Thursday, November 22, 2007

Countdown to Black Friday, Digital Camera edition

Happy Thanksgiving! New deals added from Calumet, J&R World, Amazon and Black Friday is almost upon us, and Black Friday is the closest thing to a National High Tech Holiday. We will be celebrating Black Friday week with Black Friday related content throughout the week.

Black Friday 2007


  • Ricoh GRD fans this is for you! While the new one (GRD II) is expected to ship before Santa stumbles into town, the original GRD I is now down to $500, sold by Adorama on Amazon

  • Panasonic L1 with 14-50 Leica MegaOIS lens for $1115, sold and shipped by Amazon. (This is the older Panasonic L1 DSLR, not the new L10 model).

  • Kodak C513 $80 by Target on Amazon.

    And something for our readers who may have gotten tired of our non-stop Black Friday coverage, a one year old book with Annie Leibovitz's collection of pictures from 1990 to 2005: A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005 (Hardcover, Amazon price $47, 472 pages)

    Not a bargain but the Nikon D300 body only is in-store and ships from J&R World at Amazon! The price is of course list price, $1800.

    Of general interest, and perhaps camera and photo as well, at the top of each hour there is a new deal in the Amazon Gold Box. Click on the Gold Box chest at for more details. The offer lasts for one hour, or less if it sells out. The better the deal, the faster it sells out (obviously). There will be a Camera and Photo deal at 8am pacific (11am eastern). It has not been revealed what item it will be. It could be anything! So check at 8am pacific to find out! From 8am to 9am pacific time only: i-mate 7-Inch Wireless Digital Picture Frame for $140. NOTE: It has sold out already! Too many bargain hunters, not enough picture frames!

    Also, if you voted in the Panasonic Customers Vote round be sure to check the results today - you may be eligible for a Panasonic product at a nice discount!

    Some offers from Adorama right now:
  • Nikon L11 for $100.
  • Lowepro Vertex 100 All Weather Notebook Computer Backpack, fits most 14" Screens, Black for $150 on sale!
  • Pentax A30 for $200 with free shipping.
  • Holga 120CFN Medium Format Fixed Focus Camera with Lens and Built-in Flash with Color Filter Wheel (this is not a digital camera!)
  • Sandisk 2gb SD memory card for $15.

    Amazon Marketplace
  • Case Logic TBC-3 Camera Bag for $8 at Amazon.
  • Nikon D200 with 18-135 DX lens for $1700 from Beach Camera on Amazon.
  • Pentax K100D body only, $369 from Beach Camera on Amazon
  • Sony W80 for $180 sold and shipped by Amazon.
  • Nikon D300 with 18-135 DX lens $2100 from Adorama and J&R World at
  • The price of $108 is what Sony fans will pay for Sony GPSCS1KA GPS Unit Kit for Most Digital Still Cameras.
  • Fuji Z10fd for $147 via Beach Camera.
  • Pentax M40 for just $163.
  • Sony A700, body only, $1330.
  • Internet Explorer users the links above won't work for you, check and search for the model name mentioned above. Contact Amazon Customer Support and demand that they fix their Quick Linker!

    J&R World
  • Nikon D40x with 18-55 DX and 55-200 DX for $700 at J&R World (Thursday only!) HOT DEAL ALERT!
  • Nikon D40 with 18-55 DX and 55-200 DX for $600 at J&R World (Thanksgiving day only) HOT DEAL ALERT!
  • Sony H9 black $400 at J&R World!
  • Samsung L73 black $100 at J&R World!

  • Nikon D80 with 18-55 DX lens for $900 from Adorama on
  • Samsung NV15 for $220 at

  • Rolled out perhaps to coincide with the Black Friday buzz is Amazon's new Kindle wireless book reader for $399 and free shipping. What makes this guy different is that there are no fees to use the service. Amazon/Kindle take care of that. They make their money by selling content (eg books) and of course on the actual price of the device. On top of books, you can also read some of the top 250 blog feeds out there, newspapers, magazines, etc, etc. Sadly we are ranked 250,000 so we were not included :(

  • And a budget laptop while on the road: Get the Dell Vostro 1000 with 1GB memory, 120GB HD for just $399! Coupon code RH23N?MWL3KF1C Check the terms and fineprint at the bottom of the post.

  • A quick look at the top sellers at Amazon: Canon A560 for $129, Canon A570 IS for $153, Canon A720 IS for $196, Canon SD1000 at $173, Canon S5 IS for $340, Nikon D40 with 18-55 DX lens for $480, Canon Digital Rebel Xti with 18-55 EF-S lens for $657, Canon G9 at $425, Canon SD870IS for $300, Panasonic TZ3 for $240 in blue, Sony W55 for $170 in many colors. And lots more at (PS: If you are using Internet Explorer the individual Amazon camera links won't work. Just click on here and search for the camera model by name).

  • Thanksgiving Promotion at

  • Pentax Optio E30 for $100 at

  • Canon PowerShot A720 IS for $200 at

  • Adorama has cut the price of the Ricoh GX100 by $50. The new price is $650!

  • Free shipping on Bogen/Manfrotto tripod at B&H Photo!

  • Nikon S51 for $200 at Amazon.

  • Sony T70 for $280 at Amazon.

  • SanDisk Buy One, Get One Free at Calumet Photo. Also SanDisk Extreme III 12GB CF Card (Item IM1832) on sale for $150 with rebates. And Corel Paint Shop Pro Studio (Item IM16094) just $30 while supplies last. Shop Calumet Photographic for digital cameras and see what the pros shoot with!

