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Friday, May 23, 2008

Digital camera deals at Best Buy (expire late night Saturday)

Best Buy's weekly digital camera specials, included in their Sunday paper circular are alive and well, and they expire at the close of business on Saturday, where a new wave of specials goes up, and gets promoted online and of course in the Sunday papers across the country.

So with still 24 hours left in this week's circular, what goodies do we have that might be of interest to camera buyers out there? Well, we'll break them down in categories, to make it easier to read through!

Digital cameras under $200
The front page of the ad features the Nikon S550, in the stylish black finish, going for $200, which is not a bad price, considering this has a 5x optical zoom, 2.5" LCD, and the 10mp 1/2.33" sensor that everyone and their grandmother's camera are using in 2008 :)

At the reasonable price of $180 we find the the Sony Cybershot W120, quite possibly Sony's next blockbuster camera, and the Kodak Easyshare M1033. Sony insists on using a 7mp 1/2.5" sensor, which is ironic because Sony makes sensors, while the Kodak uses the common now 10mp 1/2.33" sensor. Both has 3x optical zoom lenses. For an extra $30, you can add to the Kodak M1033 a Lowepro black leather case (Napoli 10) and extra Kodak LiIon battery. Good for beginnners perhaps.

Another stylish camera is the Casio EX-Z77 white, an exclusive color for Best Buy it seems. This is yoru typical 7mp, 3x optical zoom, LiIon-based, SD/SDHC point and shooter.

And if you want to spend even less, at $120, you can get the Nikon Coolpix L18 in navy blue. This is a AA-based entry-level digital camera. And for starters, they are offering the Sunpak Flexpod and the Ridge 10 camera bag for an extra $20, making the bundle go for $150.

Cameras over $200
Moving on up, at $220, you can get the cool blue Panasonic FS5, a 10mp 1/2.33" camera that doesn't start as wide as 28mm, but it is wider than most cameras in this price range. With 2.5" LCD and such.

Sony's answer in this segment is the Cybershot W170, with a 5x optical zoom, and wide-angle and a 2.7" LCD, and optical image stabilization for $280. The red version looks very nice too. If only it took SD/SDHC in addition to MemoryStick Pro Duo.

Kodak has the EasyshareV1273 at $255. This camera uses a 12mp 1/1.7" sensor, and has a 3" touch screen LCD, which is what differentiates it (I guess) from the other 12mp general purpose P&S models. The lens is a pedestrian 3x optical zoom, but has some form of stabilization.

A duo of super zooms
Two of the many available superzooms in the digital camera market are featured, the Sony H10, Sony's fun zoom who got creamed in its dpreview review, going for $280, and the Nikon P80, Nikon's new 18x hyperzoom, going for $370, already getting its first retail discount from the $400 street price. Waiting for reviews on this one.

DSLRs at Best Buy
Two DSLRs are featured and as you can expect, one from Canon and one from Nikon. The Nikon is the D60 with the 18-55 DX VR kit lens, going for $700, or $850 if you choose to add the 55-200 DX VR lens. Not bad prices for brick and mortar, but as always you can find them for a bit less at reputable online dealers.

Canon's EOS 40D is advertised at $1300, and that includes the EF 28-135 lens, but that was before the Canon Instant Rebates went into effect. Or did they factor those in? The ad came out on Sunday, which is when the instant rebate went into effect. Needless to say $1300 is too much, as you can get it from Amazon, Adorama or B&H Photo for $1130. $170 is a lot of money, at least to some people :) You can also add the 70-300 IS lens and the bundle goes to $1800.

Memory Card Not-so-Specials
Kingston promotes their 2gb (SSD/2GBKR) memory card for $18, which is not that good of a deal, and Sandisk has their 2gb Memory Stick Pro Duo (SDMSPD-2048-A10) for $25, which is more expensive since it's not SD :)
For more hands-on photographers, the Canon A590-IS may be a great way to get started in photography, and it only goes for $165, which is not bad for brick and mortar.

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