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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lots of cameras in this week's Best Buy circular ad

Best Buy goes all out in this week's circular ad in the Sunday paper as they offer two full pages of camera and photo deals! That's right, two full pages!

As it is typical, brick and mortar prices are usually higher than online, so if you want to quickly compare, be sure to check the camera's price at Amazon for comparison.

Cameras under $200
HP wants to go out with a bang as they offer the HP M632 in an exclusive Best Buy white color for just $80. This is a 7mp, 3x optical zoom, SD cameras. Best Buy says minimum 20 per store and no rainchecks. You can also get the HP Leather Carrying case (Q6265A) for just $10.

For $120 you can get the Kodak M753, available in multiple colors. This is a LiIon-based camera, it does not take rechargeable AA batteries! But the Sony Cybershot S700 does, and it is available for $130. Please keep in mind that you obviously have to feed this one MemorySticks which are 1.5x to 2x the price of SD memory cards. But if you are a Sony fan, this is not an issue :-)

Meanwhile Fuji learned its memory card lesson as all of its new cameras use both xD and SD/MMC memory cards. And the Fuji F480 starts at 28mm wide to boot and sells for just $140.

Also from Fuji, a nicely styled and design ultracompact fashionably trendy camera available in many colors is the Fuji Z10fd priced at the very tempting price of $150. This camera may be the breakaway hit of the holiday shopping season. As with all cameras mentioned here, if you are not familiar with them, be sure to check reviews and see sample pictures as well as real world pictures at places like PBase and Flickr and Smugmug and such.

Another "cutie" is the Nikon Coolpix S200 advertised in red for $170. Not sure if they are using Chris de Burgh's "Lady in Red" song to promote it ;-) Also from Nikon, the Coolpix S51 in an exclusive (Best Buy) Navy color is available for $200.

Kodak's M883 is not as stylish as some of the aforementioned cameras, but it's available for $180. Why does stylish matter you ask? Well it doesn't matter for the pictures, but the cameras in this segment are promoted as "fashionable" electronics more than they are promoted as cameras :)

If you like pink cameras that take AA-batteries, check pink Panasonic LS75, an exclusive Best Buy color at $130. If the camera color is not an issue, then you can get this camera at Amazon for $100.

Cameras over $200
Yet another "cutie" is the Casio EX-S880 red, using a "ceramic" lens to allow for the small form factor and design. The price tag is $220.

Olympus has a colorful Stylus 790SW which is shockproof and waterproof (read the specs for details) going for $280. This is available in multiple colors and has a more modern style than some of its Olympus predecessors. Sadly for fans of the previous SW cameras, its shockproof and waterproof rating has been reduced.

Canon's Elph series is hard to content with, the SD750 is promoted for $230, and the SD870 IS, which starts at 28mm wide angle is promoted at $320. Also from Canon, the "fun zoom" SX 100 IS is offered at $270.

Speaking of fun zooms, the Panasonic TZ3 is also offered at $270. What a coincidence!

Meanwhile the Sony Cybershot H9 which features a 15x stabilized zoom lens is at $400, but a number of people seem to agree that the latest wave of Sony H-series cameras are not on par. Some would go as far as recommend the old Sony H2 instead. As always be sure to check the reviews and samples and decide what's right for you.

Two DSLRs are advertised this week. First up the Nikon D40 with the 18-55 DX lens for $500 even, but you can add the Nikon accessory kit (bag, battery, and photography guide on DVD) for an extra $50.

Next up is the Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400d) with the 18-55 EF-S lens for $700. For $900 you can get that along with the EF 75-300 lens and an accessory kit that includes a bag, battery and filter.

Memory Cards
Some of the memory cards advertised are the the Sandisk 2gb Extreme III CF (SDCFX3-2048-901) for $45, the 2gb Sandisk Ultra II SDSDH-2048-901 SD card for $25, the 2gb "standard" Sandisk SD card (SDSDB-2048-A11/BB) for $20, the Sandisk 2gb Memory Stick Pro Duo (SDMSPD-2048-A10) for $35, and the 1gb Fujifilm xD card for $20. As you can see from all this, the SD memory card continues to have a price advantage over all the other formats. This is of course as expected :)

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