28mm. At $230 you can instead get the red Casio EX-S880. This lovely camera uses the ceramic lenses which allow it to be so small and cutesy and fashionably tiny.

A more "standard" compact at $180 is the basic Canon SD1000, an Elph designed to sell faster than hotcakes.

Kodak's approach has been to attempt to offer more for less, and the 10mp Kodak V1003 at $180 is not a bad trade-off. It uses a 1/1.8-ish" sensor.

Sony's answer to all this is the Cybershot W80 at $180, assuming you do not object to memory sticks or the Sony brand.

If $110 is the absolute max you want to spend, and you do not mind using xD memory cards (eg you already have some) then you can get the Olympus FE-210 (AA-based, entry-level) at that price. If only Olympus woke up and smelled reality and did what their xD-friends at Fuji did: Offer their camers with the ability to use both xD and SD memory cards! Earth calling Olympus, earth calling Olympus :)

For $80 you can get the SmartyPants (ok, SmartPants) 7" digital photo picture frame, although the latest trend seems to be 15" digital photo frame, which was the standard size of LCD monitors a few years ago.

Memorycard-wise the 2gb Sandisk Ultra II CF is $30, while the standard 2gb Sandisk SD card is $18.

Meanwhile any of the advertised digital cameras purchases will also entitle you to a free after mail-in rebate Canon all-in-one printer. Not bad, if you actually have a use for the printer, and you don't mind submitting and tracking rebates.

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