Black Friday 2019 is less than a couple of months away, which means hundreds of Black Friday deals on cameras, lenses and photography equipment are just around the corner. We’re curating the very best Black Friday camera deals here on this page, so whether you’re after a DLSR, action cam, mirrorless or compact camera deal – or even a Black Friday camera phone deal – bookmark this page and check back throughout the coming weeks to see the biggest Black Friday camera 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 2019?
Although Black Friday 2019 officially launches on 29 November – it’s always the first Friday after Thanksgiving, with Cyber Monday camera deals following three days later – as you’ll see below, the early discounts will start appearing as the peak festive holiday shopping season begins. 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 2019 below – or you can use the jump links above to navigate straight to the section you’re interested in.
And you’ll find all the key information you need to know about Black Friday further down this article.
Early Black Friday deals
Black Friday is no longer a one-day, or even one-week event. Major retailers like Amazon and Walmart will be dropping decent deals in the month leading up to Black Friday 2019, as well as during and after the event.
With online outfits like B&H, Adorama, Best Buys, Wex Photo, Park Cameras and John Lewis all competing to provide the best camera deal on Black Friday, we are hoping to see some great discounts.
But of course there are some great deals to be found already, if you keep your eyes open, and know where to look. But to help you along here are some of the best pre Black Friday camera deals that we have found recently...
Nikon D3500 Bundle: $524 (was $1,299)
Save over $750 on this incredible Nikon D3500 deal, complete with flash, tripod, 128GB memory card, filters and more. With fantastic image quality and a rugged body, this is a great camera for any entry-level user. (US deal)View Deal
Olympus Tough TG-6: $394.97 (was $449)
Save over $50 on the water-proof, crush-proof, freeze-proof, drop-proof, darn-near-everything-proof outdoor camera! With 4K video and great image quality, this is the perfect camera to take with you absolutely anywhere. (US deal)View Deal
Unlimited Everything Three SIM-only deal
Unlimited 4G mobile data | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts |
£10 a month for the first six months, and then £20 a month for the rest of the contract. This is easily one of the best SIM-only deals around at the moment. You can chat to your heart's content, text until your fingers go numb, or keep downloading those Netflix boxsets until your phone's memory bursts.
Atomos Shinobi 4K Monitor: now $299 (was $399)
Save $100 on this 5-inch 4K monitor and take your videography to the next level. With anti-reflective coating and anti-fingerprint technology, this screen will help you capture the best footage possible. (US only)View Deal
This pro-quality APS-C mirrorless camera used to be the flagship in the Fujifilm X range - but now is cut to around half the cost it was about a year ago. The 24.3MP can record 4K video at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps. On top of all that you have a tilting three-inch screen with 1.04 million dots, an electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million dots, and weatherproofing to survive the worst of the winter weather.
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Panasonic GH5 body: £1,099 from £1,699
Capable of 4K60p, 4:2:2 10 bit recording, the Panasonic GH5 is a video powerhouse that is loved by filmmakers and serious vloggers, but that is also a serious mirrorless stills camera. Originally priced at £1,699, it's had £600 knocked off and is now the very tempting price of £1,099. Snap up yours today! (UK deal)View Deal
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS: $899 from $1199
Save $300 on the Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM with this incredible deal. Capture sports, wildlife, landscapes, portraits and more with this versatile and creative lens that weighs almost half as much as it's f/2.8 counterpart.
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Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens: $199 from $299
Pick up the fantastic Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens for only $199 / £199 in this amazing money-saving deal. Perfect for your Canon APS-C DSLR, this lens will help you capture amazing wide angle views.
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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 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. See the Sony A7 II with 28-70mm lens kit deal at B&H .View Deal
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III – $499 (was $649 ) at Adorama
Save $150 - Get started with photography the right way by going with this entry-level mirror less camera that's going for a great $150 discount.
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 body only just £985.05
This is the lowest-ever UK price for this rangefinder style 24-megapixel camera that is much loved by street photographers. The latest price drop from Amazon UK came just after the development of the X-Pro3 was announced - but that doesn't make this any less of a best buy
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Fujifilm XT-30 with 18-55mm zoom - now £1059
Another best-ever price that we have spotted at Amazon UK. This is one of our favorite mid-price mirrorless cameras, and a great camera for travellers or for those that are looking to switch to a camera system that is not as bulky as their old DSLR.
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Zhiyun Crane 3 Lab: $549 (was $899)
Save 39% on the Crane 3 gimbal stabilizer, with an innovative design that can be used two-handed or with the handle on top. Its 12lbs/5.4kg payload is enough to stabilize most cameras!
US deal - ends midnight (ET), 7 OctoberView Deal
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens: £1,909 from £2,549
Pick up the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR telephoto zoom for just £1,909 from £2,549 - which is a saving of £640! This fantastic lens is perfect for sports, wildlife, events and portrait photography - with a wide maximum aperture of f/2.8 that pro photographers love! (UK only)View Deal
Prefer to keep abreast of the best Black Friday deals on cameras and accessories yourself? Even if you'd rather leave us to do the hard work, it's a good idea to take stock of prices now – that way you'll know for sure whether you're getting a good deal on the day.
These are the retailers who we expect to offer the biggest savings for photographers throughout November and December...
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 Affinity | Target Black Friday | Walmart Black Friday |
The best Black Friday photography deals UK: Amazon Black Friday | eBay Black Friday | John Lewis | Jessops | Park Cameras | Wex Black Friday | Currys | Argos | Tesco | AO.com | Carphone Warehouse | Mobiles.co.uk | Very.co.uk
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 2019 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, should lead to some discounts on the Nikon D3400. Meanwhile, Canon UK has recently offered cashback on a number of models – including the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Canon EOS 7D Mark II – 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 R and EOS RP and some PowerShot models too.
That said, in 2018 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 £509 after cashback. And there we also expect great deals on the Sony A7 II - which is a favorite model for Amazon to discount in its sales. These are great first cameras, but also perfect for those wanting to upgrade to one of the cheapest full-frame cameras around.
We also think dthe A7S II will be heavily discounted. And we’d expect to see savings on Sony's compact cameras – including both point-and-shoot models like the Cyber-shot WX220, as well as more advanced models like the Cyber-shot RX100 III and RX10 III.
Finally, we predict that some of the most popular Black Friday camera deals will come from GoPro. The GoPro Hero 7 Black may well get discounted ahead of the launch of the upcoming Hero 8 models – but the older and excellent GoPro Hero 6 Black should be one that you can pick up for a tempting price.
Black Friday DSLR deals: predictions
The best Black Friday DSLR deals in 2019 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. But eBay, NewEgg, Walmart, Best Buy and Costco will all have discounted DSLRs this year.
Black Friday mirrorless camera deals: predictions
The best Black Friday mirrorless camera deals in 2019 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.
Black Friday point-and-shoot camera deals: predictions
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.
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.
Here are some pro tips to help you make an informed decision over Black Friday.
How to get the best Black Friday camera deals
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. Manufacturers 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
Not everyone has the luxury of being able to wait for a Black Friday bargain, of course. If you need to buy some photography hardware or software now, we've still got you covered. Here are today's best prices on our favourite cameras, lenses and accessories…
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