The best Black Friday camera deals: make the biggest savings on cameras, lenses and accessories

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Black Friday 2018 is just two weeks away, which means hundreds of Black Friday deals on cameras, lenses and photography equipment are just around the corner. In fact, we've seen a few already – you'll find them below.

We’re curating the very best Black Friday camera deals here on this page, so whether you’re after a DLSR, mirrorless or compact camera deal – or even a Black Friday camera phone deal – bookmark this page and check back throughout the month to see the biggest Black Friday photography deals, first.

We’ll also be bringing you the biggest savings on everything from lenses and tripods to memory cards, monitors, photo-editing software, printers and more. 

If you’re in the market for some new photography gear, this is one of the best times of year to invest: some serious savings are possible. And we're here to help: we'll tell you which offers are genuinely good – and which are best avoided – so you can be sure you're spending your money wisely.

When is Black Friday 2018?

Although Black Friday 2018 officially launches on 23 November – it’s always the first Friday after Thanksgiving, with Cyber Monday following three days later – as you’ll see below, the early discounts have started already. We’re expecting more retailers than ever before to launch their Black Friday camera deals early this year, so stay tuned... 

There are two ways to get your hands on the offers in this article. You can either browse the discounts here at your leisure – you’ll find the best Black Friday camera deals in the US first; with the best UK Black Friday camera deals in 2018 below – or you can use the jump links above to navigate straight to the section you’re interested in.

Early deals

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (1TB): save 25%
Eligible countries: Worldwide (excluding Europe, the Middle East and Africa) - 14.99/month (was $19.99/month)
Save a massive 25% on the price of Adobe’s pro package of photo-editing applications. Get access to Photoshop, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Spark and 1TB of Cloud photo storage for just $14.99/month. Deal expires: 16 November 2018

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (20GB): save 20%
Eligible countries: Europe, the Middle East and Africa – $15.99/month (was $19.99/month)
If you're based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, you can save 20% on Adobe's 20GB CC Photography Plan right now. Get Photoshop, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Spark and 1TB of Cloud photo storage for just $15.99/£8.32 month. Deal expires: 16 November 2018

US: Black Friday DSLR deals

Nikon D7500 DSLR + 16-80mm lens: $1,746.95 (was $2,316.95)
Save $570
- Not only can you grab the excellent enthusiast-level Nikon D7500, with its 20.9MP sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing engine, plus a 16-80mm lens for just $1,746.95, you’ll also get a free Ruggard Journey 34 DSLR Shoulder Bag and SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I SDHC memory card, in this deal from B&H.
Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Canon EOS 6D DSLR (body only) – $999 (was $1,699)
Save $700 - Right now, you can get a huge $700 off deal this entry-level DSLR camera from B&H Photo. It's five years old, but it's still an excellent choice for a first-time full-frame DSLR.  (Its successor, the EOS 6D Mark II, is a better choice if you have more cash, though.) Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Canon EOS Rebel T6: $299.98 (was $747.45)
Save $447.47
- The Canon EOS Rebel T6 (known as the EOS 1300D outside the US) has been replaced by the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D – and because of this, you can now get a lot of camera for very little money. The 18MP resolution might be lower than its replacement, but it's a good option for beginners, and with Walmart's early Black Friday camera deal it’s a steal. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Canon EOS Rebel T6 with Wi-Fi + $120 Kohls Cash: $399.99 (was $749.99)
Save $249.01
- Alternatively, from 19th November, you’ll be able to grab the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with Wi-Fi – plus an 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm lens and bag – from Kohls for $399.99. That’s more than the camera body costs at Walmart right now, but you get $120 of Kohl’s cash to spend in store, which effectively takes the price of this entry-level DSLR bundle down to $279.99. Deal starts: 1AM EST, 19 November 2018 | Deal expires: unknown

WALMART IN STORE ONLY: Nikon D3400 with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses $299 (was $659)
Save $360
- Walmart is selling Nikon’s excellent entry-level D3400 for just $299, with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses. The catch is the deal is only available in store. Online, this bundle costs $549.99 from Walmart – but we’ve seen this deal slightly cheaper at B&H ($546.96). Deal expires: unknown

UK: Black Friday DSLR deals

Nikon D850: £3,246 (RRP £3,599)
Save £350 
Nikon’s D850 is one of the best cameras ever made. It remains the obvious choice for professionals and advanced enthusiasts looking for something that “does it all”. You can expect to save around £300 right now at retailers such as WEX Photo Video and Jessops, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the price was reduced even further soon. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Nikon D7500: £1,099 (RRP £1,299.00)
Save £200 -
This great all-rounder makes sense for anybody on a tight budget who wants to upgrade from an entry-level body. You can pocket the D7500 for just over £1000 now, a saving of around £200 – giving you a healthy bit of change that you could put towards another lens. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

