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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dolica ST600, a 63-inch tripod for $35.65

Amazon.com is offering the Dolica ST400, a 63-inch lightweight tripod, a 63-inch tripod,for $35.65. Since it is over $25, it also qualifies for free shipping and handling. This is offered by Amazon itself at this price.

It can support up to 7.8 pounds, has a three-way panhead as you can see from the picture below, bubble-level, a quick-release plate, and a 90-degree vertical platform. And non-slip rubber feet ,along with leg locks with quick release. There is one customer review of this at the Amazon product page mentioned here.

Dolica ST-400

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Canon SD970IS with bonus starter kit for $369

OneCall is offering a limited time promotion on this Canon SD790is starter bundle for $369 with free ground shipping and handling. This is a 12-megapixel camera, with a five times optical zoom lens, and lithium ion battery. The bonus items are a Promaster USB memory card reader (SD/SDHC) and two Delkin 2gb SD memory cards.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Refurbished Nikon Coolpix L11 for just $60

Those of you who like to buy refurbished consumer electronics might be interested in this low-price deal, for $60, you can get a refurbished Nikon Coolpix L11. Shipping and handling is additional and it is based on your zip-code.

The camera, silver body color, takes the easy to find AA batteries and SD/SDHC memory cards. It has a 2.4" LCD display and a three-times optical zoom lens. The sensor is a six-megapixel sensor of the 1/2.5" CCD type.

Blue Casio EX-S5 for $141

If you want to get a 2009 digital camera model, with nice style and flexibility, then be sure to check out the blue Casio EX-S5 offered by Amazon.com for $141 with free shipping and handling. This is a ten megapixel camera, with a three-times optical zoom lens and a 2.7-inch LCD of the widescreen variety. The camera uses the easy to find SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards and has a lithium-ion battery, which makes it is easier for people accustomed to "cell-phone" type users.
blue casio ex-s5

Monday, May 25, 2009

Olympus E520 with basic lens for $450

If you are looking to get started in DSLRs, and you don't already have a legacy SLR lens system that you want to carry forward into digital, one of the best deals right now is the beautiful Olympus E520. And you can get it, along with the 14-42mm Digital Zuiko kit-lens for just $450 with free shipping and handling. And this is offered by Amazon.com. Amazon in itself, not 3rd-party sellers!

In addition, they also have a promotion where you get a $20 "Create It Reward" from Shutterfly. Not sure what this is, but it has to do with printing and doing stuff at Shutterfly :-)

If you want to research the E520 further, be sure to check out its top two reviews at the top two review sites, at dpreview.com and at Imaging Resources.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Free 30 prints with orders of $25 or more at Shutterfly

If you are the 4x6 printing type, and you are a Shutterfly user or want to give Shutterfly a try, we have a special promotion for you, you can get 30 free prints with orders over $25. The thirty free prints of the 4x6 inch size, and they are separate from the new member promotion. The 30-free-prints applies to all members, old and new.

To get the free prints, be sure to use coupon code AF82-SAVE during your ordering and checkout process and enter it where promoted by the Shutterfly system.

The promotion ends on June 19, 2009, so be sure to bookmark this page, and come back when you are ready to print more! To make it easier to find it, here is the permalink. And don't forget to tell your friends about it so they can save too :)

Shutterfly.com

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What can $60 get you these days?

Let's say you only want to spend $60 to get a digital camera, either for you, or for a friend or loved one. And let's say you already have SD memory cards and rechargeable AA batteries. And let's say you are not afraid of refurbished digital cameras. Refurbished by the manufacturer by the way. So what can you get?

One answer that we do have for you is the refurbished Nikon L11, a Coolpix model, that takes AA batteries and sells for $60 at Adorama. Again, keep in mind this is a recertified model by Nikon U.S.A. It is not a brand new-in-box!

It has a 2.4" LCD display, a typical three-times optical zoom lens, and a very humble six megapixels, which believe it or not is more than good enough for every day use, considering this is an entry-level point and shoot digital camera.

Panasonic ZS1 ships for $268 (silver color)

In adddition to the Samsung that was just mentioned, there's another new superzoom model in the same price-range that you may be interested in, it is the silver Panasonic ZS1, a 10-megapixel camera with a 25-250mm lens, with in-lens optical image stabilization, which is a good thing for cameras with a built-in lens. The camera has a 2.7" LCD display, and a number of other user-friendly features that make this camera fun to use.

The camera is offered for $268, with free shipping and handling by Amazon.com.

There is one review of this camera posted so far, at the technology aggregator site InfoSyncWorld.

Friday, May 22, 2009

White GE A830 digital camera for $60

CompUSA.com is having a special on the GE A830 digital camera for $60. This is the white body color.

