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Monday, June 30, 2008

New wave of Amazon digital camera deals

We have a new wave of deals at Amazon, with more and more temptations becoming harder to resist. Starting with something utilitarian, an 8gb Kingston SDHC memory card, class six, going for just $32 with free super saver shipping. Not bad, since you are paying just over $4 per gigabyte! If you have an older digital camera, be sure to check that your camera is compatible with 8gb SDHC cards or if the manufacturer has issued firmware updates to add the ability to use higher-capacity SDHC cards.

One of the hottest digital cameras of the year is the Panasonic TZ5K which you can get for $265 and free shipping. Yes, this is a new low price superzoom fans! Of course this is not a perfect camera, but it's a fun camera for sure. If you are not familiar with it, be sure to check the in-depth review by dpreview.com.

If you are a Nikon DSLR user and are interesting in flash units (Speedlights), then you might be interested in this special bundle from Cameta Cameras: It includes the SB600 AF speedlight along with a number of bonus items including a AA NiMH charger, two sets of rechrageable NiMH AA-batteries, and Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce Diffuser, along with TTL Flash Cord, and Stroboframe 350 Flash Bracket. All that for the one low price of $280! Here is a picture of this kit:

Moving along, we find the older Kodak V803 going for just $120 and available in either silver or black. Note that this has an 8-megapixel 1/1.8" snesor, not the newer and smaller 8mp 1/2.5" sensor. But obviously the sensor size is only one of the parameters that determine image quality, so be sure to check for reviews and such if you are not familiar with this (or any other) digital camera.

And if you want to get a camera with a 3x optical zoom but still pay $80 and nothing more, then you have a choice, the GE A735 or the Kodak C713, an Easyshare camera, also with a 3x optical zoom lens.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Best Buy weekly ad June 29 to July 5, 2008

Let's take a quick look at the digital cameras featured in Best Buys Sunday paper circular! We start with the lowest prices and move on upwards!

At $100, making it a $100 camera deal, we find the Kodak C813. This has a 3x optical zoom lens, and an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor. At $140, we find the Sony S750which is a great price for a Sony until you consider the additional cost of Memorysticks :) Then at $155 we find the Kodak M893-IS, which has IS and a 2.7" LCD, along with the typical 8mp 1/2.5" sensor and 3x optical zoom lens.

But if you don't want to risk a purchase, Canon is always the "safe bet", and the "old" SD750 can be yours for $180. Even though it has a 3" LCD, this older model does not have image stabilization, so you might want to consider the SD1100-IS instead which are dropping in price and are available in multiple delicious colors.

Moving up to $200 even, we find one of Ashton Kutcher's favorite Coolpix models, the Nikon S550 black. This has the 2008 10-megapixel 1/2.3" sensor along with a 5x optical zoom, but it does not start at wide mind you. It has blink warning, but f*rt warning is sorely missed ;-)

And if you are a trendy gadgetologist, you can't go wrong in terms of buzzwords with the Casio EX-S10, with a 2.7" LCD, a $25 iTunes gift card, and bonus buzzwords such as eBay, YouTube and iTunes. The price is $250.

Sony's H-series "fun zooms" have take a beating at the hands of reviewers, but not everyone agrees with their findings. So if you don't object to the negatives posed in the reviews, you can get the Cybershot H10 for $280. But the cameras that have taken the market by storm are the Panasonic TZ-series models, which first showed signs of blockbuster status with the now legendary Panasonic TZ3.

The DSLR Duo, yes Canon vs Nikon
How predictable :) The Nikon offering is the D40 with the kit lens (non-VR) for $500, or you can add a side of fries with the 55-200 Nikkor lens for an extra $100, which perhaps makes the two-lens kit a good deal, unless you think 6-megapixels are simply not enough and you want to take a look at the D60 instead, whose kit lens is a VR-lens.

Canon on the other hand has the D-Rebel XSi with the 18-55 EF-S at the pre-discount price of $900 (current price at Amazon and elsewhere is $800). But Best Buy offers the 75-300 lens for an extra $100, so perhaps that 2-lens kit might fare better when comparing with other retailers online and offline.

Memories on memory cards
A 2gb standard Sandisk card can be yours for $18, while a 4gb Sandisk Ultra II is waiting for you if you can part with $30. $40 is what you pay for a 4gb Sony MemoryStick and $35 will get you a Lexar professional Neanderthal card (CompactFlash). Just kidding CF fans :-0)

Bonus MyReward Zone points!
Select items throughout the summer earn double and triple Best Buy MyReward zone points. Check Best Buy or the website or the circular ad for all the details!

Hot deals at Amazon: Canon lenses, and more

Lots of hot stuff at Amazon at this point, can you resist the temptation? If not, you may want to stop reading!!!

Great Canon Lens price?
The Canon EF 75-300 f4-5.6 III lens is going for just $160 via Adorama. Not a bad deal, especially if you have older 35mm film SLRs, since this is an EF lens so you can use it on all Canon EOS SLRs!

$5 Kenko Accessory Lens
You can't complain with $5! That's what 47th Street Photo is asking for the Kenko .6x Wide Angle Lens for the Canon ZR400, ZR300, ZR200, ZR100, Elura 50, and 40MC camcorders. Obviously these are not digital cameras, but the price is right!

The white Samsung i8 is an 8-megapixel cutie with a 3x folded optics zoom lens, going for just $$164 via 3rd party seller Beach Camera, at Amazon. While this may have not been a sexy purchase at the same price as a Sony T-series, half the price certainly makes it tempting!

Digital Cameras for $100 or less!
Everybody loves a bargain and the black Samsung S860 is under $90 via Beach Camera. This is your basic point and shoot entry-level digital camera, with an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, SD/MMC, and AA batteries. Don't expect miracles, but then again, you are only paying $90!

If you are a fan of HP cameras or the HP brand, or you want to get them for historical purposes, the HP R742 can be yours for $100 via Tigerdirect. This is a 7-megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera, silver color, part of their Photosmart line-up.

SuperZoom me now!
Accessorize and superzoom me now please! If you are interestedin the 20x superzoom from Olympus, be sure to check this Cameta Cameras special kit for $430.

As you can see from the picture above, this includes the Olympus SP-570uz superzoom standard kit, along with a number of bonus items, such as a camera case, 4 rechargeable AA batteries, and a few more trinkets as seen above. Click on the link or picture for a complete list of all the accessories included.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Staples camera specials for the week of June 29 to July 5

Staples has a relatively mild set of weekly specials in their weekly circular, featuring a trio of point and shoot digital cameras, starting with the Casio EX-Z80 at $160, along with the staple Canon SD1100-IS at $180 which is actually a great price, since this camera sells for $200+ at Amazon right now.

The third digital camera in the circular is the Sony S730, which only costs $130 but you also have to factor in the additional cost of Memorysticks, in case you don't already have Memorysticks lying around.

And speaking of memory cards, a 2gb PNY SD cards goes for $15, while a 2gb xD card from PNY as well goes for $25. As you can see there is a difference in price! Infact for $25 you can get a 4gb PNY SD card!

You can also get the 2008 Norton Anti-virus for one PC for free after mail-in rebates, but only if you are committed to seeing the rebate thing through. And having your computer loaded with Norton bloatware :)

Kodak ZD710 for $140, and 2gb SD card for $8

J&R World has posted their weekend specials and among them we find the Kodak Easyshare ZD710 for just $140. Yes, one-hundred-and-forty, not a typo! This is a 7-megapixel 1/2.5" digital camera with a 10X optical zoom lens with the equivalent focal range of 38mm-380mm. Please note however that this does not offer optical or sensor-shift image stabilization, which perhaps explains the low price. However, the price is amazing considering the feature set. If you have steady hands, or you plan on taking pictures in sunlight, or you have and use tripods and monopods and other out-of-camera stabilization techniques, this is definitely worth a look!

For more on the Kodak ZD710 be sure to check its reviews by Australia high-tech site Good Gear Guide and by CNet.

And now to the 2gb memory card, it is the Dane-Elec 2GB Secure Digital Memory Card offered by J&R World as well.

Remember the prices are good for the weekend or while supplies last, so don't sleep on them if these are something you are interested in. Perhaps you can bookmark the page and revisit after you do more online and bargain hunting if this is something of interest after all.

