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The best Black Friday 2021 camera deals still available in Australia

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Well, it came, it saw and now while it's officially gone, the massive Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale still has some juicy offers lingering. So if you missed out on getting yourself a new camera or lens, then take a look at the photography deals still available below – you may just find what you need.

Our pick of the pack, the Canon EOS RP, is still available at a pretty good low price, which could be a great gift for a young photographer or even yourself. It's not the only Canon on offer here – take advantage of the camera maker's summer cashback offer and you can save on a few more (just take a look below).

So whether you want to grab a great beginner camera or an instant camera as a Christmas present, there are still plenty of discounts to take peruse. You could even consider updating your existing kit by grabbing one of the best mirrorless cameras available today for a lot less than usually listed. 

Black Friday 2021: retailers with offers still available

While most Aussie retailers have finished with their Black Friday and Cyber Monday campaign, there may be a few odd offers you can check out by clicking on the links below. However, most of Amazon's camera deals are still live, so get a wriggle on and don't miss out!

Best Black Friday 2021 deals still available

Full-frame mirrorless

Canon EOS RP (body only)

Canon EOS RP (body only) | AU$1,899 AU$1,328 after cashback on Amazon (save AU$572)

The most affordable full-frame mirrorless camera – and one of the most capable stills camera – is still going cheap. That's because Amazon has the list price over AU$400 less than its usual RRP, and then there's Canon's AU$100 cashback offer still available to be taken advantage of. So please do.

Canon EOS R5 (body only)

Canon EOS R5 (body only) | AU$6,499 AU$5,150 after cashback on Amazon (save AU$1,349)

Like the EOS RP above, the EOR R5 is also listed at a lower price on Amazon than its usual RRP. Then add in Canon's summer cashback offer of AU$250 and this 45MP superfast full-framer is down to just AU$5,150! That's an absolute steal to match any Black Friday offer from anywhere.

Nikon Z 7II (body only)

Nikon Z 7II (body only) | AU$5,599 AU$4,674.15 on Amazon (save AU$924.85)

Nikon's second-gen full-framer can't quite match the speed of the Canon EOS R5, but it's still a brilliant shooter. Dual card slots, an improved AF system over the first gen and upgraded subject tracking makes this a worthy upgrade if you're looking for a high-res (45.7MP) camera.

Canon EOS R6 + RF 24-105 f/4-7.1 IS STM

Canon EOS R6 + RF 24-105 f/4-7.1 IS STM | AU$4,036 AU$3,750 after cashback at CameraPro (save AU$286)

We're big fans of this 20.1MP full-framer – its blistering speed, video capabilities and image quality are stunning. And while you can get the body only, this kit has far more value, especially if you take advantage of Canon's cashback offer. That brings the final price of the kit to AU$3,750 at CameraPro.

If stocks run out, then you can grab the EOS R6 body for AU$3,490, along with AU$200 cashback (down from AU$3,999; final price is AU$3,290) on Amazon and this same single-lens kit for AU$3,940 (down to AU$3,740 after cashback).

Nikon Z 6II + Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4S

Nikon Z 6II + Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4S | AU$4,599 AU$3,570 on Amazon (save AU$1,029)

Keen on going full-frame? Don't quite need a high-res sensor? Then Nikon's Z 6II could tick a lot of boxes for you. While Amazon has discounted the body by a very generous 25% (available for AU$2,599 only), our recommendation – if you need a kit to start off with – is this bundle with a standard zoom lens included. There's 22% off here and currently the best price available and perfect to get you started in Nikon's Z system.

Canon EOS R (body only)

Canon EOS R (body only) | AU$2,899 AU$2,034 after cashback at CameraPro (save AU$865)

Canon's suggested RRP for its first ever full-frame mirrorless camera is set at AU$2,899, although it's easy enough to find the body at the AU2,500 mark. However, if you're keen on getting your hands on a very, very capable stills camera, then CameraPro has a very good price at the moment. 

