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November 19, 2012

Best of 2012 Black Friday Camera Specials at Brick and Mortar: Nikon D7000, Sony NEX-5R

We digested a handful of brick and mortar store Black Friday ads. This blog-post serves as an executive summary of the various specials. Some of the retailers may also offer the specials on their websites. Some/many of the prices will likely be price-matched by online retailers before Black Friday (as it often happened in previous years). But you never know. Here is the best of what we could find at brick and mortar...

Latest Update: Wedn November 21, 2012... added Microcenter digest...

Best Buy with D7000 and NEX-5R surprises
+ Black Friday ad on the Best Buy website

+ Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm DX for $1000 [page #20] vs $1300 now at Amazon

+ Sony NEX-5R with 18-55 for $650 [page #21] vs $750 now at Amazon - Update: now advertised for $650 at Microcenter as well

+ Nikon Coolpix P510 superzoom for $300 vs $350 now at Amazon - Update: now advertised for $650 at Microcenter as well

DSLR non-excitement
+ most places feature the Canon D-Rebel T3i and T3, along with older Nikons (D5100, D3100, D3000) at prices that are similar or will soon be similar at Amazon and other online retailers

+ Sears may stand out a bit since they offer the Canon 75-300 for +$50 when purchased together with the D-Rebel T3 w/18-55 which will go for $600 [T3i w/18-55 price similar at Amazon but lens is +$60]

+ E-PM1 w/14-42mm for $350 at Microcenter

P&S Cameras
+ Canon A2300 with card and case for $80 at multiple places including Office Max, Radio Shack, Best Buy etc [it's like there was a memo from Canon or something :)]

+ Nikon L310 AA superzoom for $100 at Target [review at ePhotozine]

+ Nikon Coolpix S6300 with extras for $130 at multiple including Radio Shack and Office Max

+ Sony Cybershot H90 with card and case for $150 at Microcenter

Software, Accessories, Etc, Etc, Etc
+ Photoshop Elements 11 for $45 or together with Premiere Elements 11 for $70 at Office Max [Amazon prices are $50 and $135 respectively]

+ pay $35, get a $50 iTunes gift card at Office Max (think Photoshop Touch and other photography apps or camera guides)

+ 60-inch Dolica ZX600B103 for $80 at Costco (online only; non-members pay 5% more)

Free After Rebates or Rewards
+ 50pk 8.5x11 Staples brand double-sided photo paper at Staples [Free After Rebate] (Friday only)
+ 16pk of Duracell AA/AAA alkaline batteries at Staples [100% Rewards; limit 2] (Fri/Sat)
+ similar Duracell offer at Office Max as well

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