As vendors clear store shelves to make way for the latest wave of digital SLR cameras from Nikon, Sony, Canon, and Olympus, you can expect to save lots on older models, while supplies last. If you don’t need the fancy new features or you’re willing to make that trade-off in order to save big, this is a great way to finally break into the brave new world of D-SLR photography without busting your bank account.
I really enjoyed reading Zach Honig’s piece about this on PopPhoto.com. Zach gives us a quick run-down of five of the best-selling D-SLR camera models that are in the process of being usurped by newer and fancier models, including two popular favorites, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi and the Nikon D40.
The only draw-back to the article is that Zach is trying to measure “body only” prices in order to do an apples-to-apples comparison of old and new camera models. This is a perfectly legitimate way to do it, but please be sure to factor in the price of a lens or purchase a kit in order to have a lens, if you decide to purchase one of these cameras, either old or new.
Zach not only tells us what new model is being introduced by each manufacturer, but also what new features each new replacement camera is promising, as well as how much these new features will cost you if you opt to buy the new camera model over the older one.
In terms of the best overall savings, it would appear to come from the Canon model, the Canon Digital Rebel XT, which can be purchased (body only) for as low as $379, a savings of 53% over the new Canon XSi. Among other things, what you will be giving up by not buying the XSi is a larger LCD with new live-view support and an additional 4.2 megapixels; the XT is an 8-megapixel camera and the XSi is a 12.2-megapixel camera. If you consider these to be the main improvements, you may be perfectly happy with purchasing the older model and, by doing so, happier still to be saving yourself a lot of money: $421.