And we conclude with a fun accessory under $100. If you haven't jumped on the mp3 player bandwagon yet, this is a good opportunity: The Sandisk SDMX14R-004GK-A70 Sansa Fuze 4GB MP3 Player - Black for just $90, also offered by J&R World.

For lots of mp3 players and reviews be sure to visit Anything but iPod. If you don't like iPods that is :)

Digital Camera Deals for Weekend (heading into 4th of July week)

Yes, we are just six days away from the 4th of July, so the sales and offers are heating up! This is the weekend right before the holiday, so the retailers are increasing the offers, hoping to entice more buyers!

We start our specials round-up at OneCall.com, where we find some nice deals, starting with the Pentax Optio Z10 Black going for $170 and this includes free 3-day FedEx shipping. The Z10 is an 8mp 1/2.5" digital camera with folded optics for its 7x optical zoom lens. To learn more about it, be sure to check the reviews at Photography Blog, and Digital Camera Review.

Next we find the gorgeous in red Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5R for just $186 with free 3-day fedex shipping included. Not bad! This is a 2008 model, and its lens starts at 30mm, a compromise between those who like wider than usual but not that wide. If you are not familiar with this lovely camera, be sure to check its review at high-tech supersite Trusted Reviews.

Everybody loves red! So for just $118 you can get the Nikon Coolpix L18 Ruby Red, with shipping starting at $12. This looks a lot different in ruby red than in shiny silver. It is of course part of the Nikon entry-level L-series in their line-up and has an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor and 3x optical zoom lens, with AA-batteries and SD/MMC memory card support.

Last but certainly not least, at $3960 and free shipping we find the Canon EOS-1D Mark III (Body Only). This is Canon's speed demon professional DSLR, and this is a nice price since most of the other reputable online dealers have them at $4050.

Do note that these are weekend specials, and the advertised prices will expire by Monday, or earlier if OneCall runs out of stock. OneCall is one of the reputable online dealers out there, and is included in Amazon's list of featured sellers, along with the likes of Calumet, Camera, Adorama, J&R World, Vanns of Montana (not to be confused with Vans skateboarder footwear), and such.

Olympus Stylus 770SW now just $200 at Amazon!

If you love weatherproof and shockproof cameras, this is one to seriously consider at $200, despite the xD memory card! This being the Olympus Stylus 770SW, which feautes a 7mp 1/2.5" sensor, and a 3x internal folded optics zoom lens. But of course the definining features of this camera are that it has a waterproof, freeze-proof, and crush-proof design, so you can mix it up with elements without fear of ruining it. Of course it's not indestructible so be sure to read the restrictions and limits in the user manual!

Not familiar with the 770SW? Learn all about it by checking its reviews online. Among the camera review sites reviewing the 770SW are Imaging Resource, DCI, and CNet. Also reviewed by the high-tech gadget blog CrunchGear.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Pentax K200D body only down to $510 after the rebate!

Another nice deal for those interested in affordable dSLRs is the Pentax K200D body only, now going for just $510 after the $100 mail-in rebate at Amazon. If you want to buy more Pentax gear, be sure to take advantage of the Pentax Gear-Up rebate program which can save you up to $375!

But needless to say, $500AR for this DSLR is a great deal! Unless you have issues with AA-based cameras or the K-mount that is :) Let's not forget this camera includes sensor-shift stabilization and it is compatible with lots of K-mount lenses, new and old. And unlike the Canon and Nikons, it is not intentionally "cripped" with things like removed spot-meter (Canon) or requiring a focus-motor in the lens (Nikon).

There are a few reviews of the K200D posted out there, including Steve's digicams, along with the aptly named Digital Camera Review, and the UK super-site Trusted Reviews.

Nikon D3 price drop down to $4818 at Amazon right now

Attention Amazon shoppers! The Nikon D3, body only of course, is now down to $4818 at Amazon. This camera is usually "stuck" at $5000, so a sale is a good thing if you were looking for an excuse to buy it :)

For more details on the Nikon D3, be sure to check its online reviews, which include a number of top tier review sites, such as dpreview.com, along with Outback Photo, Phil Greenspun at Photo.net, along with Luminous, Moose, Bjorn, Pop Photo and a few more. For more reviews, be sure to google "nikon d3 review" :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Canon Digital Rebel XSi at $800 even (includes EF-S 18-55 IS lens!)

Rebel fans, cancel the revolution! You can instead get the Canon Digital Rebel XSi with the EF-S 18-55 IS lens, for just $800 even at Amazon. Free shipping and no sales tax unless you are in one of the few states that Amazon is required to collect sales tax.

If you are not familiar with the Digital Rebel XSi, which also goes by the name of 450D internationally, you can quickly learn about it by checking the comprehensive review at dpreview.com. If you want additional opinions, be sure to check Photography blog, and Canon specialist site The Digital Picture. There are plenty more reviews, Google is your friend :)

But wait, there's more! As part of the current promotion at Amazon, you also get a use-it-or-lose-it coupon code for a free 16"x20" collage poster (a $20 value they claim) from Shutterfly.com.

This week at Ritz and Wolf camera stores!

What special specials do we have this week at Ritz and Wolf Camera stores? Well, let us take a quick look!

The front page story is the Nikon Coolpix S51, available in four flavors (colors), and going for just $150. This is a slightly older digital camera, which is why the price is low, and it offers an 8-megapixel sensor with a 3x optical zoom, and a big (for digital cameras of this price range) 3" LCD display.

Two of the hottest DSLRs at the moment are advertised in the DSLR page, the Sony A350 with the 18-70 DT lens and the Canon Digital Rebel XSi with the 18-55 EF-S IS lens for $800 each. That's right, $800 each! Hooray!. You can also get the free photo printer with the Canon, but according to Ritz, Sony's policies prohibit them from offering the free photo printer with the Sony A350 purchase. Boo at Sony! :) The A350 has a 14mp CCD sensor, and it has been a hot point of discussion in the digital photography forums, especially after the dpreview review was posted.

Be sure to check all the weekly specials at Ritz and Wolf through the links above. This week Ritz is offering a free HP all-in-one 8x10 photo printer after mail-in rebates, as well as a free personalized photo book and camera classes where availble. These are free with the purchase of a digital camera of course. And if your digital camera or camcorder purchase is over $299, you get 0% interest until April 2009, assuming of course you pay the full amount by April 2009. See store or website for special financing terms and conditions!

Another great bargain is the Olympus Stylus 760, also a slightly older model, featuring a 7-megapixel 1/2.5" sensor with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5" LCD. This is a splashproof camera, so it might come in handy to have if you are going to a place where there is the risk of water and the elements. Mind you, this is not a shockproof/dropproof camera, you have to get the SW-series for that. Sadly though they only work with xD memory cards so that negates the low price, unless of course you already have xD memory cards to use.

Even more water-friendly is the Pentax Optio W30 going for $250. This lovely can capture picutres underwater up to 10 feet adn can "last" underwater for up to 2 hours. The pressure of the water mounts you see, so you don't want to keep it under water for more than two hours. This has a 7-megapixel sensor, with a 3x internal (obviously) optical zoom lens. This is a nice price, but do keep in mind that Pentax announced a new model last month, the Pentax Optio W60, which is available for pre-ordering for around $330.

Affordable and colorful digital cameras
These put the A in affordable and we start with the Samsung S860 (8mp, 3x optical, 2.5" LCD) going for just $90 and available in black, which makes this camera look better than if it were a shiny "it came from space" silver.

Next at $130 you can get the Olympus FE-310, the only AA-based FE-series model from Olympus. But you don't just get the camera box, there is also a bonus here, you get a $40 bonus outfit that includes a leather case, and AA batteries along with a charger. Of course the $40 value of the outfit is list price as evaluated by Ritz. It may be worth less to you, especially if you already have the aforementioned accessories in abundance from your other digital camera or electronics.

At $150, you can get the Canon A580, with a $15 gift card as well. We however recommend that unless you must have the A580 or you have a very strict budget, you should get one of the Canon Powershot A-series with Image Stabilization (IS), such as the A570-IS or the A590-IS.

