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5 Editors' Choice Digital SLR Cameras: Deals from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, more

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Spring is busting out across the land, which can only mean two things: shutterbugs springing into action, if you will, and lots of cool SLR deals to harvest and highlight. No worries if you're just getting into the act, we've focused in on the best camera and accessories deals for all. This week we're zooming in on Editors' Choice SLR deals from Nikon, Canon, and Pentax, as well as an "SLR-like" Olympus.

  1. Canon EOS 50D 15.1-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera bundled with a Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens and an 8" x 8" Photo Book
    Vendor: Adorama
    Price: $1,299 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $463

    Is It Worth It?: This digital SLR camera bundle will cost you $463 less than if you were to purchase these items separately. What's more this is also the first new 50D deal we've seen in more than 2 years. (The 50D was released in 2008.) It features a frame rate of up to 6.3fps, 3" LCD, Live View shooting with face detection, CF card slot, HDMI out and USB 2.0 connectivity, and an updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system with a fluorine coating. Plus, receive a free 8" x 8" Photo Book with your purchase.

  2. Refurbished Nikon D3100 14.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera bundled with a Nikon NIKKOR 18-55mm VR Zoom Lens
    Vendor: Cameta Camera
    Price: $399.95 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $20

    Is It Worth It?: This refurbished Nikon digital SLR comes bundled with an 18-55mm zoom lens. The body features a 3" LCD, 3fps shooting, 1080p HD video capture, HDMI output, 18 guided shooting options, pop-up flash, SDHC/SDXC card slot, and more. Here's more good news: It comes with a 1-year Cameta Camera warranty, so you can buy refurbished with peace of mind.

  3. Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body
    Vendor: Cameta Camera
    Price: $149.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $107

    Is It Worth It?: This deal qualifies as the least expensive price we've ever seen for the "SLR-like" Olympus PEN E-PL1. (In fact, it's $107 less than the lowest total price we could find for a refurbished unit, and this one is new.) You'll need to pick up a separate lens, but this camera body features a 2.7" LCD, face detection, image stabilization, SDHC card slot, HDMI, USB, and more. It also records HD movies in 720p resolution.

  4. Refurbished Pentax K2000 10.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera bundled with a Pentax DA L 18-55mm Lens and Corel Paintshop Pro X4 for Windows
    Vendor: newegg
    Price: $319.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $340

    Is It Worth It?: This bundle will have you shooting and printing digitally in no time. Add the camera and lens to your cart and you'll receive Corel Paintshop Pro X4 for Windows automatically. The refurbished Pentax K2000 features a 2.7" LCD, dust removal system, shake reduction technology, SD/SDHC card slot, USB connectivity, and more. A 1-year warranty applies, although it's unclear who supports it.

  5. Nikon D5100 16.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Bundle
    Vendor: Costco
    Price: $949.99 in-cart with free shipping
    Lowest By: $131
    Expires: April 28

    Is It Worth It?: This deal for Costco members includes the Nikon D5100 16.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, bundled with the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Lens; Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens; Generic 4GB Class 10 Secure Digital High Capacity Card; and Nikon DSLR Starter Kit. Non-members pay $62.50, so it may be best to purchase a Costco Membership for $55. The camera features a 3" Vari-angle LCD, 1080p video recording with sound, 4 fps shooting, HDMI output, and more. The starter kit includes a Nikon carrying case, Nikon School DVD, and Nikon School book.

Front page photo credit: Telegraph (UK)


Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth, and was most recently the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and before that a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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