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Everyone loves to take a picture – be it using a smartphone or a digital camera. While some are happy with the advances made on smartphone cameras, many would love to step away and upgrade to a great pocketable compact, or go all out and snag a DSLR or a brand-new mirrorless.
And whether you want to something small to take along with your on your next holiday or you want to go pro, there’s a camera out there for everyone. Deciding on which one to get can be a challenge though. That's where we come in – we've listed all the best cameras with the lowest prices below to make your search for the perfect snapper quick and easy.
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Canon EOS 200D + 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens | usually $799 now $499 (save $300)
If you're just stepping into the world of photography that doesn't involve a smartphone, this DSLR is a great choice. Not only do you get a guided menu on the display to help you through the process, you also get a 18-55mm kit lens to get you started, and very reliable image quality as well. You also get to save a packet when shopping on Amazon.View Deal
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (body) | was $4,499 now $3,365 (save $1,134)
This camera has been a favourite of the pros for a few years now and is still going strong. With one of the few Canon DSLRs to feature 4K video and a high resolution, this shooter is a marvel. And you can save a whopping $1,134 on this purchase on Amazon Australia.View Deal
Canon EOS 6D Mark II (body) | was $1,955 now $1,519.80 (save $435.20)
You don't need a pro-level camera to achieve good results. This refreshed second-gen 6D is an excellent option to anyone looking for a full-frame snapper. And it's now over $435 off on Amazon.View Deal
Nikon D3500 + AF-P 18-55 VR lens | was $749 now $499 (save $250)
This is a great replacement for the aging yet very popular D3400 entry-level DSLR. And although the D3500 has only just been launched, it's great to see it discounted on Amazon by $250. This is a Lightning Deal, though, and will expire by day's end. So get a wriggle on if you want this kit.View Deal
Mirrorless ILC cameras
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (body) | was $999 now $757 (save $242)
If you ask us to recommend a budget mirrorless option, we'd tell you get the Olympus OMD-EM10 Mark III without hesitation. For under a thousand dollars, you get a micro four-thirds camera that's tiny, powerful and beautifully designed. Oh, and 4K video if you want it. And it's made even more affordable at Camera Warehouse where you can save over $240 on both the Black and Silver bodies.View Deal
Sony Alpha a9 (body) | was $5,999 now $4,650 (save $1,349)
When this mirrorless camera launched, it set the photography world abuzz, and it's still one of the best and fastest cameras on the market. And while it costs an arm and a leg, this is your chance to save a cool $1,349 on the body. The offer is available from VideoPro.View Deal
Sony Alpha a7R III (body) | was $4,999 now $3,499 (save $1,500)
Need a high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera but too intimidated by the price? Well, you can save a packet on the latest iteration of the amazing A7R series. You get 42MP, a 15-stop dynamic range, 10fps shooting and one of the best autofocus systems around, all for just $3,499 at Camera House. That's the cheapest price we've seen all weekend.View Deal
Fujifilm X-T3 (body) | was $2,299 now $1,925 (save $374)
One of our favourite premium micro four-thirds, this little Fujifilm wonder has a great 26MP sensor that makes for better noise control. Meaning your low-light images will be much better. You also get a touchscreen rear display and 4K, now for $374 less than its usual retail price. Available in Black and Silver.View Deal
Panasonic Lumix TZ110 | was $799 now $750 (save $49)
It's not much, but this is one heck of a pocket rocket. Not only to you get a 10x zoom, you also get 4K video, 4K photos, 5-axis image stabilisation and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. For all that, any saving is a good bargain.View Deal
Panasonic Lumix TZ220 | was $1,199 now $897 (save $302)
This is our favourite travel camera, offering a decent 15x optical zoom, 4K video and photo capabilities, and a built-in viewfinder. And you can snag a saving of over $300 on both the Black and the Silver versions of this little snapper for Black Friday from CameraPro.View Deal
Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 VI | was $1,699 now $1,376 (save $320)
Another one of our favourite travel compacts – it's the latest iteration of Sony's premium, popular and excellent pocketable snappers – the RX100 VI comes with all the bells and whistles you'll need when you're out and about. And it comes with $320 shaved off its RRP at CameraPro.View Deal
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV | was $2,599 now $1,944 (save $655)
