When people think Black Friday, most imagine physically big ticket items like fridges and big screen televisions. But those with an itch for photography can also find an amazing array of deals for cameras today, ranging from simple point and shoots under $100, upwards to pro-sumer DSLR models. Here are 5 camera deals on models we highly recommend, no matter what your skill level is (possibly as a secondary camera, if you're seriously inclined)...
Canon Powershot G12 10MP 5x Zoom Digital Camera: $379.99 + free shipping (normally $499.00)
The Canon G12 is a rugged beast, the halfway point between a portable point and shoot and a full size DSLR. Don't let the modest megapixel count fool you, the G12's 10MP CCD sensor works well with the 28-140mm (equivalent) lens to produce excellent images for everyday photography. It's sort of the perfect camera for someone who wants to take a step up from a cheap point and shoot to something they can grow into.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18-55mm IS II Kit Digital SLR Camera: $649.99 with free shipping (normally $899.00)
This is a bit of a roundabout deal, as Buy.com has posted an eBay Daily Deal for the Canon EOS Rebel TSi at a very nice price of $650 plus free shipping; that's $105 cheaper than anywhere else for the 18 megapixel DSLR with full 1080p video recording and 3" LCD screen, plus 18-55mm kit lens.
Nikon 1 V1 Mirrorless Digital Camera With 3 Lens Kit: $1,149.00 (normally $1,399.00)
The Nikon 1 Series V1 was just released a short while ago, a mirrorless design which offers users the form factor of a svelte point and shoot with the lens options of a full-size DSLR. Consider Amazon is selling this camera for $1,039 for just the body and a 10-30mm lens (plus 16GB SDHC Memory card), this Adorama package with the 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens, 30-110mm VR Zoom Lens, and 10mm f/2.8 Lens for about $110 more is a much better deal.
Sony Alpha NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Black Digital Camera w/ 18-55mm Lens: $499.00 (normally $699.99)
BuyDig's price for one of the most unique camera designs available right now is $200 lower than list price and includes the 18-55mm kit lens. The Sony Alpha NEX-5's form factor seems to elicit either love or hate reactions (we love it), but the sharp images from the metal barrel lens (initial so-so images were corrected via firmware), 1080/60i video, great build quality (it may be small, but it feels solid), comfy ergonomics, and super small form factor makes the NEX-5 a great traveler's shooter.
Canon PowerShot S95 10MP 4x Zoom Digital Camera: $289.00 (normally $399.00)
We called this model the perfect in-between camera and that's because it has an amazing array of manual features, RAW file capabilities and an awesome control ring, 720p video, and 3" LCD, all in a compact form factor nearly as slim as the most portable of models. The S95 is our go-to hiking and traveling camera and backs up our full size Nikon D7000 setup as an able sidekick companion. And at just $289 plus free shipping via Amazon, that's awfully tempting for a proven winner.
BONUS: If all you want is an affordable point and shoot:
Yeah, we know we said "5", but here's one more deal for the Nikon COOLPIX S6100 if all you're looking for is an able point and shoot discounted nearly 50% off, just $116.95 and more than proficient with 16 megapixels and 7X optical zoom. We know everyone doesn't need all the fancy features as the models above and this model takes "good" images considering the price point.