Superzooms on sale!
If you want to buy the absolutely cheapest superzoom on the market, the Fuji S700, also known as Fuji S5700 in some parts of the world, can be yours for just $150. This has a 10x optical zoom lens, but it does not have image stabilization. Nevertheless, considering the price, it's worth taking a look. Remember all the new Fuji cameras nowadays take both xD and SD memory cards, so you don't have worry about being "stuck" with xD proprietary cards. Good job Fuji, now it's Olympus's term to find "common sense".

The Panasonic TZ4 is advertised at $270 but that is an obnoxiously bad price. You can get this camera at Amazon for just $220. Bad Ritz, bad :)

Canon vs Nikon compacts
What would you get? The Nikon S52 eco-Green Coolpix for $200 or the Canon SD1100-IS, available in half a dozen colors for $250 with a bonus $20 gift card? Choices, choices! You can earn a lot of "smug points" with the S52 Eco-Green, and you don't have to buy a hybrid car ;-)

The $500 DSLRs are waiting for you
More and more DLSRs are hitting the market, and lower and lower go their prices making it more tempting and at the same time more affordable for people to experiment and explore the DSLR world.

A good starting point are the $500 DSLRs, starting with the Nikon D40 with 18-55 DX kit lens, or the Sony A100 with the 18-70 DT lens. With the A100 you are getting a bit of Sony Alpha history, as the A100 was the first Sony Alpha DSLR to be released. Minolta had its own DSLRs, but of course they were under the Minolta banner, the last two of which were the now legendar 5D and 7D.

Also at $500 you can get the Olympus E410 w/14-42 kit lens. Do note thatthis model (and the whole E4xx-series) does not have image stabilization. This is limited to stock on hand as the E410 has been replaced by the 2008 model, the E420.

And an even older DSLR for even less, but sadly without image stabilization, so you should probably not get it unless you play to glue the camera to tripod or monopod that is. Thsi is the Pentax K110D with the 18-55 DA lens for $450 and limited to stock on hand.

Memory Cards
The standard sale price has caught up with the Ritz-branded RitzPix 4gb SD memory cards, but there is a small catch, you have to buy a 2-pack for $50. So it comes out to $25 per 4gb card. But only if you need two of them.

Print me!
But wait there's more! Don't throw away the weekly circular! The backpage has a nice coupon: You get $5 off any online or in-store RitzPix order of $25 or more. This cannot be combined with any other offer and is good until 6/28.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Overstock Sandisk SDSDB2048A11 2gb SD cards for $13 at Adorama

Adorama has an overstock supply of 2gb Sandisk SDSDB2048A11 memory cards, and you can get them for just $13 each, without rebates, and without limits - while supplies last of course. These are obviously the standard speed Sandisk cards. There are 24 reviews of this memory card at Adorama. Shipping and handling is extra.

Also there at Adorama, AdoramaPix is having a sale on prints, you can get glossy 4x6 for just 8 cents, or you can get 20x30 prints for just $13 per print. And the popular 8x10 print size is just $2!

Note that we are rounding up prices to make this more readable. The actual prices are a few of cents different from the rounded amount mentioned here.

Nikon Coolpix S510 deal at OneCall.com

OneCall.com has a special limited time offer on the Nikon Coolpix S510 Kit, which includes a bonus two-year extended warranty and a Nikon S-series leather camera case. The price is $159 with $11 shipping and handling, getting it to around $170 shipped. Remember this special has the camera case and extended warranty which are not part of the standard kit for this camera.

To quickly introduce the Coolpix S510, it is a compact digital camera using a LiIon based battery (lithium-ion), with SD/SDHC memory card support, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 8mp 1/2.5" sensor. It offers VR (image stabilization), and a 2.5" LCD.

If you are not familiar with the Nikon S510, be sure to check some of its reviews online at Digital Camera Review, high-tch conglamorate CNet, and photography magazine Popular Photography and Imaging Too!

Camera specials at Staples this week

Not a whole lot advertised by Staples this week, but they do have some notebook computer specials. On the camera front, there is a trio of entry-level digital cameras advertised, startign with the Sony S730 going for $130, the Canon A590-IS going for $170, the A580 going for $140, and the Olympus FE340, in silver going for $190. Nothing dramatic or to write home about, unless of course you have a Staples gift card or a big Staples rewards check to spend there!

But there are some news for the free-printer junkies out there, you can get the Epson R280 photo printer for free after a $100 Easy Rebaet with purchase of a digital camera at Staples. The EasyRebates for those not familiar are, as the name suggests, very easy. You just enter data from your cash register receipt onto the Staples Easy Rebate website and submit it. That's all you need to send, unless otherwise noted in the rebate instructions of course. Then after 4-6 weeks you receive your checks. These are rebates for people who hate traditional rebates.

But there is hope on the memory card front, with a 2gb regular Sandisk going for $18, a 2gb Ultra II Sandisk going for $20 even, and the equivalent CompactFlash going for $30 even.

Even better prices per gigabyte can be found with the PNY Attache USB 2.0 flash drives, starting at $15 for 2-gigabytes, then $25 for 4-gigabytes (the new brick and mortar "standard" sale price) and $40 for the 8-gigabyte, which puts it at the lovely $5 per gigabyte rate.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Late night Amazon digital camera deals

And before we sign off for the night, let's take a quick look at Amazon. There's always some new cameras buzzing over there, and tonight is no exception! And here we go, we start with the 2008 model, the Panasonic FS5 silver, a 10mp 1/2.3" digital camera with a 4x optical zoom lens that starts at 30mm. Obviously not as wide as 28mm that the previous FX-series Panasonics of 2007 had, but some people may not be interested in going that wide. The most appealing part? The price! Just $191 with free shipping and a coupon code for a free 16"x20" collage poster from Shutterfly.com.

Hot on the heels of the dpreview review, the Olympus E420 with the 14-42mm kit lens is a hot seller at Amazon for around $530 at the moment, with free shipping and the free Shutterfly poster mentioned above. This is the smallest DSLR in the market but do note that it does not have image stabilization. It does take both Compact Flash and xD cards so you are not "trapped" in xD-neverland.

And for the low price bargain hunters out there, we have two $100 digital cameras at Adorama, the Nikon Coolpix L10, a basic AA-based point and shoot camera, and the Pentax M30, a more sophisticated LiIon-based Optio point and shoot. The M30 has more features, but the Coolpix is the more recognizable brand, although how much Nikon had to do with the camera is a mystery ;-)

And if you like your digital cameras, big and nasty, with RAW and a giant fixed lens, then consider the Fuji S100fs going for $675 with free ship and the free Shutterfly poster mentioned above.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tamron 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 lens for $52 shipped!

Cheap lens fans, pay attention! Cameta on Amazon is offering the Tamron 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, in Nikon flavor, for $45 plus $7 shipping and handling.

The lens is also available in Pentax flavor. There's also a Canon flavor which costs a few dollars more.

Reviews of the Tamron 28-80
This is not a "designer" lens so the big reviewers don't typically review them. But there are still plenty of reviews online, starting with the user reviews at Photography Review. We also have user reviews at CameraReview.com.

Camera specials at Best Buy this week (6/22 to 6/28)

What does Best Buy have in-store for us this week? Well there are some good news and some bad news! The good news? You can get a $100 Best Buy gift card if you buy the Tamron 18-250mm superzoom lens in either Nikon or Canon flavor for $500. So if you are a regular Best Buy customer the effective price will be $400 since you can use the gift card on a future purchase. You can also save the gift card and give it as a gift, or sell/trade it online or offline.

The bad news? Best Buy did not get the memo about the Canon instant rebates, so their 40D with the EF 28-135 goes for $1300, compared to $1130 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo. Meanwhile the Nikon D60 with the 18-55 DX VR kit lens goes for $700 and the two-lens kit goes for $850. You can get the two-lens kit online for $800 instead (eg Cameta on Amazon). But we digress.

Compact Digital Cameras
Colorful cameras everywhere, starting with the Fuji Z20fd available exclusively in red at Best Buy for $160. Because there are millions of people who can't have anything but the red version of the Z20fd ;-) You can also bundle it with the BP-OL40 rechargeable battery and Napoli 10 red camera case (matching colors alert!) for $190

If you prefer pink, you can get the pink Kodak C813 for $100, yes $100 camera deal! If bronze is your color, then consider the Kodak M1033, which has a 3" LCD, 3x optical zoom lens and a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor which everyone seems to be using in 2008.

