Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Noisy Wrap-Up: Ricoh production output

Noisy Wrap-up is a new feature we are testing. The goal of the "Noisy Wrap-up" is to summarize our last few posts, so our readers who are just catching up with our latest posts, or have just discovered this blog, can get a quick summary. So here we go with the beta edition:

Ricoh Japan has officially announced the new Ricoh R8 and R50. So what are the monthly production outputs? We added them at the bottom of our Ricoh R8 and Ricoh R50 posts. For those who can't wait to find out, the R8 will be produced at 50,000 units per month, and the R50 at 30,000 units per month. Quite nice numbers, considering that Ricoh is not fully involved in all digital camera markets.

Earlier today, we had a new discover new sites feature, and noted that the Panasonic FX55K is now down to $220, a major price drop for a camera that was selling around $290 just a week ago! Speaking of price drops, we also noted the Canon S5 IS is now at $327.

If you are a fan of shoot-outs, be sure to jump aboard the shootout planning session at Amin Foto. His candidates? The Sigma DP1 and a choice of contenders. Call Amazon and ask them to ship Amin his Sigma DP1 as soon as possible :-)

Meanwhile, our new Power Compacts Review Matrix continues to grow. Today we added reviews for the Leica D-Lux 3, which is the Leica version of the Panasonic LX2. We already have listed reviews of the Canon G9, the legendary Fuji F31fd, Panasonic LX2, Ricoh GRD I, II and GX100. We will be adding one set of reviews per day. Next one is the Fuji F50fd. In the next few days we will also add reviews of the Nikon P5000/P5100, Canon A650-IS, and more. Some of the "power compacts" are also RAWsumers , meaning they have native RAW support. For a list of RAWsumers released in the last six years, be sure to check the RAWsumer blog.

And on the review matrix front, we are estimating that our Superzoom Review Matrix will launch on Thursday, assuming there are no breaking news or new camera announcements. We will be adding reviews in slow-mo, about one camera model per day.

Shopping Spree
We already mentioned the Panasonic FX55 and Canon S5 IS getting price drops. But there are some more. Here are some examples: Hot on the heels of the new announcements, the now "older" Ricoh R7 is down to $270 at Adorama. This is $130 less than the newly announced R8.

Staying in NYC, B&H Photo has a couple of promotions of interest, the sidekick of the now legendary F31fd, the 8mp Fuji F40fd is down to $150 after a $50 mail-in Fujifilm rebate.

At the other end of the spectrum, there is a $2,000 instant rebate on the Hasselblad 503CWD bringing it down to $11,000. Or you can use that and buy 70 units of the Fuji F40fd and create a giant low-noise camera matrix :-)

On the pre-orders front, the sleek-looking slate black Nikon S600 at $300 is making waves at Amazon. And speaking of Nikon, Cameta Cameras has put together a giant bundle around the Nikon D300 for $2540. This is the street price of the D300 with the 18-200 DX VR lens, but Cameta has thrown in a few extras: Extra EN-EL3e battery, 4gb Lexar Pro CF card, Nikon bag, and some trinkets. See (or click or mouse-over) picture below for details.

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