Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Top Seller Charts Soap Opera (40D and TZ5 stay strong!)

Welcome to a new edition of the digital camera top sellers soap opera. It today's episode, we have two weddings, one fight, and one dramatic trial ;-) Avoid the spoiler, jump right ahead, and read the brand new edition of the top sellers chart!

Here is our customary screenshot teaser:

Chart Talk Radio 1001AM The Noisy
The Canon Superzooms are crying. For the second time in a row, the Panasonic TZ5 has grabbed the [Top Zoom] honor. Once upon a time the S5-IS was unassailable. Another sign of Canon's invincibility fading away?

DSLR Talk Radio
But on the other hand, the staying power of the Canon 40D is very impressive, especially considering it's the $1130 bundle that is selling better than the body only ($940). One is in the top 10 and the other in the top 20. Retail Madness! Did they time the instant rebates to coincide with the tax rebate checks? :)

And how are the Nikon DSLRs "handeling" the new DSLR Price Order? The D60 (with 18-55 DX VR) has pulled a trick of its own, by undercutting the price of the body-only, which is not as easy to find, the 18-55 DX VR kit is getting a boost, and it has managed to remain in the top 20 in recent days.

Meanwhile the D40 kit is back at Amazon (and by that we mean sold and shipped by Amazon, not the featured sellers and 3rd parties) and with a $10 discount to boot, so that is good enough to bring it back in the Top 25 at the price of $450 (bundled with the 18-55 DX lens). Note that there is a small error in the screenshot teaser above - the current price is $470, not $460. It has been corrected in the Camera Charts page.

But Nikon D300 fans should be thrilled, for the second time in a row the D300 body only has jumped up, and the price of around $1700 has it literally knocking on the door of the Top 25, currently at #26.

A combination perhaps of list price at Amazon, the dpreview review bump wearing out, and the crazy sales elsewhere (Canoga at $830 and Office Depot at $850, among others) may have pushed the Canon Digital Rebel XSi 450D out of the Top Ten. Now it has gone back towards the bottom of the top 25.

And who killed the Digital Rebel XTi 400D charts-wise? It wasn't Nikon, it wasn't Sony, it wasn't Pentax, it wasn't Olympus! It was the re-sufling of the prices by Canon itself, making the original XT a better bang for the buck by adjusting prices. Perhaps paving the way for an XS 1000D Digital Rebel?

More Camera Talk Radio
The Canon A590-IS reaches a new high at #3. Can it push the two Elves out of the way and get to the #1 spot? It's the old AA-Powershot vs LiIon-Powershot friendly rivalry once again!

The 28mm wide Canon SD870 IS has two models in the Top Ten. Viva SD870-IS! The common silver model is at #2, and the silver+black model jumps into the Top 10. We hope that Canon continues to come up with new wide-angle Elph models!

You may wander why the Canon SD-1000 silver dropped $134 in price? Because one of the 3rd party retailers who "specializes" in jacking up prices of recently discontinued models boosted it to $304, even though it wasn't really done yet. Now it's back on sale from TigerDirect at $170. Can we please use some common sense please when we try to predict the next Fuji F31fd?

Last time we mentioned that there were two Ashton Kutcher Coolpixies trying to get in the Top 25. Well, neither one made it this time! But the good news for Coolpix fans is that the P80 is on the move, and with a price close to $350, it is once again heading towards the Top 25. At the moment it is leading the hyper zooms, and by hyperzooms we mean the superzooms with a zoom ratio above the now customary 10X and 12X. So this would include the 15X, 18X, and 20X, and who knows what they'll come up with at or by Photokina 2008.

Olympus is making some noise. While it has zero cameras in the Top 25, where we only find Canon, Nikon and Panasonic at this time, Olympus has a total of seven camera kits in the Top 50, one of which is the E510 2-lens kit, which is the top non-Canon/Nikon DSLR. The others include the SP570uz hyperzoom, and the other five are different flavors of their SW series. Now if only they made those cameras take SD/SDHC cards as well as xD, they would sell like hot cakes (we think).

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