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The Picture of Savings: 5 Editors' Choice Camera Deals from $140

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Sure these great camera deals will make you smile, but don't blink! They won't last long. We found rock-bottom prices on five Editors' Choice setups including models from Canon, Nikon, and Olympus.

  1. Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Bundle
    Vendor: Adorama
    Price: $686.95 via $400 mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Lowest By: $380
    Expires: December 31

    Is It Worth It?: This DLSR camera deal comes bundled with a whole mess of great gear, including: the Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body (pictured); a Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens; a Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer; some Canon Photo Semi-Gloss Paper Plus 13x19" 50-Pack; and Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10. (To get all of these camera accessories at this price, click "Buy together and save," then scroll down to add the Canon EF 40mm lens bundle to your cart.)

    CNET raves about the Rebel T4i's "streamlined shooting design," which 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, a SDXC card slot, USB connectivity, and more.

  2. Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera 2-Lens Bundle
    Vendor: B&H Photo-Video
    Price: $599 via $400 mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Lowest By: $446
    Expires: December 31

    Is It Worth It?: As with the above deal, a $400 mail-in rebate goes a long way in savings. In this DSLR bundle you'll get: the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera plus the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (pictured), bundled with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS Telephoto Lens, a Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Inkjet Printer, some more Canon Photo Paper Plus 13" x 19" Semi-Gloss, a SanDisk 16GB Extreme Class 10 USH-1 SDHC Card, and a Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag to carry it all in. To boot, this is the least expensive T3i 2-lens bundle we've seen.

    For the money, CNET deems the Canon EOS Rebel T3i "a great choice for DSLR videographers" because it features include a 3" vari-angle LCD, 1080p video recording, 3.7 fps continuous shooting, mini HDMI output, SD/SDHC/MMC card slot, USB connectivity, and more. The accompanying printer supports photo papers up to 13" x 19", and features 4800x2400 resolution, PictBridge4, USB 2.0 connectivity, and more.

  3. Nikon D5100 16.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Bundle
    Vendor: Sam's Club
    Price: $749 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $16
    Expires: October 27

    Is It Worth It?: Keep smiling on these Editors' Choice camera deals! Here we have the Nikon D5100 16.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, which comes packaged with the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Lens, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens, and a Nikon DSLR Starter Pack (which includes a Nikon gadget bag and DVD for DSLR cameras) all for the lowest price we could find.

    "The Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000," says CNET. It features a 3" Vari-angle LCD, 1080p video recording with sound, 4 fps shooting, HDMI output, and more.

  4. Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3-Megapixel Micro 4/3 Digital Camera Body
    Vendor: Cameta Camera
    Price: $139.95 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: The Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body comes in Black, and features include a 2.7" LCD, face detection, image stabilization, SDHC card slot, HDMI, USB, and more. CNET, however notes that while this is a fine camera, it suffers from "slow performance" compared to others in its class.

  5. Olympus XZ-1 10-Megapixel Digital Camera
    Vendor: Amazon
    Price: $199.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $99

    Is It Worth It?: With this Olympus XZ-1 10-Megapixel Digital Camera in hand, you're set to take great photos. Features include a 3" OLED, iZuiko f/1.8-2.5 4x optical zoom lens, dual image stabilization, SDHC card slot, face detection, 720p video capture, USB 2.0 connectivity, and more. CNET says that it's an enjoyable camera to shoot and "relatively fast" but the the Olympus XZ-1 stumbles "when it comes to photo quality, which is very good, but not uniformly excellent."

Front page photo credit: Lisah Myers Photography


Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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