The best Black Friday camera deals 2018
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Whether you’re looking for a better camera than the one on your smartphone or want to push your creativity further, there’s no better time to pick up a great camera than on Black Friday.
If you think there’s only going to be some dubious deals, you’re wrong. Stick with us in the run-up to Black Friday 2018 and you’ll be able to track down some great camera deals from big names like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and GoPro, as well as a host of lens and accessory deals from the likes off Sigma, Tamron, Manfrotto, Billingham and Lee Filters.
The risk is with a flurry of deals like this is that it’s all too tempting to buy something that’s not quite right for you, or you end up getting something quite old that isn’t really worth investing your hard-earned cash on.
The other risk is that you can end-up paying too much when there are better (and cheaper) alternatives out there. On this page we’re keeping track of all the best deals on all the best camera, lens and accessories as they become available.
With online retailers, from specialists dealers like Wex Photo and Park Cameras, to the likes of Amazon, John Lewis and Currys PC World, all trying to out do each other for the best camera deal on Black Friday, there’s some big savings to be made on a host of cameras, lenses and accessories.
Best Black Friday camera deals
Best early Black Friday camera deals
Black Friday is only a few days away, but we’re already starting to see some deals start to appear. Some of these deals are only available for a short period, while others go on beyond Cyber Monday. We’ve searched all the major players to find you the best deals below, but with deals being added daily, be sure to check back each day in the run up to Black Friday for the latest discounts.
Canon EOS 4000D DSLR kit:
£369 now £329 at Argos.co.ukDeal expires: 27 NovemberView Deal
Panasonic Lumix G9:
£1,299 now £1,049 at JohnLewis.com£290 saving that’s already be applied, there’s also a £250 cashback promotion that drops the price down to a very tempting £1,049. Deal expires: unknownView Deal
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II:
£499 now £419 at WexPhotoVideosave £80 with this double cashback promotion. Deal expires: 3 December
Panasonic Lumix TZ200:
£629 now £529 at JohnLewis.comsave £100 with this cashback promotion. Deal expires: unknownView Deal
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II:
£849 now £749 at WexPhotoVideo Packing a 17MP multi-aspect Micro Four Thirds sensor and fast 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8, the Lumix LX100 II is a great compact for enthusiast photographers. You save £100 with this cashback promotion. View Deal
Nikon Coolpix B500:
£237 now £212 at JohnLewis.comsaving of £25, but this budget bridge zoom camera from Nikon is now just over £200. Featuring a 40x optical lens, you’ll get much more zoom range than your smartphone, but don’t expect much better image quality. Deal expires: unknown
Panasonic Lumix FZ2000:
£879 now £679 at WexPhotoVideo save £200 with this cashback promotion.View Deal
Panasonic Lumix FT7:
£399 now £299 at JohnLewis.com Panasonic’s tough compact is waterproof down to a depth of 31m, while it’s also shockproof from a height of 2m. There’s a handy built-in viewfinder too. Images are quite a match for the Olympus TG-5, but you save £100 with this cashback promotion.View Deal
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM:
£1,999 now £1,399 at WexPhotoVideoSave a massive £600 (double cashback) on this excellent super telephoto zoom lens from Canon. This second-generation model features a number of improvements, including an much improved image stabilisation system. Deal expires: 3 DecemberView Deal
How to get the best camera deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday
That’s where we come in as we’ll show you how you can make sure you get the best camera, lens or camera accessory for your needs for the best price in the run up to Black Friday 2018.
With a flurry of camera deals going live on Black Friday, you want to make sure you’re getting a decent deal, and not an ageing camera that your smartphone would run rings around.
The amount of jargon related to cameras and lenses can add to the confusion, so to avoid you making a panic buy that you’ll regret, follow our advice below to help you make an informed decision and bag yourself a brilliant camera deal on Black Friday 2018.
Decide what type of camera you want
With cameras coming in all shapes and sizes, the first thing to do is try and decide on what type of camera you want to buy on Black Friday.
If you’re looking for something small and easy to use, then a compact camera is the obvious choice. While the lower end of the compact market has pretty much disappeared due to the abundance of smartphones, manufacturers have fought back with premium models that offer a significant leap in image quality over smartphones, while also offering longer zoom lenses, rapid performance and more creative control. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to tinker with settings if you don’t want, as most models offer an array of auto modes to keep things simple.
If you’re looking for something a bit more advanced, then you’ll want either a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
DSLRs have traditionally been seen as a gateway into a world of more serious photography as they allow you to swap lenses, allowing you to pick a specific lens for the subject you’re photographing. Canon and Nikon dominate this sector, with both manufacturers offering DSLRs to suit most budgets and abilities, from entry-level cameras to professional options.
The arrival of the first mirrorless camera ten years ago has shaken things up quite a bit. Like DSLRs, you can swap lenses, but as the name suggests, these cameras don’t feature an internal mirror. This has allowed manufacturers to make cameras smaller than rival DSLRs, but sees the optical viewfinder of a DSLR replaced by an electronic equivalent. A great resource to learn more about the difference of these two systems is our Mirrorless vs DSLR: 10 key differences buying guide.
If you’re still confused about the types of camera available, take a look at our expert guide to what camera you should buy, with all the key types of camera explained, and the pros and cons they provide.
Resolution and sensor size
With some sub-£200 compact cameras offering the same or a higher resolution than some DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, it can be a little confusing which one delivers the best image quality.
The difference comes down to sensor size. While some compact cameras can feature a sensor smaller than your little finger nail, sensors found in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are considerably larger.
