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Looking at the Christmas and Boxing Day sales on digital cameras, you tend to get a view of what is “old” and due to be replaced, based on what cameras are seeing the biggest discounts. For example, the Panasonic Lumix G3 is for sale at Argos (in the UK) for £235 with lens – a bargain for a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera – but you can easily see why, it’s been superseded by the Panasonic Lumix G5 and then the G6.

So for old cameras that have been replaced by newer models, it’s obvious why the price is so low… and it means you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind the older technology. But what about “current” cameras or old cameras that haven’t yet been replaced by a newer model… Here we’re talking about these cameras:

Canon EOS 1100D DSLR

The Canon EOS 1100D – there is no newer model to this, and it’s still available new, yet has been available for at least 2 and a half years – some places are selling it for £245 with lens (Amazon) – others for £160 with lens (Tesco in-store clearance). So next year, will we see a Canon EOS 1200D (or a new model altogether)?

The Nikon 1 S1 – only been out for about a year, yet Tesco are selling it for £149 with lens. It’s either due a replacement (the Nikon 1 S2?) or will be completely discontinued.

Fujifilm XPro1

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is another camera that has been widely reduced, and even offered with a free lens, meaning a replacement is likely (the X-Pro2?) and many rumor sites have suggested this is likely.

Sony Alpha a3000

Other cameras that have seen big reductions include the Sony Alpha A3000 – reduced from £299 to £199 – which would suggest that it is being replaced – yet it has only been available for a few months? Would they really replace the camera so soon? (Perhaps with a Sony Alpha A3100 or A3000N?) Many reviews have complained about the poor screen, and poor EVF, if both the screen and EVF are poor, then it can’t be a very nice camera to use… however if they released a newer model with a better screen and/or EVF at least you’d be happy with at least one of them. Others: The Samsung Galaxy Camera, now £199, it was £399 when new… so Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera anyone?

Either way you’d be wise to bare this in mind when shopping for a digital camera in the “sales” – most likely it’s due to a newer model either being available, or coming soon, but if the price is right and it takes good photos, then does it really matter?

Ed note: Guest post from a reader who wished to remain anonymous.

Sony Alpha a3000

The Sony Alpha 3000 is one of the cheapest Digital SLR style cameras available, it looks like a Digital SLR, but it’s a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, a 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3inch screen, electronic viewfinder, and takes Sony NEX E-Mount lenses, of which there are a large number available. Here’s what ePHOTOzine had to say about it:

“The Sony Alpha 3000 has a number of advanced features that you wouldn’t expect with such an entry level product including Focus peaking, AF fine tuning, an info-lithium battery that keeps you informed as to exactly how much life is left, and full HD video with stereo sound.”

Sony Alpha 3000 Reviews: ePHOTOzine, AmateurPhotographer, WhatDigitalCamera.

Olympus Mju Stylus Tough 3000

Olympus has announced the new Olympus Mju/Stylus Tough 3000 – it features HD movie recording (720p) and HDMI interface, 1 GB internal memory and SD card support, “Photo Surfing”, USB charging, and is Shockproof to 1.5m**, waterproof to 3m***, freezeproof to -10°C and scratchproof, and has a 3.6x wide optical zoom (28-102mm*), Dual Image Stabilisation (combines mechanical anti shake sensor and digital image stabilisation), 12 Megapixel sensor, 2.7” HyperCrystal III LCD (230,000 dots), Advanced Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking, Magic Filters, In-Camera Manual, and will be available in four colours: Oxide Red, Turquoise Blue, Hot Pink and Emerald Green. US Price $229.

“Perfect for everyday adventures, the new µ TOUGH-3000 is the latest addition to Olympus’ school of hard knocks. With new features such as an HD movie function and [ib] software, the wallet-friendly model aims to please. It inherits the award-winning µ TOUGH-8000 3.6x wide optical zoom, and has been fitted with everything from Dual Image Stabilisation to Magic Filters. Waterproof to 3m***, shockproof to 1.5m**, and freezeproof to -10°C, the 12 Megapixel model will be available from March 2010.”