Yesterday we revealed some of the best early bird Black Friday deals on a range of cameras under the magic £1000 price point. If you are looking for spend a bit more, in order to get more versatility or more powerful specs, there are some good money-saving deals around too. These should pick up even more going into next week, which is Black Friday week proper. Our round-up includes some very attractive mirrorless models, and some older, but still very capable, DSLRs.
Nikon Z5: now £1299
Nikon’s first full-frame entry level Z-series camera has a lot going for it and certainly isn’t cheap and nasty. As we noted in our original review, “the Z5 is much more advanced than this basic classification suggests. It’s alike to the Z6 in terms of its build quality and handling, but by making a few alternations such as equipping it with a CMOS sensor, removing the top plate display and employing a lower-resolution screen to keep the price down.”
It’s now down by £100 pre-Black Friday, and for the dosh you get 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, EXPEED 6 image processor 5-axis in-body stabilisation, 4.5fps burst shooting and practical Dual SD card slots.
Sony A7 III: now £1545 with cashback
The winner of the EISA camera of the year for 2018/19 is not quite so cutting edge now, but is far from being a has-been. This still-attractive entry level full frame mirrorless camera features a 24.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor, ISO 100-204800 (extended), 10fps shooting, 4K video recording and 5-axis in body stabilisation.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR with 24-105mm f/3.5-5/6 IS STM lens: now £1524 including £125 cash back
This entry-level full-frame DSLR came out in 2017 so it is no spring chicken in camera technology terms, but if you are after a compact full framer with a great vari-angle touchscreen, 5-axis movie image stabilisation and fast Live View focussing, the camera and versatile 24-105mm lens will appeal.
It’s very much a pick up and go camera: as Michael Topham noted in his original review, “very little exposure adjustment was required during testing. The metering system analyses scenes admirably and only occasionally did I find myself dialling in -0.3EV to prevent highlights being clipped in the brightest area of an image.”
Nikon D780: now £1869
We loved this successor to the D750, a popular and versatile full-frame DSLR, when we first got our hands on it, giving it five stars. Key features include a 4.5MP Full Frame CMOS sensor, ISO 100-12,800 (ISO 50-204,800 extended), Hybrid AF system and 3.2in, 2,360k-dot tilting touchscreen.
While a lot of the attention is on Nikon’s mirrorless Z series these days, the D780’s excellent optical viewfinder, fast AF and wide choice of affordable lenses (Nikon F mount) still make it a very compelling contender.
Nikon D850: now £2299
Staying with solid, reliable full-frame Nikon DSLRs, this warhorse is now £100 cheaper. The camera, which came out in 2017, has proved its mettle to legions of pros and enthusiasts, featuring a 45.7-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for high-resolution results.
At the time of release, the D850 inherited Nikon’s best autofocus system, lifted directly from the D5. It sports 153 focus points (of which 55 are user-selectable), including 99 of the more accurate cross-type, and 15 that will work with lens and teleconverter combinations with an aperture of f/8.
While facing much more competition now, much of what we said at the time stands: “the Nikon D850 is the perfect blend of high-resolution, speed and performance. It’s an all-round sensation and will be hugely popular with its target audience.”