5 Cameras to Consider Purchasing - Quicken Loans Zing BlogWith the start of school right around the corner, students will inevitably seek new devices to help capture the fun times they share with their peers at school, sporting events and activities. In addition, the holiday season isn’t far behind, when many family photo opportunities will be taking place.

While many people use their phones to share their amazing pictures on Instagram and Facebook, camera companies have taken note and flooded the market with a bevy of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. 

Here are five cameras in different price ranges to help you make an informed purchase:

Kodak EasyShare M583

Price – $79 

When Kodak first began producing the EasyShare digital camera, I was so excited to purchase my 2-megapixel model that I hardly thought twice about the $150 price tag.

The fact that you can obtain a 14.2-megapixel EasyShare digital camera today for under $80 is a testament to how fast technology advances.

Olympus Titanium

Price – $349

Olympus cameras offer many cool features like face detection technology, a built in flash and a panorama mode with up to 10-frame image stitching for panoramic images.

With so many cool features, the only thing holding the Olympus back from the Cannon T3i ranks is the video quality, as the Olympus only shoots video in 720p and 480p.

Nikon D3100

Price – $499 (reg. $649)

While the Nikon D3100 is more impressive than the Cannon T3 in picture quality (14.2 megapixels) and video quality (1080p), many photographers appreciate the easy user experience and low cost more than any other attribute.

With a camera review score of 4.8 out of 5 by Nikon owners, it’s easy to understand why the D3100 is one of the most popular Nikon DSLRs on the market.

Cannon T3

Price – $549

Although the Cannon T3 experienced moderate user experience ratings, there is no doubt that the T3 allows the user to take great photos with phenomenal resolution, once you become proficient with the numerous camera functions.

While the T3 uses its 12.2-megapixel technology and high ISO sensitivity to capture spectacular images in low light, the video limitations (720p video quality) of the T3 is one reason many photographers prefer the T3i over the T3.

Cannon T3i

Price – $799

In my opinion, the Cannon T3i is the best camera on this list in regards to picture quality, camera functions and price affordability.

Weighing in at 18.2 ounces, the T3i not only captures astonishing details with its 18-megapixel resolution capabilities; it also shoots video in 1080p, full HD movie mode.

You will surely have a tough time finding a camera with more photo and video options that also has a price comparable to the T3i.

The fact that a picture is worth a thousand words does not mean a camera should cost you $1000.

If you’re in the market for a new camera, consider one of the cameras listed above and you may soon start capturing picture perfect memories you can reflect on for a lifetime!

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