Canon cameras: cheapest PowerShot ever

Canon PowerShot A1200 cameras (refurbished) can be had for $42 apiece and free shipping. Plus, read below for four other great deals on Nikon and Canon cameras.

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A shop staff works at a booth for Canon cameras in a Tokyo electronics shop in October. The cheapest Canon cameras in the US are refurbished 12.1 megapixel digital A1200s.

There are only a few weeks left until Christmas (and even less time if you're celebrating one of December's other holidays). If the space under your tree still looks a little bare, consider grabbing one or more of these crowd-pleasing, Editors' Choice camera deals. We've got deals for shutterbugs of all stripes, including $575 in savings on a jam-packed Canon DSLR bundle, a Nikon D5100 for under $500, and a Canon PowerShot for just $42.

  1. Canon EOS 6D 20.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Bundle
    Store: Adorama
    Price: $2,084 via $400 mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Lowest By: $575
    Expires: December 31

    Is It Worth It?: If you've got a loved one that's serious about taking up photography but has none of the equipment, we've got the perfect gift idea. This bundle has everything she'll need, including the Canon EOS 6D 20.2-megapixel DSLR camera, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 WiFi color inkjet photo printer, a 32GB SDHC card, a camera bag, and the Canon 13x19" semi-gloss photo paper 50-pack. Better yet, you'll even bag a $99.36 Adorama credit to spend on yourself! Assuming you'll use the credit, you're going to save a whopping $575 on this bundle when you redeem the mail-in rebate.

    The Canon EOS 6D sports a 3" LCD, 1080p video recording at 30 fps, 4.5 fps continuous shooting, an 11-point auto focus system, WiFi, and GPS. The printer features a maximum print resolution 4800x2400 dpi, up to 13x19" wide-format printing, support for PictBridge, and Ethernet connectivity.

  • Nikon D5100 16.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera bundled with the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Lens
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $429 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: Should your budget be unable to accommodate the bundle above, you can still give your budding photog a great camera with the Nikon D5100. CNET called the D5100 "a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design." At $429, it's the cheapest price we've ever seen for this camera bundled with the 18-55mm lens. The camera features a 3" vari-angle LCD, 1080p video recording, 4 fps shooting, and HDMI output.

    Want to get an extra $5 off your purchase of this camera? Add it to your Amazon wishlist, answer a question, and then share both your list and the answer on Facebook. Deal ends December 15.

    1. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens bundled with a $30.98 B&H Photo-Video credit
      Store: B&H Photo-Video
      Price: $1,349 via $200 mail-in rebate with free shipping
      Lowest By: $181
      Expires: January 4

      Is It Worth It?: So your gift recipient already has a Canon DSLR? Make their holiday merry and bright with this Canon EF 16-35mm lens, which you can snag for just $1,349 after a mail-in rebate. If you factor in the bundled $31 B&H credit, then you'll save $181 on this top-shelf lens. Calling it "an excellent choice if you're in the market for an ultra-wide angle zoom lens," PC Mag found the Canon EF 16-35mm to be "sharp throughout its zoom range."

    2. Nikon Coolpix S100 16-Megapixel 3D Digital Camera
      Store: Best Buy
      Price: $89.99 with free shipping
      Lowest By: $20

      Is It Worth It?: A compact point-and-shoot is the perfect gift choice for teens and close friends. An all-time price low at $90, the Nikon Coolpix S100 stands out for its buzz-worthy ability to snap 3D pics. This digital camera also features a 3.5" OLED touchscreen LCD, 5x optical zoom, and 1080p video capture.

    3. Refurbished Canon PowerShot A1200 12.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
      Store: Canon
      Price: $41.99 with free shipping
      Lowest By: $58

      Is It Worth It?: At $42, you can afford to pick up a couple of these factory-refurbished Canon PowerShot A1200 digital cameras in Black or Silver. Since this is the best price we've ever seen for a PowerShot A1200, you can give one away and keep the other on hand as a backup present for unexpected holiday guests. Features include a 2.7" LCD, 4x optical zoom, 720p video recording, a 28mm wide-angle lens, and face detection.

      A 1-year Canon warranty applies. 

    – Marcy Bonebright is a writer for, where this article first appeared:

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