Last year, I was able to purchase my Canon Rebel XS DSLR camera for a decent price last year at Best Buy for approximately $500. Lucky for me, I was able to put this deal on my Best Buy credit card to get 18 months same as cash, so getting a SLR camera is do-able. Just know that I am not telling anyone that they should go out and open a line of credit somewhere just to get one because everyone's situation is different.
This year for Black Friday 2011, I wanted to share with you the best camera deals from a few of the big retailers.
As far as purchasing a DSLR, you should go with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3 that comes with a 8GB memory card, 58mm UV Filter, and a camera bag. You'll have all the benefits of having a higher end camera without the hefty price tag. Plus, with Best Buy offering the bundle this is the:
If you're looking for a point and shoot camera, I would suggest purchasing the Canon Powershot SX150 Bundle that includes: Mini Tripod, 8GB memory card, and a camera case at $169.96. I've been lucky enough to work with this camera and find it to be the best alternative to getting more of the options of a DSLR without the worry of changing lens and the higher price tag.
KMart also has the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3 DSLR for $479.99, but they do not include any bundle items with the camera. As you can see the photo below, the only other offer with this camera that might sweeten the deal is the 75mm-300mm Canon lens for $99.99 - a great price if you're looking for an additional lens. I purchased the same lens online for $120.00 almost a year ago and thought I was getting a deal, guess not.
KMart's best point and shoot deal would have to be on the Nikon Coolpix S4100 digital camera. It comes in a variety of colors: Black, Plum, Silver, and Red and will be offered at $119.99. I have not had the opportunity to shoot with a Nikon camera, but I will be the first to say that Nikon is a strong competitor with Canon and makes great cameras. You are looking at, in most cases, more crisp colors with a Nikon - but it's not something you can't reach with a little editing on a Canon.
Again, Target is offering the Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera for the magic price for this shopping season of $479.99, but this deal also includes a free Canon Deluxe Bag. I must say Target did a spectacular job on their ad photo of the product at making it look more enticing to customers.
Target offers customers another Nikon point and shoot with the Nikon L105 at $99.99. You're saving $100 on a point and shoot camera that looks like a DSLR in style. So, you can have that high end camera look without having to worry about operating it as such.
Of course, Walmart is also offering the Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR bundled with a gadget bag, 4GB memory card, and 8" x 10" photo album for $479.00 - a whole $0.99 cheaper than the other stores.
The point and shoot is a brand we haven't seen make the list and that is the Sony Cyber-shot H70 at $129.00 that includes a bonus 100 prints from Walmart. It was a tight battle between the Fujifilm FinePix S3280, because I own a similar Fujifilm, but I had to choose the Sony because it had more megapixels at 16. Plus, Walmart.com is showing that the Sony comes in Black, Blue, Red/Pink, and Silver, so you get more of a variety.
Overall, I will sum up the entire article with the top pick for the DSLR and the point and shoot. The Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR at Best Buy for $479.99 is the best deal because of the bundle. The best deal on a point and shoot is the Canon Powershot SX150 bundle at $169.96 - the bundle is worth it.
You will need to make it to these stores early to wait in line for these awesome deals. Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are opening at 12:00am Friday, November 25, while KMart is opening at 5:00am Black Friday.
Starting planning your shopping lists and pick up your new digital camera this Black Friday!