It's really a matter of service and what you want to pay for it..
If you want stuff and don't want/need any interaction and don't mind waiting a couple of weeks for a problem to get resolved through the mail, buy through the mail at a place like Adorama..
If you want to be able to pick it up today and have the ability to exchange (check store policies!!) instantly but don't anticipate having any questions besides beyond extreme basics like "where's the bathroom"...a Best Buy type store is a good bet..
If you feel you could benefit from some knowlegeable interaction, go with a camera store like Ritz or a local shop that seems to not mind helping a newcomer...
Wolf/Ritz give you a 10-day, money back return, and 30 day return for in-store credit....
Best Buy gives you 30 days money back, minus a (?)20% restocking fee..
IMHO, if you are pretty sure it is the camera for you, save the cash and go BB. If you are of the "I'll try it and keep it only if I am 100% satisified" go to W/R..
I purchased my 570 from Wolf. (because I was planning on using it for a week, then returning it for a P80 for a week, then get the one I liked best - but I ended up just keeping the oly) The Classes in Houston are about 90% for DSLR. I think they had one "Photography Basics" class and one "Post Processing basics" class, and they were all at a community college an hour away, and scheduled at times I would have to leave work early to make.Current digital camera: my cell phoneAnd now a SP-570!..
I bought a Sony from a local Ritz. Returned it inside the 10 day period. Absolutely no hassle, no questions, no fees. Ended up buying a Fuji from the same Ritz. Never bothered with the lessons, so have no clue on how good they are..
I'd probably go with Wolf. The classes are decent if you need them, and probably worth it..
Also, I did actually buy their somewhat overpriced warranty on my daughters camera, simply because it covers anything that happens. As long as there's enough of the camera for them to identify it, you get it fixed/replaced..
If you ever go with online ordering, there are two good options I've used..
By far the best online photo company is B and H Photo. The prices are decent, and the service is always above and beyond..
I've also bought from Cameta Camera on ebay. No hassles, got exactly what I ordered..
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Sounds good, I think I'll pick it up at wolf/blitz..
Also, I did actually buy their somewhat overpriced warranty on mydaughters camera, simply because it covers anything that happens. Aslong as there's enough of the camera for them to identify it, you getit fixed/replaced.Jim DeanPaid professional rubbernecker. I stop at the car wreck so you don'thave to..
When they offed me the warrenty (for 1/2 the cameras sale price) my two questions were - Will it cover water damage, and drop damage? (I do a lot of fishing/boating) anwser - No, and No. The guy said it covered the same stuff the mfgr's warrenty covered, just they replaced it in-store, and for the extra years....
IMHO, save your $$.
Current digital camera: my cell phoneAnd now a SP-570!..