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Camera deals: Discounts on models from Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and others

Space logo Space 01/12/2021 Ian Evenden
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Christmas is nearly here and a handful of camera deals have landed to make your present shopping a bit easier. Whether you’re looking to pick something up for a newcomer to the hobby, or you’re trying to level up your gear, you’ll find something below that should fit your needs.

This year, we’ve seen plenty of the best cameras for astrophotography discounted, so if you’re specifically looking to capture pictures of the night sky then you’re in luck. It’s also a good time to shop for the best lenses for astrophotography too, as plenty of our favorite models have been appearing in the sales. 

In terms of the best camera deals right now though, we think that professionals should check out the Fujifilm GFX 50R, which has been discounted by a whopping $1,500 (now on sale for $2999.) Beginners might prefer something like the easy-to-use Panasonic Lumix G100, which you can get with a 12-32mm lens for just $597.99.

Hunting for more stocking fillers? Check out our round-ups of the best drone deals available, along with all of the best Lego deals that we can currently find.  

Today's best deals

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Sony A7R III body: $2,798 $1,998 at Adorama Save $800 on the Sony A7R III full-frame mirrorless camera body at Adorama. One of the best all-rounders released in recent years, the A7R III's 42.4-megapixel sensor is capable of resolving the tiniest of details. 

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Nikon Z6: $1,599.99 $1,596.95 at Amazon

Save 20% on the Nikon Z6 full-frame mirrorless camera body at Amazon. With a 24.5MP full-frame sensor and Nikon's newest Z lens mount, this camera is capable of taking stunning images.

Note: The markdown price has dropped from $1996.96 to $1599.99, so the discount appears to be less even though the sale is the same price.

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Panasonic Lumix G100: $747.99 $597.99 at B&H

Mostly geared towards amateur photographers and vloggers, this very reasonably priced camera and lens bundle has been reduced to a rock bottom price of $597.99. It’s incredibly straightforward to use and produces decent UHD 4K30p video. This one comes with a 12-32mm lens.

Note: This is showing as out of stock on the website, but more are said to be on the weay.

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Panasonic Lumix S5 with 20-60mm lens | Was $2297.99 | Now: $1997.99 This is a great price for this camera, with a $300 saving available. Well set up for videographers, the slim full-frame camera has a 24MP full-frame sensor and can produce 10-bit 4K60 video.

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Polaroid Now i-Type Camera - Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition: $139.99 $114.85 at Amazon

A perfect little stocking filler, this camera from polaroid comes plastered in logos from the Mandalorian. It also comes with polaroid designs that feature characters from the series - so you can print your face next to the Child - and has neat functions like auto-focus and a double exposure mode. 

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Fujifilm GFX 50R | Was $4499 | Now $2999 There's an incredible $1,500 off this model, which means that this is another camera that Fujifilm has dropped to its lowest ever price. Yes, it's pricey, but it packs an impressive 51.4MP sensor and other top-range Fujifilm features.

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Canon EOS R (body only): $1891 $1599 at B&H photo

This mirrorless Canon camera is one of our faves when it comes to astrophotography. It has a full-frame 30.3MP sensor and can operate at high ISO settings. We love the EVF screen here, so you can see clearly when you're shooting those night scenes. This kit comes with free accessories, like a memory card, too.

NOTE: while the price you pay is the same (and we like the price) the mark down price has recently risen from $1799 to $1891 so it looks like a bigger discount. 

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EXPIRED: Fujifilm X-T4: $1699.95 $1499 at Amazon This is still our favorite camera deal of 2021 so far, as it’s the lowest-ever price on this great camera body. Wonderfully straightforward to use, it boasts a great ISO range for nighttime photography along with a multi-swiveling screen and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has a pleasingly sleek design that pays homage to old-style film cameras. 

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Sony A7 III: $1,998 $1,798 at Amazon One of Sony's most popular models is currently reduced by $200. While this isn't the lowest we've ever seen the model (it was briefly discounted to $1698) it is a great price for a camera that is frequently out of stock.

NOTE: stock is low so act quickly if you want to take advantage of this deal. 

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Canon EOS M200: $549 $449 at Adorama A brilliant little beginner-camera, this EOS M200 bundle is currently at its lowest-ever price, with $100 off the standard MSRP. In addition to the camera body, you'll also get a EFM 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens, a bag, filter kit, cleaning tools, a memory card and access to Corel Photo Video Art software.

