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Slickdeals Insights: Recent Camera Sales Surging on Slickdeals

papasteves02 1,313 February 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Are you in the market for a camera? Maybe you're looking to snap some quality shots for spring break on the beach? Now might be as good a time as any to take the plunge on that new DSLR or point-and-shoot.

While analysts often write about the cannibalization [] of digital cameras by smartphones, recent sales data on Slickdeals appear to show otherwise. So far this year, we're seeing a big increase of camera deals on Slickdeals. In January 2014, both deal thread counts and purchases of cameras were both up over 200% on Slickdeals compared to January 2013.

So what's hot? The top two selling camera deal threads so far this year have been refurbished Nikon cameras. The first was a Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Camera with two lenses and a case for $200 offered by BuyDig via eBay. The second was a Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera with a 18-55mm lense for $329 offered by Adorama via eBay. Both were fantastic prices on tier one camera bundles offered through eBay's Daily Deal program.

Top Camera System Deals in January and February 2014
  1. Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Refurbished), 10-30mm VR & 30-110mm VR Lenses, and Nikon Case for $199.99 at BuyDig via eBay
  2. Nikon D3200 24.2MP DSLR Camera (Refurbished), 18-55mm Lens for $329 at Adorama Camera via eBay
  3. Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18MP DSLR Camera, 18-55mm IS STEM, 75-300mm, Pro Optic Filter Kit for $658 at Adorama Camera
  4. Sony Black NEX-3N 16.1MP Compact Digital Camera, 16-50mm Lens, 8GB Class 10 Memory Card, Camera Case for $290 at Walmart
  5. Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 20.2MP 3.6x Optical Digital Camera w/ 1080p Video for $400 at 6ave via eBay
Top Camera Accessories Deals in January and February 2014
  1. Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens (Canon, Nikon, Micro 4/3rds or Sony E & A Mounts & Fujifilm X) for $275 from BuyDig via eBay
  2. Nikon AF-S Lenses: 85mm f/1.8G $397, 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G $497, 50mm f/1.4G $385, and more from Adorama Camera
  3. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Lens for $301 from Adorama Camera
  4. Nikon AF-S Refurbished Lenses: 35mm f/1.8G Lens $159, 50mm f/1.8G Lens $155, 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR Lens for $89 and more from Adorama Camera and BuyDig
  5. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens for $99 from Amazon
What About You?
Are you in the market for a new camera? DSLR? Point-and-shoot? Mirrorless? Or is your smartphone more than capable of capturing those special moments?

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Any Pentax deals? How come the lenses made for Canon, Nikon, Pentax & Sony only seem to go on sale for Nikon and Canon? Over production?
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Any Pentax deals? How come the lenses made for Canon, Nikon, Pentax & Sony only seem to go on sale for Nikon and Canon? Over production?

Good question. I'm thinking that it's mostly a function of demand. If retailers are able to commit to moving more units of a particular model, they can get better price breaks from manufacturers, which they can then pass on to the customer in promotional offers.
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I think smartphones only cannibalize sales for crappy digital cameras, which are dying out anyway--decent mirrorless cameras are getting cheaper by the year. The great thing about mirrorless cameras is that you can use dirt-cheap CCTV lenses and still get some pretty great results.

I paid ~$450 for the NEX-3N last year, and at $290 it's a steal. Can't speak for the other cameras, but the 3N has a gorgeous APS-C sensor, and the same pancake lens featured on much more expensive cameras (NEX-6, etc). I have a DSLR too, but with all my lenses it's just too unreasonably bulky for traveling.
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