Find a cheap digital SLR camera
Canon has said that the recession has begun to affect sales of DSLR cameras. This will result in bargains for those who are shopping for a SLR camera, especially buyers who do not need the latest and greatest, most recent models.
If you are interested in buying a cheap digital SLR camera this season, here is how to take advantage of the camera manufacturers desire to lock you in to their brand now:
1 - There is more price competition, as well as more models, at the entry level of DSLRs. Examples include the hot-selling Nikon D40. The 6-megapixel Nikon D40 DSLR camera costs just over $400, about $550 with a telephoto zoom. Another entry level model, the entry Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi EF-S, with 10-megapixel resolution, costs about $500 with one lens and the 12-megapixel Canon EOS Rebel XSi is about $650 with a single zoom lens. There are even more models. The 10-megapixel Olympus Evolt E510 is $515 with one lens, $575 with two. In addition, the 10-megapixel Sony DSLR-A200 is $500 with one lens, just $550 with a second, telephoto zoom. Pentax also is offering cash rebates.
2 - You can also find good deals on the “next”-newest models with resolution that is one level down from the top, which is currently 12 megapixels to 15 megapixels. SLR cameras are similar to PCs, where you pay a premium for the very fastest AMD or Intel. Be sure to watch for online sales, and review newspaper inserts, and also use mail-in rebates that increase as you buy multiple items.
3 - You should also consider buying last year's model. As a good example, the new Canon EOS 50D, which is more ruggedly built than the XSi and XTi models, is about $1,400 for the body alone, but its predecessor, which is the Canon EOS 40D, is just under $1,000 (Canon's suggested price) and more often sells for $900. While some newer DSLRs may add nice-to-have but not features such as the ability to detect smiles or open eyes and delay firing the shutter until the picture is optimal, reviews show that these features are not a must have. Newer DSLR cameras also have larger LCD displays, climbing from 2" to 2.5" to 3".
These are just a few tips to buy a cheap, entry level DSLR camera.