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You don't want to be that guy at the Hoover Dam who whips out his 9.7" iPad to take a self photo, do you? Then consider today's camera deals instead. We found bargains on both Nikon and Canon DSLRs, plus inexpensive accessories including lenses and tripods, which will help you get the right shot every time.
Is It Worth It?: For shutterbugs who want the flexibility and quality of a DSLR but have no need for a super high-end camera, the refurbished Nikon D3100 is picture-perfect. Photography Blog calls it "a surprisingly well-featured and complete package for an entry-level digital SLR camera" that "represents good value for the money," which is clear from its $280 price tag. An Editors' Choice deal, this is the lowest total price we've ever seen for the D3100.
It features a 3" LCD, 3fps shooting, 1080p HD video capture, HDMI output, 18 guided shooting options, pop-up flash, SDHC/SDXC card slot, and more. A 1-year Cameta Camera warranty applies.
Need a lens to go with your new Nikon? B&H is taking up to $350 off an assortment of Nikon lenses including the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens, which is just $196.95 with free shipping (expires March 2). Looking for additional Nikon lenses?
Is It Worth It?: You won't need much more than the "fast, feature-packed" Canon 60D in order to enjoy "excellent photo and video quality," says CNET. Plus, the bundled Canon lens increases the value of this deal, which itself happens to be priced at $68 under our December mention of a new model and $118 below the lowest total price we could find for a new one today.
Released in August of 2010, the EOS 60D features an SD/SDHC card slot (rather than CompactFlash), optical image stabilization, 3" LCD, 5.3 frames per second burst mode, 9-point AF system, and more. A 90-day Canon warranty applies.
Is It Worth It?: If you're looking for a camera that can reliably produce high-quality pics of nature or sports events, you can't go wrong with this Editors' Choice Rebel T4i. Its 9-point AF system includes a high-precision dual cross f/2.8 center point, ensuring improved autofocus performance, and its impressive DIGIC 5 image processor enables high-speed continuous shooting of up to 5.0 fps — a must for capturing fast action. Not too surprisingly, DC Resource has singled it out as "yet another winner in the entry-level D-SLR class."
This camera features a 3" vari-angle touchscreen LCD, 5 fps continuous shooting speed, and improved autofocus when compared to the T3i. It also features 1080p video recording, mini HDMI output, SDXC card slot, USB, and more. A 90-day Canon warranty applies.
Need a lens to go with your new Canon? In one of the best promotions we've seen from Canon, the manufacturer is taking up to 30% off a selection of its refurbished stock including Canon EF lenses and Speedlites. What's more, all orders receive free shipping and each item comes with a 90-day Canon warranty.
Is It Worth It?: Rather purchase new accessories for your camera? The TT560 shoe mount flash is more powerful than its predecissor, the ThinkLite TT520 with a boosted flash guide number from 33 to 38. It fits all Canon cameras with a hotshoe, features a .5ms to 1.25ms flash duration and weights 10 oz.
Is It Worth It?: A tripod is always a useful accessory for those taking pictures out in the messy, fast-moving world. This Sunpak 3-section aluminum tripod comes with a ballhead and is a mere $25, an Editors' Choice pick. The pistol-grip ballhead is an especially nice feature, ensuring maximum control over your camera under any conditions. The aluminum legs (with braces) and polycarbonate chassis provide an easy and fast way to set and lock your camera's orientation. It features a quick-release platform, dual bubble levels, and more.
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