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Old May 12th, 2008, 09:48 PM
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Does anyone feel purchasing a digital camera onboard (from Photo Gallery) is a good deal, bad deal or the same you can get anywhere? We just got off The Vision and they only had two camera onboard for purchase. Not much to choose from. Do they carry uptodate models or older-haven't-sold yet models? Since you don't know what they might have onboard, you can't really research to see if the price is competitive or not? Any tips?
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No it is not a good. You can find much better deals online for just about any electronics purchase. Just figure what you want in a digital camera, research the reviews and then search for the best price you can find. As long as you know what you want in a camera and not what someone wants YOU to want in a camera you will find one that suits all your needs.
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That's the impression I was left with. I just thought, maybe the price was really-really good. I meant to write down the two models/price and see how they compared (for future cruise reference) but I forgot . Thanks for your response.
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Always a good idea to shop at home/on-line before you go, so you know if something is a good deal or not...
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I did check out the digital camera's also both on Serenade and Sovereign on my cruises. Now while they don't obviously have a large inventory or "top of the line" camera's for very obvious reasons, that would not stop me.

They did have some good camera's and most were part of a package deal; i.e., camera, bag, batteries, etc. And looking at it closely to see the camera itself along with what it entails, it really wasn't a bad buy. And the price was reasonable, not much more than I would pay here in Connecticut for the product line.

So the above posters don't agree, that's fine. I don't agree with them. Canon, Nikon and Olympus are great products.

But if you need something quickly and don't want to try to hunt for one on the islands, by all means, go purchase it.

You can always resell it on Ebay.
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Donna...how do you research at home, before, when you don't know what makes/models/price they might have onboard? Do you use the internet (55 cents/minute) to check them out? I'm not being 'flip' -- but there are so many digital cameras out there. I would just find it hard to take their word for it that 'this is a good buy'. We bought some great binoculars onboard the Vision a couple of weeks ago, but once home found out they are selling for almost $100 less. Leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. Like the binoculars and had lots of onboard credit to spend -- so no totally upset. Just don't like to get 'taken'. I was just afraid, with their cameras, they are selling outdated models at original prices and wondered how one should go about doing their research when you don't know what you might find onboard
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Well, if you live near any large malls check out the Best Buy, wholesale
clubs, even Walmart. Or if you have a local camera shop (go pick their brains) check out
all the ads in the Sunday papers, talk to your friends and then decide
what yu want in a camera, (size, memory, price of memory cards, etc.)
how often you will use it when back home - there are some new ones on
the market that can even tell when your subject is smiling and then takes the
photo - also, there are digitals that are water-proof - lots to pick from but
I would imagine that you could buy one for less money than on the ship.
Also, if something goes wrong with it - shopping locally would allow you
to return it for refund or replacement. Can't easily do that after you leave
the ship and return home.
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Canon Powershot SD series
Average person doesn't need anything past 4MP
3.2 MP is 35MM quality on a 4X6 print
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I agree with the previous post. Have purchased 2 of the Canon Powershot in the 400 series. Look at J&R or Abes of Maine for some good deals. Very easy to use and they take great pics. Bob
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Even with the no tax figured in, they are more expensive on the ship. We just bought a Canon aboard the Monarch ( I hit pretty good in the casino ) and when we got home I did an on line price check and was a little disappointed.
If you do find a camera you like on-board, go to the Internet Center and do a quick price check. They did throw in fifty free prints though.
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I think you're right. We usually have 'Royal Points' from the RCCL credit card (onboard credit), so the cash is there for the taking. You can't really research beforehand, as you don't know what they might have onboard for sale. See what they have, checking it out online and buying one if you like and have the 'onboard credit' to use up. Sounds good to me.
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