Our favourite superzoom bridge camera is on sale and discounted quite well we might add. The RX10 IV might be expensive, but it is on a league of its own. There's a whopping 25x zoom (24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens), 20MP sensor, superfast autofocus, 4K video... we could go on. And it's discounted to well below the $2K mark.View Deal
Sony Cyber-shot HX350 | was $599 now $399 (save $200)
Bridge cameras look like DSLRs but with fixed lenses that usually come with superzoom capabilities. This Sony boasts a whopping 50x optical zoom to get your closer to the action that can be shot at 10fps burst. And it's affordable, made more so with $200 shaved off the price on Sony's on store.View Deal
GoPro Hero7 Silver | was $449 now $378.25 (save $70.75)
The middle brother from GoPro's latest range is discounted on Amazon right now, with a saving of over $70. That's a darn good price for an action cam that shoots 4K footage, has voice control and a touchscreen.View Deal
DJI Spark (controller combo) | usually $629 now $559
This bite-sized quadcopter makes flying a drone fun for everyone! It’s easy to use, can be controlled with hand gestures and gives you a thrill every time it takes off and lands on your palm. It even makes for a great Christmas gift, especially when you can save $70 on the drone. View Deal
DJI Spark Fly More Combo | usually $859 now $759
The Spark has a short flight time, so if you want to enjoy flying this little drone for longer, you’re better off investing a tad more money into the Fly More Combo. This gives you additional batteries, propellers, propeller guards, the controller and a bonus SanDisk 16GB microSD card, all for $100 less than the usual RRP.View Deal
DJI Mavic Air | usually $1,299 now $1,149
This is our favourite drone, making it to the top of our best drones list. It’s foldable, powerful, shoots 4K footage and stays aloft for up to 21 minutes. It’s fun to fly, responds to a few hand gestures and has near-perfect obstacle avoidance. It’s also the first DJI drone to come with built-in onboard storage. And it’s now discounted by $150.View Deal
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo | usually $1,599 now $1,449
If you are after a Mavic Air, it’s best to grab the Fly More Combo so you get additional batteries. That means you can fly the drone for longer, especially given it’s got a range of 4km. The Fly More Combo is currently discounted by $150.View Deal
DJI Phantom 4 Pro | was $2,299 now $1,499 (save $800)
Looking for a pro-level drone that gives you picture-postcard perfect images? The Phantom 4 series from DJI is what you'll want but they're well over the $2K mark. But the Phantom 4 Pro is up for grabs as a Cyber Monday deal on Amazon with a whopping $800 shaved off the price tag.View Deal
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 | usually $209 now $189
DJI also makes some outstanding camera gimbals and the Osmo Mobile 2 is designed to turn any mobile phone into smart steady camera for smooth-as-silk footage. And you can shave off $20 on the price of the Osmo Mobile 2 for Black Friday.View Deal
DJI Goggles (Racing Edition) | usually $859 now $699
These goggles resemble a VR headset but puts you in the pilot’s seat when you fly a DJI drone. The Racing Edition comes with an external video transmitter and camera module that can be used to pair with other fixed-wing fliers. It usually costs a whopping $859 for a set, but that price tag has been slashed by $160.View Deal
Sandisk Ultra 200GB microSD card | was $65.60 now $45.99 (save $19.61)
If you suffer from trigger finger and end up taking a whole slurry of images every time you pick up a camera, you'll need a memory card with a high storage capacity. Unfortunately those come at a steep price, but shop on Amazon during the Black Friday weekend and save on the 200GB Sandisk Ultra microSD card.View Deal
How to get the best camera deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday
With a flurry of camera deals going live during the Black Friday sales period, you want to make sure you’re getting a good bargain, and not an aging snapper that your smartphone can trump even during bad light conditions.
You’ll also be bombarded with a large amount of photography jargon around cameras and lenses when the sale goes live, adding to your confusion. So follow our advice and you could keep panic at bay and score yourself a brilliant camera on Black Friday.
Decide what type of camera you want
Cameras today come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention every budget, so the first thing you’ll need to do is decide what kind of snapper you want to buy.
If you’re after something small, light and easily pocketable, then a travel compact is your obvious choice. While the budget compacts have all but disappeared, thanks to innovations made on smartphone cameras, manufacturers have been regularly launching premium models that offer longer zooms, faster performance and better creative control.