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Sony Alpha a7R IV: $3,498 $2,998 at Adorama There's $500 off the standard price on this camera and flash kit bundle - which represents excellent value for money, given that the camera itself usually costs $3499. With a whopping 60MP sensor, this is a seriously impressive bit of kit that will suit most professionals.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III: $1,199 $899 at Adorama

Save $300 on this model from Olympus, which we rank as one of the best cameras out there at the moment. The micro Four Thirds model is lightweight and portable. It's a good option for someone who wants a reasonably priced camera that offers a step up from beginner models.

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Canon EOS R bundle: $2,099 $1,899 at Adorama

Save $200 on the Canon EOS R body with a 24-105mm IS STM lens and an external flash kit at Adorama. Canon's breakthrough 30-megapixel mirrorless body really shows what the format is capable of, and won't disappoint.

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Nikon D850 body: $2,996.95 $2,696.95 at Adorama

Save $300 on the 45-megapixel Nikon D850 body at Adorama. This workhorse professional DSLR can shoot an incredible 5,100 shots from one battery charge, and is capable of shooting at 9FPS.

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Canon EOS RP: $1,143.97 $899 at Walmart There's $100 off the standard price on this full-frame mirrorless camera at Walmart. The entry-level model from Canon is compatible with the super RF lens range from the company and capable of shooting 4K video.

NOTE: while the price you pay is the same (and we like the price) the mark down price has risen from $999 to $1143.97 so it seems like a larger discount. 

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Nikon Z6 II: RRP $2,774.92 Now $1849.95 from Walmart This is a great deal from Walmart, with over $100 knocked off the standard price for this model. With excellent high-ISO handling, it's perfect for dark sky photography and is compatible with the company's Z-mount lenses. While the price you pay is the same, the marked-down price has risen massively since the deal has gone live, it's still a great price for this camera but it's worth noting.

NOTE: while the price you pay is the same (and we like the price, as it's $40 lower than the previous $1889.97), the mark down price has risen from $1999 to $2,774.92 so it seems like a larger discount. 

Buying advice

Exactly what constitutes the best cameras for astrophotography is a matter of some debate. Some like a standard DSLR or mirrorless camera. Others prefer a camera that’s been modified for astro use, with its IR filter removed. Still more choose a dedicated astro or planetary camera that connects directly to a telescope, but which is no use for anything else.

What you choose depends on your budget, and the amount of astro imaging you think you’ll be doing. If you’ve got the time and patience to take multiple monochrome images of a deep space object through coloured filters, tracking it as it moves across the sky, and piecing the images back together afterwards in specialist software, then you can produce remarkable images, cloudy skies allowing. Then again, leaving the shutter open on an off-the-shelf camera with a fast lens attached for 30 seconds can also produce a remarkable view of the night sky that doesn’t necessarily look anything like what you saw with the naked eye due to the amount of faint light captured.

If you scroll down you'll see some of our favorite cameras, to suit a range of budgets.  These won't all necessarily be discounted at the moment, but they will be displayed next to their lowest prices.

Canon cameras

Canon EOS RP

The entry-level camera in Canon’s new mirrorless range, the RP offers a 26.2MP full frame sensor, 4K video, and access to Canon’s magnificent RF lens range.

It’s a smaller camera than many, but its size and weight (or lack of it) don’t stop it being well thought-out and very usable. Whether you’re looking for something to carry in your pocket with a small zoom attached, or something to mount on a tripod with a fast prime, the RP is a fine all-round choice. If you want a modified astro camera, a version of the RP’s older brother, the Ra, was discontinued in September 2021, so should still be available.

Canon EOS 850D/T8i

One of Canon’s smaller DSLRs, the T8i offers 24 megapixels in an APS-C sensor, 4K video, and has a tilting LCD touchscreen on the back. While it’s true that DSLRs are being nudged out of their traditional hunting grounds by mirrorless interlopers, they still have strengths such as optical viewfinders and longer battery life. The T8i has an excellent 45-point autofocus system and can bang away at 7fps for 170 fine JPEG images with tracking AF - easily enough to bag an action shot.

Despite being small, the T8i is compatible with Canon’s complete range of EF and EF-S lenses, which includes some excellent glass. 

