Right now is a great time to find deals on digital cameras. Many retailers are marking them down and to get you started here are our picks for the best camera bargains:
Special ALL YOU Discounts Promo Codes:
Get $5 off $45 or more at Overstock.com. Use code: 203412 at check out. Valid Feb. 18-April 30
Receive 20% OFF your purchase of Olympus products Use code: AYMREG311 at check out. Valid February 18- March 31, 2011
Also check out these sales:
Walmart - Over 140 Cameras on sale Our pick: Kodak Easyshare M575 14 Megapixel Digital Camera Bundel with 4GB Card and Camera bag Sale: $99
RitzCamera.com - Instant Savings - Get Free shipping, no sales tax and a free photo class ($99 value) with a purchase of these select cameras. Our pick: Nikon Coolpix12 MP, 10x optical zoom 1080p Video. Also $30 Nikon Instant Savings. Sale: $269.99
Digital Camera Buying Tips
In today’s competitive market, even low-priced digital cameras come loaded with extras. Consider these features when shopping:
Resolution: Higher resolution doesn’t necessarily produce better pictures (lenses and other factors affect quality, too). Don’t buy a model that offers fewer than 3 megapixels; a 6-megapixel camera is more than sufficient to print high-quality 4-by-6-inch photos. Anything above 8 megapixels is excessive unless you want prints larger than 8 by 10 inches.
Zoom: Most cameras have a 3x zoom, but if you tend to shoot at a distance (such as at a concert), look for a zoom in the 5x to 30x range. If you have a choice, select an optical zoom instead of digital, which merely magnifies the center of the frame without increasing picture detail. An optical zoom is useful to capture faraway images.
Video: Some new models have HD video that rivals the quality of pricey camcorders. Look for a camera with the ability to zoom while shooting video so you don’t miss a moment.
Image stabilization: This feature allows you to capture action shots, like your daughter’s game-winning slide. Avoid cameras that use simulated stabilization, which isn’t nearly as effective as optical and mechanical stabilizers.
Memory cards: Don’t let the sales pitch fool you. Unless you’re going on a long vacation without computer access, you probably don’t need more than 1 gigabyte of memory.