Best Black Friday Camera Deals

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Black Friday is nearly here, Camera Fans. The official start to the 2012 Christmas Shopping Season kicks off in the wee hours of Friday, November 23, but some stores, hoping to stave off crowds camping overnight, will throw open their doors Thanksgiving evening.

To help you find the best deals on digital cameras, we here at Steve's Digicams scoured the Black Friday flyers and websites to let you know what's on sale, where you can buy it, and when. The how and why are pretty much up to you, but before you tread into the terrifying waters of stampeding crowds on a cold night, let's talk a little bit about strategy.

Most of you already know Black Friday deals are pretty limited -- especially so-called Doorbusters. With only one or two of these items per store, the idea is to trap you in a maze of a buying frenzy. But you're doing your research. You're a smart shopper. And that puts you ahead of the curve already.

The good news about these camera deals are that they aren't the typical Doorbusters -- laptops and big screen HDTVs -- so there's bound to be more supply than some other deals. But are they truly, definably good deals? That depends. For the most part, the cameras you'll see below are either entry-level or last year's technology. Above, you'll find links to our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, with picks for our best cameras at various price points. For the most part, you're not going to see much overlap here, but when they do, those are your best deals worth seeking out.

Personally, many of the cameras on this list aren't amazing, but most of them are easy to use and make great starter cameras or backup cameras. Remember, Megapixels aren't really that important -- if you have too many on lower quality cameras, pictures tend to be noisy -- but I tend to hold out for "CMOS" image sensors, which are faster, better in low lighting conditions, and shoot Full HD 1080p video. To learn more about the cameras listed below, make sure you click the camera names to visit our full review and preview pages. Or, if you can't wait, great deals on the best cameras can be found every day at our Camera Store.

Also, while we did our best to accurately portray the deals, please realize that not all stores guarantee every deal listed here. It's best to check the store's website specifically to check store hours and deals, and even then, the roaring crowds might make some of the better deals disappear relatively quickly.

Good luck, Dear Readers. Stay safe. Stay warm. And remember, we all love photography and capturing memories with family and friends, but digital cameras aren't worth this:

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Open 24/7. No crowds. No lines. And Black Friday Deals all week long.

Best Buy
Doors open at 12AM Friday

12AM Friday Doorbusters

Sales Effective 11/22-11/24
  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS -- $129.99
  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 110HS kit -- $159.96
    • includes 8GB Memory Card, Battery, and Camera Bag
  • Canon PowerShot SX260 HS -- $199.99
    • includes 8GB Memory Card and Camera Bag
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i -- $599.99 
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i two lens kit -- $779.96
    • includes 18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses, 16GB memory card, and a Camera Bag
  • Fujifilm FinePix JX520 -- $49.99
    • Best Buy Exclusive
  • Fujifilm FinePix JX520 with 8GB Memory Card and Camera Bag -- $59.97
  • Nikon Coolpix L610 -- $149.99
    • includes 8GB Memory Card and Camera Bag
  • Nikon Coolpix P510 -- $299.99
  • Nikon Coolpix P510 kit
    • includes 8GB Memory Card, Battery, and Camera Bag
  • Nikon D3000 two lens kit -- $449.99
    • includes 18-55mm & 55-200mm lenses, 8GM memory card, 2 instructional DVDs, and a Camera Bag
  • Nikon D7000 -- $999.99
  • Nikon D7000 two lens kit -- $1249.96
    • includes 18-105mm & 55-300mm lenses, 32GB memory card, and a Camera Bag
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5RK kit -- $649
    • includes 8GB Memory Card and Camera Bag
  • 8GB SanDisk Ultra Memory Card -- $6.99
  • 16GB SanDisk Ultra Memory Card -- $9.99
  • 32GB SanDisk Ultra Memory Card -- $17.99

Dell

Sales Valid Friday 12:00AM - 11:59PM EST
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i two lens kit -- $749.99
    • includes 18-55mm kit lens & 55-250mm telephoto zoom lens
  • Nikon J1 with 10-30mm Nikkor Lens -- $399.99

