Best tech deals of the week: April 16

Grab a BlackBerry, a Canon SLR and more!

  • Panasonic SDR-H85-K camcorder

    Price: $597 (save $52) The [[artnid:337171|Panasonic SDR-H85-K]] is a feature-packed standard-def camcorder that takes great looking video and is also very user-friendly. We rewarded it with a Best Buy award in February. [[xref:|JB Hi-Fi]] is currently selling the Panasonic SDR-H85-K for $597 – a saving of $52.

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  • Allure AL-500BD Blu-ray disc player

    Price: $99 (save $130) Clive Peeters' in-house Allure brand includes [[xref:|LCD TVs]], [[xref:|PVRs]] and HDMI cables. The best deal at the moment, however, is its [[xref:|Blu-ray disc player]] — it's only $99, and includes Profile 2.0 support for Internet access. It may not be as fully featured as [[artnid:335847|Sony's new models]], for example, but it looks like a pretty safe purchase. Normally costing $229, you can pick it up for a steal with a three year warranty included.
  • [[artnid: 327877|BlackBerry Bold 9700]]

    Price: $0 on $49 cap over 24 months

    Though RIM's latest flagship BlackBerry smartphone doesn't offer anything innovative or new, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 remains a great smartphone. It's a sleeker and more compact device than the original Bold, and possesses a vivid, bright display, a much improved optical trackpad and RIM's great e-mail service. You can pick it up for [[xref:|$0 upfront on Vodafone's $49 cap over 24 months]], giving you 50MB of data per month, in addition to unlimited Blackberry e-mail and Internet!
  • [[artnid:340312|Canon EOS 550D digital SLR camera|Review: Canon EOS 550D digital SLR camera]]

    Price: $1609 (Save: $240)

    Canon’s EOS 550D twin lens kit can be purchased for $1609 from [[xref:||Web site:]], which is $240 off the recommended retail price. It’s the perfect introduction to digital SLR photography and can even be used to shoot Full HD video. The camera itself has a huge 18-megapixel sensor and it performs very well in all sorts of lighting conditions. In the twin lens kit, you get the Canon EFS 18-55mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm zoom lenses, so you are able to shoot wide angle and tele-zoom shots straight away. Pick it up while stocks last.
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