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Sunday, June 22, 2008

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.

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