This is obviously a basic P&S camera, with an eight-megapixel sensor, and a three-times optical zooom lens. The display is a standard 2.5" LCD. It takes the very easy to find AA batteries and the very common SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards.

Minox DC 7022 (black) for $140

If you are a fan of the old Minox brand, and want to carry on the tradition with a Minox-branded camera, then you may be interested in this offer by Adorama, for $140 with free shipping and handling for the Minox DC7022, which is available in a black camera-body color.

The camera has a seven-megapixel sensor, with a four-times optical zoom lens, but a three-inch display which is nice to have since it does not have the traditional optical viewfinder which is disappearing from more and more digital cameras these days.

This is a hard to find camera in the US market, so if you have the hots for it, this may be a good time to get it, because unlike most of the mass-market cameras, there are no guarantees or predictability as to its availability on an on-going basis.

Hitachi CP-X205 multimedia projector for $650

Adorama.com is offering the Hitachi CP-X205 LCD multimedia projector for $650 plus shipping and handling. The item is currently on sale, which is reflected in the price.

This has a small footprint, with a 500:1 contrast ratio, a lens ratio of 1.20:1 and a throw ratio of 1.5:1 to 1.8:1. It weighs nearly nine pounds and comes with a two year warranty. You can learn all the details by checking the product page mentioned above.

Samsung HZ10W currently at $250

If you are a fan of the Samsung brand, and like compact cameras with a big zoom lens, but also start at wide-angle, then be sure to check out the Samsung HZ10w, which currently goes for as low as $250 at Amazon, offered at this price by Beach Camera, which as you may know is the mother company of online discounter BuyDig.com.

For more on the camera, here is a one-page short summary review of it at the grand-daddy of camera review websites, dpreview.com.

Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home Photo Bag for $65

If you wanna feel like a million dollars, but don't have that amount in the bag, there is a camera bag to the rescue! You can get the Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home Photo Bag for $65 with free shipping from Amazon.com, where both Amazon and a number of 3rd party sellers are offering it at that price. This is available in five different "fresh" colors that match your style and other gear :-)

Here is the product description summary of model MD-04-06A:
* Water resistant 900D Shell and 150 Ripstop lining
* Side gear loops
* 1x external pocket w/internal mesh pocket, 2x internal side pockets
* 1x internal mesh zip pocket and "Super Stealth" Velcro cover
* Padded & brushed nylon lined main compartment w/configurable divider, plastic stiffening layer in base.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Refurbished Canon HR10 camcorder for $320

If you have had good luck with refurbished consumer electronics, then you may be interesting in this special, OneCall.com has the Canon HR10 Factory Renewed going for $310 plus $10 shipping and handling. This uses Canon's DIGIC DV II image processing system, records on DVDs, has a ten-times optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch widescreen display that can be rotated around, and a whole lot more!

And remember, don't risk your memories getting lost by getting sub-par blank DVD media! There are a number of reputable media brands out there, and the extra few cents are definiitely worth it!

Kodak M1033 (black finish) for $125 with free shipping

If you are a fan of the Kodak Easyshare digital cameras, then you may be interested in this weekly special from Adorama, it is the Kodak M1033, black finish, going for $125 with free shipping and handling.

This stylish yet affordable compact camera from Kodak has a 3-inch LCD display, a ten-megapixel sensor, and a three-times optical zoom lens that covers the range of 35-105mm. The camera is compatible with select Easyshare camera and printer docks, which are available for purchase separately.

The camera also records HD video, but obviously don't expect this to record video the same way a $10,000 professional-caliber video camera does.

It uses the KLIC-7004 battery.

Joby professional SLR gorillapod for $85

You may have seen the small cutesy Gorilla mini-tripods in many places, but you may have not noticed that there is also a professional-caliber Joby GorillaPod Pro! It is currently offered by Adorama for $85 plus shipping. The S&H depends on your zipcode, so in theory, the further away you are from New York, the higher the S&H price will be. But you can easily find out by adding the product to the shopping cart and then entering your zipcode. You don't have to login or create an account in order to find out the shipping fees.

The SLR GorilaPod can take up to 11 pounds of weight and has a Universal 1/4-in tripod screw or 3/8-inch adapter screw (included). The weight of the Joby pod itself is 1.1 pounds.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

7-inch Coby DP770 widescreen digital picture frame for $40

Forty dollars ($40) is what it takes to have the Coby DP770 digital picture frame delivered to your home or office. This is a 7-inch widescreen model, with free shipping included. It can also play MP3, it has a USB port, and A/V output. Be sure to check the Adorama product page mentioned above for complete product specifications and picture of the product.

