Canon PowerShot SX150 IS megazoom drops below $100
This compact 12x zoom is a nice choice for learning more camera control.
If you've got someone on your shopping list who wants to learn more about controlling camera shutter speeds and apertures, Canon's PowerShot SX150 IS is a good and inexpensive option. Even more so now that Target has dropped its price to $99.99.
The 14-megapixel camera features a 12x, f3.4-5.6, 28-336mm lens with optical image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD, and full manual to full auto shooting modes. It's also powered by AA-size batteries, so it's a good choice for travelers, too, who don't want to worry about easy battery replacement.
The shooting performance is a bit slow, though, but if you're trying to learn more about changing settings to get your desired results, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
However, if speed is a problem, its successor,, promises better autofocus performance that considerably speeds up shooting. It also has a longer zoom lens: 16x, f3.5-5.9, 28-448mm.
And despite being only a couple months old, it's selling for $80 less than its MSRP at $149.99 from many stores.