US: Black Friday mirrorless camera deals

Sony A7 II with 28-70mm Lens Deluxe Kit – now $998 (was $1,598)
SAVE $600
- The best Sony A7 II early Black Friday camera deal we've seen so far comes from B&H and cuts a smooth $600 off the price of this excellent full-frame camera and lens kit. The arrival of the newer A7 III means that this month is a very good time to grab a deal on the A7 II. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Sony A6000 + 16-50mm lens + 55-210mm lens + accessory kit: $848 (was $1,000)
Save $152.25
- The Sony A6000 has been replaced by the Alpha A6300 and Alpha A6500, but it’s still a brilliant buy for anyone wanting a feature-packed mirrorless camera. You also get an E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens, E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS lens, memory card, spare rechargeable lithium-ion battery and shoulder bag thrown in. Bargain. Deal expires: unknown

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III – $499 (was $649) at Adorama Save $150 - You can pick up this entry-level mirrorless camera for just $649 from Adorama. That's a saving of $150, which is worth having. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

UK: Black Friday mirrorless camera deals

Sony A7 Mark II: £1,140.40 after cashback (RRP £1,570)
Save £429.58 - Sony has three strands to its A7 line-up, the A7, the A7R and the A7S. The standard A7 range makes for a fantastic compromise between low-light shooting ability and high resolution: it's a great all-rounder. The Sony A7 II is a generation old now, but it’s still a great model if you don’t need the latest and greatest. Deal expires: unknown

Black Friday action camera deals

GoPro Hero 7 Black and $25 Gift Card: $399.98 (was $424)
Save $24.02
- Buy the brand new GoPro Hero 7 Black 4K Action Camera from Walmart together with a $25 gift card, and you’ll save $24.02 on GoPro’s best action camera. If you want gorgeous 4K video footage with impressive new image stabilization and time-lapse technology, then this deal effectively gives you $25 towards a new GoPro accessory. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Black Friday point-and-shoot deals

Sony RX100 V: $892 (was $998)
Save $106
- The Sony RX100 V is dripping with high-end features and boasts impressive performance. It’s a fantastic premium compact, and this Amazon deal makes it all the more attractive. Deal expires: unknown View Deal

Black Friday instant camera deals

Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s + 10-pack film: $49 (was $59)
Save $10
- This Fujifilm Instax camera is perfect for birthdays, weddings, and gatherings with family or friends. This Amazon deal knocks $10 off the price, and you get a bonus pack of film with 10 exposures included free. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Black Friday camera phone deals

iPhone 8 Plus + $55 Airtime: $699 (was $799.99)
Save $100.99
- Not only is this a cheaper iPhone 8 Plus than you’ll find on Amazon right now, this Walmart bundle gives you $55 of Airtime free, when you purchase a 64GB iPhone 8 Plus with a Straight Talk $55 Airtime Card. Bargain. Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Accessory deals

Canon Pixma MG3620 wireless Inkjet 3-in-1 printer: $29.99 (was $79.99)
Save $50:
According to Kohl’s Black Friday ad, the company will be slashing $50 from the price of the Canon Pixma MG3620 Wireless Inkjet 3-in-1 Printer as part of its Black Friday sale. Deal starts: 1AM EST, 19 November 2018 | Deal expires: unknown

DJI Spark Mini Drone + $90 Kohl’s Cash: $299.99 (was $349.99)
Save $50
- Kohl’s is knocking $50 off the price of this popular mini drone. With intuitive gesture controls and a compact frame, the DJI Spark is a great drone - and you’ll get a bonus $90 Kohl’s Cash to spend in store, too. Deal starts: 1AM EST, 19 November 2018 | Deal expires: unknown

Hardware deals

Apple iPad 9.7-inch, 128GB: $349.99 (was $349.99)
Save $79
- Walmart has already cut the cost of Apple’s 2017 gold 128GB iPad by $79. The 5th-gen model boasts a 9.7-inch Retina display, powerful A9 chip, 8MP camera, Wi-FI and more. If you’ve got Affinity Designer you can use it for photo-editing, and Adobe promises Photoshop for iPad will be available soon… Deal expires: unknownView Deal

Software deals

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (1TB): save 25%
Eligible countries: Worldwide (excluding Europe, the Middle East and Africa) - 14.99/month (was $19.99/month) Adobe has slashed the price of its pro package of photo-editing applications by a huge 25%. Get Photoshop, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Spark and 1TB of Cloud photo storage for just $14.99/month. Deal expires: 16 November 2018

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (20GB): save 20% Eligible countries: Europe, the Middle East and Africa – $15.99/month (was $19.99/month)  
If you're based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, you can save 20% on Adobe's 20GB CC Photography Plan right now. Get Photoshop, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Spark and 1TB of Cloud photo storage for just $15.99/£8.32 month. Deal expires: 16 November 2018

Photography magazine deals

Digital Camera is the definitive guide to digital photography. Bursting with pro insight and advice, in-depth tutorials, free gifts and inspirational images, Digital Camera will help you become a better photographer. You can save up to 42% off the regular price right now. No code needed.

PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine is the only monthly newsstand magazine on the planet that's completed devoted to Canon, so you can be sure it's full of great insight for getting more out of your system. You get a disc of video tutorials each month too. Save up to 47% off the regular price right now. No code needed. 

N-Photo is an independent magazine that focuses 100 per cent  on Nikon. So if you've got a Nikon camera, you'll find the best buying advice, reviews, tips, tricks and inspiration for your craft in this title. And the good news is you can get up to 42% off the normal price right now. No code needed. 

Digital Photographer will inspire and challenge you to take better photos, whether you're an enthusiast or professional photographer. As a subscriber, you can get your hands on hundreds of creative resources via FileSilo – all for free. And you can save up to 52% off the regular price right now. No code needed.

Photography Week – from the makers of Digital Camera World – is the world's number one digital-only weekly photography magazine. It's packed with everything you need to become a better photographer, from video guides to the latest techniques and pro advice for taking your photos up a level. You can get a massive 74% saving on the normal price right now. No code needed. 

Practical Photoshop is the planet’s leading digital-only Photoshop magazine, bursting with the best Photoshop techniques, tips and tricks, plus tutorials, video lessons and inspiration to take you to the top of your game. You can save up to 27% off the regular price right now. No code needed. 

Black Friday predictions

So what do we expect to see this year, once the offers really start rolling in? Well, we think some of the best Black Friday camera deals in 2018 will come via the big-name brands. We’re expecting to see a selection of decent Black Friday DSLR deals from Canon and Nikon, in particular, throughout November. 

The newly launched Nikon D3500, for example, has already lead to some discounts on the Nikon D3400. Meanwhile, Canon has recently offered cashback on a number of models – including the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Canon EOS 80D – giving a strong indication of the models it’s prepared to discount. We’d put our money on Black Friday camera deals on the EOS M5 and some PowerShot models too.

That said, in 2017 the best Black Friday camera deal by far came courtesy of Sony and Amazon, with the full-frame mirrorless Sony A7 and 28-70mm lens kit slashed to £799 after cashback. We’ve since seen that price drop even further: over Prime Day, Amazon cut the cost of the Sony A7 and FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens kit to just £569 after cashback. And we've already seen a decent Sony A7 II, above.

We also predict that some of the most popular Black Friday camera deals will come from GoPro. Sure, the new GoPro Hero 7 Black won’t see a notable price cut – but the older and excellent GoPro Hero 6 Black is now ripe for a discount.

The best Black Friday DSLR deals in 2018 will come from...
Amazon US, Amazon UK, eBay US, eBay UK and  B&H Photo. We’re expecting to see a good selection of Black Friday DSLR deals on Canon and Nikon DSLRs from Amazon and B&H particularly, throughout November. B&H is already offering a Nikon D750 DSLR Camera (Body Only) with a $600 saving for $1,396.95 (down from $1,996.95). But eBay, NewEgg, Walmart, Best Buy and Costco will all have discounted DSLRs this year. 

The best Black Friday mirrorless camera deals in 2018 will come from... If the last 12 months are anything to go by, some of Black Friday’s biggest photography savings will be seen on mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7 and Fujifilm X-A5 – and they’ll come from AmazonUS / Amazon UK and eBay US / eBay UK. (Amazon UK slashed the X-A5 plus an XC 15-45 lens to just £367.56 over Prime Day.) Again, B&H Photo, NewEgg and Walmart will also be good bets for great Black Friday mirrorless camera deals this year.

The best Black Friday point-and-shoot deals will come from...
Amazon US / Amazon UK, eBay US / eBay UK, and B&H Photo will once again be your best bets for hot deals. We expect to see a number of heavily discounted point-and-shoot cameras over Black November, with savings typically between $50-$150 / £50-£150. You can already grab the excellent Canon PowerShot SX730 from Amazon for $379 / £277 (down from $399.99/£379.99).  

Handy links

We've highlighted the retailers that we think will launch the biggest camera, lens and accessory deals over Black November above. However, most major retailers will be fiercely competing for a slice of your wallet, so it's worth looking around. 