It also includes three interchangeable digital picture frames so you can match it to the style of the room or area it is moved to. So it doesn't have to stick out like a gadgety sore thumb :)

Pentax Optio E70 for $100, P70 for $160

If you like the Pentax Optio, don't forget to take advantage of this short term instant rebate promotion! During this promotion, you can get the Pentax Optio E70 for $100 with free shipping and handling from Adorama. This is an entry-level, AA-based, point-and-shoot camera, with a three-times optical zoom lens and a reasonable ten megapixel sensor.

If you want a more advanced camera than the E-series, with a Lithium-Ion battery instead, then you may want to take a look at the Pentax Optio P70 offered with free shipping, also by Adorama, for $160. This has a 12-megapixel sensor, and a four-times optical zoom lens. Another plus is that the lens starts at around 28mm (in 35mm equivalent terms), so you can use it for larger group shots or interiors, or landscapes or other classic wide-angle subjects. However, please keep in mind that this is not the same as a 35mm full frame lens that starts at 28mm, but it has the equivalent field of view crop. Or something along those lines.

Both of these are 2009 digital camera models.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weekly camera specials at Staples (May 17 to 23)

A new week, a new weekly ad from Staples and the other remaining retailers! We start with the Nikon Coolpix L100, a mid-size compact superzoom model, powered by the easy to find AA batteries going for exactly $250. It's not often that we see superzoom cameras featured in places like Staples. Perhaps they are finally catching up with the times?

We also have a DSLR in this circular, it's the Digital Rebel XS, going for $550. This is the current entry-level DSLR in the feared Canon EOS line-up!

The rest of the camera are affordable compacts, including the Sony Cybershot W220 for $160, the Nikon Coolpix S560 for $170, and the Kodak Z1485 for $170 (yikes, too many megapixels!).

Then we have some even more affordable models, like the Easyshare M863 and M1063, both going for $110 each. And at $140, you can get the M1033. So many numbers, how can one keep track of it all? Grrrrr!

And you can also pick up some memory cards, which are, obviously more expensive than the best online prices. These include a 4gb microSDHC card with an SD reader for $18, or a standard 4gb SDHC card for the same price. Good news for Sony fans, they can get a 4gb MemoryStick for $20. Not bad at all! And if you want an Ultra II Compact Flash, you pay $25. Not bad either. All of these are made (or at least marketed) by Sandisk.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Digital camera specials at Staples (May 10 to 16)

A new week is upon us and Staples has revealed their new specials for the week on their website and soon in the Sunday newspapers. They have some reasonable price, for a brick and mortar store of course, for some of the entry-level compact digital cameras.

We start with the Nikon L18 going for just $80. Yep, just $80! This is not bad, considering this is a AA-based and SD/SDHC-based camera, so you don't have to buy anything else for it if you already have rechargeables and those memory cards. Yes, it does have a 3x optical zoom lens!

Next, a lovely compact at a really nice price, the Canon SD1100is goes for just $130, an LiIon-based small little camera. And it even has a tiny little optical viewfinder. But keep in mind, that this OVF is more like tunnel-vision, don't expect it to be big and bright like the 35mm SLRs.

A few other cameras to note, the Easyshare C913 for $100, and the Kodak M1033 for $140. Not the lowest prices when compared to online though.

And we close with a 4gb PNY SDHC memory card going for $15, and that is without rebates! And you can also get an 8gb card from the same maker for $28. Yes, there is a better price per megapixel for the highest capacity.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Silver Olympus FE370 for $117

If you are an xD-user or a big fan of Olympus cameras, then you may want to take a look at the silver Olympus FE370, going for $117 with free shipping and handling at Buy.com.

If you do not have xD memory cards, we highly recommend that you look for a camera that takes SD/SDHC memory cards. They cost about half the price of xD, you can use them in a variety of devices, and things like that.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Pentax Optio E60 for just $90

If you are looking for an affordable little camera, then for just $90, with free shipping, you can get the Pentax Optio E60, black finish, from the good people at Buy.com.

The camera has a 10-megapixel sensor with a 3-times optical zoom lens and an LCD display of 2.4-inches. It takes SD/SDHC cards and the very easy to find AA batteries. Rechargeables are a great idea, just like all cameras that take AA batteries. Better for the environment as well!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Staples this week: Nikon L18 for $80, Kodak M1063 for $100

Sunday will likely be a busy day at Staples. In addition to the free after rebate chocolate (!), Casio KL-60L label maker and Avery inkjet mailing labels, they have some nice discounts on a couple of basic point and shoot digital cameras. You can get the blue Nikon Coolpix L18 for just $80. Yep, eighty bucks!

