Hidalgo-Quiapo, A Camera Haven

Nikon D90

If you’re planning of getting a brand new camera, whether it’s a DSLR or a point and shoot, then forget the malls. There’s a camera haven hidden among the sellers of fish and amulets inside Quiapo’s busy public market.  The Hidalgo street.

Hidalgo street is located near the Quiapo church and herein lies a stretch of Philippine’s best camera shops.  Hidalgo’s camera prices usually differs a few thousand lower than those being sold in the malls. Aside from that, most shops sell different kinds of cameras, camera accessories, lenses etc., which you can’t normally find in the shops inside the malls.

I bought my Nikon D90 from Hidalgo and I was able to get a good bargain from Henry’s.  I used the money I saved to buy an extra lens on top of the camera I bought.

To get to Hidalgo, you can take the LRT and hop off in Carriedo Station. From the Carriedo Station, enter fron entrance of  the SM building, which is just behind the station, and proceed to the Watson’s exit. The street behind SM is the Hidalgo Street.

For the list of Hidalgo Camera Shops, click here.

Here’s a clip of the map to Hidalgo:

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Hidalgo Camera Prices for 2011

Here are some insights on the current selling prices in Hidalgo for the latest camera models. (Actual prices may vary. I’ll try my best to update you with the latest prices.)


  • Nikon D5100 – P 36,000~
  • Nikon D5000 – P 27,000~
  • Nikon D3000 – P 23,500~
  • Nikon D3100 – P 26,000~
  • Nikon D300S (body) P59,000~
  • Nikon D700 – P 103,000~
  • Nikon D7000 (body) – P 48,000~
  • Nikon D7000 (kit) – P 58,500~
  • Nikon D90 (body) – P 33,500~
  • Nikon D90 (kit) – P 44,000~


  • Canon 1000D – P 23,800~
  • Canon 1100D – P 27,500~
  • Canon 500D – P 33,000~
  • Canon 550D – P 49,000~
  • Canon 5D Mark II Body – P 114,000~
  • Canon 600D (18-135IS) – P 54,000~
  • Canon 600D (18-55IS) – P 42,500~
  • Canon 60D (Body) – P 49,000~
  • Canon 60D (18-135IS) – P 64,000~
  • Canon 60D (18-55IS) – P 53,500~
  • Canon 7D Body – P75,000~




Pinoy Lakwatsero is a mid twenties professional from Makati, Philippines who occasionally takes a break from his work and travel the Philippines and the neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. His goal is to travel Europe and West Asia. Pinoy Lakwatsero also blogs for the Philippine Travel Blog


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502 Responses to “Hidalgo-Quiapo, A Camera Haven”

  1. November 3, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Hi guys!

    If I will buy affordable digital cam coz my old digital cam is only Sony H55 what would you suggested brand? I want in the middle of Digital Camera and SLR.

    I asked before about Sony H90 but if you can suggest best brand for me and specific item, that would be great.

    They say the best in digital camera is Canon and in SLR is Nikon – is it true?

    Please help, coz it quite confusing for a starter with minimal budget only.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. kean
    November 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    pnu pg bumili ka sa hidalgo tpos brandnew nmn lahat except npnsin q photocopied ang manual.

  3. victoria aragon
    January 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Hello. am looking foran SLR cam for beginner, may I as which one is best? am working on budget… thanks for your suggestions. I love blog.

  4. February 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Its a good site….as sana ako if magkano ang nissinDi822 for canon ngayun>>>brand new v/s 2nd hand

  5. nda
    February 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Kindly post updated pricelist.
    Thanks po

  6. February 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Wla b kau newlist for nikon d3200

  7. March 18, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    ahmm . . tanong ko lng po kung saan makakabili ng fish eye lens para sa nikon coolpix L110, salamat ho.


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