If you need a passable little camera

By Mir
December 3, 2014

I got a reader email with a camera question last night, and I love it when people write to me about cameras and ask me to ask my husband. (Seriously!) I like to tell him that’s why I married him; I needed a photographer to field questions for me.

Anyway, I’ll spare you the specifics of that exchange, but part of what my husband suggested I relay is that the Canon ELPH cameras tend to be good sort of bang-for-the-buck entry-level choices, though of course there’s a zillion different ELPH models out there.

If you’re shopping for a child or someone else who doesn’t need the latest-and-greatest, and don’t want to spend a lot, allow me to direct your attention to this Canon PowerShot ELPH135 Digital Camera bundle currently available at Amazon. Choose red, silver, or black, and $79 gets you the camera plus a $10 Amazon gift card. Perfect for a casual user, and also for you, because we all know you’ll find something to spend that gift card on in no time.


  1. That’s a great deal! I have that little camera; I bought it a few years ago based on Consumer Reports at the time. After I got mine, two of my three sisters bought one too because they liked mine so much. I would recommend it to anybody.

  2. Danke schön, which I think means “thanks, you’re pretty.”

  3. Would you ask Otto if he would recommend this for close-up shots, and if the colors are accurate? I have a Canon Rebel XT that skews the reds toward orange, and I’d love to be able to reach for a second camera for those red occasions. Plus, a fun, small camera for cheep? My kinda deal!

    • He doesn’t have experience with this specific model, so he can’t answer either of those questions. I wonder if there’s something wrong with your Rebel, though! That shouldn’t be happening.

      • Thanks for asking. I went ahead a bought it; it’ll be perfect for taking on hikes, and if it does a better job with reds, bonus! The Rebel was a gift via ebay and does well for the most part. Gift horse, mouth…

  4. My friend the high school digital art teacher talked me out of buying cameras for my kids. She argued, successfully, that refurbished ipods would be a better choice, because the camera lenses don’t extend. When the camera gets dropped, if the lens gets out of whack, the camera is broken forever. An ipod in a good case is much tougher.

    • But it’s really tough to get an ipod to take photos…

      • …oh geez, I’m behind the times.

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