Electronics Expo
Doors open 7AM Friday
Friday through Sunday Sales
  • Canon Rebel T3 two lens kit -- $499
    • includes 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm zoom lens, and a 12-piece Accessory Kit
  • Olympus SP-620UZ -- $99
  • JVC 4GB Memory Card -- $2

Kmart
Open 6AM Thanksgiving Day 

Thursday Doorbusters 6AM-4PM
  • Fujifilm AX 550 -- $49.99
  • GE 15x zoom -- $79.99
Office Depot
Stores open at 5AM Friday

Friday & Saturday Sales

OfficeMax
Doors open at 6AM Friday / 9AM Saturday
6AM Friday Doorbusters
Friday & Saturday Sales

Radio Shack
Doors open at 6AM Friday

Friday & Saturday Sales (while supplies last)
  • Canon PowerShot SX160 IS -- $149.99
    • includes free case and memory card
  • Canon Rebel T3 -- $499
    • includes free 75-300mm lens and memory card
  • Nikon Coolpix S6300 -- $129.99
    • includes free case and memory card
  • Nikon Coolpix L810 -- $199.99
    • includes free case and memory card
  • Vivicam Kids Cameras -- $22.49
  • 8GB SanDisk SDHC or microSD Memory Cards -- $5.99
  • 8GB SanDisk SDHC or microSD Memory Cards -- $7.99
  • 16GB SanDisk Ultra SDHC Memory Cards -- $12.99

Sam's Club
Members Only. Doors open 7AM Friday

Friday Sales (Prices good online and in-store)
  • Canon Rebel T3 two lens bundle-- $499
    • includes 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm zoom lens, 4GB SD Memory Card, and Camera Bag
  • Olympus SZ-12 bundle -- $129.99
    • includes 4GB SD Memory Card and Camera Case
  • Nikon D3100 two lens bundle -- $629.99
    • includes 18-55mm lens, 55-200mm lens, 16GB SD Memory Card, instructional DVDs, and a guide book. FYI, the ad picture shows a case as well, but it's not listed in the fine print so it's not clear.

Sears
Doors open 8PM Thursday

8PM Thursday Doorbusters
  • Canon Rebel T3 with 18-55mm kit lens -- $449.99
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm kit lens -- $599.99
    • purchase either a T3 or T3i and you qualify for a free 8GB SD Memory Card and you can purchase a 75-300mm lens for $49.99.
4AM Friday Doorbusters
  • Canon PowerShot A2300 -- 79.99
    • includes free 8GB SanDisk SD Memory Card
  • GE long zoom camera -- $79.99
  • 16GB PNY class 4 SD Memory Card -- $7.99

Staples
Doors open 5AM Friday

Early Bird Specials (5AM-Noon Friday)
  • 8GB SanDisk SDHC or microSD Memory Card -- $4.99
Friday & Saturday Sales

Target
Doors open 9PM Thursday
9PM Thursday Doorbusters
  • Canon Rebel T3 two lens kit -- $499.99
    • includes 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm zoom lens, 4GB Memory Card, and a Camera Bag
  • Nikon L310 -- $99.99
4AM-Noon Friday Sales


Walmart
Doors open 8PM Thursday

10PM Thursday Sales
  • FujiFilm S4250 -- $139
  • Nikon Coolpix S3200 -- $69
  • Nikon J1 -- $399
    • includes coupon for 3 free 8"x10" mounted photo prints
  • Nikon D3000 two lens kit -- $449
    • includes 18-55mm lens, 55-200mm lens, 8GB Memory Card, Camera Bag, and two instructional DVDs
  • Samsung Smart ST95 -- $99
  • 8GB SanDisk SDHC or Micro SD Memory Cards -- $4.97
  • 16GB SanDisk SDHC Memory Card -- $7.88
  • 16GB SanDisk Ultra SDHC Memory Card -- $9.88

5AM Friday Sales

  • Canon Rebel T3 18-55mm kit with 4GB Memory Card and Camera Bag -- $449