We’ll be curating the offers from all the big players and presenting the best ones on this page – but if you want to keep an eye on the big players in the run up to and during Black Friday (and, indeed, Christmas), here are the links you need:

The best Black Friday photography deals US: Adobe | Adorama | Amazon| B&H Photo | Beach Camera | Cameta Camera | Canon | Costco deals | eBay Black Friday | Focus Camera | GoPro | Jet | Kohl's |  Newegg | Olympus | Panasonic | QVC | Ritz Camera |  Serif | Target Black Friday | Walmart Black Friday |  Wex Black Friday

The best Black Friday photography deals UK: Amazon Black Friday | eBay Black Friday | John Lewis | Currys | Argos | Tesco | AO.com | Carphone Warehouse | Mobiles.co.uk | ASOS

Tips and tricks

We’ll have all the best Black Friday camera, lens and accessory deals right here – so you can be sure you’re making a sound investment, and not buying a poorly specced model that your smartphone could beat hands down.

But even with the best black Friday camera deals, photography gear can still cost a lot of money. So it’s important you choose a model that’s right for your skill level and the sort of photography you want to do, not just your budget. 

How to get the best Black Friday camera deals

With that in mind, here are our best pro tips to help you make an informed decision over Black Friday.

1. Know the type of camera you want
The most important question to ask yourself – apart from how much money you’re prepared to spend – is what do you want your camera for? Are you looking to do landscape photography? Sports? Portraits? Do you want lots of lenses? Is image quality more important or do you need an ultra portable model you can take on your holidays? Does it need to be waterproof? 

These questions will help determine what type of camera you need. A compact camera, for example, is ideal for anyone after something small and easy to use. Manufactures have had to fight back against the rise of the smartphone, and the market is rife with premium models that offer excellent image quality, longer zoom lenses and more control – as well as a wide range of auto modes.

If you’re looking to step up your photography, a DSLR or mirrorless camera – with their interchangeable lenses and advanced controls – will make a better choice. There are advantages and disadvantages to both formats (you can find out more about DSLRs vs mirrorless cameras elsewhere on the site), with Nikon and Canon ruling the DSLR roost; and Sony, Panasonic and Olympus all producing excellent mirrorless cameras. 

2. Know the specs you need
Image quality depends on sensor size. That’s why DSLR and mirrorless cameras – which have much larger sensors – can produce far better quality images (especially in low light) than compact cameras, even though the resolution might be the same. Brush up on the specs you need for the sort of photography you're intending to do, so that you can make the best decision on the day.

3. Look at what lenses are available
If you’re thinking about buying a DSLR or mirrorless camera, take a close look at the lens system. The likes of Canon and Nikon have a wide range of lenses at different price points for you to buy into, but not all systems have the same variety.

4. Do you want 4K video?
While 4K video is rapidly becoming the norm, you still see a lot of DSLRs that can only shoot Full HD (1080p) footage – and we expect to see Black Friday camera deals on many of these models.

But before you disregard a Full HD model, first consider that a DSLR or mirrorless camera will probably capture better Full HD video footage than a compact camera with a smaller sensor shooting 4K. Also, just because a camera has 4K, it might be only up to 15p – making it jerky; you want at least 24/30p – while some DSLR and mirrorless cameras only offer cropped 4K, which makes shooting wide-angle footage tricky.

5. Do your homework on price
The best way to avoid falling for a bad deal is to know the value of what you’re buying – and its normal retail price. We know retailers sometimes inflate prices before Black Friday to make discounts look bigger, but if you know the normal price, you can make a sound judgement on how good a deal really is. Online price-comparison shopping sites like PriceGrabber.com can help here. 

6. Make a list
It’s easy to become carried away in the shopping frenzy and make impulse purchases. A good way to stay focused is to create a list of items you might want to buy on Black Friday. Read the reviews, and educate yourself on the specs – that way you’ll be better placed to tell the difference between good and bad deals (and good and bad versions of that product, too).

7. Check whether you can get cashback
A lot of debit and credit cards offer cashback on purchases, so take a look at the fine print on yours. Many credit cards also come with benefits like free warranties, return protection and sale price protection – which are worth thinking about.

8. Sign up for Amazon Prime
There are a lot of advantages to having an Amazon Prime membership over Black Friday – not least an exclusive 30-minute access period to all Amazon Lightening Deals. An Amazon Prime subscription will set you back £79/$99 per year, but if you're not sold on committing to Prime up, don't worry. You can also get access to the same Black Friday benefits by signing up for a 30-day free trial. You can cancel any time before the 30 days with no strings attached. 

9. Keep the receipts
If for any reason you’re not happy with your new camera, make sure you’ve got the receipts to hand so you can return it easily. It’s a good idea to check the refund policies of any retailer before you part with your cash, too – one stinger to watch out for is free returns not being offered.

We've highlighted the retailers that we think will launch the biggest camera, lens and accessory deals over Black November above. However, most major retailers will be fiercely competing for a slice of your wallet, so it's worth looking around. 

We’ll be curating the offers from all the big players and presenting the best ones on this page – but if you want to keep an eye on the big players in the run up to and during Black Friday (and, indeed, Christmas), here are the links you need:

The best pre-Black Friday camera deals right now

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