Holidays drive down digital camera prices

Samsung NX1000 smart camera in black (courtesy of Samsung)
Samsung NX1000 smart camera in black (courtesy of Samsung)
Nikon COOLPIX S01 (courtesy of NIKON USA)
Nikon COOLPIX S01 (courtesy of NIKON USA)
One variation of the FBI Malpack Scam
One variation of the FBI Malpack Scam

As December 25th approaches, more and more killer digital camera deals are surfacing. Samsung's sleek NX1000 smart camera and Nikon's COOLPIX S01 are just two examples.

Samsung smart camera excels at WiFi

The Samsung NX1000 is small but offers exceptional image quality, interchangeable lenses, and a sleek, mirrorless design. It can shoot stills at up to 8 frames per second and features a large 3.0-inch LCD screen for composing images, 1080p HD video capture, 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and shutter speeds of up 1/4000 second.

The integration of Wi-Fi, however, is by far the NX1000's most outstanding feature. It allows you to instantly upload images/video to social networking sites, such as Facebook and Picasa, cloud storage sites, such as Microsoft Sky Drive, or email them directly from the camera.

The NX1000 is also compatible with Samsung's Remote Viewfinder, an Android app for Samsung Galaxy smart phones/ tablets that allows you to control settings and even snap a picture from up to 30 feet away. With Samsung's MobileLink app, you can also easily transfer and display images onto Samsung smart phones, tablets, or Smart TVs.

The camera also includes Samsung's AllShare technology that connects directly to a DLNA-compatible big screen TVs, while PC Auto Backup automatically stores photos on a PC via Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for cables.

With the Smart Auto setting, the camera analyzes, identifies and automatically selects the most appropriate scene mode for the best results. If you need more control, a Smart Panel feature provides easy access to manual settings for aperture, shutter speed, flash intensity and more.

Available in black, white, or pink, the Samsung NX1000 SMART camera comes bundled with an all-purpose 20-50mm zoom lens and external flash for an MSRP of $699.99. The good news, however, is that several online vendors are currently selling the kit for $499 or less. For more information, visit

Smallest Nikon COOLPIX camera ever!

The Nikon COOLPIX S01 is one of the smallest, lightest digital camera I've ever seen! The body is smaller than a standard business card, measuring approximately 77 mm wide, 51.2 mm high, and 17.2 mm deep. The camera weighs less than 100 grams, so it fits easily in your pocket.

The S01 has rugged, stainless steel construction. You can hang it around your neck, without worrying about minor bumps and knocks. The camera has a 2.5-inch touch-screen display and even provides 7.3GB of built-in storage.

To deliver quality images, a 10.1-million pixel CCD image sensor is coupled with EXPEED C2 high-speed, high-precision image-processing engine, and a 3x NIKKOR optical zoom lens. A xenon flash is also built-in.

The camera records HD video (720p format), and when shooting stills, its Easy Auto mode automatically determines the best scene mode based on shooting conditions. Special effects can be applied prior to recording of photos or movies to achieve the desired exposure or colors.

The Nikon COOLPIX S01 is available with a highly-polished stainless steel finish or in vivid colors, such as red, white, black, or pink. The camera has an MSRP of $179.95, but is now on-sale for $99.95 or less at many Nikon dealers, online and brick-and-mortar. For more information, visit

Removing the
FBI Moneypack scam

Several viewers recently emailed me about an alert saying that the FBI had locked their systems for violating copyright law and/or engaging in prohibited online activities. The screen demands that you pay a fine of $100 - $200 through MoneyPak to regain use of your PC.

The message is obviously a scam, but because there are several versions, removal instructions vary. Several videos on YouTube provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the Safe Mode startup option and the Windows Msconfig utility to remove the attack. One example is the video posted by 2virus.

Many of what I call the 'old reliable free removal tools' also work. These include MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free, Norton Power Eraser, and ComboFix by Bleeping Computer. Most importantly, do not pay the fine under any circumstances. This alert is totally bogus.