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DealWatch - August 5, 2008
by SarahM -  8/5/2008

DSLR DEALS

Here are two great SLR deals this week but there were several sweet deals this week, so shop around for your favorite brand if not listed below.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200


Best Buy has the Sony Alpha A200 body with 18-70mm zoom lens and Sony's 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens for $599.98. Best Buy has the retail price at $729.98, so you'll save $130.

If you don't need two lenses or just want a cheaper price, get the A200 with the 18-70mm zoom lens for $499.99.

OUR TAKE: "There are some nice features present for an entry-level camera - notably dust reduction, in-camera stabilization, and the ability to use Sony and Minolta lenses." (DCR Review, 6/13/08)

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Nikon D40

Nikon D40


OfficeMax still has the Nikon D40 with an 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor Lens for $449.99 which was the lowest price I found among Big Box stores and online retailers (not including refurbished models). If you can’t find it in the store, you can order it online at OfficeMax.com and get free shipping.

OUR TAKE: "The Nikon D40 is the "gateway drug" into the world of digital SLRs. The combination of nice price, high quality and ease of use is certain to lead to SLR addiction." (DCR Review, 1/28/07)

YOUR TAKE: "...its tiny size and feather light weight along with its tiny price, make it a real joy to buy and use." (submitted by Glacialhills)

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POINT-AND-SHOOT DEALS

It's August – the official back to school month – so check out these digital camera deals and make sure you capture all the memories this year!

Canon PowerShot SD790 IS

Canon PowerShot SD790 IS


Office Depot has the Canon PowerShot SD790 IS for $259.99 after $40 instant savings. (Beach Camera does have it online for $249.99 – if you are willing to wait for them to ship it.) Features include: 10 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, 3.0" LCD, SD memory, and face detection technology.

OUR TAKE: "The images produced by the Canon PowerShot SD790 IS are generally quite good." (DCR Review, 8/3/08)

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170


Best Buy has the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 for $269.99 after $30 instant savings. Features include: 10.1-megapixel high-resolution images, 5x optical zoom, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, a 2.7" Clear Photo LCD monitor and ISO 3200 mode.

OUR TAKE: "...it remains an excellent performer and one of the most well-rounded cameras we've had the pleasure of testing." (DCR Review, 7/27/08)

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Canon PowerShot A590 IS


Circuit City has the Canon PowerShot A590 IS "City Deal" – which includes the PowerShot A590, Duracell NiMH battery charger with four AA batteries, and a Tamrac digital photo bag – for $189.97.

Don't want all the extra stuff? Circuit City has the PowerShot A590 alone for $159.99. Features include: 8.0 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom, an Optical Image Stabilizer, and a large 2.5-inch LCD.

OUR TAKE: "Built to a price point that often entails some serious photographic compromises, the A590 IS makes relatively few: it's fast, precise, has decent high ISO performance, meters accurately, and provides full manual control." (DCR Review, 2/21/08)

YOUR TAKE: "For a beginner this camera is definitely the way to go - easy but you can still be creative." (submitted by Di)

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Samsung S860

Samsung S860


Circuit City has the Samsung S860 for $99.99. It was the best price I found in the circulars. Features include: 8.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, digital image stabilization, face detection, and a 2.4-inch Intelligent LCD.

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Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS

Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS


Best Buy has the Kodak EasyShare 1012 IS for $269.99. Also, get a free 2GB multimedia USB drive and a $50 off coupon for a photo printer. Features include: 10.1 megapixel high-resolution sensor, 12x optical zoom, Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens, a 2.5" indoor/outdoor color TFT-LCD, and high ISO sensitivity (up to ISO 3200).

OUR TAKE: "...judging a camera comes down to its ability to produce a good image. On this score, this camera is generally a success." (DCR Review, 6/23/08)

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