3 Cameras to Covet from Best Buy

A few weeks ago, I created what I think was my best gift guide yet. I always look for cool, slightly unusual, and definitely not pie-in-the-sky items. I had four subguides broken down into kids stuff, socially good products, out of the ordinary gift ideas, and all the things a blogger like me would covet.

While writing is probably the easiest part of my blog, what gets me drooling is all the stuff that I think would make my life as a blogger better faster stronger. And most of the time, it comes down to gear.

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And every once in a while, you have to dream big.

One night, when I was home along (and probably mad at my husband for something), I started thinking that I needed a new camera. Photos, after all, are an important part of blogging, in my opinion. I used my iPhone mostly because I felt too intimidated by the Nikon DSLR my husband had bought years earlier. I knew I had a good camera if I really needed it but I never took the time to learn it or use it.

So on that night, I searched online and found a perfect little Sony. It was a mirrorless and interchangeable lens camera and it changed everything for me. I loved the the quality of the photos, the ease of use, and even the flip-up viewfinder to make it easy to video myself. It wasn’t cheap but it was an investment in what is really a big part of my career.

It’s been a few years since I bought my gear and my husband bought his and things have only gotten better. If you’re a blogger, dream big and pick your favorite camera and put it on your Christmas list. You never know when Santa might be feeling generous.

And if you’re NOT a blogger, you probably still have a need for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your high-stakes memories.


Best Buy is featuring three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, all equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease (a feature that we don’t have on any of our cameras).

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

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What it is

  • A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps
  • This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

What I think

  • I am so far from being an Android user it’s not even funny BUT… my husband has a Samsung phone and I have to say the photo quality on that phone is A-MAY-ZING This idea is actually growing on me.

Approximate price: $450 (seen on sale for $350)

Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

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What it is

  • A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus
  • This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.
  • Also available in White or silver

What I think

  • I’ve already confessed to being in love with my Sony mirrorless camera. So a newer, better, faster version? Yes, please.

Approximate price: $800 (seen on sale for $600)

Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens

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What it is

  • A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly
  • This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity
  • Also available in red or gray

What I think

  • This is the Mac Daddy. Definitely smaller and more compact than my Nikon but I worry it would still be too much camera for me. Although I would be willing to review it if necessary (wink, wink).

Approximate price: $900 (seen on sale for $800)

Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself.

So which would you pick? 1, 2, or 3? Or do you have your eye on something else? I’d love to talk gear with you if you have some thoughts on any of these!

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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