Digital Camera HQ Update: “Best Consumer Camera of 2010” Contest Has 2 Leaders

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Digital Camera HQ is asking consumers to help it choose the "Best Consumer Camera of 2010" during the month of May. With thousands of votes expected by contest's end, this contest will be significant for the huge numbers of consumers looking for the best camera for around $200 during 2010. The Panasonic FH20 and Canon SD1300 are leading the pack of ten final cameras, and the Sony W370 is hot on their heels.

We chose these cameras carefully

Digital Camera HQ (http://www.DigitalCamera-HQ.com ) has issued a mid-contest update with two weeks remaining in its “Top Consumer Camera of 2010” contest. Two cameras are leading the charge based on consumer voting: the Panasonic FH20 and the Canon SD1300. The Sony W370 is in a close third place, and other cameras are poised to challenge the front runners. Consumers are encouraged to vote for their favorite camera before the contest ends May 31, 2010!

Panasonic FH20 and Canon SD1300 Are Ahead of the Pack

“Judging by the voter comments, the Panasonic gets respect for its 8x zoom, slim profile, and image quality. Its low price, which keeps getting lower, probably has a lot to do with its success as well,” Liam McCabe, editor of Digital Camera HQ reports. “The Canon earned votes for its dead-simple interface, image quality, and because the Canon name is stamped on the front.”

The Sony W370 is Making a Run, Others Could as Well

“The Sony W370 has surged in the past few days, with plaudits for its 7x zoom and sweep panorama feature,” according to McCabe. “There's still plenty of voting to be done, so a dark horse winner isn't out of the question.”

Contest Details: Ten Cameras as Finalists; One from Each Major Manufacturer    

The editorial team of DCHQ has selected ten 2010 cameras from each major manufacturer, with each camera selling for close to $200. “We chose these cameras carefully,” McCabe explains. “First we looked at price points, and then we considered each camera’s potential for appeal to a wide audience of consumers who are looking for a simple-to-use yet powerful camera.”

Voting Ends May 31, 2010

The contest will end May 31, 2010 – no more consumer votes will be accepted after that date. Consumers may vote as often as once per day. During the first week of June, McCabe and his team will review the votes and comments from consumers, and then make the final decision. “This is a big deal for DCHQ and for the winning manufacturer,” McCabe says. “DCHQ is a high-traffic web site, so it's a big deal when we pick a top camera, and we take it seriously. We will promote the camera aggressively on our site in order to encourage consumers to consider it for purchase.”

The final decision will be made by the Editorial Team of Digital Camera HQ (DCHQ) after reviewing votes submitted by consumers, who will be eligible to win one of the cameras (winner to be chosen at random from voters).

Prize for Lucky Consumer: Free Camera and Memory, provided by B&H Photo-Video

DCHQ has partnered with leading photo retailer (link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Photography/ci/989/N/4294538916/BI/162) B&H Photo-Video to provide an awesome prize for a lucky consumer who votes in the contest: Any one of the ten final cameras, free, plus a 5 GB memory card. All voters who supplied email addresses for contact will be eligible to win the free camera. No purchase is necessary, and no employees or affiliates of DCHQ or B&H Photo-Video will be eligible.

Final Ten Cameras

Here are the final ten cameras that consumers are voting for:
Samsung TL320
Canon SD1300
Nikon S4000
Casio Z2000
Pentax I-10
Sony W370
Panasonic FH20
Kodak M580
Fujifilm JZ300
Olympus TOUGH 3000

About Digital Camera HQ

DigitalCamera-HQ.com is a web site that helps consumers to choose the right digital camera for their needs, and then choose the right online store to buy it from. The site was founded in 2003 by DigitalAdvisor LLC, a Harvard Square, Cambridge based company that still owns and manages the site. DigitalCamera-HQ.com prides itself by helping consumers who want digital cameras but who aren’t overly technical or serious about photography by writing simple, clear, and concise reviews and comparisons of digital cameras. Editorial decisions are completely unbiased, as Digital Camera HQ receives nothing of value from camera manufacturers; the site’s revenues come from consumers clicking on links to online stores, no matter which camera is chosen.

About DigitalAdvisor LLC
Digital Advisor LLC is a privately-owned company that owns and manages Digital Camera HQ, Camcorder HQ, DigitalAdvisor, LaptopAdvisor, BeatThat.com and LocoLocal.com. The four Review Sites offer unbiased information and recommendations for consumers making consumer electronics purchases. The Review Sites combine the efforts of editors, owners, and professional reviewers around the web to give buyers a complete, unbiased review of each product. BeatThat.com features deals across all product categories. LocoLocal.com is DigitalAdvisor’s latest and will offer group buying options in Manchester NH and Worcester MA. DigitalAdvisor LLC is based in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

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