Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentines Day Deals, Gift Ideas, Digital Cameras, Headphones

Valentines Day is right around the corner, and while I am not personally a huge advocate of this holiday, many people could use one special day to express their love and affection through a gift and a nice outing, plus it might be particularly important to deliver - especially if your sweetheart enjoys the holiday.

You could always get your special someone a cliche valentines gift, like a giant teddy bear holding a heart or a box of assorted chocolates. But honestly, not everyone likes chocolate and some people have too many stuffed animals to count. H and B Digital is offering some pretty good deals on exciting, gender-friendly and affordable gifts for the holiday. Below is a list of some hand-picked by yours truly, that even for someone who could careless about the holiday wouldn't mind receiving on the 14th! 

1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera

Canon's Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera  packs features galore into its slender  and lightweight body--a 12.1MP CMOS high resolution sensor, 5x wide-angle 24-120mm lens (equivalent in 35mm format), and full 1920 x 1080 HD video with stereo sound, for starters.

It's also got the advanced HS system delivering clear, sharp photos with detail and nuance in low light, with high or low ISO images. Smart AUTO recognizes and sets optimal exposure, shutter and focus settings for 32 predefined shooting situations. The Super Slow Motion Movie mode records video at 240fps for a very slow motion playback, and the High-Speed Burst mode allows you to shoot still photos at up to 8.0fps.

A large range of creative effects is available, including fisheye effect, miniature effect (stills and video), toy camera effect that creates a vignette similar to pinhole cameras, monochrome, super vivid, color accent, color swap (pick one color in a photo and replace that color with another of your choice), super vivid color for artistic effect, and many more. This ELPH is fully loaded and ready to go.

Original Price: $229.99
Save: $80.00
Sale Price: $149.99

Available in 2 colors: Festive Valentines Day Red or Sleek Jet Black.

With so many similarly spec'd headphones out there, sometimes it boils down to looks. With RP-HTX7s, Panasonic gave things a vintage twist. Check the old-school perforated leather headband, the generous cans connected to piano-wire sliders, and the muted beige and white colors, contrasting with the big, puffy black ear cushions. Classic looks in a plastic age. Modern Sound These headphones boast a neodymium magnet and large-diameter 40mm driver units, ready to pump out the kind of crystal-clear highs, present mids, and hefty low-end you'd find with more premium price tags. A generous four-foot cord is suitable for home or portable use, and an ergonomic design and relatively light weight mean they're ready for long listening sessions. These are built to last too, with tough dome housing to handle outdoor uses, and a gold-plated connector to resist corrosion and help ensure great sound.

Price: $34.99 

Canon's PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera is a convenient way to capture the memories unfolding all around you. As is one of the hallmarks of the point-and-shoot genre, the SX150 is small and lightweight. Take it everywhere you go and be ready for any spur-of-the-moment photo ops! 

Let's take a look at the specs first. The SX150 IS presents with a 14.1Mp resolution. That translates into detailed images that keep their quality even when blown up as large prints. The camera's 1/2.3" CCD sensor works together with Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor for the capture and efficient recording of those stills and of the camera's 720p HD video. 

The high def video function is paired up with stereo recording. That makes for movies worthy of sharing with family and friends on the big screen, otherwise known as your HDTV. The SX150 IS's video features don't end there, however. The camera sports a dedicated movie button for starting and stopping recording, a wind filter for cutting down on wind noise while shooting, and a 12x optical zoom for clear, high-quality close-ups. Additionally, the camera also supports Apple's iFrame format which is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers, eliminating the need for conversions.

Of course, you're going nowhere if your camera doesn't have a high-powered lens. The SX150 comes with a Genuine Canon 12x Zoom Lens. Aside from putting 12x optical zoom at your fingertips, this lens features a focal range of 28-336mm (35mm equivalent). That means even the tightest group shot or the sweeping vistas can all be captured with this one lens. And no digital camera is worth its salt these days without image stabilization. The SX150 IS has an optical image stabilizer with 6 specific modes for capturing the steadiest pictures possible.

On the back of the camera you'll find a 3.0" LCD for composing and reviewing shots, not to mention navigating through the menu. As a side note, the menu provides access to speakers of 27 languages, making this Canon accessible to peoples across the world. Other features worth mentioning here include the convenience of AA battery power and a built-in flash.

