Keep the spoils of war to yourself!

Future Shop has come up with a scheme to sell its most expensive high definition movie players, which understandably, are not selling fast. If you bring in your HD-DVD player from March 7th to April 3rd they will give you $100 credit towards the purchase of the LG or Samsung combo HD-DVD and Blu-ray players.

Although Future Shop will donate the exchanged HD-DVD players to charity the consumer should think twice. The combo players are pricey, especially the much better Samsung model.

But do the math. Why pay more money to get into a duo combo player half of which is kinda dead already? Future shop says this deal will ease you into Blu-ray. I say keep your HD-DVD player for as long as you can, rent, don’t buy, HD-DVD titles and switch to Blu-ray-only players when they start dropping below $300 by this fall.

Don’t let the spoils of the three-year HD player war go to the victor so fast. Let the stores and Blu-ray makers sweat it out until prices drop this fall.

And when it’s time to switch, donate your HD-DVD player and movies to your charity of choice and put the charity receipt for your tax write-off in your pocket, not Future Shop’s.

What do you think?

But if you are still anxious to change now and have the bucks, go to  http://www.futureshop.ca/bluray.

On the happy side of things, Olympus Canada announced an extremely portable E-420 10 megapixel digital SLR that is sure to convert even more point-and-shoot shooters. Weighing at a mere 380 grams (13.4 ounces), the E-420 is 20 to 40 per cent lighter than competing DSLRs. It has an improved Live View, which enables users to hold the camera away from their faces and interact with their subjects, like when photographing kids, before taking the photo.

The Live View auto-focuses onscreen, an improvement over the previous E-410 and E-510 and professional E-3 which required you press an autofocus button, before pressing the shutter. You can also see Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology and Perfect Shot Preview on Live View and the cool new ultra short and compact, Zuiko Digital 28-84mm equivalent (ED 14-42mm Four Thirds) f3.5-f5.6 lens makes this camera as “pocketable” as a DSLR can be.

Can’t wait to try that one out. 

Effective April 1, 2008, Olympus DSLR camera bodies will include an additional one-year warranty, and Zuiko digital lenses will include an extended four-year warranty. The DSLR extended one-year warranty and the extended four-year warranty on lenses each have an estimated value of approximately CAD$99.99.

Go to www.olympuscanada.com for more info. 

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