More colors as you can pick and chose your favorite for the Sony W120 at $180, which is destined to become the next hot seller from Sony, and the Canon SD1100-IS for $230 who is destined to become a hot seller once Canon runs out of stock of the 2007 and earlier models of Elphs because those sell for less and they ar a better bang for the buck.

Another Best Buy exclusive color, the Casio EX-Z77 in white going for $140. Nice price! This is a 7-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.6" LCD. It even has a YouTube mode. Oh dear?

A nice blend of price and style is the Sony T70 going for $260. This has an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and a 3" touch screen display. No touchscreen but a 3" LCD is what we find in the Canon SD870-IS for $280. This stands out from most of the other Canon Elph Ixus Ixy Powershot models because it starts at 28mm wide, and this wide angle feature makes it more popular among amateur, enthusiast and professional photographers.

Last but not least, we find the Kodak Z1012-IS, the latest "top" superzoom from Kodak going for $270. This has a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor and a 12X stabilized lens with a 2.5" LCD. It's been a while since Kodak has made an "advanced" compact - remember the P880? Until a new "advanced" camera comes along, the Z1012-IS might be the leader of the pack, although Kodak has other cameras with larger sensors (1/1.7" to 1/1.8").

Memory Cards
"Feed me!", cried the digital camera while resting it its case. You can feed it a 4gb PNY SDHC for $25 or an 8gb similar for $45. Also 2gb Olympus xD cards for $35 and Sandisk Memorystickproduos for $25. You can also get a 4gb PNY Optima Attache USB drive for $25, which can be an additional layer of backup and protection when you are away from the home, office or studio.

For more details, store locations, latest prices and availability, check BestBuy.com.

In-stock now: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 SP AF XR Di LD (and a few reviews)

OneCall via Amazon has the Tamron Autofocus 28-75mm f/2.8 SP AF XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras with Built-In AF Motor available for $400. But ther's only a few left in-stock at the moment so hurry up if you need this lens soon!

A brief history of Nikon DSLRs and built-in AF motors
As you may know, the entry-level Nikon DSLRs (D40, D40x, D60) expect the lenses to have built-in focus motors, so luxuries such as auto-focus are not available with lenses without built-in focus motors. This has caused the third party lens manufacturers grief and they scrambled to add focus motors to their lenses to make them attractive for the D40/D40x/D60 DSLR users.

Reviews of the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
These are reviews of the standard variation of the lens, since the one with the built-in AF motor is brand new and very similar, if not identical - other than the built-in AF motor of course. Here are some reviews:

  1. Bob Atkins - photography guru
  2. Nikonians.org - specialize on all things Nikon
  3. The Digital Picture - specializes on all things Canon
  4. WhichLens.com
  5. SLR Gear - an "IPO" from Imaging Resource
  6. Fred Miranda user reviews

Camera specials at drugstores this week

They may be the opposite of Calumet and B&H Photo but it doesn't mean that every single camera purchase is a professional dSLR! You can potentially find some good local deals here. Maybe... So let's take a look!

The GE (General Imaging) digital cameras are starting to invade the drugstores and they are an ideal match since they are priced right at the entry-level where a lot of drugstore camera buyers may be.

The GE A735, a 7-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5" LCD and smile and blink detection is only $80, and that's without any rebates. Almost disposable price you asy? Well, only when you compare it with a $1000+ DSLR price :) Eighty dollars is a lot of money to a lot of people out there!

Memory cards at reasonable prices at drugstores? Wow, we don't usually see that, but you can get a 1gb Sandisk SD card or microSD card for just $10, no rebates or coupons! Not bad. Obviously you can do a lot better online, but they can't give away 1gb cards for free. The storage bang for the buck obviously lies with the 4gb cards ($25 at brick and mortar, less online) and the 8gb cards.

Walgreens also has a coupon in their flyer for $4 off any photo service purchase worth $10 or more. You do have to give them an email address with the coupon, but of course you don't have to give them your primary email address.

Two pasaport photos for just $8 and a free Passport travel kit with copuon! Not bad if you are planning to travel?

Digital print prices at Walgreens are a bit confusing. We'll try to de-confuse them here:

  • Order online and deliver to your home, any quantity: 12 cents per print
  • Order online, pick up at the store: 15c for 100+ prints, 19c for less than 100 prints
  • Order in-store, pick up in-store, ready in one hour or less: 15c for 100+, 19c for 30 to 99, and mystery price for less than 30 :)

Rite Aid
An old-school 5-megapixel Polaroid digital camera with what appears to be a 3x optical zoom lens is on sale for $80 after a $20 single-check rebate. The good thing with RiteAid rebats is that you don't have to mail them in, but rather submit them online, similar to the Staples EasyRebates. Do check their rewards catalog for specific details on each item though to be sure!

Not exactly a good price though on the 1gb Lexar SD card which goes for $13 after a $3 single-check rebate. For crying out loud, you can almost get a 2gb card at retail for that price!

The ad includes a coupon for 15 free additional 4x6 digital prints whenyou purchase at least 50 prints. The price for prints is 19c for 50+, and 29c for less than 50 prints. So you pay more for 49 prints than for 70 prints?

On the film front, you can get one hour single prints for $4 after a $3 single-check rbat. These ar 4" prints, 35mm, and 24 exposurs. Limit one rebate!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Canon XSi and Olympus E510 specials at Cameta!

Cameta has a couple of tempting DSLR bundles that have been moving on up in the Amazon movers and shakers categories. Let's take a quick look!

The Canon Digital Rebel XSi is bundled with the 18-55 EF-S IS lens,k and the 75-300 f/4-5.6 III Lens, along with a 4gb Transcend SDHC card, a Camera Incognito bag, Spare LP-E5 Replacement Battery, and a number of other minor accessories thrown in as a bonus. The price for all these? $1130 with $23 shipping. Now if you need these, then it looks like a deal worth looking into closely. On the other hand, if you only need the camera, or the camera and one lens, then the extra savings may not be worth getting extra stuff you don't need. Ultimatly of course it's your choice :)

The second Cameta bundle features the Olympus E-510 DSLR, along with the 14-42 and 40-150 digital Zuiko lenses, and a 2gb Transcend CF card (133X), a Camera Incognito 1000 bag, a spare BLM-1 battery, and a number of other smaller accessories. As you may recall, Olympus just recently announced the new E520 DSLR, so the E510 is not the latest and greatest model. But considering that it has sensor shift stabilization, and being the older model is the tried and test model, and it is also the best bang for the buck compared to the E520, it is certainly worth a look. Especially if you are a fan of, or interested in exploring Four Thirds. And since Four Thirds is a new format, getting the 2-lens kit is a good idea, unless of course you already have a collection of 4/3rds lenses.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Digital Camera Weekend Specials on the net

Let's see what the internet cat has brought in while lurking in the Garden of Internet Deals. Okay, that was rather lame, but these deals are not!

DSLR Deals
OneCall.com is offering the hot-selling Canon Digital Rebel XSi for $745 with free shipping by FedEx (3-day even). This is the body only edition, and it is great for people who already have Canon lenses or are interested in getting more advanced lenses.

Compact Digital Camera Deals
Yet another compact digital camera for your pocket and for the newcomerers out there is the Panasonic Lumix FS5K going for $187 with free FedEx shipping. This is a 10-megapixel digital camera with a 1/2.3" sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens that starts wider than most cameras of this type, but they are not as wide as 28mm.

If you need megapixels by the pound, J&R World is offering the silver Casio EX-Z1200SR for $220. This uses a 3x optical zoom lens, SD memory card, LiIon battery, and 2.8" LCD, along with trendy features like face recognition, YouTube, eBay, and iTunes. Oh Casio :)

Also as part of their weekend sale, J&R World are offering the trusty Canon G9 for $460. This may not be as big and "old school" as the old-school G-series models, but it certainly has its many positives, especially considering that there are not that many alternatives in the marketplace at this point in time.

Memory cards and Accessories
Six dollars is all you have to pay for the Ultra 1gb SD memory card at the new CompUSA. Do note that this is a brand named Ultra, this is not Sandisk Ultra! The new CompUSA is the old CompUSA "rescued" by TigerDirect.

