The 9 Best Black Friday Camera Deals of 2015

Act fast, these deals won’t be here forever.


TJ Donegan

 Whether you’re giving a gift or just trying to score a deal for yourself, cameras are some of the most popular products on Black Friday. And while smart shoppers can score a deal any time of the year, Black Friday presents some unique opportunities that aren’t to be missed.

That said, not every deal is as good as advertised. We’ve gone ahead and pored over every retailer’s offerings and picked out the best deals on the best cameras. The good news? There are plenty of deals to go around. The better news? Some of the best deals are available right now.


Panasonic Lumix G7 w/ Mic—$597.99 at Adorama, B&H

Panasonic G7

Price: $597.99 (reg. $1,049.98)
Model: Lumix DMC-G7
Type Mirrorless
Store: Adorama, B&H Photo Video
Availability: Now

We recently crowned the Panasonic G7 the best camera under $1,000, and this deal is just icing on the cake. You get the G7, the 14-42mm kit lens, and the Audio-Technica AT8024 accessory microphone, all for just $598 after an instant rebate. If you prefer Rode microphones, you can get a nearly identical deal from B&H at the same price.

Given the G7’s prowess at recording 4K video, that’s a heck of a deal. It’s not as full-featured as the Lumix GH4, but if you want to get exceptional video and great stills without spending a ton, you should snap up this deal while it lasts.

Sony Alpha A6000 w/ 2 Lenses—$699.99 at Best Buy

Sony A6000

Price: $699.99 (reg. $1,179.99)
Model: Alpha A6000
Type Mirrorless
Store: Best Buy, in-store
Availability: Thursday, November 26th

The Sony A6000 was one of the best compact interchangeable lens cameras we reviewed last year. It has a big, high-resolution APS-C sensor, a small but ergonomic body, great burst shooting capability, and a fantastic electronic viewfinder.

While you can usually find it for well under $1,000, this deal also nets you the 16-50mm kit lens, a 55-210mm telephoto zoom, a camera bag, and a 32GB memory card for just $699.99.

Canon Rebel T5i w/ Lens & More—$399.99 at Adorama

Canon Rebel T5i

Price: $399.99 after rebate (reg. $899.99)
Model: Rebel T5i
Store: Adorama
Availability: Now

The Canon Rebel T5i is one of a long line of advanced entry-level DSLRs from the biggest name in photography. It’s powerful, easy to use, and an able performer at both still photography and videography. Though not our favorite consumer DSLR, or even the best in Canon’s lineup (that would be the new Rebel T6s), it’s proven incredibly popular with consumers.

Since it’s now a generation out of date, it’s not surprising to see prices getting slashed on the T5i. This deal gets you not just the camera and kit 18–55mm lens, but also a Canon Pixma PRO-100 printer, paper, a camera bag, and a 32GB Class 10 memory card. Not bad. The only downside? You have to deal with a rebate.

Nikon D3300 w/ 2 Lenses & More—$499.95 at Best Buy, Target

Nikon D3300

Price: $499.99 (reg. $999.95)
Model: D3300
Store: Target and Best Buy, in-store
Availability: Thursday, November 26th

This is perhaps the quintessential Black Friday DSLR deal. It includes the Nikon D3300, the basic 18-55mm kit lens, the 55-200mm telephoto lens, a WiFi adapter, and a camera bag for just $499.99. That’s a great start to any camera kit—all you’ll need is a memory card, and you’ll be good to go.

You can find this deal at both Target and Best Buy, in-store, while supplies last. Note that the Best Buy version does include a 32GB memory card (for the same price).

Canon Rebel T5 w/ 2 Lenses & More—$399.99 at Best Buy

Canon T5

Price: $399.99 (reg. $749.99)
Model: Rebel T5
Store: Best Buy, in-store
Availability: Thursday, November 26th

If you like the Nikon D3300 deal but prefer the Canon brand, the Rebel T5 is a good alternative. It didn’t perform as well as the D3300 in our tests, but it’s similarly compact and perhaps even easier to use if you’re a newbie to DSLRs.

This deal is available from Best Buy (in-store only) and will net you the camera, the 18-55mm kit lens, a 75-300mm telephoto zoom, a camera bag, and a 32GB memory card. It’s the complete starter kit, for just $400.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1—$499 at Adorama

Panasonic CM1

Price: $499 (reg. $997.99)
Model: Lumix DMC-CM1
Type Mobile Phone
Store: Adorama
Availability: Now

The Panasonic CM1 is a smartphone, but with its 1-inch image sensor it offers image quality nearly on par with the best point-and-shoots around. It’s also slim, fast, and offers the full Android experience so you can run all your favorite smartphone camera apps.

You don’t have to use it as your main phone, if you don’t want to. Just skip the SIM card and you’ll have a highly mobile, compact camera and media player that’ll take great photos morning, noon, and night.

Nikon D7100 (Refurbished)—$489 at Adorama

Nikon D7100

Price: $489 (reg. $899.95)
Model: D7100
Store: Adorama
Availability: Now

Nikon’s D7100 is a couple of years old now, but it’s still a very capable mid-range DSLR, ideal for enthusiasts who want to take a little more control over their photography.

Unlike Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs, however, the D7100 has a neat trick: a built-in autofocus motor, just like the pro-grade models. Where those entry-level models can only autofocus with modern AF-S lenses, the D7100 works with virtually any autofocus Nikon-mount lens from the past 30 years.

You’ll need to get a lens to go with this body-only deal, but with the D7100 at least you’ll have hundreds of options. The only other catch is that this is a manufacturer-refurbished camera, but with a 90-day warranty you’ll have plenty of time to make sure there aren’t any defects.

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS—$249 at Best Buy

Canon PowerShot SX710

Price: $249 (reg. $349)
Model: SX710 HS
Type Point-and-Shoot
Store: Best Buy, in-store
Availability: Thursday, November 26th

When we reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS we were impressed that such a small point-and-shoot could pack so much zoom. If you need a pocket camera that can bring distant subjects really, really close, the SX710 HS is a great choice.

We’d normally recommend going with the cheaper, nearly identical SX700 HS, but on Black Friday you can snap up this easy-to-use travel zoom for just $249—well below market value.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45—$119.99 at Adorama

Panasonic Lumix ZS45

Price: $119.99 (reg. $299.99)
Model: Lumix DMC-ZS45
Type Point-and-Shoot
Store: Adorama
Availability: Now

Panasonic invented the travel zoom category, and has managed to stay relevant even as the market for point-and-shoots continues to shrink. While these compact, extended-zoom models never offer the best image quality, they can go anywhere and get photos your smartphone or DSLR can’t match.

The Panasonic ZS45 is nearly identical to the ZS50 we reviewed earlier this year. Its image quality isn’t much better than your typical smartphone, but its 20x optical zoom means the shot you want will almost never be out of reach. Not bad for just $120.