Smartphone cameras have become seriously good in the last few years, but for serious photography, even the sharpest phone cam is no replacement for a proper handheld camera. High-quality digital cameras are not exactly cheap pieces of equipment, though — the best ones from brand-name manufacturers like Sony, Canon, Panasonic, and Nikon are often considerably more expensive than even premium flagship smartphones — so it behooves amateur and professional photographers alike to do some research before buying and to take advantage of whatever camera deals and bundle discounts they can find.
The big 2019 holiday sales have come and gone; however, retailers are still running plenty of deals and promotions into 2020, and we’ll be covering them all right here. Read on for our up-to-date list of best camera deals on DSLRs, mirrorless models, point-and-shoots, and lens bundles for January 2020. Of course, you can’t get by with just a camera; you’ll also need interchangeable lenses (depending on what type of camera you’re using), memory cards, carrying cases, tripods, and other odds and ends, so we’ve included a handful of nice camera deals on those accessories as well so you can start things off on the right foot and save even more.
Today’s Best Digital Camera Deals
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DSLR Camera Deals
Modern DSLR cameras cover perhaps the widest range of features, capabilities, and — naturally — price points. Entry-level models can be had for around $300 or even less if you buy refurbished, while high-end professional-grade units run well north of $2,000 (and much more on top of that once you consider the different zoom lenses that are available, something that is easily a complete topic all its own). Serious hobbyists and professionals have long favored these cameras, which feature a reflexing mirror (“DSLR” stands for “digital single-lens reflex”) that reflects the image of what you’re pointing at directly into the optical viewfinder.
This mirror then simply flips out of the way to reveal the imaging sensor when you shoot, giving you an accurate and immediate photograph of your subject without the lag that mirrorless and point-and-shoot camera sensors experience. The digital single-lens reflex imaging system also requires very little power, meaning your camera’s battery can last a long time before needing to be recharged or swapped out (which is a boon if you’re carrying it around all day).
DSLRs are not as dominant as they once were due to the growing popularity of mirrorless cameras, but this is still generally the first place aspiring photographers should start looking when they’re in the market for their first “real” camera — and with great entry-level options and ongoing camera deals, there’s never been a better time than now to shop for one.
Mirrorless Camera Deals
At first glance, mirrorless cameras look much like their DSLR counterparts, and they are used for much the same purpose — that is, taking clear, super-detailed, professional-quality photographs. What sets them apart is their imaging system (among other details). Simply put, mirrorless cameras lack the reflexing mirror found inside DSLRs, hence their name, although they still boast many of the same features and functions, such as the ability to use interchangeable zoom lenses.
Mirrorless cameras are newer than DSLRs and have greatly increased in popularity in recent years. Instead of using a reflex mirror that covers the image sensor until the picture is taken, a mirrorless camera has its sensor exposed to light (and thus it “sees” your subject) at all times. This lack of an internal reflex apparatus means that mirrorless camera bodies are often more compact, and as the technology has matured and caught up to DSLR designs, many serious hobbyists and professionals now prefer these.
Point-and-Shoot Camera Deals
A point-and-shoot camera is probably what most people think of when they hear “digital camera.” These units are typically more compact and pocket-friendly than larger DSLR and mirrorless cameras. They’re ideal for times when your smartphone camera won’t cut it but you don’t want to be lugging a bulky DSLR around (and that’s not even mentioning extras like lens attachments which only add to your load), making them great for vacations, family get-togethers, and other occasions where you’ll be taking a bunch of pictures but photography itself isn’t your primary aim.
Point-and-shoot cameras are also typically cheaper than professional-grade models (although the best ones with more advanced features can definitely be pricey), so they’re a good option for people who want better photos but aren’t interested in pursuing photography as a serious hobby or career.
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