And if you'd like to save a little more, register for Canon's cashback offer. That will bring the final price down to just AU$2,034! But if stocks are limited, head to Amazon and you can get the same cashback offer on the AU$2,181 list price, dropping the final price to just AU$2,031!

Nikon Z 5 + Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3

Nikon Z 5 + Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 | AU$3,399 AU$2,590 on Amazon (save AU$809)

It might be focused on entry-level users, but the Z 5 is so much more. There are plenty of advanced features borrowed from the Z 6, making this full-framer a compelling option. And bundled in with a zoom lens, this is good value even at 24% off the RRP.

Don't need a full kit? You can snap up the Z 5 body for just AU$1,485 (that's 35% off the list price) on Amazon.

APS-C mirrorless

Nikon Z fc + Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8

Nikon Z fc + Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 | AU$1,899 AU$1,599 on Amazon (save AU$300)

There was a meagre 6% off  in the lead up to Black Friday, but this bigger discount makes the retro-chic Z fc a very tempting buy, particularly since it's been on shelves only since July. That makes this the best price on the kit with the 28mm prime lens, available in all the different leatherette casings. Only still available in white at this price.

Fujifilm X-T3 (body only)

Fujifilm X-T3 (body only) | AU$1,799 AU$1,019.15 at Camera Electronic (save AU$779.85) 

It might be a generation old now but it's still a really good mirrorless. And if you're comfortable picking up display stock, then you can score a massive discount at Camera Electronic. If not, this excellent shooter is available for AU$1,379 on Amazon.

Fujifilm X-T200 single lens kit

Fujifilm X-T200 single lens kit | AU$1,199 AU$879 on Amazon (save AU$320)

This entry-level mirrorless has seriously good performance and will allow any beginner to grow their skills. The only issue is it's got a 16:9 aspect ratio rear LCD screen that can take a little getting used to. Image quality, however, is absolutely impeccable! Snap it up for less from Amazon in the Champagne Gold finish and it comes with the 15-45mm kit lens.

If you're prefer the Silver version of this camera, you can get it from Ted's Cameras for AU$934.96 for the single lens kit.


Nikon D850 (body only)

Nikon D850 (body only) | AU$4,399 AU$3,560 on Amazon (save AU$839)

This chunky full-framer is one of the best Nikon DSLRs we've tested and despite getting a little long in the tooth, it's still a mighty beast. With 45.7MP on tap, and 4K video using the full width of the sensor, you've got plenty of capabilities in one package. Burst speed tops out at 7fps though, and its AF system has 153 points. Despite its limitations, its image quality is superb. This isn't the cheapest price we've seen it drop to (that would be AU$3,198), but it's definitely worth every penny.

Nikon D780 (body only)

Nikon D780 (body only) | AU$3,499 AU$2,599 on Amazon (save AU$900)

This is Nikon's latest DSLR and it's so good, we just had to give it a full five-star star review. Its 24MP full-sensor offers impeccable image quality, and its performance can keep up with that of any Nikon mirrorless camera you want to pit it against. You'll get Nikon's tried-and-tested 51-point phase detection AF system when using the optical viewfinder, but switch to live view and you've got the Z6's brilliant 273-point on-sensor AF system with eye detection. 

Canon EOS 90D (body only)

Canon EOS 90D (body only) | AU$1,799 AU$1,429 after cashback at CameraPro (save AU$370)

This 32.5MP APS-C format DSLR has a decent discount over on Amazon not that long ago, but since that offer is no longer available, this CameraPro offer is pretty darn good. But you will need to take advantage of Canon's cashback to get this final price.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II (body only)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II (body only) | AU$2,399 AU$1,498 after cashback on Amazon (save AU$901)

Don't dismiss this DSLR just because it's getting a little long in the tooth – it's still one of the most capable cameras we've tested and are big fans. So if you're in need of a good full-frame mirrorless model for stills, this could be it.

Plus, there's AU$200 cashback from Canon on this camera, so do register for it and your final price will end up being just AU$1,498.

