The holidays are a great time to find deals on a new camera, whether you are buying one for someone or treating yourself. Here are some of our favorites for 2015, whether you’re looking for a DSLR or a point-and-shoot.
Nikon D3300 DSLR
There are some great deals on Amazon, select Nikon cameras are 25% or more off. Nikon’s starter DSLR, The D3300 with an 18-55mm Nikkor lens is more than $200 cheaper in time for Black Friday. It’s a solid performer, with a 24 megapixel sensor, fully automatic to fully manual controls, a small size and good battery life.
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS 16MP Digital Camera
As a point-and-shoot, this camera has tons of great features. A 18x zoom gets you very close to the action, it features a 16 megapixel sensor, Wi-fi for wireless transfer to your computer or mobile device, NFC for easy setup for wireless printing, and it fits in your pocket. It even has a dedicated movie button to shoot full 1080p video. You can get it in black or red, and for between $200-250.
Available on Amazon.com.
Sony W800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera
Sony has a solid-performing, super compact point-and-shoot camera. 20 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom, their Steadyshot image stabilization, 720p video, and an easy mode to make the menus easier to use. If only everything was that simple. With a built-in flash, ISO from 100-3200, and a price tag to go with its size, it’s a staff pick. $80 for the black one, $108 for silver. Available on Amazon.com.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
If you want something more than a point-and-shoot, but you aren’t ready for a DSLR, the megazoom class is where you ought to be. The lens is built in, but they can go to really long focal lengths. The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 has an equivalent 25mm-600mm lens. If you love shooting sports or birds, this lens will get you CLOSE. And it’s not just any lens, but a Leica-designed lens. They make some of the world’s sharpest lenses. This one is a bright one, at f/2.8, so low light performance is good. You can attach a flash via the hot shoe above the viewfinder. A solid performer with a lot of features for under $300. Available at many retailers including Amazon.com.
Happy holidays to you all, and stay tuned for more of our recommendations for the best tech gifts this holiday season!