Superzoom with RAW action now, Panasonic’s new ZS70 (not to be confused with the good old FZ70 superzoom), with a 1/2.3″ MOS 20mp sensor and 30x optical zoom, and RAW is on now available for pre-order, in two color schemes, for $450 at Adorama and Amazon itself and B&H Photo. As usual, the early adopters pay the “having it first” tax, but time will eventually erode the price.
Speaking of superzooms and eroding prices, the Panasonic FZ70 is on sale for $250 by Amazon itself (limit three per customer).
The new ZS70 has been added to the New Cameras of 2017 Tracker. Only serious P&S cameras are added there. RAW is a litmus test ~ among others 🙂
In this “Stock Update Saturday” we have another addition to the Stock Status Tracker, the Fuji X100F big sensor prime, and this is currently in-stock for its starting price of $1300 as follows:
+ silver by Best Buy (eBay)
+ black by B&H Photo and Kenmore (eBay)
The official Canon USA store has promotion that gets you Free Accessories with select Powershots, headlined by the refurbished Canon SX410 IS (in black or red) with a free Deluxe Soft Case PSC-4050, for $130 with free shipping and a 1-year Canon USA warranty. The sale includes a mix of new condition and refurbished, so check each individual’s listing for the condition.
I’ve fallen behind on stock updates, so I don’t know when this became in-stock, but the Fuji X100F Big Sensor Prime is now in-stock and ready to ship at its starting price of $1300 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three units per customer.
PS: if you are a Prime member, and you pay with either the Amazon Chase VISA or the Amazon Store Credit card, you get 5% back on your purchases as cashback or a statement credit. In this case, 5% of this is $65, not a small amount!
PS2: if you have an Amazon Store credit card, you may be offered a 12-month 0% APR financing promotion as long as you pay it in full in 12 months. The financing offer cannot be combined with the 5% statement credit, so you have to pick one or the other. The shopping cart will guide you through it if eligible.
If of all the superzoom cameras old and new, it is the Panasonic FZ70 superzoom (60x optical, Li-Ion) the one you want, it is available in new condition for $250 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer during the sale. It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 800+ customer reviews and has 900+ answered questions.
It is currently the #2 Best Selling P&S camera, so at least there is some consistency in their chart, the top two selling cameras are both on sale, and of limited availability at other retailers (in the case of the FZ70).
Zoom-zoom! The new condition black color scheme of the Nikon Coolpix L340 superzoom (28x optical zoom, four AA batteries) is currently on sale for $150 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three of these zoomies per customer. It averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 800+ customer reviews, has 500+ answered questions, and per the listing there, it is currently the #1 Best Selling P&S cameras.
PS: keep in mind, Amazon’s website is now huge, there’s rarely any product category that is completely and correctly categorized, so some cameras may be missing from “top seller” consideration, while other non-camera items may also be included. It’s more useful nowadays as a pecking order comparison of the cameras that are ranked. That’s one of the reasons why I stopped doing the “best selling charts” posts because they were diluted enough so that they didn’t deserve that close of an analysis/scrutiny.
To the Big Sensor Primes front we go now, where the new condition Ricoh GR II is currently on sale for $600 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Orders can be placed again Wednesday night. Orders will ship on April 19+ regardless of shipment method selected, so keep that in mind.
B&H also has it available in Used Condition for $500 with free shipping. Used items sold by B&H Photo come with a 90-day warranty covered by B&H.
Superzooms are alive and kicking, partly because neither smartphones nor DSLRs/iLCs can offer the crazy zoom ratios of smaller-sensor fixed lens cameras. Which brings us to a new 40x optical zoom model revealed by Canon, the Powershot SX730 HS with a 20mp 1/2.3″ sensor, available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $399 with free expedited shipping in silver or in black, but not in Las Vegas Raiders silver-and-black 🙂
Instant cameras continue to survive and advance, partly as a counter-culture to the abundance of digital photography, and Fuji is taking advantage of this by continuing to develop their Instax line of products. Their new Instax Mini 9 instant camera is now available for pre-order for $69 with free shipping, in five pastel-y color-schemes at Amazon by Amazon itself.
The Big Sensor Primes are alive and kicking too, and Fuji has an instant savings price cut on the Fuji X-100T, making the price $1100. You can get it in Silver with two different options:
+ with 4% rewards (around $44 to spend in future B&H purchases)
+ or with Free Fuji MIC-ST1 Stereo Microphone ($110 price on its own but no promotional rewards).
Meanwhile the black color scheme of the X100T gets 4% promotional rewards, but there is no free microphone option.
All of the above X100-T options are priced at $1100 with free shipping, regardless of the freebies.
RAWsumer action! The black color scheme of the Panasonic LX100 (aka the LX100K) is currently on sale, in new condition, for $560 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal.
For other Amazon sales that are not lightning deals, check the Elsewhere at Amazon sections of the lightning deal round-ups.
On the “Compacts avec RAW” front, the new condition Canon G9 X is now on sale for $399 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo which also includes a free Watson branded extra battery and 2% promotional rewards to be used in a future B&H purchase. The offer is good for black or brown.
