What's the point?
We're looking for a camera to sit atop our featured products list for the next several months. It's the most-clicked spot on the site, so we want to make sure we're choosing a worthy product. Thanks for helping us!
What do you mean by "consumer" camera? Aren't all the cameras on this site for consumers?
In this case, when we say "consumer" camera, we basically mean a compact point-and-shoot camera, roughly in the $175-225 range. That seems to be the sweet spot where affordability and performance converge on a reasonable middle ground. Most people are willing to spend this much for a solid camera. Any cheaper, the quality tends to suffer. Any costlier, and buyers shy away because of the price tag.
Did you say something about a prize?
We sure did. B&H Photo is graciously sponsoring this competition and will give away one camera and a 4GB SDHC memory card to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave your name and email after you vote, and we'll randomly select a winner after the polls close. The winner gets to pick any one of the 10 cameras up for the title of "Best Consumer Camera of 2010." Pretty cool!
Why did you pre-select these 10 cameras?
All 10 models were released this year (2010). To keep things simple, we decided to limit one camera per manufacturer. To keep things fair, we decided to pick one from each brand that we cover. If a manufacturer sells multiple models within our set price range, we chose the one that had a little bit more buzz surrounding it -- for example, that's why we chose the Sony W370 rather than the less-expensive W350. Honestly, it was somewhat subjective.
How will you choose the winning camera?
It's 50 percent public vote, 50 percent DCHQ staff vote. We'll be evaluating the cameras against each other a bit more scientifically on our end. To put it simply: the camera with the most votes from you guys does not automatically win. We'll tell you how it all unfolds in greater detail when we announce the winner.
How many times can I vote?
Once every 24 hours.
When does the voting end?
May 31st, 11:59 pm eastern standard time.
How did you choose the order of the cameras on the voting page?
We didn't. It's random. Our software shuffles the order every 30 minutes or so.
Didn't you say these cameras sold for about $200? I see some that are closer to $150.
True. Short answer: They used to cost close to $200. Longer answer: When we started pulling this together, the cameras that we selected generally sold for somewhere between $175 and $225. The prices you see on the polling page are updated daily, and they're the lowest prices for each model pulled from our merchant partners' listings. Sometimes these listings come from the Amazon Marketplace (full of third-party vendors), which can have listings well below the average price. Prices fluctuate daily, we're just the messengers for the marketplace, but we assure you that the MSRPs were all similar when we were planning this poll.
Is this a scientific poll?
I think this is stupid! None of these cameras are great! I refuse to vote!
That's not a question, but sorry you feel that way. Look: We're not trying to pick the best overall camera this year. With all the different types and sub-types of cameras, that would be like comparing apples to oranges to blueberries to bananas to golf clubs to air. It just doesn't make sense. Instead, we're focusing on the type of camera that seems to be the most popular among our visitors. OK?
Any contest rules?
Pretty much the standard stuff:
- No purchase necessary
- Contestants must include their complete name and a valid e-mail address. Entries received without complete entry information will be disqualified
- Contest is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Void where prohibited by law.
- All entries must be received before midnight on May 31, 2010.
- The contest winner will be notified no later than June 15, 2010, by e-mail.
- Employees and associates of Digital Advisor and B&H Photo and Video are ineligible for this drawing.
When do we find out which camera wins?
June 15 at the latest.