Canon EOS 200D Mark II kit

Canon EOS 200D Mark II kit | AU$999 AU$820 on Amazon (save AU$359)

The original price of this single lens kit (with the EF-S 18-55mm lens) on Amazon is a touch inflated as the EOS 200D Mark II is now retailing for under a grand in Australia. But the discount down to a little over AU$800 means it's currently one of the best prices you can get, making it an excellent Christmas present for someone who loves taking pictures. It's the lightest and most compact DSLR yet and perfect for a beginner.

Canon EOS 1500D single lens kit

Canon EOS 1500D single lens kit | AU$879 AU$653 on Amazon (save AU$226)

For anyone on a tight budget but keen on a beginner camera, the EOS 1500D is pretty capable. Canon's fabled colour science and AF performance are available, but keep in mind this 24.1MP APS-C DSLR truly is a no-frills shooter. But a kit with the 18-55mm lens bundled for just over AU$650 is good bang for buck for a post-Black Friday offer.

Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic Lumix G9 (body only)

Panasonic Lumix G9 (body only) | AU$1,499 AU$1,149 on Amazon (save AU$450)

This MFT camera doesn't skimp on the features – for both video and stills – despite having been around for a couple of years now. There's a 20.3MP MFT sensor that allows for 20/60fps burst shooting for sports and wildlife, while 4K 10-bit internal recording for video gets you amazing footage too. And it's just a smidge over a grand now!

Panasonic Lumix GH5 (body only)

Panasonic Lumix GH5 (body only) | AU$2,159 AU$1,659 at Digital Camera Warehouse (save AU$500)

We were hoping to see the Mark II version discounted, but don't let the original GH5 slip out of your hands. If you're after a really good video camera, this does tick a lot of boxes – IBIS, 4K/60p 4:2:2 10-bit video recording, dual card slots and weatherproofing. So get it while it's going cheap.

Panasonic Lumix G100 (body only)

Panasonic Lumix G100 (body only) | AU$999 AU$721.52 with coupon on Amazon (save AU$277.48)

With a Micro Four Thirds sensor under the hood, this camera is great for vloggers and social media creators. It's capable of 4K video capture, with pretty good image quality for both video and stills. There's no in-body image stabilisation though, and 4K video is limited to 30fps. Still this 20.3MP shooter is more than capable and affordable too.

While the discount displayed is 24% off the list price, be sure to check the coupon box that takes off an additional AU$42.45 to get you the aforementioned final price.

Panasonic Lumix GX880

Panasonic Lumix GX880 | AU$849 AU$645 on Amazon (save AU$204)

Not quite the 24% discount that Amazon has listed, as this camera retails for AU$799 in Australia, but this is the best price at present on the fashion-forward, retro-chic snapper. It was announced in 2019, so it can feel dated in comparison to similar offerings from Fujifilm and Nikon, but that also what makes this 16MP option affordable. As a G-series camera, it's got a Micro Four Thirds sensor, and comes with a 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

Compact cameras

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III | AU$1,099 AU$799 after cashback at CameraPro (save AU$300)

This is a great bargain on one of the best compact cameras you can get for vlogging. There's live streaming abilities, a tilt-up rear display and 4K/30p video recording onboard. You can even shoot vertically for Instagram and Facebook! It's already reduced to AU$889 at CameraPro, but be sure to take advantage of Canon's cashback offer to maximise your savings.

Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1 | AU$988 AU$869.44 at Camera Electronic (save AU$118.56)

Another excellent vlogging camera, this Sony usually retails for AU$999 in Australia. But head to Camera Electronic where it's on special for just under AU$870. 20.1MP 1-inch sensor, a built-in 24-70mm equivalent lens, 4K/30p video with HLG and S-Log3 support, a 3-inch rear LCD and Sony's amazing Real-Time Tracking and Eye AF tech – that's a lot of bang for buck in a small package.