As of 2/22/17 recheck, this sold out…
It’s an …instant party! The black color scheme of the Fuji Instax Mini 8 instant camera is bundled with 20 sheets of Instant Film, TOGETHER going for $45.43 with free shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. Limit up to ten bundles per customer. The free shipping minimum for non-Prime members is now $35, so you can get free S&H on this without buying anything else.
The weekend festivities bring back the 10% off in-cart discount at the official Nikon USA refurbished store. Over 80 products are available including DSLR, Lenses, fixed lens cameras and accessories. The discount happens automatically AFTER you add an item to your shopping cart. There’s no coupon to enter. When the promotion is over you will no longer see the 10% off discount mentioned in their product listings…
The Nikon A900 (20mp 1/2.3″, 35X optical zoom) is down to $366~ with free shipping in either black or silver at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon itself. Be sure to read reviews if you are not familiar with this as it has its fair share of trade-offs and issues. It is powered by lions (okay, Li-Ion) not AA.
Nikon has cancelled their DL line of cameras. If you placed pre-orders with deposits and such, make sure you get a refund. Nikon has been self-sabotaging with both their “Angry Inch” mirrorless system and the DL line of cameras, and the Cylons came back for them. Might as well had stayed out of it and saved all the money they spent/wasted on half-hearted attempts at competing just so they can say “we have one too”. /rant 🙂
Sony has launched a new round of instant savings on select E-system and A-system cameras and fixed lens cameras. You can find all participating items nicely organized at the B&H Photo website.
The sales include, among others:
+ Sony a6300 kits get a $100 B&H Photo gift card: body for $900, with 16-50 for $1050, two lens kit for $1200
+ Sony a6000 kits get a $50 B&H Photo gift card; with 16-50mm for $650; two lens kit for $800
+ Sony a68 body for $550, with lens for $650
+ Sony RX100 Mark V with $100 gift card for $1000
+ Sony RX100: Mark IV for $850, Mark III for $700, Mark II for $550
+ various Cybershot models
+ prices in the blog-post are rounded up to rounded prices (eg $850 instead of $848)
+ see all eligible models at the B&H Photo website
The above are the changes with the latest iterations. Many of the previous offers are continuing, you can find them at the B&H Sony Instant Savings page. Hit “Load More” at the bottom to see more.
As of a 2/7/17 recheck, this used item is sold out…
If of all the compacts with RAW out there it is the Canon S95 the one you want, it is available in “Used – Condition 9” for $130 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Used products at B&H come with a B&H Photo warranty. You can optional add SquareTrade plans (the shopping cart prompts that after you add to cart).
The Canon G series is back in full force, and with the second generation unleashed, there are many and more options, especially if you are willing to consider the refurbished and used markets. One of those options is bundled with a handful of accessories at Adorama, it is the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II with the Corel Software Bundle (three titles of camera/photo interest), along with a 32GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC card, a 24/7 TC camera pouch, a USB stick-style card reader, and the obligatory cleaning kit.
PS: Adorama should have a contest to see which one of their regular customers has collected the most Cleaning Kits through the years 🙂
If you want to try out the Sony RX100 series without breaking the bank, and if you are comfortable with used cameras, you can get the first generation Sony RX100 in “Used – Condition 8+” for $280 at B&H Photo. B&H Photo offers a 90-day warranty covered by B&H for the used products they sell on their website.
To compare, the new condition prices for $400 for the 1st generation, $550 for the 2nd generation, $700 for the 3rd generation, and $850 for the 4th generation, and $1000 for the 5th generation, at authorized Sony USA dealers. Notice a pattern?
SPOILER ALERT: It’s the +$150 price staircase 🙂
The Sony RX100 V rawsumer is currently on sale or $888 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal. Limit up to 30 units per customer. This sale made it the current #1 among best selling fixed lens cameras.
Fuji is back with a new version in the Fuji X100-series, the new model with a 24mp APS-C X-Trans CMOS III with no low-pass filter is now available for pre-order for $1300 in either the black or silver color-schemes as follows:
The original X100 came along with the Nikon D7000 during one of the most influential eras in the world of digital photography.
All of today’s new Fuji cameras and lenses have been added to the Cameras and Lenses of 2017 tracking page.
The new condition Panasonic ZS50 for $300 is currently out of stock and un-orderable at the Costco website but it’s on sale again in refurbished condition at B&H Photo for $249 with free expedited shipping and a 90-day warranty from B&H… For more action, check their latest Featured Sales…
Zoom-zoom, the Canon Powershot SX530 HS superzoom (50x optical) is on sale for $279 with free shipping with a few free accessories at Adorama (free Slinger bag, 16GB Lexar SD, cleaning kit) and Amazon by Amazon itself (free 32GB Lexar Pro 633x SDHC).
