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Happy New Year to everyone from Neocamera!

Hope lots of good times and good health come in 2014 to each and everyone of you. It’s also time to  tell you all the truth about the new year, it will be mostly what you make of it! So to those who have, or are starting, a list of new year’s resolution, its put everything behind them and make them stick. Some things are completely out of our control though. For all those, may this be a lucky year!

2014 should be another interesting year for digital cameras. Sales of digital cameras have been down overall last year as the low-end market is being eaten up by cellular phones. Several camera makers have announced an emphasis on fewer entry-level models, so we can expect the mid-to-high end of digital cameras to grow and see more innovative products among them. Larger sensors are expected to make it into more compact cameras as Fuji and Sony have been setting the trend and those who do not follow are being left behind.

CES 2014 starts next week, so stay tuned for a slew of announcements in the days to come. We will be covering all the new cameras and lenses and adding them to our extensive searchable databases (cameras, lenses) as we receive specifications from manufacturers. Be sure to read out announcements as we do not repeat the press-release but describe the essence of each new camera and how it fits into the market, plus any truly innovative features that it may have.

We already have a camera in reviewed, so expect another steady flow of camera reviews from our unique and unbiased critical perspective this year too.

Happy 2014!

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Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season! This has been a fantastic year for digital cameras and a very busy year at Neocamera is closing. We hope you all add a great year too. Be prepared to photograph your holidays vacations and activities and maybe unwrap some new photographic gear!

If you are still shopping, be sure to check out the Best Cameras of 2013 published last month. It awards the best cameras of the year so you don’t have to read much to find something suitable. A number of online stores such as B&H Photo are offering fast two-day shipping free of charge to get your new camera in time. 50 Photography Gifts for Under $50 lists accessories for photographers in your life.

We have reviews already under way for 2014 but it’s time for a short break. The first week of January expect a flood of news from CES which will be published right here with our own unique point-of-view, so stay tuned.

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Where best to have fun with your new digital camera? Anywhere new! Jim Richardson says If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of better stuff. Travel is not usually cheap but Chris Guillebeau is aiming to change just that with his new Travel Hacking Cartel. There is a trial 14-day membership for $1 USD and they guarantee one free plane ticket every 3 months. Regardless of the membership choice this promises to be a great value.

Join the Travel Hacking Cartel

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The Toronto Police Department is now running a Pixel for Pistols program so that Toronto residents can exchange working hand-guns for a Nikon digital camera and a photography lesson. If successful, the city of Toronto should see less gun violence, perhaps in exchange for more incidence of blackmail ( just kidding 😉 ). The program is run together with Henry’s Photo Store and Nikon. For more details see Henry’s information page.

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Seems like Paypal and its owners, eBay, are out to get the little guy again. They say it is to serve us better, but it is clear that this benefits Paypal’s bank account more than anything else. This is about some new policies which Paypal announced earlier this year allowing Paypal to keep funds for up to 21 days. CNN already reported on this here.

How does it work? Simple, you sell something. Someone send you money and Paypal keeps it for up to 21 days. Now, they do not do that systematically, only for people who need it the most. How do they determine this is not entirely disclosed but the more expensive the item, the more chances of a hold. The less you sell, the more chances of a hold. This is of course designed not to annoy volume sellers which have a continuous stream of income but affects the occasional seller of used items. Under the terms of the hold, Paypal orders the seller to ship an item immediately. This way, the seller loses his item first and then waits to be paid. The catch is that any complaints cause Paypal not to release the hold.

Now, since eBay owns Paypal, they are into this scam as well. As a matter of fact, I remember getting this exact scam as a phishing email just two years ago. Someone bought an item I listed on eBay and then sent me an email from Paypal that said that the payment was on hold until I give a tracking number to protect the customer. Noticing that this was actually NOT from Paypal, because the font used was different, I kindly forwarded this to Paypal. Now I know where they got the inspiration!

Back to eBay… Along with the new Paypal policies, eBay now forces listings to either accept Paypal or a merchant credit card service. Again, this works out to: either use Paypal or be a big seller with your own credit card merchant account. Big sellers get it easy, the little guy gets screwed. Now, someone might believe that this is for buyer’s protection but it is simply to beneficial for eBay. If you count that Paypal says they expect 5% of transactions to be affected and they affect higher-cost transactions more, we can easily expect Paypal to hold 15-20% of transactions values at any given moment. Having such transitional holdings has always benefited large companies because of the investment leverage it gives. Notice that even if a payment is on hold, Paypal takes it cut first too. On eBay, Paypal is all-powerful. Outside of eBay their power weakens, but even there one should be wary of a company with too much power and not enough regulation. Remember, Paypal is not a bank yet its users give it power to extract money at any time from their bank accounts.

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