If you like to mix it up with the elements you might be intereted in the Olympus SW series of digicams. You do have to deal with xD memory cards, and if that's not an issue, then you might be interested in the Olympus Stylus 850SW black. It has a standard 3x optical zoom lens and your standard 8mp 1/2.5" sensor.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

$100 bargain camera: Pentax Optio M30!

Yes digital camera bargain hunters out there, we have a great special for you! Adorama is offering the Pentax Optio M30 for just $100, on sale, and with free shipping!

Don't let this $100 camera deal pass you by! The M30 has a 7mp 1/2.5" sensor, with a typical 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5" LCD, uses SD/MMC cards and has a 2.5" LCD display.

If you never heard of it before, dive into the digital camera reviews to learn all about it, starting with Steve's Digicams and Trusted Reviews.

You can also find out what Pop Photo, the magazine thought when it compared this lovely with the Casio EX-Z75 lovely.

Also reviewed by Digital Camera - The Magazine. This is a nice and sleek review, so if you are going to read one review and you are pressed for time, this is th one!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Weekly camera and photo special at Adorama!

Get ready, set, shop! Adorama has a new set of specials for the week, so get your cyber-shopping-carts ready!

The deal of the day quite possibly is the Olympus Stylus 790SW shockproof camera for just $230 with free shipping. This is the blue color, which matches the color of the water since this is a waterproof and freezeproof camera as well. Of course it does have its limitations, don't think this is a Jacques Cousteau camera :)

First, be sure to bag this bag, it is the Lowepro Fastpack 350, which is good for both a Digital SLR and widescreen notebook. This backpack is water-resistant and offers 180-degree access panel. In black. Free shipping!

Tired of the cheap tripods that shake like Lambada dancers? Then consider the Bogen-Manfrotto Modo Maxi, a black tripod with hybrid joystick ball-head. There are four reviews of this at Adorama. Its weight is 3 pounds and its max load is 3.5 lbs. Free shipping!

If you don't need a big memory card, or you want lots of small ones, you are in luck! The 1gb Sandisk SD card goes for just $7!

If you like the new Kodak M-series cameras and like a colorful camera, the "copper" Kodak M753M is yours for $110 and that includes free shipping and handling. This is a seven megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5" LCD display.

If instead you prefer a AA-based camera, the Nikon L18 is an entry-level Coolpix going for about $130, and with free shipping! Fans of bigger screens will be thrilled to know tha this has a 3" LCD, along with 8mp 1/2.5" sensor and 3x optical zoom. Did we mention free shipping?

Those pesky digital pictures, especially the RAW files can pile up real quick! And that's where a one terrabyte externa Western Digital MyBook can come in handy. The price is around 21c per gigabyte, or $209 for the whole disk, since you can't buy it by the gigabyte :)

These deals and a whole lot more at Adorama!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Camera advertisements in the Sunday paper

We often look at the digital camera ads from the big electronics companies in the Sunday paper, but what about the unusual suspects? Is there anything of interest there? Well, let us zoom through them. No pun intended :)

Target has exactly one digital camera in their circular, it is the Kodak M763 going for $130, BUT, this also includes a $20 pre-paid Target Photo card which you can use when you make prints at Target Photo or you can sell on eBay or trade with friends or give it as a gift to someone else :)

Also at Target, an ugly price on a 1gb Kodak SD card - $13. Ouch! What part of 2006 did they dig that from? :) And if you like the TruTech brand, then you can get the 7" digital picture frame for $69. It comes with black or white faceplaces and a remote. You can find it at the Target Electronics department. And if you want alkaline AA or AAA batteries, a 16-pack of Duracell coppertops is on sale for $9 (see back cover of the circular).

There is almost nothing from Staples this week, but Rite Aid, the drugstore chain, is offering a Fujifilm QuickSnap 1TU camera for FREE. It is FREE after you submit their online rebate. The rebate works by entering data from your cash register receipt onto their website. Just like the Staples EasyRebates. The actual price is $11 plus tax. The tax is not refundable. This one time use film camera has 27 exposure and ISO 400.

Walgreens has a digital camera featured, the Polaroid i737 for $90 after a $30 mail-in rebate. This is a generic 7mp digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and *gasp* 16MB built-in storage. Also on sale 2gb Sandisk Compactflash Ultra II for $20, or a standard 2gb SD card at the same price. And they have the same deal on a 16pk of Durcell AA or AAA alkaline disposable batteries. We of course reocmmend rechargeables whenever possible. It's better for your pocket and better for the environment too!

Camera deals at Fry's on Father's Day June 15

A trio of digital cameras are advertised by Fry's Electronics today, Father's Day, June 15, 2008, in the Sunday paper.

The slightly older Olympus SP-560uz with an 18x superzoom lens is going for $350. This camera has a follow-up, the 2008 model SP-570uz, which is currently priced at around $400 at online reputable retailers. The new SP-570uz has a 20x zoom lens instead, and it is slightly wider as it starts at 26mm. Yes, a 35mm equivalent lens of 26mm-520mm. Oh my!

If you like a new 2008 model Canon Powershot with lots of buzzword features (3" LCD, face detection, image stabilization), the Canon SD790IS has been discounted to $320. But don't get too excitied, limit one per customer!

Last but not least, for fans of the xD memory card, the Olympus FE-340 is available in a million different colors. Okay, not a million, but you can get it in blue, pink, black, silver, red or pink! You can make a camera rainbow even. The rpice? $150 after instant savings. This camera has an 8-megapixel 1/2.5" sensor with a 5x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7" LCD. This is a slimmer camera as it uses LiIon batteries. The Olympus line-up used to be comprised of AA-based models, but now Olympus is down to just one AA-camera, the entry-level FE-310.

You can also get a free after mail-in rebate Epson photo printer with the purchase of a digital camera. See their store or website for more details, terms and conditions and such.

And if you like picture frames, the 7" Kodak P720 digital picture frame goes for $100, and no rebates. This is limit one per customer and has the usual picutre one could expect from such a product.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Weekend camera deals around the net

Some interesting camera deals are available around the net this weekend, so let's take a quick look and shop shop shop!

J&R World has a special on the "older" Canon Digital Rebel XTi, body only, for $520 and with FREE Shipping and handling. This is also known as the 400D in some camera markets, and is the 3rd Digital Rebel announced by Canon. It was followed by the XSi (450D) and the just announced XS (1000D).

The TZ-series from Panasonic has put the "fun" in "fun zoom" and it appears so far that neither Canon nor Sony have been able to catchup with the "fun". Their latest is the TZ5 and the blue version (TZ5A) is sold by J&R World for $270.

Memory Cards
Let's all sing together now o/~ Memooooriiiiiiiiiiesssssssss o/~

Don't feed your advanced DSLR junk cards! Give it something ...extremely good ;-) Such as the Sandisk SDCFX3008GA21 Extreme III CompactFlash 8GB Memory Card which goes for $90 by the mail-order giant J&R World.

J&R is offering the Sandisk SDSDB22048A11 2GB SD two-pack for $25. This means you get two 2gb SD cards for $25.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Fuji Z10fd special deal, $100 by J&R on Amazon!

If you are interested in the Fuji Z10fd, get your credit cards ready! J&R World is offering the blue version of the camera on Amazon for $100! Yes, just one hundred dollars plus $7 shipping and handling.

The camera uses a standard (not SuperCCD) 7-megapixel 1/2.5" sensor, and has a 3x optical zoom lens. There is no mechanical (sensor-shift) or optical (lens property) image stabilization. It has a 2.5" LCD and of course face detection. The good news is that it uses both SD and xD memory cards, making it a good purchase for both xD and SD owners.

Fuji Z10fd reviews
The Z10fd is not a "young" camera, Fuji has already released the Z20fd that replaces it, while the Z10fd itself replaced the Z5fd, which uses a 1/2.5" SuperCCD. But as you may already know, the benefits of SuperCCD are starting to show at the 1/1.7" sensor size. The 1/2.5" did not have as big of an advantage over "traditional" sensors.

Anyway, a number of review sites have taken a look at the Z10fd, including Digital Camera Review, Steve's Digicams, and CBS CNet. Yes, CBS is buying CNet! Also reviewed at Photography Blog. For more reviews and customer reviews, Google is your friend!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Circuit City Father's Day digicam specials

Let's see what Circuit City has in-store for us during this week, which is the ramp up to the Father's Day high-tech sale-a-bration!