Panasonic Lumix TZ80

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 | AU$449 AU$385 on Amazon (save AU$64)

There was a massive 34% discount on this affordable point-and-shoot, but while it's not quite that deep, you can still save a little on this pocket rocket. The Lumix TZ80 will capture 4K/30p video and get you close to the action with its 30x optical zoom. There is in-body stabilisation as well and uses Panasonics Depth from Defocus AF tech that works so well in its S-series full-framers.

Panasonic Lumix FT30

Panasonic Lumix FT30 | AU$249 AU$198 on Amazon (save AU$51)

This little camera is entirely waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof. In short, it's a rugged camera that's perfect for that summer outing to the sea, taking underwater images while you're snorkelling or diving. It features a 16MP sensor and 4x fixed-lens zoom. And it's pretty affordable too.

Action cameras

DJI Osmo Action

DJI Osmo Action | AU$499 AU$399 on Amazon (save AU$100)

DJI's first action camera is still listed at AU$499 at several retailers and it's currently out of stock on DJI's Aussie online storefront. That makes this the best price you can get on the action camera that can take on older GoPros.

Insta360 One R 1-inch Edition

Insta360 One R 1-inch Edition | AU$869 AU$767 on Amazon (save AU$103)

This action camera is modular option that's essentially three cameras rolled into a single package – a dual-lens 360º shooter, a 4K wide angle and a 5.3K 1-inch option too. And that explains the steep price. While you can get third-party offers for AU$719 at Kogan or Dick Smith, this small discount is direct from Amazon AU.

Instant cameras

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 | AU$109 AU$84.15 on Amazon (save AU$21)

We're hoping that Amazon drops the price of this absolutely fun instant camera come Black Friday, but if you're worried about stock and getting it in time for Christmas, then we'd suggest you snap this up right now. Available at a 19% discount in Lilac Purple, Blush Pink and Ice White for the same tempting price of just AU$88.

Polaroid OneStep+

Polaroid OneStep+ | AU$329 AU$230 on Amazon (save AU$99)

It's the company that started it all, with its name becoming a common noun used for any instant photo. And it's wonderful to see it make a comeback. The OneStep+ is one of our favourite instant cameras, offering great prints and Bluetooth connectivity too. So take advantage of this offer now as shipping from the UK is going to take some time.

[Shipped and sold by Amazon UK]

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay | AU$229 AU$199 on Amazon (save AU$30)

This camera is a hybrid, doubling up as both shooter and printer. So not only will it spit out prints you've just shot – like other instant cameras – but also photos you've got stored on your phone. You'll get the same retro look prints using Fuji paper either way. This camera also offers some internal storage, with space for up to 45 images.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 | AU$169 AU$144 on Amazon (save AU$25)

Another one of our favourite instant cameras, the Instax Mini 40 has a more... grown-up look, shall we say? You still get all the fun though. And while the generous 25% discount is no longer available, it's still remarkably affordable and will make a great Christmas present for someone.


DJI Mini 2

DJI Mini 2 | AU$749 AU$698 on Amazon (save AU$51)

A massive upgrade over the original little flying machine, the Mini 2 gets you 4K video capabilities in a tiny, pocketable body that stay aloft for up to 31 minutes. 12MP stills and QuickShots add to the value here. While 7% off the RRP isn't much, it's currently the best price on the Mini 2.

Amazon has also discounted the Mini 2 Fly More Combo by a little, down to AU$894 from AU$949.

DJI Mini SE Fly More Combo

DJI Mini SE Fly More Combo | AU$619 AU$459 at The Good Guys (save AU$160)

If you're on a budget or looking for a great Christmas present for someone keen on aerial photography, consider the Mini SE. There's no 4K video here, it tops out 2.3K, but it can stay aloft for up to 30 minutes, weighs just 249g (so no registration needed) and the Fly More Combo is packed full of value as it includes extra batteries, the propellers, guards, controller, cables, carry case and more.

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom | AU$1,999 AU$1,699 on Amazon (save AU$300)

This very premium quadcopter's camera has a 1/2.3-inch 12MP sensor that's capable of 4K video and offers up to 4x zoom. That makes it pretty versatile, going from wide-angle to cropped in closer. You'll get about a half hour's worth of flight time and absolutely impeccable images.


