Any grand romantic gesture you're planning this week may score you points for the time being, but it stands less of a chance of leaving a lasting mark if there's no way to document the moment. Whether seeking a point-and-shoot camera or something more substantial, this week's roundup of the best digital camera deals will help you remember this special Valentine's Day — or, if newly single, document the damage to your car in preparation for a reunion with an ex in small-claims court.
- Samsung NX1000 20.3-Megapixel WiFi Mirrorless Compact System Camera with a 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED NX Zoom Lens and 50-200mm f/4.5-5.6 ED OIS II Telephoto Zoom Lens
Price: $399 with free shipping
Lowest By: $249
Is It Worth It? Sure, this camera comes in White (pictured) or Pink, but even better is that this Editors' Choice deal bundles it with two lenses — the 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED NX Zoom Lens and 50-200mm f/4.5-5.6 ED OIS II Telephoto Zoom Lens, resulting in a massive price low. ePHOTOzine highly recommends the camera as an entry level model that's compact and "delivers excellent images," even with the 20-50mm lens that comes standard. Additionally, the camera features a 3" LCD, 1080p HD video, SDXC memory card slot, instant upload to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, USB connectivity, and more.
Although this item is currently out of stock, it can still be ordered at this price for delivery when it becomes available.
- Canon PowerShot A810 16-Megapixel Digital Camera
Store: Best Buy
Price: $59.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $19
Expires: February 16
Is It Worth It?: According to Digital Camera Info, the PowerShot A810 — which is at an Editors' Choice price — "is very easy to use and comfortable to handle" and "it uses some of the same components as higher-end Canons did a year or two ago." So this camera is best suited for those wishing to capture the moment without setting up lights, pulling focus, and contorting to get that perfect shot. It features a 2.7" LCD, 720p video recording, 5x optical zoom, SDHC card slot, USB, and more.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 16-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens
Price: $331.99 via coupon code "ATJANDR" with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $18
Is It Worth It?: This deal, also an Editors' Choice, offers a digital camera at $148 below our mention from last summer. According to Engadget, the GX1 is "a terrific shooter, exceeding our expectations and giving us the first viable alternative to the stellar Sony NEX-C3." So this might be the way to go for deal-seekers pursuing more serious photography than documenting Valentine's Day festivities. The DMC-GX1 camera features a 3" touchscreen LCD, HD video capture (in 1080i), dust reduction system, SDXC card slot, HDMI output, and more.
- Samsung NX100 14.6-Megapixel Digital Camera
Price: $239 with free shipping
Lowest By: $70
Is It Worth It?: "Samsung's budget little brother for the NX10 boasts an attractive design," says CNET, and while it's without some of the key features that distinguish Samsung's higher-end cameras, it's not "just a me-too model." The camera's features include 2.5x optical zoom, 3" AMOLED display, 1280x720 maximum video resolution, support for SD and SDHC memory cards, one HDMI output, USB connectivity, and more.
- Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1-Megapixel Digital Camera with a $30 Target Gift Card
Price: $99.99 with $2.99 s&h
Lowest By: $42
Is It Worth It?: This camera, which is bundled with a $30 Target Gift Card, has dropped $16 in price since last month, and it's a current low by $42 (assuming you use the gift card). Photography Blog recommends this camera, writing that while it does not have bells and whistles, "it definitely offers proven ease-of-use and performance with a big-brand name." It features a 3" LCD, 12x optical zoom, 720p video recording, optical image stabilization, SDXC card slot, and more.