Monday’s Money Deal: Digital Cameras

What's Hot

2 Types of Black Marks Might Vanish From Your Credit File SoonBorrow

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

6 Ways the Obamacare Overhaul Might Impact Your WalletInsurance

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

7 Dumb and Costly Moves Homebuyers MakeBorrow

House Hunters: Beware of These 6 Mortgage MistakesBorrow

Beware These 12 Common Money MistakesCredit & Debt

Obamacare Replacement Plan Gets ‘F’ Rating from Consumer ReportsFamily

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

30 Household Uses for Baby OilSave

25 Ways to Spend Less on FoodMore

Nearly Half of Heart-Related Deaths Linked to These 10 Foods and IngredientsFamily

The True Cost of Bad CreditCredit & Debt

17 Ways to Have More Fun for Less MoneySave

14 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security ChecksGrow

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum WageSave

Boost Your Credit Score Fast With These 7 MovesCredit & Debt

7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years EarlierBorrow

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

10 Companies With the Best 401(k) PlansGrow

8 Ways to Take Control of Your Finances — and Be HappierGrow

This Scam Now Tops ID Theft as the No. 2 Consumer ComplaintFamily

5 Surprising Benefits of Exercising Outdoors in WinterFamily

14 Super Smart Ways to Save on TravelSave

New Study Ranks the Best States in the U.S.Family

Thousands of Millionaires Moving to 1 Country — and Leaving AnotherGrow

The Rich Prefer Modest Cars — Should You Join Them?Cars

Strapped for College Costs? How to Get the Most From FAFSABorrow

6 Overlooked Ways to Save at Chick-fil-AFamily

Secret Cell Plans: Savings Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Don’t Want You to Know AboutFamily

6 Healthful Treats for Your DogFamily

Ask Stacy: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay Off My Mortgage?Borrow

7 Free Sources of Manufacturer Coupons You Can Find OnlineSave

Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?Credit & Debt

8 Ways to Get a Good Price on a Shiny New AutoCars

You’ll Soon Pay More to Shop at CostcoSave

10 Ways to Save When Your Teen Starts DrivingFamily

Fixing Your Credit? Do These 5 Things, Avoid These 3Credit & Debt

If you're looking for a camera that's better than your cell phone but won't break the bank, here's a clear picture of some decent deals.

If there’s anything more confounding than shopping for a camera, we haven’t heard about it. More than most consumer tech products – even computers and cell phones – trying to choose the right camera at the right price is an exhausting slog through models, options, and prices.

At least with computers and cell phones, there are easy-to-grasp basics: Windows vs. Mac, iPhone iOS vs. Android, desktop vs. laptop. Decide those, and you limit the more confusing options that come next – like models, memory, and sizes. But in the realm of cameras, you have to contend not only with dozens of all-in-one varieties but also a dizzying array of pro-level and mid-level SLRs that come with interchangeable lenses – but that aren’t interchangeable with other brands.

So what to do?

Best small camera deal of the week

For most of us, it’s quite simple. Do you want to take pictures (and some limited video) of family and friends at memorable events and desire something that looks better than a cell-phone camera? Then go with what’s known as a sure-shot or pocket camera. You can buy one for as little as $50 at some retailers, but like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. If you want the right combination of price and quality, we suggest something from the Canon PowerShot series. Why? Because there are currently some very interesting deals.

For instance, you can save money if you don’t care about the color of the camera. As you’ll see on Target’s website, if you want a Canon PowerShot 12.1MP camera, it costs $180 for one in silver, brown, or pink – but only $160 for red. And it’s the same camera! So if you care about what your pictures look like more than what your camera looks like, you should be seeing red.

Best big camera of the week

SLR stands for single lens reflex, which refers to the movement of a mirror that transfers the images from the lens to the film. These days, SLRs use those mirrors to transfer the image to an SD card, but all you really need to know is this: SLRs are those big cameras that pro photographers use, the one with the lenses that can be switched out.

Most camera makers have SLR models aimed at the “prosumer” market. That’s basically the average person who wants to dabble in photography that’s a little more advanced than those sure-shots can handle. Problem is, you need to also buy lenses and external flashes, and it gets confusing and expensive from there. That’s why we recommend looking for package deals, like this Pentax K2000, which comes with an external flash. These large flashes really make a difference shooting not only at night, but also in twilight, which confuses most other cameras and leaves an orange tint to your pictures. External flashes can cost a lot, so this deal is appealing – while it lasts. As of this writing, only four models were left at $519.

And while we’re talking about pictures, check out our advice for shooting video.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: 5 Easy Ways to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 2,028 more deals!