Perhaps the perfect little camera

By Mir
August 25, 2008

Don’t let my husband the professional photographer see this post, but when most of the world looks for a “decent” small camera, we’re not talking about something in the $500 range. (Go figure.) For most of us, something in the $100 – $200 range will get us something suitable to carry in a purse or throw in a beach bag and take pretty good pictures.

Granted, I’m a layperson (read: average human) when it comes to these things, but if you do a little research you’ll find that the Canon Elphs are generally well-reviewed and pretty powerful little cameras for the money. I have an Elph, myself, and I love it. Even if my husband does occasionally mock it.

Today Amazon has the Canon PowerShot SD1100IS camera marked down to $179.95 with free shipping, which is the cheapest I’ve seen it. Read the specs, but this is one of their top Elphs, with image stabilization and all sorts of fancy things. Really a nice little model.

Use “Bill Me Later” and you can apply coupon code BMLDEALS to take another $20 off, too! (Remember—if you don’t really want to use BML, simply first purchase $159.95 worth of gift certificates, then go back in to buy the camera using BML, and you’ll be able to use the discount but pay with your certs. Awesome.)

This isn’t the sort of thing you’ll pick up on a whim (I hope!), but if you were looking for a decent camera, this should definitely be a contender. Four and a half stars after 188 reviews seems like a good bet, no?


  1. I just got this lil’ camera in July and I am loving it!! I have high expectations for my cameras (great photos, macro a must, fits in my pocket necessary!) and this one is working out well. And this is a darn good price!

  2. I love the Elphs! I’m on my second one. They are great for people like me who wouldn’t carry a heavier camera around but will take this because it fits in my pocket. I carry this one way more often. I’m not a photographer but I’ve been very happy with the quality of the pictures from this camera. The perfect go-everywhere camera!

  3. We bought my friend this camera a couple months ago and she loves it so now I’m getting it for myself! Thanks for the link

  4. I have the older model of this camera – it’s maybe 3 years old. I’ve dropped it repeatedly and it’s got all kinds of scratches but it still takes excellent pictures!

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