Best Digital Camera Bargains for 2011

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I have a love-hate relationship with digital cameras. Having owned several, including my current Nikon D-70 that I got for Father’s Day a few years ago, I speak from experience when I say that when it comes to getting that critical family shot, what can go wrong, will go wrong. Just this week I messed up pictures of homecoming for our son and daughter. Part of the problem is that I need a camera with a larger screen on the back so I can tell if the picture is in focus. So I’ve been in the market for a new camera, and in the process came across the best picks for digital camera bargains according to a CNN report. So I thought I’d share those picks with you.

PowerShot S100

The Canon PowerShot S100 is one of the newest models that has been added to the PowerShot family. This is a compact digital camera that is small enough to fit nicely in your pocket. It’s a point and shoot camera so it’s easy to use, but it’s still considered to be a high end, advanced digital camera. It is a 12.1 Megapixel camera that has a 15x Optical Zoom that will allow you to take quality pictures at both a near or far distance.

Now to the cool stuff. This camera has a built in GPS tracker that records your location and atomically logs the picture location on a map so you don’t forget where the picture was taken. With a feature like this it’s no surprise this PowerShot gets high customer reviews for its features. This camera also takes videos and has Face Detection Technology which enables you to take great pictures of people.

Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX100V

The Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX100V is for those that are serious about taking pictures. It sports 16.2-megapixels, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with 30x optical zoom, Full HD 1080/60p movies, a “Exmor R” CMOS sensor with Hi-speed Linear Focus, and 3D stills and Sweep Panorama capabilities. If that doesn’t sell you on this model, then check out the TransferJet™ technology that was developed by Sony®. With this camera you can transfer up to ten files between this device and another just by touching their TransferJet™ logos together. Today this type of wireless transfer technology is available in many devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, which means you don’t have to hunt around for your camera cord anymore!

Nikon 1 J1

The Nikon 1 J1 is a compact digital camera that features interchangable lenses. The unique feature of this camera is that it has the fastest autofocus of any other camera on the market. This will allow you to capture fast moving objects easily and improve your photo quality. One really cool feature is the Smart Photo Selector that is especially designed for those fast moving objects you are trying to capture. All you do is push the shutter-release button just like you normally would. From there, the camera will automatically take a total of 20 shots at a speed of 30fps. One more neat function is that it allows you to shoot video and take a still picture at the same time.

LUMIX® FH25 16.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

The LUMIX® FH25 16.1 Megapixel Digital Camera is the newest version of the LUMIX® line. This compact camera comes in a variety of trendy colors and gets high marks from consumers for its quality, ease of use, features and value. And the price on the LUMIX is less than comparably equipped cameras. To start, this is a 16.1-megapixel camera, it has image tagging technology, and it has high quality 28mm wide-angle Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 8x zoom. When it comes to the battery you won’t be disappointed either because it gets 250 shots on a single battery charge. The other nice features is the 2.7 inch LCD display, which is a nice touch on such a compact device.

Sony α NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens

The Sony Alpha NEX NEX5K/B Digital Camera with Interchangeable Lens is a 16.1 megapixel digital camera that is made to fit in your pocket. The fact that this camera has interchangeable lenses shouldn’t intimidate the point-and-click shooters. With this camera you can shoot stills on the go at up to 10 frames per second, record in Full HD 1080/60p or 24p video, and capture panoramic shots in 2D or 3D. On the back of this camera you will find a 3 inch, tiltable LCD screen. This is considered a compact camera, but gives you the ability to change lens based on your shooting situation. The NEX-5N comes with the E-mount lens, plus you can choose from 28 A-mount lenses which are sold separately. This camera comes in both white and black.

Nikon D5100

The Nikon D5100 is one of the most expensive camera on the list, but it’s also one that can’t go without being mentioned. You’ve probably seen the Nikon commercials with actor Ashton Kucher. If so, don’t judge this camera based on that! This camera is sharp, especially with its large 3” 920,000 (VGA) Vari-Angle LCD screen which allows you to see live image capture, editing and viewing. This is a 16.2 Megapixel digital camera that gives you full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound and full time Auto Focus. If you like to edit or enhance your photos by adding a touch of your own creativity, then you will absolutely love the in-camera effects like Selective Color. This feature isolates any color within a scene while the rest is captured in monochrome.

Published or Updated: December 6, 2011
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. If you’re looking at DSLR I’d like to throw my camera into the ring – the Canon EOS Rebel T1i. The camera takes amazing pictures – and has a nice big screen on the back if you want to use that. ;)

    • DR says:

      BMM, thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Patrick says:

    I have an older model Sony Cybershot, and it was great for the time it was released (I bought it 7 years ago). The only downside to Sony is the proprietary memory cards and other items. But the products are high quality. We now have a Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera. It is high quality and came with two lenses, which adds versatility. We chose this over the Cannon or Nikon because of the cost of buying additional lenses. So far we’re happy with it and we’ve had it 2 years (non-professional use).

  3. Kevin Beck says:

    I agree with BMM: I will take any series of Canon EOS Rebels for D-SLR options. The T1i can be had for under $500 now, and the T2i is right about $600. The T3i just came out a few months ago; it’s the one I have, and it goes for about $800.

  4. George Brandalick says:

    I think it the operator! My d70 was retired because of 150,000 activations. Since then I have worn out 3 pro level cameras. I still have the d70 as a knock around camera. I still get images published with this old camera. What can I say.

  5. Jeff Stahlman says:

    Let me see if i read this right. You had out of focus pictures from an autofocus camera, the above mentioned D-70. Just a thought, you might want to work on your picture taking skills.

  6. Dan Koda says:

    Screen not big enough? Look through the eye piece.

  7. Linda Seger says:

    Great list! But my vote is for the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Simply amazing!

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