Black Friday: Hot Deals on Top-Rated Cameras

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Kodak EasyShare Z950 | Full review

The merchant: Office Max

The Black Friday deal: $130

Price when released: $250

If you're not ready to make the leap to a DSLR or a complex interchangeable-lens camera, the pocketable Kodak Z950 with its 10X optical zoom lens is a phenomenal option for experimenting with manual controls. The camera serves up sharp, vibrant colors and earned one of the best overall scores for image quality of any point-and-shoot camera we've tested to date. It's a steal at $130: you'll be hard-pressed to find a more versatile, better-performing pocket camera for the price.

Kodak EasyShare M580 | Full review

The merchant: Sam's Club

The Black Friday deal: $100

Price when released: $170

This is another nice deal on a hot-performing Kodak camera. The EasyShare M580 offers some of the best exposure quality of any point-and-shoot camera we've tested in 2010, and its 8X optical zoom lens (28mm to 224mm) offers pocketable versatility. The camera features Kodak's Share button, which lets you tag photos and video in-camera for instant uploading to Facebook, Flickr, and other sharing sites once it's connected to a computer. You don't get the manual controls that the EasyShare Z950 offers, but that $100 price is very compelling.

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS | Full review

The merchant: Sixth Avenue Electronics

The Black Friday deal: $250

Price when released: $350

The PowerShot SX210 IS is in the running for my personal favorite point-and-shoot camera of 2010, thanks to its far-reaching 14X optical zoom lens (28mm to 392mm), full manual controls, fun scene modes, and excellent video quality. It's one of our highest-rated pocket megazoom cameras of the year, and the $250 price tag on this Black Friday deal gets you a lot of pocketable performance for the price.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS | Full review

The merchant: Target

The Black Friday deal: $130

Price when released: $250

It's a bit bulkier than your average pocket megazoom, but the PowerShot SX120 IS makes up for its somewhat husky size with an extensive array of manual controls, a fast autofocus, a powerful pop-up flash, and good image quality.

Samsung Dual View TL205 | Read more

The merchant: AAFES

The Black Friday deal: $100

Price when released: $150

We haven't gotten our hands on the TL205 just yet, but we loved the innovative, front-facing secondary LCD on the closely related DualView TL225. Anyone within traveling distance of an Army or Air Force base can find the DualView TL205 for $100 at an AAFES PX or BX; that's a good price for a camera that takes the guesswork out of framing self-portraits and captures a baby's attention by playing an animated scene on its front-facing screen.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 | Read more

The merchant: Sears

The Black Friday deal: $110

Price when released: $170

We reviewed the Bloggie MHS-PM5's cousin, the pistol-grip-style Bloggie MHS-CM5; and though its 1080p video capture didn't quite match the quality of competing pocket camcorders, it offers a nice range of features. The candy-bar-style MHS-PM5 offers some unique versatility of its own, thanks to a 270-degree rotating lens and a dual storage card slot that accepts both SDHC and Memory Stick formats.

Canon Selphy CP800 photo printer | Read more

The merchant: Staples

The Black Friday deal: Free with any camera purchase after mail-in rebate.

Price when released: $100

While you're hunting for holiday camera bargains, why not pick up a free snapshot printer to use with your new gear? We haven't tested the Selphy CP800, but it does come from esteemed lineage: Canon's Selphy CP790 and Selphy CP780 photo printers. If you buy a digital camera at Staples, you'll get this photo printer for free--if you claim the mail-in rebate properly. Unfortunately, that's the least-exciting kind of deal for instant-gratification aficionados.

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