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Monday, May 12, 2008

Camera deals at Circuit City this week (5/11 to 5/17)

This week's Circuit City circular, just like the one from Best Buy is loaded with digital cameras. Coincidence that they both feature digital cameras at the start of the circular? Or circular ad espionage? :)

Under $200 digital cameras
In this tempting price range, we find the likes of the Kodak M753, black finish, at a mere $100, making it an instant $100 camera deal!. Do note that this is a Li-Ion based, not a AA-based camera. Kodak moved away from AAs, probably hoping to make profit off the extra LiIon sales?

A new camera for $120 and that includes a free 1gb Sandisk SD memory card? You better believe it! It is the Fujifilm Finepix J10, Fuji's new line of affordable LiIon based digital cameras. You get 8mp with a 3x optical zoom lens, and the usual stuff in this price range.

If you are a fan of big LCD screens (3" LCD), and don't object to a slightly older model without an optical viewfinder, then you can get the Canon Powershot SD 750 for $180.

If you are a Sony fans, then the Cybershot S780 is on sale for $180 and the price includes a 1gb Memorystick, the Sony MSMT1G. This is an 8mp 3x optical zoom camera with face detection of course.

If you want to step up to the W-series, the Sony W150 is available in red or black for $250. If only these cameras also took SD/MMC, they would really sell like hot cakes. Sony, are you listening? This is an 8mp 1/2.5" camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, along with smile shutter. And you get a free 2gb Memorystick with it (Sony MSMT2G).

If you are into sleek and stylish cameras, the Samsung NV15 is only $180 and that price includes a 2gb Sandisk memory card of the SD variety. This camera uses the intriguing Samsung Smart Touch user interface, and features a typical 10mp/3x optical zoom combination. Face detection and the like included.


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Digital cameras over $200
Sony makes a splash and gets prominently featured with their new Cybershot H50 15X superzoom camera, going for the list price of $400. Too early to expect a discount? :) But you also receive a 2gb free memory card!

If you regularly abuse your cameras, and yo uare not allergic to the xD memory card, then for $370 you can get the Olympus Stylus 1030SW. And a free 1gb Sandisk xD memory card (SDSDB1024A10). This lovely is shockproof, waterproof, crushproof, and freezeproof, but within limits. Do read the manual to find out what the actual limits are!

If you like Kodak cameras and 3" LCD displays, then you can get both for $230, in the Kodak V1073 which uses the new 2008 10mp 1/2.33" sensor which is all the new rage as it allows double-digit megapixels.


DSLR City Deals
There are two DSLR City Deals this week, first up, the Sony Alpha A300, the one with the tilting LCD screen, goes for $700 and that includes the 18-70 DT lens. But for just an extra $100 you can add the Sony 75-300 (SAL75300) lens as well. Not a bad deal for someone who is getting started!

The second DSLR City Deal is the Canon Digital Rebel XTi, aka 400D, with the 18-55 EF-S lens, going for $650. But you can super-zoom your kit by adding the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS lens for an extra $280, putting the total bundle at $930.


Digital SLR Super Bundle
Purchase any DSLR at Circuit City, says their circular ad, and get for free after $100 in mail-in rebates - the following items:

  • Epson R280 printer
  • Snapfish.com leather photo album
  • Digital SLR Cameras and Photography Book (Dummies series)
  • Firedog training crapola

    This makes sense as a deal if you have any use for any of the above items. Printers are a dime a dozen since the inks/cartridges are where the profits are made.


    Accessories
    Memories! You can store them on a 4gb SDHC Sandisk (SDSB4096A11) memory card for just $28. Not a bad deal at all, considering it comes out to 70c per gigabyte.

    Comparatively, a 4gb Memory Stick Pro Duo from Sony itself (MSMT-4G) can be yours for $50, putting it at $1.25 per gigabyte, almost close to 2X the price of SDHC. Ouchie! It's a good thing memory prices have dropped in the last few years. Imaging buying a 4gb or 8gb card using the prices of three years ago :)

    A few memory cards are also advertised in the circular, including Sandisk and Olylmpus (xD cards).

    Also the 8" SmartParts digital picture frames are offered for $150. This is advertised as a genuine wood high definition digital frame. We are sure thought that the picture is not printed on wood :)

    You can also get an HP-branded 7" high-def digital picture frame for $100. Oh these marketeers they love to slap the "high-def" tag on everything these days to make it sound more appealing!

    Did we mention this is a high-def blog? :)

    A variety of compact digital camera cases of different colors and shapes, but of compact size are on sale for $10. Be sure to check the circular or the local store for more details.

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