Nikon cameras

Nikon Z6ii

A 24.5MP full frame mirrorless camera, the Z6ii is proving popular with all kinds of photographers thanks to its ability to shoot continuously at 12FPS and take 4K video too. Its 273 AF points mean your images will always be in focus, while excellent high-ISO handling means you can shoot in the dark - all it lacks is a tilting touchscreen.

Nikon’s Z mount is new, and the lenses built for it can be expensive, but it’s also possible to use any of Nikon’s F-mount lenses via an adapter. Nikon’s Z cameras exhibit all the benefits mirrorless cameras have over DSLRs, including being light enough to attach to a telescope or star tracker easily. If you want to save a little money, the original Z6 is still available for a bargain price.

Nikon D3500

Well-known for being a beginner-friendly DSLR, the D3500 brings 24MP to the table via its APS-C sensor. Continuous shooting is 5FPS, and it can only manage 1080p video, but you get an enormous battery life and access to all the F-mount lenses.

What the D3500 excels in is user friendliness. It’s ideal for beginners who want to get a firm grounding in the PASM modes without having to comb for days through the menus to find a particular setting. Being APS-C, you’re able to use the smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for the format, as well as their full-frame brothers and sisters.

Nikon Z6

It may have been replaced by the Z6ii, but there's no need to feel down about the original Z6. It was hugely popular for a reason. You get in-body stabilisation, an excellent 12FPS burst rate, and enough resolution for making large prints. Video features are excellent too, with 4K oversampled from the 6K produced by the sensor, and touchscreen controls.

The ISO dial goes up to 204,800 on its expanded setting, and can produce a usable image from 12,800  - it's right at the forefront of high-ISO noise reduction, and the results are remarkable.

Nikon D850

High speed cameras tend, at least before mirrorless wonders like the EOS R5 came along, to be slower. So this 45MP monster from Nikon busted the trend, allowing you to blaze away at 9FPS and at full resolution, dropping to 8MP and an electronic shutter for 30FPS capture. There are a few caveats though: you'll need the optional battery grip to hit the highest speed, and the buffer fills after just 51 shots, placing a lot of importance on fast memory cards to clear it quickly.

The sensor lacks an anti-aliasing filter for optimum sharpness, meaning you'll want only the best lenses too. However, if you can meet its demands, the D850 is one of the most capable DSLRs on the market today.

Sony cameras

Sony A7R IV a

The A7 models are a little self-contained family of cameras, and the A7R IVa is its king. A whopping 60MP full frame sensor and an AF system that sticks to its target like glue means that, with the right lens (and the right person behind it) the camera is capable of some highly impressive images. The high megapixel count also means you can crop into your images tightly without losing too much quality.

It has its drawbacks - you can’t shoot at anything other than 60MP, for example, so processing can take some time - but with 10FPS shooting, 4K video, and five-stop integrated image stabilisation, this is a mighty photographic tool.

The ‘a’ designation here doesn’t mean it’s a dedicated astro camera like Canon’s EOS Ra, but refers to a slightly updated body with a better LCD screen resolution and USB 3.2 connectivity instead of the slower 3.1. The older version is still available from some dealers, as are the rest of the family: A7 IV (34MP), A7 Compact (26MP), A7S III (12MP), and the older A7R III (42.4MP).

Sony A6100

Compact yet packed with features, the A6100’s APS-C sensor means the body and lenses can be smaller and lighter, making for a camera it’s easy to carry with you. It may be Sony’s entry-level mirrorless camera, but it doesn’t feel like it. You get 24.2 megapixels, 4K video, a 3.5mm microphone input, and Sony’s excellent tracking autofocus with 425 points.

What you don’t get is sensor-shift image stabilisation, but the decent burst speed of 11FPS and the tilting touchscreen, plus full wireless connectivity, make up for this single omission, especially given the price.

Sony A7 III

An older model, having been released in early 2018, but a dependable all-rounder, the Sony A7 III has enough sensor resolution for most people, and a fast enough burst rate too. One of its major selling points is its excellent autofocus system, which remains unbeaten by subsequent releases.

Unfortunately for Sony, there are plenty of rivals breathing down the A7 III's neck. Some of these come from Sony itself, in the form of other A7 family cameras, while others, such as the Canon EOS R6 and Nikon Z6II, come from names steeped in photographic history. Any Cyber Monday deals on the A7 III should be looked into with keen interest, however, as the E-mount lens range is becoming formidable, and the image quality it produces is hard to beat.

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