DJI FPV Combo | AU$2,099 AU$1,799 on Amazon (save AU$300)

If you're after some seriously immersive flight time, then you're going to want to try DJI's first-person quadcopter. It comes with a 4K/60p camera and the DJI Googles. You'll get a wide 150º field of view. So take to the skies and see what it's really like from up there and save some cash while you're at it.


Nikon Z 24-70 f/2.8 S VR

Nikon Z 24-70 f/2.8 S VR | AU$3,679 AU$2,899 on Amazon (save AU$780)

Looking at the list price on Amazon for this particular lens, it's clear Amazon is price beating practically everyone else. Then add the Black Friday discount and it's practically a steal with over 20% off the RRP at other retailers! So if you've got yourself a new Nikon Z-series camera and need a standard zoom, this glass is magnificent.

If this is still too expensive after discount, and you don't mind a slightly slower f/4 aperture, the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens is down to just AU$846 on Amazon (from AU$1,549 or 45% off).

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 OOS

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 OOS | AU$549 AU$292 on Amazon (save AU$184)

Sony users in need of a good nifty fifty lens can breathe a sign of relief at this price drop. It's still retailing for about AU$475 in Australia, and there's no discount on Sony's own site at the moment, but having it shipped in from the UK is going to save you more than a third off the price! 

[Shipped and sold by Amazon UK]

Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS | AU$367 AU$295 at CameraPro (save AU$72)

Save a little more on this already affording lens for Sony's E-mount cameras. There's in-built stabilisation and its focal length range offers good versatility if you need a high quality standard zoom.

Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR | AU$499 AU$274 at CameraPro (save AU$225)

For Nikon's APS-C format F-mount bodies, this is a pretty good zoom. To put it in 35mm terms, that's an equivalent of 105-450mm, so you can get closer to the action. It's also already quite affordable, probably because it's getting a little old, but it's still a remarkable optic for Nikon cameras. 

CameraPro may have limited stock, so if that's the case, Amazon has also discounted the lens, but will set you back AU$297.46 – still an absolute steal!

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary | AU$699 from AU$530 at CameraPro

Looking for a very capable wide-angle prime? CameraPro has Sigma's 16mm f/1.4 Contemporary series lens in different mounts for much less than RRP. Usually this lens retails at the AU$799 price point, but below is the list of discounts for various bodies:
Micro Four Thirds: AU$530
Sony E mount: AU$533
L mount: AU$578
Canon M mount: AU$544

Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R

Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R | AU$1,499 AU$979 on Amazon (save AU$520)

A really good X-mount companion, this 23mm prime for Fujifilm X-series cameras is a much-loved optic that's a great all-rounder, whether you're shooting portraits, landscapes, architecture or even out doing some street photography. And the maximum aperture of f/1.4 ensure shallow depth of field effects too.

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power OIS

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power OIS | AU$1,299 AU$879 on Amazon (save AU$420)

MFT camera users looking for an all-rounder could save 38% on this lens when shopping on Amazon. It's a 24-70mm equivalent in 35mm full-frame terms, and promises excellent performance. Panasonic's Nano surface coatings help reduce flare and ghosting, while the barrel is splash and dust proof too.

Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R

Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R | AU$349 AU$228 on Amazon (save AU$121)

This MFT zoom lens offers focal lengths equivalent of 80-300mm in a far more compact barrel than the full-frame alternative. And it's also quite affordable, but if you can have it shipped in from the US, you can save more than what's on offer locally.

If you'd like to go classy, then the silver version of this lens (which is drop-dead gorgeous) is also discounted on Amazon to AU$239.

[Shipped and sold by Amazon US]


Rode Wireless Go II

Rode Wireless Go II | AU$399 AU$355 on Catch (save AU$44)

This remarkable mic is absolutely feature-packed and we couldn't help but give it a five-star review. The combination of its tiny size, ease of use, 200m range and dual-channel recording means there's a lot of bang for buck here. 10% off is not a huge discount but it's the best you're going to get at present. 

Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II backpack

Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II backpack | AU$315 AU$252 on Amazon (save AU$63)

With four points of access, this camera backpack has plenty of room for a lot of gear. It's sturdy, versatile, promises to be comfortable and it's safe storage for your expensive camera kit for less. There was over AU$100 off this bag for Black Friday, but while the discount isn't that great any longer, it's still a good price.

Joby smartphone tripods | up to 60% off on Amazon

Joby smartphone tripods | up to 60% off on Amazon

There are some seriously deep discounts on smartphone tripods on Amazon at the moment. You can get a Joby Gorillapod for as low as AU$12 right now. If you're looking for great grip, opt for the GripTight One or GripTight Action for under AU$40.

Manfrotto Befree Live tripod

Manfrotto Befree Live tripod | AU$469.95 AU$316 on Amazon (save AU$153.95)

This tripod is great for videography as it comes with Fluid Video Head, allowing you to turn your camera smoothly. Manfrotto's M-lock system makes it quick and easy to set up and get your camera off. And while that excellent 51% discount is no longer available, it's still going for 33% off on Amazon.

Manfrotto Befree Advanced tripod

Manfrotto Befree Advanced tripod | AU$406 AU$240 on Amazon (save AU$166)

If you're after a new tripod for your photography rig, then this Manfrotto has a maximum height of 150cm, which suit most users. The ball head has its own controls and the mounting plate promises to be quick and easy to mount and take off. And if the 41% off isn't tempting, you might lose out on a great discount.

Western Digital and SanDisk storage | up to 60% off on Amazon

Western Digital and SanDisk storage | up to 60% off on Amazon

Whether you need to just stock up on SD cards or need a portable SSD to backup all your images, Black Friday is a great time to grab them all. There's up to 60% off on Western Digital and SanDisk products, although a lot of them have increased in price since the sale officially ended. That said, you can save 15% on a 2TB WD My Passport external hard drive or get 26% off the SanDisk 1TB Portable SSD. You can grab microSD cards from as low as AU$17 for 128GB.

Sony CFexpress 128GB type-B card

Sony CFexpress 128GB type-B card | AU$449 AU$399 at (save AU$50)

CFexpress cards are supremely expensive but they're becoming a necessity for a lot of the latest full-frame mirrorless cameras. So if you need to stock up, the Type-B 128GB option is still available for under AU$400 at Ryda.

Hands holding a DSLR, taking a picture of a park

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When is Black Friday 2021?

The actual Black Friday date shifts each year, although – as the name suggests – it’s always on a Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US to be precise.

This year, Black Friday is towards the end of November, and the deals bonanza will officially kick off on November 26, 2021. That’s less than a month away from Christmas, so definitely a great time to get your gift shopping out of the way, particularly if you want to save on anything you're considering buying.

Moreover, Black Friday isn't a single-day event. In Australia, the sale usually starts a day or two before the actual Black Friday date and goes on until Cyber Monday – the Monday following Black Friday which, this year, is November 29. That means you’ll have almost an entire week to find great offers, although some deals can change across that time frame.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a huge deal in the US, but it is gaining popularity in Australia. In 2019, the National Australia Bank (NAB) predicted that shoppers Down Under would spend about AU$2.9 billion during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.

A survey conducted by research group McCrindle, also in 2019, revealed that 94% of Aussies have heard of Black Friday, and 77% actually even know when the event takes place each year. The same survey also revealed that of the ones who know what the event is about, 44% had planned to shop during the mega sale in 2019. 

Those numbers can only increase with each passing year, but what exactly is Black Friday? For those who don’t already know, it’s the Friday immediately following the US holiday of Thanksgiving, and when American retailers begin their Christmas shopping season.

Black Friday sales began as in-store shopping, and the discounts were so good that shoppers would break down doors in what was termed “doorbusters” to lay their hands on an item.

