Monday, June 2, 2008

Canon 40D holds steady, the TZ-series has three in the Top 25, and more (new Top Sellers Soap)

It is Monday and that means a new episode in the on-going top sellers soap-opera. If this is the first time you reading this, be sure to check the about page in the New Amazon Top Sellers Chart that was just posted! Jump now, spoilers are right below!

Here is our customary screenshot teaser. Click for the complete Top 25 and a whole lot more:

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Quite possibly Father's Day and Graduations are slightly pushing some prices upwards.

Give me a Canon 40D with the EF 28-135 lens and no one gets hurt! The camera is now sitting at the #5 spot, despite the $1130 price. Amazon is now 1 to 2 months back-ordered, and the featured seller is now J&R World. Usually when Amazon is not the featured seller, cameras seem to drop, unless the featured seller is a reputable dealer like J&R, Adorama, Calumet, Cameta, OneCall, Vanns, Crutchfield, etc or the price is too good to pass up. But if the featured sellers are places you never heard of in the camera world like "Uncle Joe's Garage", or "Lovely Auto Parts" or "Toys and Baby Foods", RUN!

Meanwhile the 40D body only is currently at #20, that too an amazing feat, and when considered together with the 28-135 kit above, it's simply wacky! Amazon insists on selling the body only for $14 higher than the rest of the major retailers (B&H, Adorama, J&R World, etc), which may be perhaps the reason why it's not as "high". Every penny counts!

With the slow end of cycle of the SD1000, the multi-color SD1100-IS collective got its highest position so far, the blue version jumps to #6.

Good news for Canon S5 IS fans. The superzoom reclaims the [Top Zoom] belt from the Panasonic TZ5K, but it is now 1 to 2 months back-ordered at Amazon. Do I hear the R-word? (replacement? rejuvination? regeneration? reloading? refreshing?)

Rebel Rebel, all it needed was a discount, and now the XSi 450D is back in the top ten! Amazon has significantly dropped the price of the kit with the 18-55 EF-S IS lens, and it is now selling for $855, making them more competitive with the other online retailers. A few days ago Amazon was glued to $900.

The Panasonic TZ-series is the most dramatic line of cameras because they jump all over the place, thanks to price changes and issues of supply not meeting demand. This time around their current leader, the TZ5K has dropped to #11, while the TZ5A jumped to #21, and the TZ4K at #23.

Ashton! Ashton! Ashton! The fans are screaming! And one of his "pet cameras" has jumped all the way to #12. But the real star is the price, it has dropped down to $188 :) We are talking about the graphite black version of the Nikon Coolpix S550.

The Nikon D60 with the 18-55 DX VR kit lens continues to do well and shows some staying power, despite the Canon madness around it. And with a lowering price, the D40 is becoming popular among Amazon buyers again.

We have two new entries in the Top 25 this time around, one is the Canon A650-IS, the other is an $80 camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. As you may recall, a few weeks ago there was a news blurb that GE would start selling its cameras at Amazon, sold and shipped by the Great River itself. Well, that has helped boost sales, and the GE A730 is now a new entry at #24. Watch out camera phones, this GE camera is going to steal your market share ;-)

We have a new top hyper zoom, and by that we mean a fixed lens digital camera with a lens that has a zoom ratio higher than 12X. The silver Panasonic FZ18, in-stock for $300 via Vanns, has jumped over the Nikon P80 and grabbed the unofficial [Top Hyper Zoom] belt. Second is the Olympus SP-570uz which is slowly but steadily dropping its price, now at $414. The P80 is ranking 3rd among hyper zooms at the moment.

And the top non-Canon/Nikon DSLR, is once again the Olympus E510 two-lens kit, offered in the low $600s, and with its sensor shift stabilization and the two starter lenses, it makes for a good starter kit or gift for newcomers to DSLRs or newcomers to Four Thirds.

We could go on forever and a day, but we have to stop at some point. The next update will be posted on Thursday. For now, enjoy the brand new Top Sellers Charts.

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