What makes the travel compact an appealing choice is that fact that it’s great for the newbie as well. They don’t need a lot of technical knowledge to use, and neither do they need fiddly settings as most offer an array of auto modes that take great images.
Advanced users, however, might want something that offers a tad more control. For them, an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) is a better option. That includes DSLRs and a mirrorless cameras.
With the ability to swap out lenses for specific subjects and the degree to which users can control camera settings, DSLRs have traditionally been seen as the gateway into the world of more serious photography. Canon and Nikon dominate this market, with both manufacturers offering DSLRs to suit most budgets and varying degrees of technical abilities – from entry-level to professional.
In comparison, mirrorless cameras are relatively new. They first arrived on the scene about ten years ago, but since then have given the industry quite a shake-up. Like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras also have interchangeable lenses; the difference is they don’t feature an internal mirror. Hence the name.
The lack of a mirror allowed manufacturers to make the cameras smaller and lighter, and also replace the DSLR’s optical viewfinder for an electronic equivalent.
If you’d like to learn more about the difference between the two systems, take a look at our mirrorless vs DSLR: 10 key differences buying guide. If that doesn’t answer all your questions, we also have an expert guide to help you decide what camera you should buy, with all the key types of cameras explained, with pros and cons of each provided.
Get the best images
With some travel compacts featuring the same or higher resolution than some ILCs, it can be hard to decide which delivers the best image quality. This is down to the size of the sensor in the camera.
While compacts can feature a sensor smaller than your little finger nail, sensors on DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are considerably larger thanks to the space within the bigger bodies. So although a compact camera may have the same resolution (for example, 20MP) as an ILC, the pixels (or photosites) on the sensor itself is much larger, thus offering better light-gathering capabilities.
The larger sensors allow for superior image quality, especially in low-light conditions, with higher degree of detail. They also capture photos with far less image noise, resulting in sharper, clearer images.
For more information, take a look at our guide to camera sensor sizes.
4K video capture is becoming the norm on most travel compacts and mirrorless ILCs, but most DSLRs are only capable of shooting in Full HD.
You shouldn’t be put off by that, however. Unless you’re a vlogger or film maker, a camera deal on Black Friday that features only 1080p video capture should be considered. Most interchangeable lens cameras produce better Full HD videos than a compact snapper with a smaller sensor that shoots in 4K, for example. But if you are keen on videos, then you’ll need to consider other features like headphone and microphone ports.
A camera boasting 4K video capture can also be a little deceptive. Some offer capture at 15p, resulting in footage that’s jerky and horrible (you’ll want 24/30p and above for good video). On the other hand, some DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can shoot ‘cropped’ 4K video. This means that the entire width of the sensor is not being used, only the centre, making it hard to shoot wide-angle footage and can compromise quality.
Know what you want before Black Friday
In the lead up to Black Friday, think about what you really want from a camera. Is the image quality more important to you, or would you prefer something more portable? Would you be happy with an all-in-one solution or would you rather get something you can build a system of lenses around?
If you’re after a DSLR or mirrorless camera, don’t just look at the camera itself but also the lenses that are compatible with each model. While Canon and Nikon have an extensive range of lenses for their DSLRs (along with plenty of options from third-party manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron as well), newer mirrorless ILCs don’t quite have the breadth of lenses and accessories to suit different price points.
Keeping this in mind should help you avoid impulse buys, which are all too easy to do during Black Friday. While it may not be that headline saving, it’s better to get something to suit your specific needs rather than a camera that’s heavily discounted.
Keep the receipts and don’t buy grey
It goes without saying, but make sure you hold on to your receipt, in case you’re not happy with your new camera. Make sure you look into the retailer’s refund policy before purchasing anything on Black Friday – if there’s no free return policy, it can get quite expensive to ship back a photography kit.
Even the best camera gear can fail unexpectedly, so keep an eye on the warranty period – the longer the better if you want that extra peace of mind.
Also make sure you buy local stock. While grey imports (equipment that has been imported through channels other than the manufacturer’s official distribution system) are typically cheaper, they won’t ship with an Australian warranty and you won’t be able to return them locally if you need to. It’s not worth the risk just to save some extra dosh.
Stick with TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales can get a bit overwhelming, with numerous retailers vying for your custom at the same time. While this means there will be very competitive deals, it also unfortunately means there are some 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 to suit every ability and budget.