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Monday, March 30, 2009

Bling it! Sony W170 gold for $200

If you like bling-bling, you can get a gold-color (not made of gold) Sony W170 at Amazon.com, sold by J&R World. Free shipping is included. This is a 2008 model, and it has a 10-megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens, that starts at 28mm wide which is nice for group portraits, indoors, landscapes, etc. It has the usual features, such as face detection, super steady shot, smile shutter, 2.7" LCD, Lithium-Ion battery, and of course Memory Stick Pro Duo.

Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 drops to around $300

If you have a Micro Four Thirds DSLR, there are currently only two lenses available, the kit lens which you got with the G1, or the Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6, which has been dropping in price little by little. The latest price is $300 if you buy by Beach Camera or Amazon, or $305 if you buy from Amazon.com actual. If you buy from Amazon actual, you can also get six months of no interest if you pay for it with the Amazon Store Card. See their website for all the details and terms for this particular promotion.

The lens is the equivalent of 90-400mm in terms of 35mm, since this is using a Four Thirds size sensor, which has a 2X multiplier factor when trying to get the focal length in 35mm terms.

Why get it in 35mm terms? Because this is what a lot of photographers can easily recognize, since most people have been using 35mm SLRs for years and years. The native lens focal lengths can create confuse among the average photographer, since there is 2X with Four Thirds, 1.7X with Foveon/Sigma, 1.6X with Canon and 1.5X with everybody else.

Kodak V1003 gray yours for $100

If you like Kodak cameras, and cameras with 1/1.8" sensors instead of the smaller 1/2.5" and 1/2.3", and you don't object to older digital cameras, then you might be interested in the Kodak V1003 offered by Adorama for $100 and with free shipping and handling. This is a gray body color camera, with 10-megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens.

If you are not familiar, be sure to check the many reviews out there, all it takes is a google search for "Kodak V1003 review".

Pentax Optio Z10 yours for $95 or so

If you want to try a folded optics camera with a zoom lens, then you might be interested in the Pentax Optio Z10 offered at Amazon by two well-known third-sellers for under $100. The sellers offering it are Beach Camera for $95 and with free shipping, and Willoughby's for $98 with free shipping. Some other 3rd party sellers are also offering it for similar prices, but we are not familiar with them.

If you haven't heard of this camera before, be sure to check for reviews and user comments because it has its series of trade-offs and negatives. However, when evaluating a $300 camera people are more strict than when it comes to evaluating the same camera for $100.

Price is still king, and queen and princess too :-)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Casio EX-Z80BK for $100

If you are looking for an affordable digital camera, with some style, but don't expect it to have DSLR-like image quality (obviously), then you might be interested in the Casio EX-Z80BK offered by J&R World for $100. This is an eight megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.6" widescreen LCD on the back. It takes a proprietory Lithium-Ion battery and uses the very common SD/SDHC and MMC memory cards which is always a plus. Especially for cameras in the $100 price range.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Kodak Z1085IS shipped for $129

If you are looking for an affordable but beyond entry-level digital camera, and you don't mind getting a slightly older camera, then you may want to take a look at the Kodak Easyshare Z1085IS offered by Beach Camera on Amazon.com for $129 and free shipping and handling.

This camera has a 10-megapixel sensor, with a 5x optical zoom lens, and image stabilization. The lens bares the seal of Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens, a famous German lens manufacturer.

Olympus E410 mega-bundle for $550

If you want a DSLR starter kit with lots of goodies, then you might be interested in the Olympus E410 mega-bundle offered by Willoughbys at Amazon for $550 and with free shipping and handling.

The mega-bundle includes the DSLR (obviously), along with two kit lenses, the 14-42mm and 40-150mm, both Digital Zuikos of course. The bonus items are a 2gb xD card, an Olympus-branded dSLR bag, a spare lithium-ion battery, a Samsonite 2600 Tripod, and a few other smaller accessories thrown in by Willoughby's as a bonus.

olympus e410 kit

Camera specials at Staples (3/8 to 3/14)

The new weekly ad of Staples is posted online, and in it we find a couple of affordable digital cameras advertised. First one is the Olympus FE-360 offered for a mere $80. That's right, that is not a typo my friends. The price is indeed eighty dollars! This is of course a basic camera, but you are certainly getting your money's worth at $80 if you already have xD memory cards or you don't object to getting a couple of them to use with this camera. It has an eight megapixel sensor (1/2.5" size) with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5" LCD. And it has the popular consumer-friendly feature of face detection.

The other digital camera advertised is a red Kodak M1063, a camera that uses a ten megapixel sensor (1/2.3" size) with a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.7" LCD and of course face detection. The price is $138 and it is while supplies last so don't sleep on it if you like it or if you have a Staples gift card to burn.

Surpringly, they only have two cameras, but they also memory on sale, highlighted by the 4gb Sandisk Ultra II selling for $15. Ultra II is a step above the "regular" cards and obviously sells at a premium over the regular cards. Also an Ultra II, is the Memory Stick Pro Duo they offer and as you may have guessed, it costs twice as much. Yep, twice as much! $30 for a 4gb card.

And those with CompactFlash memory can get the Sandisk 4gb Ultra II card for $20. Yes, CF has a slight premium over SD, it is a bigger card after all :-)

Last but not least, for the cellphone users, they have a 4gb microSDHC going for $13. Not bad either.

As memory card prices drop, the difference between online and brick-and-mortar is diminishing, especially if you are only buying one or two cards. Obvioulsy if you are buying in volume, you can still save a lot more by buying online.

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