The Panasonic LX100 compact with RAW is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama in either the black LX100 kit or the silver LX100 kit… Optionally you can triple the original warranty by register the product with Panasonic – see details in PDF file. This promotion runs until 3/31/17 (unless extended). Once you register, you get three years. The deadline is a registration deadline, not an extended warranty expiration dateline…
Zoom-zoom now! Panasonic has another superzoom camera in the FZ-series with RAW out of the box. It is the new FZ80 with a 18mp 1/2.3″ sensor and a 60x optical zoom lens (20-1200mm eq) and RAW with a pre-order price of $400 at B&H Photo and Adorama… This too has been added to our New Cameras of 2017 page…
CES 2017 is upon us and so is the parade of new cameras! Canon has a brand new RAWsumer, it is the second generation of the G9X, the aptly named “G9X II” and it is available for pre-order in black or brown color-options for $530 at B&H Photo and Amazon itself at the moment.
Staying with the reborn G-line, Canon also announced a G7X II Video Creator’s Kit available for pre-order for $750. What makes it so not as generous as some of the DSLR kits that include Rode mics, but rather you get a Manfrotto PIXI Mini tabletop tripod, an extra battery, and a 32GB SDHC card.
It’s an instant camera double header. We start with the grape color scheme of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera bundled with 20 sheets of Instant Film (the Fuji Mini instant twin pack), all together for $60 with free shipping at Adorama… For more action, check their New Years Sale…
Film camera action now, of the instant kind even, the Fujifilm INSTAX Wide 300 is on sale for $85 with free shipping at B&H Photo and at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit ten per customer).
A total of 14 Sony cameras, a mix of E-mount iLCs and RX fixed-lens cameras are bundled with gift cards with amounts ranging from $50 to $500 at B&H Photo. The Sony a7S II body only is the one getting the $500 gift card. The a6300 and a couple of RX models are getting $200 gift cards, while the rest are getting either $50 or $100 free B&H gift cards.
As of 1/1/17 this party is over:
Zoom-zoom! The Panasonic ZS50 travel-zoom is available for $250 with free shipping at Costco for members, or $262.50 for non-members. This sale ends 12/31/16 per the site over there.
The refurbished sale ended but it appears to be recurring at B&H, so it may return in the future…
On the other hand, if you prefer a lower price, you can get it refurbished for $200 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo until Wednesday at 11:59pm ET. This is one of their After-Holiday Deal Zone specials.
The Canon G9X (in either color option) is bundled with the Canon PIXMA MX922 wireless AiO (all in one) printer for $429 with free shipping at Adorama… If you don’t need the printer, they have free accessories bundle for the same price that include a 32GB Lexar, a Takama tripod, the Corel Software bundle, a Lowepro case and a cleaning kit…
Speaking of Canon printers, Adorama is offering the anon imageCLASS MF249dw All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer for $149 with free shipping until 12/29/16.
Speaking of Adorama, they are offering the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15.6″ Full HD Gaming Notebook Computer (Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB) for $749 with free shipping. Offer ends 12/29/16 as well.
If you want to go “deal fishing”, Adorama is currently running an Overstock Clearance sale featuring over 6800 products. You can use the various sub-categories in the left hand side to filter them by manufacturer or product type or price range.
More Sony + Gift Card promotions, this time it is for the Sony RX10 III at Adorama, you pay the authorized dealer price of $1600 but you also receive $300 in Adorama gift cards: one $200 and one $100, which is handy if you are planning to give gift certificates as gifts 🙂
UPDATE: I forgot to mention, for the other Sony + Gift Card promotions, check the Sony category (posts) here.
This sold out and can no longer be purchased…
The manufacturer refurbished Nikon Coolpix B500 superzoom (40x optical, powered by four AA batteries) is on sale for $180 with free shipping plus shipping (starts at $8) at Adorama. It comes with the usual refurbished 90-day Nikon USA warranty. I mean, “warranty for refurbished products”, not that the warranty itself is refurbished 🙂
The one that started it all, the new condition Sony RX100 (first generation) is currently bundled with a $50 B&H Photo e-gift card, along with 5% promotional rewards (around $20 to be used in future B&H purchases) for $398 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo… For more of their specials, check their Featured Sales page…
PS: for a rolling summary of the latest specials, check the Holiday Deals 2016 Situation Room.
The Canon G9 X (in either brown or black) is bundled with a $50 B&H Gift Card for $429 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is the same price as without the $50 gift card. Once upon a time Canon abandoned RAWsumers, but now they are back in full force as you can see by their various entries in the Fixed Lens Price Charts (early November 2016).
The Canon G9 X goes for $429 on its own, but if you need some extras, there is a bundle at Adorama that includes the Canon Pixma MX922 printer and the 1TB Connect Station CS100 for $479 in the brown color scheme or the black color scheme… Optionally, when you expand the yellow “Special Offer” section and then locate the “Bags” sub-tab, you can add Traffic Collection 24×7 camera bags to your order for +$3 (pouch) or +$7 (small holster) or +$9 (medium holster).
The Fujifilm instax WIDE 300 Instant Film Camera goes for $94~ at various sellers (eg amazon), but if you also need instant paper, it is bundled with a Twin Pack of Film Kit for $106.50 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
In addition to the previously mentioned Canon G5 X getting a free white box 90EX flash, the Canon G1 X II is also getting the same flash for free for a limited time at B&H Photo, going all together for $649 with free shipping. It also receives 2% promotional rewards, about $13 to be used in future B&H purchases.