Best early Black Friday camera deals under £1000

Black Friday doesn’t officially start until next Friday, November 27, but retailers are already offering some enticing discounts in the run-up to the big day. It’s not surprising: with a lockdown currently affecting England, and other restrictions in place across the UK, online shopping’s had a bumper year.

So what are some of the best deals for photographers at the moment? Here’s a round-up of some of the top early-bird discounts from a range of retailers (not JUST Amazon as it’s really important we support independent retailers in these tough times, too).

We also realise that a lot of people are looking to save money in these times of economic uncertainty, so we’re kicking off with some of the most eye-catching deals under £1000. Over the weekend we will be revealing some great pre-Black Friday deals on lenses and accessories.

Nikon Z 50: now £685 body only
This was Nikon’s first mirrorless camera in its Z range to feature an APS-C sensor, so it is a great choice if you don’t need the extra resolution (and cost) of a full-frame chip. This well-made, well-designed contender features a 20.9Mp sensor, 11fps continuous shooting, tilting touchscreen and the ability to record 4k video at 30p.

Fujfilm X-T3: now £889
With the release of the well-regarded Fujifilm X-T4, you can get some sweet deals on its predecessor. The X-T3 features the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 image processing engine. Key features include a 26.1-million-pixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, ISO 160-12800 (80-51200 extended), 425-point AF system with 2.16-million phase detection pixels, 30fps continuous burst shooting Dual SD card slots and good video features. As we said in our original review, “it’s a compelling choice for those who wish to bypass the larger full-frame mirrorless systems in the market.”

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, now £929
Although this is a 2016-era camera,it still has a lot going for it – as well as looking good, too. Key features include a 20MP Four Thirds sensor, up to 60fps continuous shooting, 5-axis in-body stabilisation, which is still very effective, and 4K video recording. You also get a fully articulated touchscreen and decent electronic viewfinder. And, of course, there is a great range of quality Micro Four Thirds lenses too, at a decent price.

Pentax K-70: now £499
Features include a 24.2 APS-C sensor, effective in-body image stabilisation that works with every lens, a large, bright viewfinder, a vari-angle LCD monitor and a good contingent of external controls, which makes it easy to change settings. “Overall, the K-70 offers great value and a solid set of features in a compact body that should be easy to use for beginners,” we said in our original review. “But equally, it will keep budding photographers happy for longer as their experience grows and they start to experiment with the more advanced features that it includes in abundance.”

Cashback deals
In addition to these budget highlights, check out the wide-range of other cashback deals around the moment on both a wider range of cameras and lenses; many of these go up to the end of the year, so also cover the Black Friday period. Highlights include £200 cashback on the Canon EOS R and RF 28-70mm f/2. L USM lens; £200 of the Sony Alpha 7 Mark III; a whopping £900 of the Fujifilm GFX 50S and more.

See below for further details.

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