Best Camera Stores In The District

July 10, 2012 6:00 AM

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In the ever-changing world of social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, a camera is a must-have accessory. While using your iPhone may suffice in some cases, the camera on your cell phone can never compare to the real thing. Whether you are looking for a digital camera, camcorder or vintage Polaroid camera, there is a store for you in The District. So what are you waiting for? Start documenting your life now, because while you may never get the day back, with a camera, the memories will last in photographs forever. Visiting a specialty camera store will ensure an intimate and successful shopping experience compared to purchasing cameras from large retailers who have numerous areas of expertise.
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Ace Photo
44710 Cape Ct, Suite 122
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 430-3333

Ace Photo dubs itself as an “an old fashioned photo store with new ideas,” and the store is just that. Ashburn has been home to Ace Photo for nearly two decades, and all of the merchandise here is new and comes with a USA warranty and guaranteed customer satisfaction. Here you’ll find everything you’ll ever need for your photography needs, including photo editing software, camera bags, film and digital cameras and lenses, tripods and other accessories. Those who like to develop their own film can even find darkroom supplies and development chemicals. This one-stop-shop is a true gem for the photo taker.

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Embassy Camera
1735 Connecticute Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-7448

Embassy Camera is a store owned by PhotoCraft, a family owned business since 1978. At Embassy, making customers happy is the top priority. The third generation owners treat customers like family, guiding them step by step through the camera purchasing process. Camera tripods and stands, cases, memory cards, lens care supplies, printers – you name it, Embassy has got it. The PhotoCraft website is extremely helpful and easy to navigate. If you don’t have time to visit a store, you can order cameras, accessories and other electronics online, as well as track your order. A camera is a big investment, so put your trust in these professionals. There is also a Northern Virginia Photo Craft location in Burke.

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977 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 787-5900

Fresh to the North America market, Leica opened its first store in the states in Washington, DC at the beginning of May. A German company, Leica cameras are innovative and revolutionary to the market. The company’s equipment are collectibles and are guaranteed to last a lifetime. The new store, just off the Metro Center stop, has an exhibit of exquisite photographs, giving prospective customers the up-close-and-personal proof they need to understand the high quality images that Leica cameras produce. Private appointments are also available. 

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Penn Camera
840 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-5777

Calumet Photo has 12 locations nationwide and dozens more worldwide, making it one of the leading camera businesses in the world. There are two Calumet locations in the DC area, both named Penn Camera. One is in DC, near the Verizon Center and the other is in Northern Virginia, in Tysons Corner. Not only can you purchase top-of-the line cameras and photography products at Penn Camera, but the store also offers rentals, repairs and sensor cleaning services. The wide camera selection includes digital, point and shoot, mirror-less and SLR cameras, among others, from reliable brands like Nikon, Canon and Tamron. Calumet also offers an educational program to teach customers how to perfect their photography skills.

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Pro Photo
1902 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 223-1292

The employees at Pro Photo are just that, professionals in every aspect of their craft and knowledgeable on all things camera-related. The capital’s most prestigious photographers trust Pro Photo for their cameras and services. The cameras in stock are unbeatable and house models that you won’t find anywhere else. Bring your camera here for repairs, purchase a new one or rent a camera. Pro Photo often offers specials and sales, and you can also join their mailing list to stay up to date and get the coveted deals.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She is a soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate who hopes to have a successful career in fashion journalism. Her major is Apparel and Textiles with a Concentration in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and her minor is Journalism. Her work can be found at

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