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Camera Shopping in Singapore

By: kimberly on 27 Jun 2012
Electronics are generally one of the more affordable items that can be found in Singapore, in particular, cameras. Get your dream DSLR for less in Sim Lim Square, Funan DigitaLife Mall and Peninsula Plaza.

If you’re looking for cheaper options, you could head down to Sim Lim Square, which is a geek’s mecca, but also has the dubious moniker of a “tourist trap”. Make your life much easier by doing some legwork first at the larger electronic chains. Once you’ve worked out a base amount, as well as made a list of all the accessories that they would throw in, you’re ready to take on the world of Sim Lim Square. Wander around Sim Lim Square and check out the different shops.

Head into a couple of shops and enquire about their prices for the camera that you want. Listen to what they have to offer and take a flyer if they have one. Then, tell them that you’re going to be looking around first before you come back. Repeat this for a few more shops until you’re sure you’ve gotten the right price. Try to go to the shops which are larger or have a few shops under their name for more credibility.

Once you settle on a shop, ask what other accessories the shopkeeper’s going to throw in. Make sure he at least gives you the basics - an SD card, the camera charger, the connecting cable, and whatever software you need. Ask him nicely for the best price he can give you. Remember to always treat the shopkeeper with respect so he has less cause to pull some trick on you. Once you’ve agreed on the price, make sure to check the product inside the box in case of a bait-and-switch.

You could also choose to avoid the hassle altogether and head for the Funan DigitaLife Mall. Check out Challenger for reasonable prices and better service (and no need to haggle). A quick tip here would be to tap on your Singaporean friends if they’re around and if they have a Challenger card. You can often get reduced prices when you present the card. It’s a win-win situation too because your friend will get to chalk up points which he can later redeem for something else. In Funan DigitaLife Mall, another good shop to head to would be John 3:16 on the fifth floor of the mall. The staff are very helpful and will be able to help you get started on taking great pictures. They’re open every day of the week besides Sunday, so be sure to visit the store before then.

Funan DigitaLife Mall
 
The third place to get a great deal on a camera is the building opposite Funan - the Peninsula Plaza. On the first floor of this complex, find the unit numbers #01-11-14 to get to the Cathay Photo Centre. The prices are usually reasonable and the staff generally quite knowledgeable. The store is closed on Sundays, but you could always visit their other branch at Marina Square. These shops are also great places to get different lenses, camera bags and tripods.

While you’re there, check out Prime Camera Centre and Ruby Photo for their range of unusual cameras, starting from the smallest DSLR, a Leica camera, to the lomo cameras that are worth a look.

If you’re running out of memory space in your SD card, a quick and efficient way would be to get them printed out. Head over to any photo shop like Fujifilm, Kodak or even Harvey Norman, and spend some time at their photo booth getting the pictures printed out at a rate of 20 cents to 50 cents per photo. You can also buy an additional SD card from the above-mentioned places.

Shops Listings:

Challenger
Funan DigitaLife Mall
109 North Bridge Road
#06-00
Singapore 179097
Tel: (65) 6339 9008
Fax: (65) 6413 0110

Opening Hours:
Sun - Fri & Public Holidays: 10.30am to 8pm
Sat: 10.30am to 9pm

John 3:16
Funan DigitaLife Mall
109 North Bridge Road
#05-46
Singapore 179097
Tel: (65) 6337 2877
Fax: (65) 6337 1897

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat: 12.30pm to 9.30pm
New Year’s Eve: 12.30pm to 7pm
Chinese New Year’s Eve: 12.30pm to 5pm
Eve of Good Friday: 12.30pm to 7pm

Closed on:
Sundays
New Year’s Day
Chinese New Year (1st to 3rd day)
Good Friday
Christmas Day

Cathy Photo Centre
Peninsula Plaza
111 North Bridge Road
#01-05 / #01-07-08 / #01-11 to 14
Singapore 179098

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat 10 am to 7pm
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Units #01-11 to 14
Tel: (65) 6337 4274
Fax: (65) 6339 2807

Units #01-07 to 08
Tel: (65) 6338 0451
Fax: (65) 6339 2807

Unit: #01-05 (Apple Authorised Reseller Store)
Tel: (65) 6338 7670
Fax: (65) 6339 2807

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