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If you’ve been wishing you had a higher-quality camera, now is the perfect time to make it happen. may be over, but we’re still seeing hundreds of dollars off camera prices. So get into the spirit of the season with a brand-new camera to help capture all those special holiday moments.
Whether you’re looking for a mirrorless camera option, a new DSLR or an action camera for shooting video, you’ll save big with great deals on top brands including Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Nikon and GoPro. Get a Canon camera like the EOS M50 kit for $600 or Nikon D3500 dual-lens digital camera for $400. And plenty of camera deals are still going strong at , Amazon and .
Thanks to aggressive holiday pricing, there’s never been a better time to kit yourself out with an entry-level-to-midrange DSLR or mirrorless camera.
Best camera deals still available
Any newbie downsizing from a DSLR or upgrading from a phone will find this a great mirrorless interchangeable-lens model. Providing the image quality and performance you expect when graduating from a smartphone, the A6000 may be several generations old, but that just means it’s inexpensive. And there are usually plenty of bundle deals to choose from this time of year, with especially good ones around Black Friday. The A6000’s current descendant, the A6400, has a much-upgraded autofocus system and improved image processing, but it’s also more than $1,000 with a basic kit lens. And after all these years, people buying the A6000 still rave about it.
It’s easy to go for the cheaper models when it comes to general photography, but shooting fast-moving subjects such as sports and wildlife still requires a little more outlay. The Nikon D7500 takes great shots and is a terrific DSLR for the enthusiast action photographer. And at just under $1,000 for a dual-lens kit with the (admittedly meh) AF-P DX 18-55mm VR and 70-300mm VR lenses, you’ve got all you need to start out with. If you prefer to buy a better lens separately, at just under $800 the body is a nice deal as well.
If you can afford to buy something a little better than the dirt-cheap options — the Nikon D3500 and the Canon EOS Rebel T6 — it’s worth it. And this is the best of the DSLR step-ups, which is a great deal paired with the 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses.
Sony’s last-generation full-frame mirrorless is a fantastic deal as a kit for less than $1,000, especially since even the older A7 isn’t that cheap. The A7 II adds in-body image stabilization and improved autofocus over the earlier model, which makes a big difference.
A relatively fast f2.8-f4 lens makes this 25-400mm zoom camera stand out for the money. It’s a little old (from 2015), but it still offers everything you’d expect from a 2019 model, including 4K video and a 1-inch sensor.
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Panasonic hasn’t listed any Black Friday-specific deals, but its seasonal discounts are in full swing. The Micro Four Thirds G7 makes a terrific alternative to an entry-level DSLR — the sensor is smaller but the image quality is still good and the camera is more compact — especially for this price for a kit with the 14-42mm, f3.5-5.6 II and 45-150mm, F4.0-5.6 lenses, which have equivalent field of views to a 28-84mm and 90-300mm on a full frame.
This deal was previously listed for $498, but even though it’s edged up a bit, this is still a big saving. We’ll update here if we see any more price changes.
Target is still offering a great deal on the D3500 with the 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses. The D3500 is essentially identical to the D3400 it replaced.
Canon’s step-up dSLR from the cheap T6 or T7 is worth it for the better autofocus and video performance. This Best Buy doorbuster price for a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM and 55-250mm IS II lenses also includes a bag and a SanDisk 32GB Memory Card as well.
The D750 is an older model, but it’s still a terrifc full-frame DSLR if you’re in the market for one. (Note: This is up $200 from its earlier price of $1,000.)
Originally published last month. Updated with new products and information.