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It's wonderful that smartphones provide the convenience of shooting pictures and video, but as many users know — and even the iPhone crowd can attest — these cell phone cameras have a number of limitations. What's more, technology keeps advancing to the point where single-lens reflex and newfangled digital cameras are capable of amazing photographic things, which merit a closer look via a roundup that will put them in focus. Should you desire a different make or model than what's provided below, remember to browse our camera deals for a complete list of digital camera sales.
Is It Worth It?: Offered by Amazon, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS9 14.1-Megapixel Digital Camera comes loaded with goodies: a Leica 24mm ultra wide-angle 16x optical zoom lens, 3" LCD, video recording, stereo microphone, optical image stabilization, SDHC card slot, and USB 2.0 connectivity. Amazon reviews are indicative of how satisfying this camera is to use: owners rank it at 4 and 5 stars, only!
Is It Worth It?: If you're looking for a camera that's better than point-and-shoot but not as bulky or expensive as a DSLR, then the mirrorless digital camera is the way to go. This Editors' Choice refurbished Olympus E-PL1 12.3-Megapixel Micro 4/3 Digital Camera comes bundled with the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens for picture-perfect shooting. It also includes a 2.7" LCD, face detection, image stabilization, SDHC card slot, HDMI, USB, and 1-year Olympus warranty.
Is It Worth It?: Offered by Amazon, this Sony Alpha NEX-3 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera comes bundled with a Sony 18-55mm Lens. Using the same mirrorless / interchangeable camera lenses technology as the aforementioned Olympus, this DSLR-like camera boats being "the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera." This compact interchangeable lens camera (CLIC) features a 3" tiltable LCD, anti-dust function, background defocus control, 720p movie mode, HDMI port, USB connectivity, Memory Stick Pro Duo/SD/SDHC card slots, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Canon has always been a strong name in photography, with the Rebel a brand name most people can identify as a trusted DSLR. The refurbished Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i 15.1-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera comes with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens — a deal we're dubbing an Editors' Choice. This refurb T1i includes a 1-year Adorama warranty and features a 3" LCD, full HD video capture at 1920x1080, auto lighting optimizer, SDHC card slot, two mini-HDMI outputs, USB connectivity, and EOS Integrated Cleaning system, which includes a self-cleaning sensor unit.
Is It Worth It?: Snap up this camera case deal, at 74% off list price! Designed to hold the Canon Powershot S95 digital camera snugly, this carrying case with wrist strap will cushion similar Powershot models as well. To get this case the lowest price we've seen, sign up for Amazon Prime. (For non-Prime shoppers, free shipping applies for orders over $25.)
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