Now, however, it’s possible to snag a bargain online, which might be the best way forward if Australia isn't able to control the ongoing pandemic. However, Black Friday 2021 is still a ways away and we're hoping things begin to go back to post-pandemic normal by then.

Black Friday 2021: the camera deals to expect this year

While we don't know exactly what kind of deals we should expect this year, we can predict the savings you could be able to make by casting our minds back to 2020. Last year, we saw an amazing array of Black Friday camera deals.

We would expect to see similar savings in 2021 – especially on camera models that are getting a little long in the tooth. These include high-powered models such as the Nikon Z7 and the Canon EOS R, both of which launched new full-frame mirrorless camera mounts for Nikon and Canon respectively, yet are now superseded by newer models. 

We've also seen quite a few deals on key Panasonic cameras and Olympus cameras through the course of this year, so we wouldn't be surprised to see even deeper discounts appear as we race towards the big day, particularly on Amazon.

If you’re not keen on mirrorless systems, you can be sure to find significant price drops on DSLRs. They’re not quite dead in the water yet and DSLRs like the Nikon D780 are excellent hybrids that are worth considering if you’d prefer an optical viewfinder over electronic ones.

It's not just about the camera bodies though. Black Friday will see discounts on great lenses too, whether they're for DSLRs, full-frame mounts or Micro Four Thirds. 

In Australia, accessories don’t quite get the same discounts as cameras and lenses, but there’s likely going to be retailers offering some kind bargain on filters, tripods and camera bags. Peak Design usually hosts its own Black Friday sale, so November would be a great time to pick up an Everyday bag.

Memory cards and portable storage units, though, usually get massive price drops during Black Friday, particularly on Amazon. So if you need to stock up on SD cards or get yourself a portable SSD to backup your images, November will be the best time to get one.

If you’re into aerial photography, you’ll be sure to find a great offer on drones in Australia as well. And the same goes for action cameras and gimbals. So you really might want to start making a shopping list now.

The good news is that most Aussie retailers have jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon and competition to offer the best bargains will be on. So whether it’s Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, Ted’s Cameras, Digital Camera Warehouse or any other Aussie camera retailer, you’ll be able to find plenty for a significant discount.

While retailers in the US and UK make promises of a ‘future price match’ – they refund the difference on an item if the price drops during the Black Friday period – Australian retailers haven’t quite gotten there yet. Instead, you can actually get the same Black Friday discount on laybys, which is a huge advantage to have for big-ticket items like cameras and lenses. 

The way this works is you can pay a small deposit for your preferred items during the Black Friday weekend and collect the gear on a later date, paying the rest of the discounted price at the time of collection – something one of our Australian writers did in 2018. This might even work if a particular product you want is out of stock during Black Friday, but is still advertised on a retailer's site.

Where to find the best Black Friday 2021 deals

Chances are you won’t need to leave your home to snag a great Black Friday offer. Most in-store discounts will be offered online by the major retailers, so all you’ll need to do is keep your credit card handy and shop from your couch.

Before that, though, we’d recommend you have your shopping list ready and figure out what your budget is. Doing some research on prices now will help you determine whether a Black Friday offer is actually worth it or not when the sale finally begins.

It might also help to be a little flexible on your purchase decisions. For example, if you’re after an enthusiast-level camera, it’s best to list the features you really want. Then have a few options for the bodies. That way, if you find that the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is cheaper than the Sony A6600 and both offer the feature set you’re after, you can save a decent chunk of change by opting for the bigger discount.

That said, it can be time consuming and, quite frankly, overwhelming to have to sift through hundreds of offers from each retailer to find the best bargains. And that’s where we come in. The DCW team will be on hand to wade through the quagmire that is the Black Friday sale and handpick only the biggest offers on the best products. We’ll be listing them all right here, so you’ll want to bookmark this page. We’ll also make sure this page stays updated with all the latest offers through the entire sale period.

Sharmishta Sarkar

In addition to her contributions to Digital Camera World, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar – and is truly passionate about all aspects of photography and imaging, from cameras and camera phones to lenses and laptops to 360 cameras and medium format cameras. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!