Ritz Camera

Michele Wanke
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Ritz Camera is the largest retail photo chain in the United States. In addition to having more than 1,000 locations nationwide, the popular camera company also runs one of the most successful photo websites in the world.

Company History

Ritz Camera prides itself on being family-owned. The company originated in 1918 as a portrait studio. Back then, Benjamin Ritz took professional photos out of a one room building in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Nearly 20 years later, Benjamin's brother Edward joined the family business and the siblings opened the first Ritz film-processing lab in Washington, D.C. Since then, the company has expanded to 45 states and has acquired several of its competitors, including Wolf Camera and Image, Kit's Camera and Image, PROEX Photo and Portrait, Inkley's, Cameras West, and the Camera Shop. The acquisitions have helped make Ritz the largest specialty camera and photofinishing retailer in the country. However, despite its rapid growth in the last two decades, Ritz Camera remains family-owned. The company is currently headed by Edward Ritz's son, David.

Products and Services

Ritz Camera offers a variety of photography products.

Photofinishing

Ritz was one of the first chain photo-finishers to offer standard 4 x 6 prints from 35mm film within an hour. In addition, Ritz Camera leads the way in offering customers 6D prints. In fact, the company was the first national chain to offer 4.5 x 6, also known as 6D prints, and it now carries stock 6D sized frames and albums in its stores and on its website. Ritz's website also allows customers the convenience of online ordering and in-store pickup in one hour or less.

Cameras

Ritz Camera only sells brand name digital, digital SLR, compact, and point and shoot cameras. Its most popular picks include:

  • Canon
  • Nikon
  • Kodak
  • Olympus
  • Panasonic

Ritz's extensive website offers useful reviews of many of the cameras offered online and in stores. The company also runs regular sales on its online inventory, which allows you to score deep discounts on top-rated digital cameras throughout the year.

Video Services

Aside from selling a variety of video cameras and equipment, Ritz recently partnered with YesVideo to offer same day DVD Transfers in select stores nationwide. This means you can visit Ritz Camera stores and transfer VHS, SVHS, MiniDv, Digital 8, and digital media to DVDs in roughly the same amount of time it takes for your tape to play.

Photo Equipment

Ritz Camera carries a host of photo equipment including:

  • Tripods
  • Flashes
  • Filters
  • Batteries
  • Lenses and filters
  • Macro equipment
  • Bags and cases
  • Docking stations
  • Studio lighting
  • Photo software

Photo Products

In 2007, Ritz installed photocopying equipment in their locations to enable the production of hardcover photo books, photo calendars and custom greeting cards within an hour. You can now use in-store kiosks or Ritz's online service to create your photo masterpieces and they will be ready for pick-up in one hour or less. Ritz, is one of only two national photo retailers to offer these services in one hour labs. Ritz also offers a wide selection of:

  • Digital frames
  • Standard frames
  • Photo gifts
  • Albums
  • Album refills
  • Photo stickers
  • Portrait folders

Other Noteworthy Ritz Camera Services

Avid photographers consistently rate Ritz Camera as one of the best photo retailers in the world based on the type of personalized service it offers its customers. In addition to camera reviews, Ritz also provides a Top 10 Sellers List and an extensive Product Finder tool on its website. Ritz's website also boasts a highly regarded service known as Live Help, whereby you can submit a photo-related question and a Ritz service representative will email you back an answer within minutes.

Another popular component of Ritz's website is its Deals of the Day section. The listings provide big savings on name-brand items. You are also provided the opportunity to print out coupons to save on in-store merchandise. If you shop online, you do not have to pay sales tax. Plus, the company offers free shipping on orders of new cameras and photo accessories over 100 dollars.

Finding a Ritz Store

Ritz Camera has more than 1,300 locations across the country. To find a location nearest you, simply visit the company's website and click on the Store Locator tab.

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