Whether you want to take a new family portrait at Thanksgiving, or snap a photo of a tropical sunset on your vacation away from family, you'll want to use a better camera than your iPhone. That's where these five Editors' Choice digital camera deals come in.
- Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body
Vendor: Cameta Camera
Price: $139.95 with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It? This deal ties our mention from two weeks ago, offering the lowest total price we could find on a camera that, according to Digital Photography Review, has a simplified interface that makes it a great buy for compact camera users who want "better photos straight away." Note that this camera does not come with a lens, but does boast a 2.7" LCD, face detection, image stabilization, SDHC card slot, HDMI, USB, and more.
- Refurbished Olympus PEN E-PL3 12.3-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera and Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Vendor: Cameta Camera
Price: $299.95 with free shipping
Lowest By: $200
Is It Worth It?: Bundled with the Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens, this deal represents a $200 drop in the price of a new unit from our mention last spring, and it is the lowest total price we could find for a new unit today. According to Engadget, the overall design of this camera is "nothing short of exemplary." The review also notes that the battery lasts long enough to take about 215 shots and 30 minutes of video. The camera is available in Black (pictured) and Silver, and features a 3" tilting LCD, 3x optical zoom, 3D still image capture, face detection, image stabilization, SD/SDHC card slot, HDMI port, USB connectivity, and more. A one-year warranty also applies to this purchase, although it is unclear who backs it.
- Nikon 1 V1 10.1-Megapixel Mirrorless Digital Camera and Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Vendor: OneCall via Buy.com
Price: $368 in-cart with free shipping
Lowest By: $31
Expires: November 12
Is It Worth It?: Here's another great camera for amateur photographers. According to PhotographyBlog, this camera is small and fast and takes high-quality photos, still "its interface is quite clearly not geared toward users who like to take full control of the picture-taking process." Features include a 3" LCD, shooting modes from 5fps up to 60fps, 1080p HD video recording, USB 2.0 connectivity, simultaneous movie and photo capture, and more.
- Refurbished Nikon D5100 16.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera and Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Lens
Price: $444 with free shipping
Lowest By: $6
Is It Worth It?: This is the only digital SLR available in this week's roundup, and it's $7 under last week's mention. As such, it's a great option for photographers wanting to move beyond point-and-shoot cameras on to one that according to CNET "delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design." The camera features a 3" Vari-angle LCD, 1080p video recording with sound, 4fps shooting, HDMI output, and more. A 90-day Nikon warranty applies.
- Pentax Q 12.4-Megapixel Mirrorless Lens Digital Camera and Pentax 8.5mm Lens
Vendor: Fry's Electronics
Price: $299.95 in-store
Lowest By: $67
Expires: November 8
Is It Worth It?: This digital camera and lens deal This comes in at $49 under our mention in August, which was shipped, and is a current low by $67. But while its price may be less, this camera's features are robust. According to Digital Photography Review, this camera is compact and easy to use but delivers a "powerful punch," providing a variety of settings to deliver high-quality images. This "DSLR-like" camera features a 3" LCD, interchangeable 8.5mm lens (47mm equivalent), backlit CMOS sensor (which allows shooting at faster shutter speeds and in lower light conditions), anti-dust function, background 25 focus points, face detection, 1080p video capture at 30fps, microHDMI port, USB, Memory Stick Pro Duo/SDHC card slots, and more.