The popular Panasonic TZ5K is going for $300. This price is about $30 higher than some of the popular online stores (Amazon, J&R World) but it goes in and out of stock, so if you need to buy it right away, it may be find-first!

DSLR Specials at Circuit City
Canon EOS Digital SLR fans can get the Digital Rebel XTi 400D with the 18-55 EF-S kit for $625. The D-Rebel prices have been all over the place the last couple of weeks as the market digests the new XSi 450D and the newly announced XS 1000D DSLR.

A couple of Sony Alpha DSLRs are on sale, startign with the A300K, which is the A300 with the 18-70 DT lens for $600. If you want to add the 55-200 DT lens, then the price goes to $700. The the more expensive 14mp CCD APS-C Alpha A350 is available for $800 bundled with the 18-70DT lens and $900 with the 55-200 DT lens.

If you are a Nikon fan, then the Circuit ad is confused as they show a picture of the D60 yet the ad mentions the D80. A quick look at their website shows that the D60 with the 18-55 DX VR kit lens goes for $650 and the Nikon D80 goes for $750 body only and $1100 when bundled with the 18-135 DX lens.

To check all the available deals at Circuit City, check your local circular below:

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Compact Digital Cameras
There are two advanced digital cameras in the ad, the Canon G9 going for $450, and the Sony H50 going for $350, after a very recent $50 list price discount.

Among the cutesy ultra-compacts, the Samsung L100 gold goes for $100, yes one hundred making it a $100 camera deal. This has an 8mp sensor with a 3x optical zoom lens. The gold color is a Circuit City exclusive color, at least that's what the ad states.

Meanwhile the lovely Sony Cybershot W150 is available in black or red for $210, and this has an 8mp sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, along with a Smile Shutter of course.

Nikon fans juxtapose the Coolpix S550 bundle which includes a 1gb memory card and matching Coolpix-branded camera case. This is a good deal, but if you want to spend only $160, then you can look at the Coolpix S210 instead which includes a free 1gb memory card.

Canon has two Powershots on sale, the SD750 with its 3" LCD (but no OVF) going for $180, and the SD790-IS going for $320.

But if you are the type who mixes it up with the elements, you might want to strongly consider the Olympus Stylus 850 bundle for $300. This includes a camera case, floating wrist strap (oh dear!), and firedog training. The camera on its own goes for $250 at Amazon.com if you don't need the extas.

An even cuter camera is the Casio EX-Z77, bundled with a camera case, battery charger, mini tripod and YouTube t-shirt for just $130. Yum! Nice bundle!!!

Memory Card Deals
For $15 you can get the 2gb standard Sandisk card, which is model SDSDB2048A10. The 4gb SDHC, model SDSDB4096A11 goes for the brick and mortar standard $25 sales price. If you want to go Ultra II instead, model SDSDPH004GA11 goes for an extra $5.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lower prices for Sony Alpha A350 DSLR kits

Sony is dropping the prices of almost all of its Alpha DSLRs. The most visible one being the A350 which is the 14mp APS-C 2008 model, which uses a CCD sensor. The DSLR took some heat in dpreview's review, but the Sony-Minolta fan site PhotoClub Alpha thinks the review was too harsh on the A350. There's a number of A350 reviews and discussions online, so be sure to check them out if you are not certain!

The new lower prices mean that the body only now sells for $700, while the standard kit for $800, and the two-lens kit for $900. The two-lens kit dropped $200 while the other two dropped $100. These are nice price drops!

Updated price boxes from Amazon are right above for the three aforementioned kits. For all the other Alpha just search for them at Amazon to get the latest and greatest prices. Remember at Amazon you can find items sold and shipped by Amazon itself, and also by some of their featured and reputable retailers like Adorama, J&R World, Calumet, Cameta, Vanns, OneCall, and such.

Camera Deals at Office Depot with Father's Day Gadget specials

Office Depot, just like all the other major big chains, are focusing on high tech gear to go with the upcoming Father's Day this Sunday June 15, 2008. So call in and reserve brunch, and then shop shop shop shop :)

Lots of specials, and a free Epson R280 photo printer after a $100 mail-in rebate with purchase of a digital camera. Be sure to check the circular, the store or the website for all the details of this promotion. And if you don't need the printer or have a way of donating or selling it, spare yourself the troubles :)

Office Depot has once again a 20% off digital cameras sale, generating some nice specials. Take the Canon SD750 or the Sony W120 at $160 after a 20% off discount their usual price of $200. Not a bad price for brick and mortar for sure.

Meanwhie the Sony S730 is down to $130, while the Kodak C713 is $90, and yes it has a 3x optical zoom lens! You can also buy the C713 in a special bundle for $120 after a mail-in rebate, and this includes a camera case, memory card and such. Also from Kodak the 12-megapixel Easyshare Z1285 can be yours for $160, a price of $13 per megapixel, what a great per pound price :)

The Nikon Coolpix S210 is also discounted, 20% off $180, makes it a $144 digital camera, not a bad price, considering it is lower than Amazon itself.

Canon's competitor, the new lovely Powershot SD-1100-IS is going for $200 after the 20% off discount, a price that once again beats Amazon.com! Viva brick and mortar! And the star of the A-series in terms of mass-market popularity, the A590-IS can be yours for $180 - $36 = $144. Buy early and often! Great price!

Also note that 20% off makes the Sony Cybershot H10 sell for $240, but the discount doesn't fix any of the issues pointed out by reviewers! Ouch!!

And the biggest camera of the ad is the Canon Digital Rebel XTi going for $650. You may have heard though that there is a new model in the Digital Rebel line-up, just announced by Canon, the Canon Digital Rebel XS, also known as the 1000D. And it intends to compete with the XTi (aka 400D). But the XTi is available for purchase right now, while the XS is coming later in the summer/fall 2008, and will surely be ready for the 2008 Christams Shopping Season! Christmas in June?

Search for it at Office Depot
For more details, be sure to search for the ones that are of interest to you:

Furniture, Technology & More!

Memory Card Specials?
The home-store brand, Ativa has a series of SD memory card specials, starting at 1gb for $8, and then going to 2gb for $15. Sandisk picks up with a 4gb SDHC standard card for the now typical brick and mortar sale price of $25. The microSDHC version though costs an extra $5. There's some more memory card sales, be sure to check the circular, website or local store for all the details.

High Tech Gadget Temptations
The Philigs 4gb SA3345 video mp3 player can be yours for just $80 but after a $40 mail-in rebate. No bad considering the brand and gigabytes. The battery claims a life of up to 20 hours for music.

If you are really thrifty, you can get the 2gb Sandisk Sansa C250 mp3 player for just $30, but after a $50 mail-in rebate. This has a tiny screen, but still not a bad price considering it is the Sansa brand not a nameless generic.

And more, on the front page of the circular ad they have a 1gb Memorex MMP8565 mp3 player for just $10 but after a $30 mail-in rebate. The Memorex brand has less than stellar reputation in some product areas, so be sure to research it or at least adjust your expectations. But $10 after MIR is not a bad price if you are a rebate veteran.

As with all rebates, if you are going to jump in, be sure to follow all the steps, pay attention to the submission deadlines, make copies of EVERYTHING you submit, keep track of the submission, and last but not least, deposit or cash-in the check :)

There's a lot more, for example a nicely speced red Gateway laptop going for $500, but of course after a couple of MIRs. And MIR is not peace, it's mail-in rebate :)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Father's Day Camera Deals at Office Max

Office Max joins the party of Brick and Mortar Father's Day high-tech gravy-trainers with a number of reaonable for brick and mortar specials, starting with the lovely Canon A590-IS going for $160. This is a new model and as the IS in the model name indicates it has (optical) image stabilziation. Good deal!

Also from the Powershot line-up, we have the Canon SD750 going for $170, which is an okay price, but a great price on the Canon S5 IS, going for $300, which beats Amazon, assuming of course you can find it in-stock. It looks like we may be heading towards a Canon superzoom announcement perhaps?

