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Cannibal Corpse
09-06-2004, 03:38 AM
I mean price wise? Even though most places list it as $399 on the web (which is still "cheap", compared to S500 when it was released), you can find (and combine coupons) it for about $320.

Not that I am complaining or anything, but it seems a bit odd, when at the same time the A85 sells for $299 and A80 (if you can find one) around $250.

There was a time that 1MB difference REALY meant $100~$150 more. :confused:

Gordon Freeman
09-06-2004, 05:50 AM
I'm in Europe ( France), and it's the same price ( 350~360 euros )

the A95 use the same technologies that were in powershot Series A ( A7x, A8x), only few improvements ( CCD , large LCD, more speed processor ), so the price can stay cheap

im_dragon
09-06-2004, 10:36 AM
I paid $322 for my A95. As far as I am concerned, it's not cheap.

Why? 8 months from now, this camera will only cost $250. A year from now, people can get a 6Mp A95-replacement camera that has some of these better features such as unlimited 640x480 video at 30fps, better optics, higher-ratio zoom, more-refined auto zoom (or even manual zoom), manual focus, external flash, better LCD, etc. for the same price of the A95 of today. ... And this cycle repeats year after year.

One day I'll be able to get a 10 or 20Mp dSLR for the same price as I paid for my A95 now.

Rhys
09-06-2004, 11:54 AM
I paid $322 for my A95. As far as I am concerned, it's not cheap.

Why? 8 months from now, this camera will only cost $250. A year from now, people can get a 6Mp A95-replacement camera that has some of these better features such as unlimited 640x480 video at 30fps, better optics, higher-ratio zoom, more-refined auto zoom (or even manual zoom), manual focus, external flash, better LCD, etc. for the same price of the A95 of today. ... And this cycle repeats year after year.

One day I'll be able to get a 10 or 20Mp dSLR for the same price as I paid for my A95 now.

Exactly - hence my purchase of an S1 IS rather than an EOS 10D or whatever. I know the S1 will carry me through for quite a while and I know I can do A4 sized images with it. Sure, I'd like to have a 6mp dSLR but honestly I cannot see the purpose in spending several times the cost on something that's going to plummet badly in value. I paid 250 for a 2 megapixel digital camera in 2001. I paid 400 for a 3mp camera in 2002. I paid 235 for a 3mp digital camera in 2003 and $300 for one a few weeks ago.

Before the 2mp camera was discontinued, it was selling for 115. Shortly after the 400 camera was discontinued, its 4mp replacement had plummeted to 350. The 235 camera plummeted to 90 and the $300 camera will probably be knocking around for $100 in about 6 months time. I estimate 30% - 50% annual depreciation on digital cameras, hence I buy mostly end-of-line cameras. I used to have a policy of buying a camera, using it for 6 months and then selling it until ebay took over fsauctions. Fortunately that coincided with my move into 3mp cameras - which I tend to keep.