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We all know it's true: smartphone cameras just can't quite capture a scenic vista or a perfect portrait the same way a digital camera itself can. But why stop there? Today's camera roundup not only offers deals on digital cameras themselves, but also on a flash and the necessary lenses to make the most of all your photography desires. And for more models, check out our daily camera deals.
Is It Worth It?: This digital camera is a compact model with an exceedingly quick and reliable auto-focus system, a wide range of in-camera creative effects, hand-holding scene modes, excellent image quality, and improved low-light performance. Get it in Black with a 14-42mm Zoom Lens for just $299.99 — at $40 below our mention from three weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $159, it's an obvious pick for Editors' Choice. It's doesn't have the capabilities of a DSLR, but in most situations you'll encounter, you won't be able to discern any difference in image quality. It features a 3" touchscreen LCD, dust reduction system, SDXC card slot, HDMI output, and more.
Is It Worth It?: While the Nikon J1 has some drawbacks for advanced users, it does provide "excellent video and low-ISO photo quality." Get it in Black (pictured), or Red for $9 under last month's refurb mention and at the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $19. Features include a 3" LCD, 1080p HD video recording, USB 2.0 connectivity, and more. A 1-year warranty applies.
Is It Worth It?: Two fantastic lenses for one low price! This Editors' Choice deal for a Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens and a Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony cameras or Panasonic and Olympus digital cameras is affordable. You'll get great wide-angle prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX compact system cameras.
The 19mm version's low weight, compact size, and premier optical performance are bolstered by its fast auto focus speeds and good build quality. For its part, the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens offers the equivalent angle of view as a 60mm lens on the Micro Four Thirds system and 45mm on the E-mount system. Note that these items are backordered, but can still be ordered at this price for delivery when they become available.
Is It Worth It?: The TT560 flash comes with a functional user interface on the rear, provides consistent power and color temperature, and has an impressive recycle time of 0.5s at low power. Designed for use both on and off your camera, it also has a multi-angle, multi-directional head that can swivel through 270° and tilt through 90°. This item compatible with Canon cameras.
Is It Worth It?: Buying a camera lens and the body separately can be a great way for savvy consumers to save money. Case in point: the refurbished Nikon D5100 body, priced at $369.95. This offer is tied with our refurb mention from last week; it's the lowest total price we could find for a refurbished unit elsewhere by $49. It features a EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, 3" Vari-Angle LCD, 1080p video capture, 4 fps shooting, HDMI output, and more. It comes with a 1-year Cameta Camera warranty.