So, you’ve been scrimping and saving for that new camera/lens/tripod/must-have-gear and now the money is burning a hole in your pocket. Who gets your hard-earned money? What are the best stores for buying cameras and why?
This article looks at ten of the most well-known camera retailers in the US, what sets each apart, and which are my favorites. Like any list, the results will be idiosyncratic. Your preferences and needs may leave you with a different favorite. While my examples are mostly DSLRs, for you Panasonic and Olympus fans, the same information holds for your smaller mirrorless and micro 4/3rd cameras. Whatever your needs, you ought to be able to choose a dealer from this list that will serve you well. And, if you’re one of our international readers, some of these companies ship outside the US. I hope the information I provide can help you evaluate your own national or regional camera retailers to choose what’s best for you.