Now, when it comes to shooting modes point-and-shoot is fine, but sometimes you just want to express yourself more fully. With the SX150 IS you can. The camera provides a myriad of choices which can be found the Smart AUTO function. The ultimate mode of course is Manual, which lets you have complete control of exposure, aperture, and shutter speed. Additional modes such as Foliage, Snow, Fisheye, and Poster Effect, among others, give you fun and unique ways to show off your artistic inclinations.

Original Price: $249.99
Save: $50.00
Sale Price: $199.99

Available in 2 colors: Festive Valentines Day Red or Sleek Jet Black.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. Nintendo released a special Wii gaming system bundle. The bundle includes beautiful limited edition red versions of the Wii gaming console and the Wii Remote Plus controller, Nintendo's new standard game controller for Wii that incorporates the strengths of the original Wii Remote and the Wii MotionPlus accessory all in one controller. In the spirit of the 25th anniversary,  the bundle also includes a copy of the recent hit game New Super Mario Bros. The bundle contents are rounded out with a limited edition red Nunchuk controller and a copy of Wii Sports. This entire bundle includes a Red Wii Console, Red Wii Remote Plus, Red Nunchuk, Wii Sports and New Super Mario Bros. 

Price: $219.95 

The Panasonic Ergo Fit Inner Earbuds feature a custom fit design. The neodymium magnet in these earbuds delivers an excellent bass response. With a two-foot extension cord, these earbuds reach to where you are. Panasonic Ergo Fit Inner Earbuds come in pink and can match your pink iPod Nano but you can use them on any iPod or iPhone.

Price: $19.99

The Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens puts the power to do more with your photos in the palm of your hand. Not only that, but the E-PL3 promises to do so, without weighing you down. Perhaps you're a die-hard Micro Four Thirds fan or you're simply looking for more versatility than a point-and-shoot can provide but without the weight of a DSLR rig. Olympus has heard the call and thus, has expanded their PEN line of cameras.

This E-PL3 comes with an mZuiko MSC Digital ED m14-42mm II f3.5/5.6 zoom lens. You can start shooting from day one with everything you need to make great photos. This versatile zoom gives you the coverage to shoot most subject matter, making it a great first lens. Using the Micro Four Thirds Mount, however, you can add any of the compatible lenses to the E-PL3 to customize the camera for the shooting you plan to do. In addition to the included lens, the camera also comes with an external flash for low light photography and a host of other essential accessories. 

Along with capturing RAW and JPEG images, the E-PL3 also takes 3D photos in the MPO format. And, as is one of the hallmarks of the Micro Four Thirds genre, the camera also records 1080/60i HD video in AVCHD or AVI Motion-JPEG formats. Up to 29 minutes of video can be recorded using the camera. Features like Live View and a generous 3.0", tiltable LCD screen help to capture even more dynamic footage with ease.

Driving all this picture taking and movie making would be the 12.3Mp High speed Live MOS Sensor and the TruePic VI image processor. These two work in tandem to not only record remarkably detailed and bright images, but to do so quickly and efficiently, writing them to compatible SD/SDHC/SDXC, or UHS-I cards. Another helpful feature aiding in the image making process would be the in-camera image stabilization, which promises a cleaner image than image stabilization in the lens alone. Olympus' FAST AF System also does its part to help capture stunning images with its 35-point focus area; making it especially useful for shooting active subjects. 

Of course, art filters and other modes help add creativity to your memories, in camera. Additional in-camera editing features include the ability to make slideshows with sound, and the ability to preview effects as you adjust them. The E-PL3 also provides you the option to wireless transmit your photos or videos to email with optional, compatible cards, for computer-free transfer. What else you ask? Well, how about improved color reproduction, face detection with eye detect, 5 fps sequential shooting, and much more. Olympus wants you to enjoy picture taking without feeling weighed down or locked into point-and-shoot. With their E-PL3, you can do just that.

Price: $699.99

We do have a boat load of other items available at our store that could make good Valentines Day gifts, but I chose these because some had great discounts that are only available for a limited time, others because they are super affordable and the rest because I would enjoy receiving one of them on that special day!

Anyway, Happy Shopping! Hope you have a warm and loving Valentines Day!

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