The holiday season marks an ideal time to indulge that person on your list who wants to take the leap from photography wannabe to shutterbug. To make your shopping easier, we've rounded up five Editors' Choice camera deals from Canon, Nikon, and Pentax. To make your holiday season even less stressful, we've also included shipping deadlines information (where applicable).
Canon PowerShot A3400 IS 16-Megapixel Digital Camera
Store: B&H Photo-Video
Price: $74.95 with free shipping
Lowest By: $14
Is It Worth It?: In giving a thumbs up to this Canon camera, the folks at Photography Blog also rave about its image quality, which boats colors that are "punchy and bold." This model is available in Red, Black, Silver and Gold (pictured) and features a 3" touchscreen LCD, 28mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, 720p video recording, SDXC card slot, USB, and more. Of note, Amazon also offers this camera in Silver for the same price.
Need it by Christmas? At B&H, order by December 15 at 4 pm ET for guaranteed delivery by Christmas via Super Saver shipping. For Amazon, orders placed by December 18 via free Super Saver Shipping are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. (For free 2-day shipping via Amazon Prime, the deadline is December 21.)
Canon PowerShot A810 16-Megapixel Digital Camera
Store: B&H Photo-Video
Price: $69.95 with free shipping
Lowest By: $17
Is It Worth It?: The pros at DigitalCameraInfo remind consumers that as long as their expectations are modest this camera will get the job done. Lacking bells and whistles, this camera does boast a 2.7" LCD, 720p video recording, 5x optical zoom, SDHC card slot, USB, and more. Available in Black (pictured) or Red this camera is slightly less expensive today than it was on Black Friday.
Orders placed by December 15 at 6 pm ET using Super Saver shipping are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.
Nikon Coolpix L26 16.1-Megapixel 5x Zoom Digital Camera
Price: $59.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $7
Is It Worth It?: CNET says the Nikon Coolpix L26 "good bang-for-your-buck" and we're inclined to agree, as it's $26 under our mention from last summer. It features a 3" LCD, 5x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, 720p video capture, voice memo function, USB connectivity, and runs on AA batteries.
Orders placed by December 18 via free Super Saver Shipping are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. (For free 2-day shipping via Amazon Prime, the deadline is December 21.)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS 12.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
Price: $129 with free shipping
Lowest By: $20
Is It Worth It?: While most merchants charge over $200 for this camera, we found it for $30 under our June mention, and available in Red (pictured), Black, and Silver. CNET writes that "the Canon PowerShot Elph 510 HS hits on design, features, and photo and video quality," via features that include a 3.2" LCD touchscreen, 12x optical zoom, 1080p video recording, optical image stabilization, SDHC card slot, mini HDMI and USB connectivity, and more.
Pentax Q 12.4-Megapixel Mirrorless Lens Digital Camera Bundle
Price: $246.21 with $12.99 s&h
Lowest By: $21
Is It Worth It?: This camera kit is available in both Black (pictured) and White and comes with the Pentax 28-82mm f/2.8-4.5 Zoom Lens, an 8GB SDHC Card, Lightning PDF Converter Pro for Windows, and the Pentax Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 for Windows for $21 under last week's mention (which didn't include the memory card or software). To boot, most merchants usually charge more than $300 for the camera and lens alone. Engadget appreciates how Pentax has designed "the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera" with an "attractive, pocketable ILC that doesn't quite follow its powerful pedigree." Packed into its small frame, this "DSLR-like" camera features a 3" LCD, 1/2.3" backlit CMOS image sensor, red-eye reduction, face detection, 1080p video capture at 30 fps, microHDMI port, USB, Memory Stick Pro Duo/SDHC card slots, and more.
Orders placed by December 21 using standard shipping are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.