And you can get the red Kodak M1063 for just $100 or perhaps the Kodak C913 for $80, a basic AA-based digicam. There are no rebates for the cameras. What you pay is what you pay! And for $110, you can get the Easyshare M863. Yes, I know, it's an alphabet soup out there, you need a map to sort them all out. We hear you!

In addition to those two, they are also offering "combo value meals" on select digital cameras, where they add a memory card and camera case (or other accessories) for a really nice price.

One such case is the plum Nikon Coolpix S220 going for $130 on its own, or $140 bundled with a 2gb memory card and Case Logic camera case. Not bad for brick and mortar. Don't forget, Mother's day is just around the corner, and if Mom likes cameras, they will last a lot longer than flowers and chocolates, and they are certainly a lot more practical than jewelry!

Furthermore, the Sony Webbie HD cam-camcorder thingy is getting discounted as well, you can get it for $180 in-store!


But wait, there's more!
And in addition to that, there are various storage-related products on sale, including memory cards, external hard disks, blank DVDs, and USB flash drives. You have to put all those images somewhere, and the more precious they are, the more backsups and different media types one should consider using to mitigate the risk of media obsolence or long-term troubles.

And last but not least, you can satisfy the accountant in you, you can get the PeachTree accounting software for FREE after a sizeable mail-in rebate. I believe the rebate is around $140. But you are getting free software, so if you have need it or want to give it a spin, it is worth a spin. Just make sure you save all the receipts and rebate submission information!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Great deal: Samsung S860 for $70 (plus $6 shipping)

If you are looking for a basic shooter, that takes the easy to find AA batteries and SD/SDHC memory cards, but you want most of the consumer-friendly features, then be sure to check out the Samsung S860 at Amazon. There, you can find it for a mere $70 with $6 shipping, but not only that, you have a choice of colors.

And oh-so-many-colors they have! Pink, blue, black, silver, magenta! You can create an Andy Warhol art-piece using all these colorful Samsungs :-)

The cameras has eight megapixel sensors, with a three-times optical zoom lens, a 2.4-inch display, face detection, scene modes, and things like that.

Needless to say, please do not expect this camera to perform the same way a $300 camera would perform. You are barely paying $80 for this lovely.

Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home Photo Bag for $40 shipped

Having a camera is nice, but especially when you are travelling, it is nice to be organized and have a specialized camera bag to put your camera and all your essential accessories.

For cases like that, and if you like loud and vibrant color, you can get the Crumpler 4 million dollar bag for $40 with free shipping and handling. This is model number MD0404A. If you are not sure about the size and such, be sure to research it online. Google is your new best friend for all things online and offline :-)

Panasonic DMC-ZS3 (silver color) yours for $382

Yep! A discount! The hard to find so far Panasonic ZS3 is finally, finally, starting to ship to photographers out there. You can the silver ZS3 for $381.65, and this is sold and shipped by Amazon.com, not by 3rd party merchants. This is a 2009 model and it has a 10-times optical zoom lens that starts at a very versatile 25mm angle. The camera is the follow-up to the very successful Panasonic TZ5, which is a great deal at the moment as it goes for around $220, almost half the price.

So, as you can see, you have options. You can get the latest and greatest with the newer features, and of course pay the "early adopter" premium, or you can get the vetted but older model and get a good bang for the buck. It is good to have choices!

Budget concious pink camera for Moms

Mother's Day is just around the corner, but you don't have to spend a fortune, especially in these tough economic times, to get a camera for Mom. Instead, you can get a basic pink point-n-shoot for just $70, and that includes free shipping in the price which is nice.

This is the pink GE A735 camera, offered by Adorama.com for $70. It has a lot of the consumer-level features, such as a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5 inch LCD display, face detection, and all that. It is also practical, because it takes AA batteries and SD/SDHC memory cards, which are both affordable and easy to find no matter where you are.

It goes without saying of course, that you cannot expect this camera to perform the same way a $250 camera does...

Friday, May 01, 2009

16gb Kingston SDHC (Class 4) for $36

Memory is nice. But with more megapixels, even in compact point-n-shoot digicams, we all need more memory. More memory please!

At the moment, the 16gb cards seem to be a good bang for the buck. Case in point, at Amazon, offered by Amazon.com itself, you can get the 16gb Kingston SDHC, a Class 4 card, for $35.57 with free shipping.

Please do note, that various sellers are selling at Amazon. If Amazon itself is not the spotlighted seller, just look for them in the list of featured sellers, in the top right side of your screen.

As with eBay, when buying from an Amazon seller you are not familiar with, and it is not one of the well-known and recognizable names, it is very prudent to do your due diligence, if you are indeed interesting in taking a chance.

And as always, don't forget that if the price is too good to be true...

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