Black Friday and Cyber Monday camera deals: what to expect for 2018
23 Oct 2018
It’s easy enough to find discounts on cameras and lenses throughout the year, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday is truly the season to save. For this sole reason we believe there’s no better time to pick up a great camera than on Black Friday.
Whether you’re looking to pick up the best compact camera, mirrorless snapper or DSLR, you’ll likely find a huge discount attached to it.
On Black Friday, you an go to practically any camera retailer’s website and instantly stumble upon deals, but you can also just as easy to fall into a deluge of discounts without actually getting what you really want. Don’t worry though, we’ll be your life preserver though this choppy sea of sales and ensure you get to the best discounts top retailers have to offer on Black Friday.
When to get the best camera deals on Black Friday / Cyber Monday
Black Friday lands on November 23 this year and Cyber Monday follows immediately after on November 26. That said, we fully expect holiday deals to appear well before then.
Last year, Amazon held a full week of deals ahead of Black Friday christened the Deals of the Day that began on November 17. Knowing that we expect Amazon will run a similar, if not identical, promotion starting on November 16 this year.
B&H Photo and Adorama will also often hold sales in advance of the post Thanksgiving weekend of discounts.
How to get the best camera deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday
We expect a flurry of camera deals will go live throughout the weeks preceding Black Friday. Sales will appear across a variety of retailer including ABT, Beach Cameras, B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon and Newegg just to name a few.
But when should you hold out for the best deals and who has the most reputable storefront?
Well, that’s where we come in as we’ll show you how you can make sure you get the best camera, lens or camera accessory for your needs and budget in the run up to Black Friday 2018.
The best Black Friday camera deals from last year
$50 off GoPro Hero 5 – $349 (was $399)
Amazon has the GoPro Hero 5 for $100 cheaper than it was last year and just slashed the price by another $50. That’s a great deal for Cyber Monday if you ask us.VIEW DEAL
Nikon D3400 DSLR + two lenses is $496 (was $996)
Entry level camera though it may be, there’s a lot to like about the D3400, including its beautiful compact body and big battery life. With two lenses thrown in, this deal for 50% off at Amazon is nearly too good to pass up, photogs.VIEW DEAL
Canon EOS 6D Mark II now $1,699 (was $1,999)
Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a greatly improved entry level full-frame DSLR and now you can get for $300 off in a body only unit. Alternatively you could also save $500 when you get the camera with a lens.VIEW DEAL
Sony Alpha A6500 Now $1,198 (was $1,398)
The Sony Alpha A6500 is one heck of a camera packing dazzlingly quick auto focus with 4K video recording. Now it’s also $200 cheaper thanks to this great deal. VIEW DEAL
SanDisk Ultra 64GB with adapter is $16.67 (was $39.99)
You need a way to store all those photos and videos, right? This microSDXC card with adapter is perfect for just that purpose, especially now that it’s 58% off at Amazon.VIEW DEAL
5 Black Friday camera deal predictions for 2018
Deeply discounted DSLR cameras
Nikon and Canon, the two last major DSLR maker finally introduced their full-frame mirrorless camera systems. While it’s unlikely discounts will develop for these new models just, you’ll probably see older DSLRs and other crop-sensor cameras go on their biggest sales yet.
Older mirrorless cameras
Although most camera manufacturers announced new models this year, there are a lot of older compact system cameras floating around there and retailers will be dying to clear their warehouse, which should amount to some really big sales this year.
Cheaper camera lenses
As we mentioned before, camera lenses go on sale pretty regularly through out the year, but you’ll only be able to save $50 to $75. During Black Friday we’ve seen lenses go for up to a $200 discount.
Camera kit craze
We’ve already mentioned older DSLR, mirrorless cameras as well as lenses will all go on sale, but the most common deal you’ll find online is camera kits. These package often include a camera body with a zoom lens that already come as a great value and these deals only get better during Black Friday.
Premium compact cameras finally go on sale
Premium compact cameras are an interesting outlier in that they hardly go on sale unless they’ve been replaced. However, this time of the year is the one exception. So if you’ve been eyeing the Sony RX100 VI, here’s your change to buy it at a discount.
Stick with TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be pretty overwhelming. Even though shopping online from home is much better than roughing it out there on the front lines at Best Buy, it can still be a really overwhelming.
With every US retailer screaming deals at you, it can be hard to tell which store is going to help you save the the most money. Luckily, sense for sales is well honed and we’re here to help you spot the greatest deals.
When Black Friday rolls around (and beforehand too), 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, lenses and photo accessories.
For up to the minute info, breaking deals and the biggest savings as soon as we know about them, make sure you follow TR Deals on Twitter so you don’t miss out on any incredibly Black Friday laptop deals.
Source: Tech Radar