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Friday, January 18, 2008

Nikon P50, Olympus 790SW, Canon Elan 7ne and more (Amazon)

Let's take a look at what Amazon has in-store for Friday shoppers!

Mass Market compacts
At $195, via Adorama, you can get the Nikon S51, in red. This is Nikon's attempt to compete with the Canon and Sony popular mass market models as it borrows from the Sony T-series styling and the entry-level Elph pricing. Elph is also known as Ixus and Ixy in other markets.

At $146 or so you can get the Kodak V803, a slightly older but 1/1.8"-based compact.

The brand new stylish Fuji Z100fd is available for pre-ordering at $250. This camera tries to compete with the more expensive Sony T-series from underneath in terms of pricing. And now a plus, the Fuji cameras take xD and SD/MMC memory cards, while Sony is in MemoryStickLand.

Cameta Cameras Bundles
Cameta Camera regularly posts some nice bundle of cameras that are a good value proposition - assuming you need the extra items they are offering, or you can trade or sell them if you don't need them.

First up, for $330, they have the Olympus Stylus 790SW 7.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 3x Optical Zoom (Black) + Olympus 2GB xD-Picture Memory Card + USB Card Reader + Spare Li-42B Battery for Olympus + Compact Padded Camera Case. Good starter kit for someone who doesn't have digital or doesn't have xD-based cameras. And the waterproof/shockproofness of this camera is just about the only reason to get it over the many other competing compacts in this segment. Olympus insists on xD memory cards only, and they are all alone now that their friends at Fuji have moved on to dual xD/SD memory card slots. Olympus, please wake up and smell the memory card roses!

Next up, a bargain hunter's dream, a camera starting at 28mm for $180. This is a basic starter kit which includes the Nikon Coolpix P50 Digital Camera with Transcend 2GB SecureDigital (SD) Card + (4) AA Batteries and Charger + Carrying Case. Not bad at all!!!

SLRs and DSLRs
The Canon EOS Elan 7ne SLR Camera (Body Only) is a film SLR. I repeat this SLR needs 35mm film! It is not digital. But for those who love film or want to explore film the first time and are familiar with SLRs, this is a nice option at $343. Preferably if you already have Canon lenses or are thinking of going in that direction. Or for a more affordable solution, the Canon EOS Rebel K2 35mm Date SLR Camera (Body Only) is just over $150.

Hey, it's a $4 price-drop and the lens is not even out yet! The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens is in pre-order status but has dropped down to $196. This is the neo-kit lens that attempts to compenseate for the lack of sensor-shift image stabilization. Canon has taken a similar approach, as the two DSLR market share leaders continue to refuse to offer sensor-shift image stabilization, presumably for fear of affecting their expensive IS/VR lens sales.

Just $5 under $500 can get you the Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera + Nikon 18-55mm AF-S Lens + Nikon SLR Gadget Bag + Transcend 2GB 150x SecureDigital Card + USB Card Reader from Cameta Cameras. This is a nice starter kit for someone who wants to ease into DSLRs, but please keep in mind this camera doesn't play well with older lenses as it expect the lens to have a focus motor.

And we have a 3rd party lens making waves as well. It is currently delayed by 2 to 4 weeks, but there is definitely interest. It is the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP AF Di LD IF Macro Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras.

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