Five great enthusiast camera deals for less than $500
This time of year, you don't have to pay a fortune for a camera that's designed for more than snapshots.
When it comes to holiday shopping, I tend to take a conservative approach: decide what you want, then look for good prices. That makes you a little less likely to be swayed by faux bargains, like bundles with mediocre bags or accessories you really won't use. The one exception is for lenses -- provided they're ones you'll actually use -- which do increase the value of a bundle, though you don't want to buy a mediocre body just because the two-lens kit is cheap. With that in mind, I found a handful of models that take you beyond the point-and-shoot, but which are now even more attractive buys now that the seasonal price cuts are kicking in.
As I was researching this, there were a few now-you-see-them-now-you-don't deals that I suspect might pop up again over the course of the spending season, so you might want to keep an eye out and consider nabbing them if they repeat. These include the
Don't forget to check out our overall holiday camera picks, too, and if you still need help deciding, try " ." I wrote it last year, but really, shopping doesn't change that much over time.