  • Nikon S50 red $180 at J&R World (Thursday only!)

  • Canon SD40 olive color $140 at J&R World (Thanksgiving day only)

  • Casio EX-S600 (mistral blue or sparkling silver color) $160 at J&R World (good for one week starting on Thanksgiving Day)

  • Sony W80 HDPR, includes the W80, DPP-FPHD1 Photo Printer and Cradle & Component Cable for $250 via J&R World (Thursday thru Sunday)

  • Canon A430 $100 via J&R World (Thursday thru Monday)

  • Sanyo HD-700 VPC for $500 at J&R World (Thursday through Sunday)

    J&R Computer/Music World

  • Portable, sleek but also starts at 28mm and costs $250 is the Canon SD800 IS. Apart from free shipping, you also get a 12-month calendar from Shutterfly for free.

  • Free 2gb SD memory card (or 1gb xD) with the purchase of some of the top selling digital cameras at Amazon. If you don't want the currently offered free memory card, you can take a $22 discount off other memory cards from a list of memory cards eligible for this offer.

  • For those interested in budget laptops while on the road, Dell has two Vostros on special right now for $600: The Dell Vostro 1500, and the Dell Vostro 1400. This offer has some fineprint from Dell, check the bottom of this post for all the details!

  • is extending their special prices on prints! 16x20 poster prints at just $5 each, 11x14 are $2 each, and 8x10 are $1 each. No limits, no coupons and no restrictions! For more on Adorama, check their home page.

  • Coupon for savings ranging from $25 to $500 depending on the purchase price. The coupon is HOLIDAY07 and expires on December 17, 2007.

  • Panasonic FX01 Pink $170 from

  • When you buy one 2GB SanDisk Ultra II CF or SD card for $40, you get a second for free at Calumet Photo. Expires 12/2/07

  • Sale and Clearance Center at

  • Panasonic fans: Amazon's Customers Vote feature is back, and Vote #2 includes two Panasonic digital cameras (L10, FX30K) and a Panasonic camcorder (SD-1). More details

  • If you are a AAA member, you can get 10% off Circuit City purchases made online, in-store or by phone. Check the AAA website for more details.

  • Eye-Fi Wireless 2GB SD Memory Card at $100. Recently reviewed by Phil Askey at dpreview.

  • If you are ready to start shopping, be sure to check our list of favorite online retailers and support this blog by doing so :)

    Brick and Mortar

  • Olympus E410 deal alert at Fry's Electronics: Body only for $450 or less, with the two lens kit for $650 or less. Also special financing offer, 12 months no interest. Please use credit responsibly.

  • Best Buy: Sony Cybershot S700 for $100 on Black Friday (Advertised on TV)

  • Fry's Electronics deals: Canon A570 IS for $147, Casio EX-S800 for $227, Canon SD950 IS for $409, Olympus E510 with two lens kit $700, 10" digital photo frame $188, and *gasp* Crayola VGA digital camera for $39. 2gb K-Data 60x CF card for $13, 2gb K-Data 150x SD card for $5 after a $17 mail in rebate. 4gb Lexar Memory Stick Pro Duo Platinum II for $30 (pre Thanksgiving sale)

  • Detailed lists of Black Friday at the big brick and mortar chain stores at

  • A breakdown of the digital cameras offered at Black Friday at Circuit City and Best Buy.

  • Digging into the Sunday paper we find that Walgreens offers a 6-hour Duracell charger with two rechargeable "retain-their-charge" AA batteries for $6 after a $5 mail-in rebate. Alternately, you can get a 4 pack of AA or AAA Duracell rechargeable batteries that retail their charge over time, instead of the charger kit. For reference, here is a list of rechargeable AA batteries that retain their charge.

  • All the digital camera deals listed in one place at If you are planning to do a brick and mortar Black Friday, be sure to plan ahead and have alternatives. Don't assume that you are going to be lucky enough to get all your first choices.

  • If you are a AAA member, you can get 10% off Circuit City purchases made online, in-store or by phone. Check the AAA website for more details.

    Fineprint for the Dell offer
    Pricing, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice, are not transferable and are valid only for new purchases from Dell Small Business for delivery in the 50 United States. Taxes, fees, shipping, handling and any applicable restocking charges extra, vary, and are not subject to discount. The Small Business site and offers contained herein valid only for end users and not for resellers and/or online auctions. Dell cannot be responsible for pricing or other errors, omissions, or consequences of misuse of site and its functions and reserves the right to cancel orders arising from such errors. Offers not necessarily combinable. Discounts cannot be retroactively applied. Orders subject to cancellation by Dell. Software & Accessories and Printers, Displays & Electronics offers do not apply to Recommended Solutions systems in the online system configuration pages (including PowerConnect switches); you must purchase eligible items through the separate Software & Accessories and Printers, Displays & Electronics online stores. Limit 5 systems and 5 discounted or promotional products per customer. In case of customers leasing under this promotion, please note that items leased will be subject to applicable end of lease options or requirements. All sales are subject to Dell's Terms and Conditions of Sale located at unless you have a separate agreement with Dell.

    Not Interested in Black Friday 2007?
    For those who are not interested in Black Friday, we will keep all Black Friday posts in a single thread (this one). Here is some alternate content for you: PMA 2008 speculations, A list of every single current digital camera in the market today by the major manufacturers, visit or join 1001 Noisy Readers, and more. Also check how we did with our Faxutokina 2007 predictions. And discover some of our previous stories, summarized on a weekly basis. Also be sure to check the Pentax K20D and K200D rumors, and Imaging Resource's Nikon D300 production pictures.

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