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Friday, May 23, 2008

One more day left for this week's digital camera specials at Circuit City

There's still one day left (Saturday) to take advantage of this week's digital camera deals at Circuit City! Of course new specials will come out on Sunday as always.

Affordable Compacts
The Canon SD-1100-IS is emerging as the new P&S of choice among chain store buyers. Available in multiple colors and with the addition of IS, the only thing that is waiting for before becoming a blockbuster is for the price to drop below $200. At the moment it is selling at $230, which is not a bad price if you want this model. You can also get the previous Elphs models (SD1000, SD750) for under $200, but you don't get IS (image stabilization) or multiple colors.

The AA-counterpart is the Powershot A590-IS going for $170, and this offers just about as much as one can reasonable ask from a sub-$200 digital camera. Ideal for peopel who like to experiment and are interested in growing their photography skills.

Kodak fans may be interested in the Easyshare M863, going for $140. This is your typical 8mp, 3x optical zoom, LiIon compact.

Samsung fans have a choice of the cutesy L100 in red or gold for just $130. This is a typical 8mp 1/2.5", 3x optical zoom, LiIon/SD-based entry-level, but with features like face detection as well. For more "bijou" buyers, the Samsung i8 white is on sale for $200. Similar specs but a style that resembles a bit the Sony T-series.

We close the affordables segment with two Nikon Coolpix models, the AA-based Coollpix L18 red, going for $130, and the Coolpix S550 black, going for $200 even. Plus of course any applicable sale tax as always at brick and mortar.

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Ultracompact digital cameras over $200
Are they electronic jewelery, gadgets or digital cameras? That is a difficult question to answer, because they look so cutesy :)

We start with the Sony Cybershot T70, which has a 3" touch screen LCD, and is available in pink for $250. It is a slightly older model which expains the 8mp 1/2.5" snesor, although that may not necessarily be a bad idea considering the sensor soup out there. For fans of Sony but haters of Memorystick, Sony has a compromise, the Cybershot T2, which has 4gb of on-board memory, so you could just use that, and avoid purchasing any memorysticks. A Sony camera for the MemoryStick haters! The price? $300! You can also get a rechargeable battery pack, the NPFD1, for an extra $50. This is an extra battery, not the one included with your camera!

And two more lovelies before we close this segment, the Casio EX-S10, continuing the S-series ultraslim lineup, with a 10mp sensor and lots of gadgety features. The price for this is $230, and you get all the internet buzzowords with it, from eBay to YouTube and iTunes. Infact, you get a $25 iTunes gift card with the purchase of this digital camera.

Canon has a more "serious" model, the Powershot SD870-IS, which starts at 28mm wide, something fans of wide angle compacts will appreciate. This slightly older camera goes for $270 at the moment, about $15 higher than what you would pay at Amazon right now.

Two DSLRs featured
Just like Best Buy, the two DSLRs featured in this circular are the Nikon D60 with the 18-55 DX kit lens for $700 and the Canon 40D with the EF 28-135 for $1300 or $1800 if combined with the EF 70-300 IS USM lens. We are assuming that these prices have taken into consideration the Canon Instant Rebate. And if so, they are about $170 higher than Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo. So consider that if you are considering this 40D kit!

More advanced digital cameras
Not sure if more megapixels means more advanced, but the Sony W300 features a new 14mp sensor (okay, 13.x mp) and yet just a 3x optical zoom lens. The price is $350, which is about $50 less than the starting street price, which pretty much guaranteed invisibility for this price. Who really needs 14mp in a glorified point and shoot using a 1/1.7" sensor? :)

One of the most popular superzoom is the Canon S5 IS, going for $330. While the expectation is that this camera will get a replacement or follow-up in the next few months, it is very likely that it will cost $400 or even more. And no one really knows when it will ship. So if you cannot wait, this is as good of a deal as you are going to get. This does have "only" a 12X zoom ratio lens, so if you want a bigger one, you have to either wait for Canon to catchup with this trend (assuming they will do of course), or buy one of the 15X/18X/20X superzooms from the competition.

Memory Card Deals
A reasonable special, for $15, you can get the Sandisk 2gb SD memory card. This is of course the standard SD card, model SDSDB2048A10. Dont' expect to pay that low for the Ultra II or the Extreme cards. And while you can get them for less online, $15 for a 2 gigabyte Sandisk card is a pretty reasonable price to pay if you are going to go through the big box retailer route :)

Which brings us to the 4gb Sandisk UItra II Plus (SDSDPH004GA11) which goes for $60. Ultra means more in terms of both price and speed :) The 2gb Ultra II (no plus, SDSDH002GA11) goes for $20, which is not that bad if you want an Ultra II at retail :)

The best bargain perhaps might be the 4gb Sandisk Ultra II (SDSDRH004GA1) going for $30. If instead you just want the standard 4gb SDHC card (SDSDB4096A11), you just pay $25.

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