Olympus has a duo of affordable cameras advertised, the FE-310 going for $120 and the FE-340 going for $200. And the FE-340 has a double bonus attached to it, a camera kit and converter drive xD reader, a combined list value of $28, yours for free, no rebates, no questions asked. Yours to keep, eBay or throw away :)

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Nikon has a bonus as well, a free 1gb SD card with the purchase of their Coolpix L18 for $130. This Coolpix has an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, but a 3" LCD, which is good for those who prefer bigger screens in their digital cameras. Just don't expect a deluxe screen :)o

But Kodak beats them all in terms of price, the Easyshare C813 goes for $100 and this has a 3x optical zoom lens believe or not.

Memory Cards
If low prices are your thing, a 1gb Lexar SD memory card goes for $8, while a 2gb goes for $13 making a bang for the buck SD card 4gb goes for the more predictable $25, which is nice but not unique.

If you fancy a 2gb Sandisk Ultra II SD memory card, your price is $20. As with all things Office Max, there are no rebates!.

If you are itching for an 8gb SD card, A-Data has their model for $40, bringing it to the magic price of $5 per gigabyte.

In contrast, a 1gb Olympus xD card goes for $18, whie 2gb and 4gb Lexar Memorystick Pro Duos Platinum II go for $18 and $30 respectively. Hey those are good prices!

For all the Office Max specials mentioned here, and lots more be sure to visit their website!

If you think digital picture frames are not gimmicks for the uninitiated, then you can get teh A-Data 8-incher for $90 or the Kodak 10-incher for $170. While supplies last. Or you can use an older computer and unused monitor or TV as a bigger and larger picture frame :)

Olympus Stylus 1200 great bargain at J&R World!

The Olympus Stylus 1200 is a great bargain right now at J&R World, offered for just $180 and with FREE Shipping! This uses a 12-megapixel sensor, so you are getting $15 per megapixel, a great "Costco" price in that department :)

Other features of note include all-weather protection (weather resistant), 2.7" LCD, 3x optical zoom lens, face detection and such. The camera has plenty of scene modes. It does not have opticalor sensor-shift image stabilization however, it's not as a big of a deal considering it has a standard 3x optical zoom lens.

Now the weather resistant stuff it doesn't mean you can use it willy-nilly, it does have its limitations, so be sure to read the user manual or the reviews below to see how far you can push it!

Olympus Stylus 1200 reviews
And speaking of reviews, here are some reviews to take a look at if you are not very familiar with this camera, starting with Steve's Digicams. What did Steve think? Read on to find out!

Other Stylus 1200 reviews have been posted at Info Sync World, CNet, Digital Camera Magazine, and a few more!

If that's not enough, you can read user reviews as well, on places like dpreview, epinions, and such. Also, there are 12 customer reviews of this camera at Amazon.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Super deal at Best Buy: Fuji Z10fd Finepix for just $100

Best Buy is having a great deal to coincide with the Father's Day shopping spree. See it in the back page of their weekly circular ad which runs from July 8 to 14, 2008. The special includes the Fuji Z10fd digital camera (7mp 1/2.5" sensor, 3x optical zoom) and a bonus Ridge 10 camera bag, together for $100!

This is a good deal because the Z10fd uses both SD and xD memory cards, so whether you already have xD cards for your Olympus or Fuji cameras, or you have SD memory cards for your other digital cameras (Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Panasonic, Pentax, Casio, Samsung, HP, etc) you don't have to break the bank of memory cards. You can easily get a 2gb card for $13 this week. See the Office Max circular ad for that.

For more details on the Fuji Z10fd, be sure to check the Fuji global page for the digital camera. And some reviews for the camera as well, including the aptly named Digital Camera Review and Steve's Digicams.

And remember the rule of thumb of these great deals, the better the deal, the higher the chances are you may not find it in-stock. But you never know unless you try. For example last week we were able to find the $5 after rebate 1gb video mp3 player at Office Depot on Thursday morning. This was a special advertised prominently in the Sunday paper. So adjust your expectations, but don't give up! Check, check, check! And you can thank us later :)

Camera specials at Staples during Father's Week

Father's day is an endless parade of gadgets which is great for fans of high tech gear sales!

Staples starts their 12-page ad of this week (June 8 to 14, 2008) with the Canon A580 on sale for $130. This is a very nice price and a solid camera for the price range. However, we think it's a better idea to get one of the Powershot A-series models with Image Stabilization (IS) if you have some flexibility in your budget. This means models like the A570-IS, A590-IS, A650-IS and A720-IS.

And having said all that, the Canon A590-IS is on sale for $160. Great price for brick and mortar! Good price alert!

IF you are a Sony Cybershot fan, then you might be interested in the Cybershot W150, an 8mp 1/2.5" digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens going for $230. For almost half that price, you can get the Cybershot S730, Sony's entry-level point and shoot, currently at $120. Not a bad price for brick and mortar for sure. But you do have to pay more to "feed it" it memory sticks.

Kodak fans out there might be interested in the 12-megapixel Easyshare Z1285 going for $180. That's $15 per megapixel! Cheaper than gas per gallon almost :) If you prefer a smaller and more entry-level Kodak, the colorful M863 is yours for $130, and if you are lucky you may find it at the color of your choice.

Canon fans may be appalled by the horrible price of the Powershot SX100 IS. Staples is selling it at $250, while you can get it at Amazon for $220. Ouch! Meanwhile the Canon Digital Rebel XTi 400D can be yours for $700 and this includes the 18-55 EF-S kit lens. List price anyone? Do note that the newer XSi 450D model includes an IS version of the kit lens, but the previous Digital Rebels continue to be bundled with the kit lens they originally came with, the one without IS. As one would expect. Unless you are buying from a retailer that has created their own custom bundle and added the body only version of the D-Rebel with the 18-55 EF-S IS. But there are no incentives to do this, so you may not see this by many retailers.

Memory Cards and Accessories
Some of the digital camera purchases mentioned above qualify for a free-after-rebate Canon ip3500 photo printer. Be sure to check the circular ad or your local store or the Staples website for more details.

Sing o/~ Memories o/~ as you shop for a 2gb Sandisk sD card for $18 (not a bad price, but not the best either), a 2gb Sandisk Ultra II or Extreme SD for $20. Also for $20 you can get the Ultra II Compact Flash from Sandisk, and the Extreme for $25.
A 7" Smartparts digital picture frame can be yours for just $60. If you prefer a larger one, say 11", also from SmartParts, the price jumps to $120.

Father's day camera deals and specials at Sears (The SearsBook)

Sears is seriously serious about getting Father's Day gifts moving out the door with a number of specials!

Free 2gb memory card with camera purchase!
Yes, until June 15, 2008, Sears will be giving you a free 2gb memory card with a camera purchcase. But there are some exclusions: No Sony, no clearance items, no special bundles or discontinued models. This is a great deal!

Affordable Digital Cameras
We start with the Sony S730 going for $130. This is Sony's entry-level Cybershot with a 7mp 1/2.5" sensor, 3x optical zoom and a 2.4" LCD. A step above for those wanting a bit more is the Cybershot W150, currently going for $230, and features a 2.7" LCD display, 8mp 1/2.5" and 5x optical zoom instead.

A great deal at $200, making it a Sears Instant Bargain, is the Nikon Coolpix S550, with a free 1gb memory card and a free matching case. The camera alone sells for $200 at Amazon. Deal alert!

Meanwhile if you are not afraid of the Samsung brand, the L200 with face detection can be yours for just $130. It also has a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens, alongw ith a 2.5" LCD display.

And you can't go wrong with the Canon A590 IS on sale for $160. A nice price, also competitive with Amazon.com. And it has image stabilization and such.

If red is your color, they do have the Kodak M863 on sale for $140, and it has an 8mp sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, a huge 3" LCD (yes, three inches), and face detection too.

A Smartparts 5.6" digital picture frame can make a great gift or gift sidekick for just $50. It has a wood frame, and comes with the Optix Pro software.

More expensive digital cameras
We continue in this segmetn with an 8mp Kodak superzoom with a 12x IS lens going for $225. This borrows a bit from the design of the lovely looking (but perhaps under-performing) Samsung NV-series. 2.5" LCD as well.

Canon's solid gold superzoom is the Powershot S5-IS, on sale for $320 and with the free 2gb memory card deal we talked about. With supply being a bit shaky around the net, you may want to buy it if you want to buy it!

