About Mike's camera

Few things in life are as powerful as photographs...

A single image printed on paper can evoke forgotten memories or strong emotions. In advertising, it has been proven that carefully chosen images are far more compelling than words. In much the same way, fleeting moments of our own lives become priceless when captured as photographs.

Mike's Camera operates 9 imaging superstores in Colorado and Northern California that have become the regional favorites for photography industry professionals and amateur camera buffs alike.  The success of the business is based on stocking a complete selection of photo and video cameras and other picture-taking accessories, as well as offering a full line of photo processing services, including the latest in digital cameras and digital camera printing kiosks. Additionally, it is integral to the philosophy of Mike's Camera to back the product and service offerings by an expert, friendly staff.

Since its humble beginnings in 1967, Mike's Camera has had a history of outstanding customer service, which resulted in wide recognition in both the photography industry, and the communities surrounding our store locations. This recognition culminated with the coveted "Best Camera Store" award from Photo Trade News, the Photographic industry's trade publication for the year 2000. Additional awards have been repeat performances from the Boulder Daily Camera, Westword Magazine and The Boulder Weekly's "Best of Awards" for "Best Camera Store", Eastman Kodak Company's "Best in Class" award for specialty camera stores, and the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award of Distinction in 2001 from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.

Mike's Camera is unique in its belief that each customer-service employee must be fully versed in a broad range of photographic knowledge. As such, each customer-service staff member is required to qualify as a Certified Photographic Consultant (CPC), and then maintain that status. The CPC program, developed by the Photo Marketing Association International, is a comprehensive educational and testing program encompassing photography, digital imaging, and many aspects of photographic technology. A sister program, the Society of Photo-Finishing Engineers, provides similar education and testing for lab technicians handling the various aspects of photo processing. This program requires the strictest educational standards in color theory, print consistency and overall image quality. This comprehensive employee training ensures that every Mike's Camera customer receives the most knowledgeable service in the industry possible, resulting in better picture-taking enjoyment and greater overall customer satisfaction for all of our local clientele and nationwide customers who shop our Internet superstore. It also rewards our staff with the recognition commensurate with their completion of the training programs, and a higher level of empowerment and employee satisfaction, as the staff feels competent to meet each customer's individual needs.

As for the production of our lab staff, this training, combined with the most advanced and highest-quality film processing equipment, color management technology and quality assurance controls, results in pictures that have markedly superior color, quality and consistency, and archival characteristics.

Mike's Camera's multiple-award winning Legacy photofinishing starts with the highest quality materials available to the photographic lab environment. We start with Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper in crafting each and every print originating from our lab, whether printing from digital media or film. Digitally optimized Fujifilm Crystal Archive photo paper is the finest quality photographic paper in the industry, and delivers eye-popping, high-definition images, as well as the most archival photographs to preserve your most cherished memories.

In stocking the largest selection of photographic and video equipment, Mike's Camera is able to provide our local consumers with every imaginable type of image-capturing device, for every picture-taking opportunity. From the latest digital cameras, computer and digital printers, to high-end, Video and content creation gear, accessory lenses, and darkroom equipment -- traditional and digital, all can be found at any of our locations, and are selected to suit the needs of amateurs and professionals alike. Other imaging and optical needs, from digital camcorders to studio lighting equipment, binoculars and telescopes are also available with the experts on-site to help you select the perfect item for your needs. We also stock a wide selection of Pre-Owed gear that has been inspected and tested ready for its new owner.

Furthermore, whether you want to gain familiarity with photo equipment before buying, or need a specialized piece of equipment for a unique photo shoot, you can rent most types of photo gear, from consumer point-and-shoot cameras to very high-end professional cameras and lenses at Mike's Camera. A portion of the rental fee can even be applied to a future purchase if you buy a similar product within a month of the rental.

Our large user base of corporate, commercial, law-enforcement and educational sector photographers can find audio-visual equipment and LCD projectors, as well as boardroom systems and screens for special presentations. We can work with business purchase orders to secure the best gear for your business or organization from Schools to law enforcement and government agencies.

Mike’s Camera is so much more than a camera store. Also, a variety of trade show booths and point-of-purchase large-format output signage materials can be produced, to maximize the impact of your sales or marketing message. In a field where change and innovation are constants, classes and books on the latest imaging equipment, techniques and processes are essential for competency. Mike's Camera offers an impressive selection of classes and workshops on using the newest photographic and digital imaging equipment. Our instructors are well trained on these advanced technologies, and draw upon first-hand experience.

In order to further complement the services offered to our customers, Mike's Camera can also assist with your repair and maintenance needs. Whether it is a sensor cleaning that can be handled directly in house, or working with our vendors to get your gear repaired back to it original condition, we can help!

While Mike's Camera is still a family business with locations in Colorado and Northern California, our success and growth means that we continue to provide the same high level of service while adding more volume-buying to ensure competitive pricing, and our guarantee of Lowest Prices on all cameras in stock.

We like to share our passion for photography, in each of our stores. We also believe that these are the reasons why our customers trust their most precious memories to us, and return to us with every new magical moment of their lives. We invite you to get to know us and our photography superstores and join us in what we consider to be the worlds greatest hobby of photography. Come visit us today.