DEC. 12, 2016:
Thinking about investing in a new camera? Not so fast. Before you drop a bunch of cash on a new toy, it is best to do your research, and that research starts here. Keep reading for the top cameras and retailers to make your purchasing process a simple one.
What to buy
Canon EOS 7D
Though it’s more expensive, this camera can really bring your videos to the next level, if you can spend the time to teach yourself how to utilize the tools. With an 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, DUAL DIGIC 4 Processors and speeds of 8.0 fps, this camera is also durable, so if you tend to beat up your equipment or drop things, this could be the camera for you.
Best for: Those who want utilize special features.
Canon EOS Rebel T5
Though it has less features than the previous Canon, you won’t be settling—this is still a great camera. It has an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS image sensor, a DIGIC 4 Image Processor, and a big 3.0″ LCD screen, which is super convenient if you want to watch yourself while you record.
Best for: Those on a budget
One of the highest rated cameras in its category, this DSLR has a 24.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor for photos, 18-55mm VR image stabilization lens, and 1080p full HD video.
Best for: At under $500, this camera offers the best of both worlds.
Where to buy
The largest online retailer in the world, Amazon.com most definitely has what you are looking for. Because it has zero overhead and great wholesalers, Amazon is able to provide extremely competitive pricing.
Best for: Package deals. Need a camera, bag, tripod and camera card? Amazon is your place.
If you ever find yourself in New York City, be sure to head to B&H’s midtown superstore. For non-locals, B&H has a vast website with competitive pricing.
Best for: Free shipping on most purchases. What’s not to love?
Ebay is all about finding the right seller, and once you do, you can really score amazing deals. They key is to do your research and make sure to read the description (the whole description) before clicking “bid.” Ebay is also a great place to purchase accessories if you have an older camera.
Best for: Professional shoppers who like the hunt.
Though it doesn’t just specialize in cameras, Newegg is known for its low prices, quick shipping and unparalleled customer service. Though the selection is not as large as places like Amazon and B&H, they often throw in free gifts with larger purchases. Plus, they offer a price match guarantee.
Best for: Bundled purchases. If you are also on the market for a new computer monitor or TV, Newegg will bundle your purchases together.
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