Archive for Digital Cameras

Shoot underwater video for less than $200

Here’s another item to watch out for this coming Monday (Jan. 5) on

sanyoSANYO VPC-E2 Camcorder
8 Megapixel Waterproof Camcorder with a 2.5″ LCD Display and 5x Optical Zoom
Price: $184.99 (List Price: $249.99). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING
This is a great little video camera if you ask me. It’s reminiscent of the Flip Minos that were so passingly popular this past summer, but this camera has a much better picture quality, not too mention its colorful beauty and shine. I also like the fact that its waterproof, so you can carry without fear to the beach or the poolside.
But why stop at the poolside? Why not take it in the pool with you? What?! Yes, that’s what i said, “Take it in the pool with you.”  This camera can shoot up to 30 minutes of video while submerged 5 feet under water. So, no, you won’t take it deep sea diving, but you might take it snorkeling with you, or into the backyard pool.

In detail:

cam1This camera is designed to International Standards for Waterproofing which allows 30 minutes of recording underwater.

Above water you can record up to 8 hours of video on its SDHC (high capacity SD) Flash memory card. How much time is determined by the size of your memory card: Get 8 hours of full motion video with an 8 GB SDHC memory card (in TV-HQ mode); 4 hours of video with a 4 GB SDHC memory card, up to 2 hours with a standard 2GB SD card, and up to 1 hour with a standard SD card.

It also has advanced video compression features that enable you to post your movies on the Internet or e-mailing them to friends and family. Another feature I really like on this camera is the ability to import video files into your iTunes software for easy transfer to your video-capable iPod. So you can share a quick video next time you see your friends!

cam3You can find an advanced 8.0-megapixel image sensor which allows this camcorder to capture high-resolution 8-megapixel still images in addition to recording high-quality digital videos with full-range stereo sound.

And its not just a camcorder.  it’s digital camera, too. You can shoot video and photos at the same time with a press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip, so you don’t have to worry about missing another precious photo opportunity. (I may very well replace my 3 year old MiniDV camera with this.)

This camcorder also distinguishes between unintentional camera shake and deliberate camera movement. This handy feature operates in both wide-angle and telephoto modes, giving every shot a solid, professional-looking feel. It can detect faces and adjust the focus and exposure accordingly. Faces are sensed even when they move, allowing you to track up to 12 people at once. During playback, you can zoom in and enjoy those facial expressions in detail.

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Holiday Specials from Dell

Here are some extra holiday savings from Dell. These coupon codes are valid starting Nov. 27, 2008 at 7:00 AM CDT. Just enter the coupon codes provided at checkout.

Save 15% on select Dell Electronics & Accessories. Coupon Code: CTV2$2HX963145. Expires Dec. 2, 2008 or while supplies last.

Save and extra 5% on select cameras from Dell. Coupon Code: 1?ZRX6HH4G2ZW3. Expires Dec. 11, 2008 or while supplies last.

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$40 off, Canon PowerShot SD880 IS (10 MP)

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

If you’re looking for a digital camera for yourself or as a gift, you might want to check out the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS.  This is a slick, trendy, and compact 10.0 megapixel camera with 4x Optical Zoom. I always recommend an optical zoom over a digital zoom. The optical zoom is handled by the lens, while a digital zoom is calculated by the camera’s processor. There’s also an optical image stabilizer to reduce blurring in low light and on moving objects. The 28mm wide-angle lens can zoom to the equivalent of a 112mm lens on a standard camera.

The back of the SD880 has a large high-quality 3-inch color LCD with an anti-glare and anti-scratch coating. The camera back is essentially all screen.  The camera image review controls take up a minimum of space, and there’s very little in the way of wasted metal and plastic surface.

Face Detection and Self-Timer

If you use a camera’s timer to get yourself in the picture then you’ll love the Face Detection technology of the SD880 and its DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The Face Detection programming, in conjunction with the self timer, detects when another face has entered the scene before taking the picture. This will help alleviate “rushing” to get into the shot before the timer goes off.

The SD880 also has a Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers. (See Tuesday’s Digital Photo Printer post).

The camera comes with:

  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack (NB-5L)
  • A Battery Charger CB-2LX
  • A 32 MB SD Memory Card
  • A Wrist Strap
  • A Digital Camera Solution CD
  • A USB Interface Cable
  • and an AV Cable for connecting to a television or other audio-video device

I’d recommend buying a 2 GB (gigabyte) SD Memory card along with this camera.  The included 32 MB card will only hold about 6 images (at the highest setting). A 2 GB card will hold about 450 images.  2 GB SD cards can be purchased these days for around $10 or $20.

Special Offer from Dell and Skylarking:
The Canon PowerShot SD880 IS’s has a MSRP of $299, but Dell is currently selling the camera for $259. Skylarking readers can save an additional $40 from now until Dec.4 by applying the coupon code 6CJFK841QJCZVR at checkout (see picture at right, click to enlarge). That brings the price down to $219. This offer is good until 12/4 or for the first 500 readers. Just click the following link to access the Dell page for the SD880.

Save $40 off Canon SD880 digital camera! Coupon Code: 6CJFK841QJCZVR

If you want a good price on a SD memory card from HP, checkout the 2GB card selling at TigerDirect for $9.99. Click this link to transfer to HP 2GB Secure Digital CardOr get a HP 4 GB SD High Capacity card for double the storage. That’s about 900 photos on one memory chip. Tigerdirect sells thus card for $25. Today they’re offering a $5 instant rebate. HP 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC)

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