So, you are looking to get into photography and need a camera? Black Friday, especially the online deals (so you aren’t trampled in a Wal-Mart) is the perfect time to buy one for yourself or loved one. I am biased towards Sony cameras because I genuinely believe they are the best, but before I switched to Sony, I shot on cheaper Nikon and Cannon cameras to figure out if photography was something I really wanted to do. That being said, I’ve compiled a list of camera deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday I think that beginners, intermediates, and professionals would enjoy. I was really shocked at how good some of these deals are, and I’ll be purchasing a back-up camera on Black Friday myself. So, without further ado…
PS: click the images for the links to the deals
Sony a5000 - $348 (with kit lens)
This could be the best deal I’ve seen on Black Friday. For beginners, you can get one of the better mirrorless cameras with a freakin’ lens for under $350, that’s crazy.
Sony RX100 - $398 (lens comes standard)
If you aren’t looking to buy more than one lens and just want an excellent point and shoot camera that gives you 10X higher quality photos than your iPhone, buy this one. It’s small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, but has the shooting power of DSLR, without the bulk.
Canon Rebel T5 - $528 (with kit lens)
I’m a Sony guy, but the Canon Rebel T5 is a phenomenal beginner camera, plus it comes with a lens to get you started. Canon cameras hold their value remarkably well, so if you’d want to sell it later, you won’t have any trouble.
Sony a6000 - $548 (with kit lens)
Up until very recently, this was my backup camera. If you follow me on Instagram, I think you might be surprised how many of my photos were shot on this camera, and not my main one. It’s one of my favorite cameras of all time, and I highly recommend it.
Sony RX100II - $698 (lens is standard)
A significant improvement over the RX100, the third generation point and shoot packs a new 20.1 megapixel senser and most of all, an electronic view finder (unheard of in a point and shoot), a ZEISS lens, and captures 4X more light than the previous generation. I love this camera.
Nikon D5500 - $696 (with kit lens)
It’s hard to go wrong with a Nikon D5500. I shot on this camera as a beginner and it served me well with 24.2 megapixels and is a very very fast shooting camera is you love shooting portraits shots.
Sony a7II - $1798 (with kit lens)
The best deal this year for a professional camera, hands down. The a7ii is just a phenomenal camera, and when it comes with a lens for under $2k, that’s a steal. I highly highly recommend you get this camera deal if you are at all looking to get into professional photography. Click
Sony a7S - $1620 (body only)…for videography
If you are a professional looking to get into video, especially video with high ISO, this is the camera. In fact, it’s probably the only mirrorless camera I know of that shoots video at such high quality in low light situations. It’s nearly 30% off in this deal and it’s the best one I know of.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II – $1799 (body only) (Link to deal)
The only company that could ever tempt me to switch from Sony is Olympus. Their cameras are amazing and blow nearly all competitors out of the water when it comes to low light performance and noise reduction. If you are looking to create your own niche with Olympus cameras, they are an up and coming brand that I predict will give Sony a run for their money one day. This camera is especially good, reviewers rant and rave about it. Do some research and see what is best for you!