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Canon SD1000

My Olympus camera was about 2 and half years old so I had to get rid of it. It was way too buggy: (1) battery dying too quickly, (2) taking pictures took forever, (3) XD cards cost more and would corrupt every time I put it in a reader – lost 100+ photos this way, and (4) it was so bulky.

I opted for a Canon branded camera for a couple of reasons: (1) I have a Canon camcorder (ZR850), (2) great reviews, (3) affordable.

I bought the camera from Amazon so I could make use of my Prime membership ($75/year), plus it was cheaper there too. At a local Best Buy, it would have been $15 more plus tax. Amazon doesn’t charge tax!!!

Canon SD1000: $167
Kingston SD: $25
Lenmar extra battery: $14

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Small (fits in my tight jean pockets)
  • SD cards (so cheap to buy, $25 for Kingston 4GB)
  • Long lasting battery
  • Color swap, color accent shooting modes
  • Different shooting modes 
  • Shoots video w/ 3 different settings
  • Battery charges in 1 hour 30 mins (not that long)
  • Easy to use interface
  • Rechargeable battery only $15 or less (Lenmar)
  • Interface is not sluggish at all
  • Buttons are not hard to reach/find
  • Start-up is less than 2 seconds
  • 7.1 MP is more than enough
  • Viewfinder (great for conserving battery life)

Cons:

  • Runs on a rechargeable battery, not AAs
  • Battery doesn’t charge in 15 mins like AAs
  • Movies come out in .AVI, not .MOV
  • Would not sync to my Mac (Leopard OS), had to buy SD card reader
  • 30 fps at 640×480 video mode takes up a lot of SD space

How to get the best out of Amazon

Amazon has a 30 day price guarantee that they do not promote or say anything about on their website. I found out about it from a digg.com article and from dealcatcher.com. The guarantee states that if you purchase an item and the price goes down within the next 30 days, they will refund you the difference. Pretty cool, right?

Motorola KRZR

So I purchased the Motorola KRZR from Amazon earlier this month for $314.99 (unlocked all the way!) and had noticed the price went down to $298.99; that is a $16 refund for me, if they were going to be legit. Which, of course, they were! They said they would process my refund right away and it would take 3-5 days. I’ll update you, but I hope I’ll be getting my money!

The easy, peezy process:

  1. I called Amazon at 1-800-201-7575. (Their customer service number if you don’t want to wait for them to call you.)
  2. I pressed “7” and not the refund/returns prompt because it is just an automated voice.
  3. I got a man who didn’t speak English very well, so he transferred me to a woman who helped me right away.
  4. They asked me for the following information:
    • order number
    • my name
    • email address associated with the account
    • the billing address
  5. She then verified that the price did drop and told me the exact amount of money I was going to get refunded back to my credit card.

Good luck. Get money =)

Update: Just checked my order page, the refunding has begun.

Amazon refund screenshot

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