This means that while a sensor in a compact camera might have the same resolution as a DSLR or mirrorless camera, the pixels (or photosites) on a sensor found in a DSLR or mirrorless camera are much larger, delivering better light-gathering capabilities. This allows for far superior images with better detail under a range of lighting conditions. This is especially true in poor light, with sensors in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras capturing images with far less image noise, resulting in a cleaner looking image.
To get the low down on all the types of sensors found in cameras, take a look at our guide to camera sensor sizes.
4K video capture is becoming the now, especially on most compact and mirrorless cameras, though quite a few DSLRs are still only capable of shooting Full HD.
Don’t be put off though if you see a camera deal and the model only features Full HD (1080p) video capture. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is likely to produce better Full HD video footage than a compact camera with a smaller sensor shooting 4K for example, while you also to consider other things like headphone and microphone ports – a must if you want to shoot decent videos.
A camera boasting 4K video can also be a little deceptive. Some only offer 4K video up to 15p, which will be pretty jerky and horrible (24/30p and above is better), while some DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can only shoot ‘cropped’ 4K footage. This means that rather than using the entire width of the sensor, only a central portion is used. This makes it harder to shoot wide-angle footage, while it compromises quality to.
Know what you want before Black Friday
Before Black Friday, really think about what you want from a camera. Is image quality your main concern or would you prefer something more portable, making you more likely to use it? Would you be happy with an all-in-one solution or would something that you can build a system of lenses around be the better bet?
If you’re looking at getting a DSLR or mirrorless camera, don’t just look at the camera itself, but see what lenses are available. Some manufacturers like Canon and Nikon have an extensive range of lenses and accessories available, while some newer mirrorless systems don’t quite have the breadth of lenses at different price points.
This all goes some way to helping you avoid those impulse buys which can be so easy to do when Black Friday fever takes hold. While it might not be quite the same headline saving, its better to get something to suit your photographic needs, rather than buying a camera just because its heavily discounted.
Keep the receipts and don’t buy grey
It goes without saying, but make sure you keep hold of those receipts just in case you’re not entirely happy with your new camera. Make sure to take a look at the refund policy of websites before buying on Black Friday, especially if its not free returns as posting an expensive piece of photographic kit back can be pricey.
Even some of the best cameras can fail unexpectedly, so keep an eye our for dealers offering longer warranties for extra peace of mind.
Also, make sure your camera comes from UK stock and isn’t a grey import. What’s a grey import you ask? These are cameras and lenses that have been legally imported through channels other than the manufacturers official distribution system. This can mean you save even more cash, but be prepared to not get a UK-specific lead/charger bundled with the camera, while should you have a problem and need to send it for repair, it won’t have a UK warranty, so you won’t be able to return it to the manufacturer in the UK. For the sake of saving a few extra quid, it’s not worth the risk.
The best Black Friday camera deals from last year
Sony Alpha A7 kit – down to £799 (was £1,549)
This was the pick of the camera deals on Black Friday last year. Sony’s full-frame Alpha A7 mirrorless camera with 28-70mm lens was down to just £799 at Amazon.
Nikon D750 body – down to £1,379 (was £1,799)
Last year saw Nikon’s brilliant full-frame D750 DSLR for just £1,379 on Amazon. Normally priced at £1,799.99, you could have saved a whopping £420.99.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV – down to £569 (was £1,000)
This pocket powerhouse of a compact camera was a steal at only £569 at Amazon. It might seem a lot, but when you think it was originally £1,000, that’s a huge saving.
Canon EOS 1300D twin lens kit – down to £379 (was £429)
Canon’s EOS 1300D is one of the cheapest DSLRs going, but with a 75-300mm telephoto zoom bundled with it for just £379 at Currys, this was a great way to get into the Canon system.
Panasonic Lumix FZ72 – down to £219 (was £349)
Currys knocked £150 off this great budget bridge camera from Panasonic. You’d be hard pushed to find a camera with the same 60x zoom for anywhere near that price.
Best camera Black Friday deal predictions for 2018
We’ve been writing about and covering the best camera deals on Black Friday for long enough now that we can come up with pretty some decent predictions for Black Friday 2018.
Instead, you’re likely to find brilliant deals on some of the brand’s older cameras, both compacts and mirrorless models. You’re not buying old stock either as Sony tends to keep existing models in its line-up when a new model comes along. That said, some models are getting a little old, but when you can get Sony’s first generation full-frame mirrorless camera, the Alpha A7, for the price of a mid-price DSLR, it’s hard not to be tempted. We reckon Sony’s Alpha A7 II and A7S II will also be heavily discounted too this Black Friday.
Fancy an entry-level DSLR? With the arrival of the new Nikon D3500, we think that Black Friday could be the time that we see the D3400 discounted, while the likes of the Canon EOS 1300D, EOS 2000D and EOS 800D could see savings or some very tempting twin lens deals.
Sticking with DSLRs and we reckon you could also get a good deal on Nikon’s old (but still good) D750 full-frame DSLR.
If you’re after an action camera, Black Friday always throws up some tasty GoPro deals. We don’t think we’ll see the new Hero 7 Black shift that much in price, but the Hero 6 Black is certainly ready to be discounted. At the moment its so closely priced to the newer model, it just doesn’t make sense to opt for the older model.
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Stick with TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals
On Black Friday (and Cyber Monday for that matter), the day itself can be a bit overwhelming as so many online retailers vie for your cash.
While this does mean there are some great deals to be hard, it also unfortunately means there are some pretty duff deals out there that aren’t as good as they first appear.
That’s why you should visit TechRadar to ensure you get the best Black Friday deals. We keep an eye on all of the top retailer’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and highlight the very best savings on the best cameras, lenses and photo accessories.
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