Sony has two superzooms, the Cybershot H10 at $270 and the Cybershot H50 at $500. Be sure to check the reviews as some reviewers have been hammering the poor Cybershot superzooms. And you do have to pay extra for MemoryStick memory cards. No free cards for Sony in this Sears promotion by the way - as we stated at the top of this post.

How about some DSLRs?
The two Canon Digital Rebel D-SLRs are featured prominently in the ad, with the older XTi (400D) along with the 18-55 EF-S kit lens going for $630 or the brand new XSi (450D) with the 18-55 EF-s IS kit lens going for $830. Not bad prices considering that you are also receiving a free Case Logic bag with any Canon SLR purchase. The value of the Case Logic bag is $25 according to the softer side of Sears.

Financing specials sweeten the pie
Yes, you can get 12 months no interest and no payments on total electronics purchases over $299 if you use your Sears Card. Not bad at all Sears fans!

Or if you don't want to carry a financial burnen and pay it off sooner, you can receive 5% in instant savings, again with purchases over $299 and if you use your Sears card. See page three of the Sunday paper circular ad for more details or check the Sears website.

Some other notable high tech gadgets for Dad
How about a 4gb Sansa Clip from Sandisk for just $70, and without any rebates? This lovely tiny mp3 player has an FM tuner and a voice recorder with a built-in microphone too.

If dad prefers plasma over LCD, a Panasonic 42" 720p HDTV is going for a new low price of just $900. Yes, just nine hundred bucks gets you a shiny new Panasonic high definition plasma TV set. Just in time for the NBA Finals!

If you love PNY memory careds, they are on sale as follows:

  • 1gb: $10
  • 2gb: $15
  • 4gb: $25

And last but not least, a 7" Kodak digital picture frame for $80 also gets you a free 1gb SD memory card with purchase. The picture frame includes a remote control and supports most memory cards. Perhaps a good way to use your older memory cards, as feeders for the picture frames :)

If you are ready to jump in the stil expensive Blu-Ray pool, be careful not to get stung by high prices! Sears is advertising the Samsung BD-P1400 for $400 even, and no rebates. This is a 1080p player and it upscales lower resolution DVDs, and also plays CDs. Not that you would want to "wear out" your expensive BluRay player playing CDs, when you can get a $10 CD/DVD player for that task :)

For exactly that amount you can get a Samsung 2.1 soundbar, a popular item it seems among some A/V fans.

Father's day Camera Deals at Target

Target, just like the other chain stores, are jumping in the Father's Day Gift buying with more and more electronics, and those include a few digital cameras!

Starting with the Samsung S85, a 2007 model, with an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens, along with a 2.5" LCD and face recognition of course. The price is $98, making it a $100 camera deal.

If instead you prefer a more recognizable name, the Canon Powershot A590-IS can be yours for $180, but, yes but, you also receive a $20 Target gift card! So the effective price is $160. If you are buying this as a gift, you have many choices:

  • Give them both as gifts to the same person
  • Give the camera to one person, the gift card to another
  • Give the camera as a gift, keep the gift card
  • Give the gift card as a gift, keep the camera

And if you want a glorified digital picture frame, the 19" Westinghouse L1975NW widescreen LCD computer monitor can be yours for just $147, the lowest price ever at Target, according to Target of course. Not a bad deal for a 19" widescreen!

If you prefer a traditional digital picture frame, a 5" model from an unspecified brand is offered for $49. This includes a 14-picture internal memory (unknown picture size) and an auto-start slideshow feature. The frame is black and it is available at the Electronics department.

And how about a tiny 1.5" LCD pocket digital picture frame for $19? It can store up to 60 photos of unspecified size. Brand not mentioned. But it includes a carrying pouch and the colors will vary by store.

And now a really glorified digital picture frame, a 26" Westinghouse 720p LCD HDTV with a built-in dvd player for just $469. That's right, under $500! This is model number SK-26H590D/570D from Westinghouse. Not bad at all!

But wait, there's more! A dual-screen Digital Decor digital picture frame goes for $99. Each screen is seven inches. Includes a remote. Ideal if you want to feature two people or two themes at the same time with one frame. It looks like it is a wooden frame but you can't really tell from the picture.

And if you must buy a memory card from Target, they have a 2gb Kodak SD card for $18. Not the best price for sure, but if you have a $20 Target gift cad to spend, why not (I guess).

For more details and store locations near you, be sure to check Target.com.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Samsung BD-P1400 1080p Blu-Ray player for $270 at Amazon

Very limited time offer! Expires at 2pm pacific, or earlier if the allocated supplies run out! The Samsung BD-P1400 1080p Blu-Ray Disc Player can be yours at this limited time for $270 with free shipping. The regular Amazon price is $340. Hurry up if you are ready to jump on the BluRay bandwagon! To sse the special price, check your Gold Box or click on the "Gold Box Deal" in the top right corner of the screen, where you usually find the "Add to Cart" button. Once the promotion expires, the Gold Box stuff will disappear!

There is a detailed product description, along with 178 user reviews at Amazon. This includes two detailed spotlight reviews written by Amazon customers.

But there's more. This BluRay player was also reviewed on the web by many other people. Some of the reviews of the BD-P1400 are listed below, in no particular order by the way:

  1. The Blu-Ray Forum
  2. Trusted Reviews
  3. Engadget HD
  4. CNet
  5. HDTV Lounge

This is just a sampling of the reviews, when you visit the various Audio-Video websites and forums, along with other high tech and gadget blogs, you will find even more opinions on this. Enough to keep you reading for a few days non-stop :)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Early Father's day electronics deals at Target

Target is jumping on the Father's Day Electronics Gift Guide bandwagon already, with a section of their weekly Sunday paper circular devoted to just that!

They are advertisign the Sony Cybershot S750 for $150, and with that they also give you a $15 gift card, so it sorts of pays you to buy someone else a gift :) The S750 has a 7mp 1/2.5" sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens and the usual features one would expect from an entry-level Sony digital camera.

Also from Sony, a 4gb mp3 player, model NWZS616 with an FM tuner is going for $120 and you get a $20 gift card to boot, bringing down the effective price to $100.

Fuji's new J-series entry-level digital camera, the Finepix J10 can be yours for just $120. This is an 8mp camera (not SuperCCD), with a 3x optical zoom, LiIon battery, SD/xD memory card support and a typical 3x optical zoom lens.

If you are looking for a digital picture frame, the Digital Decor 8" frame goes for $125. Look for it in the electronics department at Target. If instead you want to give dad or recent grad a throw-away LCD picture chain, for $19 you can get a 1.5" LCD model from an unspecified brand. Don't expect miracles here :)

And where do you store or backup your data? How about a 320gb external Western Digital hard disk, going for just $87, which is about 3.5 gigabytes per dollar. Just like buying food by the pound :) The model for those interested is Western Digital WDH1U3200N. Not sure if it's a 2.5" or 3.5". Looks like the latter from the picture, but look it up if you are interested.

New Camera Deals at Fry's Electronics

The Sunday paper has a new wave of digital cameras on sale at Fry's Electronics, startign with the Canon S5-IS selling for $320, which is about $10 more than Amazon at this very moment, depending of course on which 3rd party seller at Amazon you look at.

Also from Canon, the Powershot SD950-IS is on sale for $360, which is very close to the Amazon price as well.

Okay enough Canon, the Olympus SP-560uz, Olympus's 18x hyperzoom, their second in the series, is on sale for $350. Do keep in mind that Olympus released a new hyperzoom in 2008, the SP-570uz which has a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor and a 20X crazy zoom lens.

Panasonic has its own camera to promote, the Lumix LZ10, available in silver or black for $230. This has a 5x optical zoom that is not totally wide-angle but it's wider than most AA-based cameras in its segment.

Disney fans can take their next masterpiece picture with the Diseny Camera with a 1" color display and 16MB of internal memory. All that for $40.

You can also get a 1.1" digital key chain for $414, and that holds up to 56 images and has a rechargeable battery - the ad says.

Last but not least, the Lasonic JL-305 is a 8.4" digital picture frame going for $127, and support the three major memory card formats. Those being SD, Memory Stick and Compact Flash.

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