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How to Get the Best Deal on a Point-and-Shoot Camera


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How to Choose a Point-and-Shoot Camera

Look for Bundles

Point-and-shoot cameras may be sold with a memory card, camera case and other accessories (like a tripod, travel charger or extra battery pack) for less than it would cost to buy each item separately. For example, Walmart periodically offers a basic point-and-shoot camera, memory card and camera case for the standard price for the camera alone.

Consider a Slightly Older Model

Point-and-shoot camera models are typically updated annually, generally in February or March and often with minor rather than dramatic improvements. This means the differences between a year-old model and its successor may be minor, but the price of the older camera may drop as much as $100-$200 after the latest one debuts. For example, if an older model has 12 megapixels in its sensor and its successor has 14 MP, there probably won't be a discernible difference in their performance but the 12 MP model will be considerably cheaper.

Watch for Sales

Point-and-shoot cameras often go on sale around the holidays, and bargains are typically available on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the big sale days after Thanksgiving. Retailers may also discount current models at the end of a year or the start of a new year.