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Best cheap camera deals for April 2020: Canon, Sony, Nikon

Smartphone camera modules have become incredibly impressive over the last few years, but for serious professional (and even for hobbyist) photography, the sharpest smartphone camera still won’t hold a candle to a proper mirrorless or DSLR camera. High-quality handheld cameras are usually not what you would consider budget-friendly, however — the best ones from the biggest industry names such as Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, and Nikon are often much, much pricier than the latest premium flagship smartphones — so amateur and pro photographers alike would do well to perform some research before buying and then to take advantage of whatever cheap camera deals and bundle offers that can be found online.

The big 2020 spring sales are just around the corner, but online retailers are already running plenty of photography deals and bundle offers as we come out of winter. We’ll be rounding them all up right here, so read on to see our up-to-date list of the best cheap camera deals on DSLRs, mirrorless models, point-and-shoots, and lens packages that you can score right now. You can’t get by with only a camera, of course; you’ll also need some add-ons including interchangeable lenses (depending on what type of camera you have), storage cards, carrying cases, tripods, and other odds and ends, so we’ve also made sure to throw in a handful of deals on accessories along with these cheap cameras so you can start your photography journey properly and save even more.

Today’s best cheap camera deals

  • Kodak PixPro FZ53 Digital Camera$77 ($13 off)
  • Kodak PixPro AZ401 Bridge Digital Camera$134 ($36 off)
  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 Bridge Digital Camera$298 ($101 off)
  • Olympus M-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera$449 ($251 off)
  • Panasonic DMC-G7KS Digital Single-Lens Camera$498 ($302 off)
  • Canon T7i EOS Rebel DSLR Camera$799 ($101 off)
  • Sony Alpha A7IIK Digital Camera$998 ($641 off)

Panasonic DMC-G7KS Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera 14-42 mm Lens Kit, 4K

$498 $800
Expires soon
A unique hybrid single-lens digital mirrorless camera that's also capable of recording 4K video.

Canon T7i EOS Rebel DSLR Camera

$799 $900
Expires soon
The EOS Rebel t7i is one of the most advanced Canon DSLRs yet with wireless connectivity and a powerful 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor creates detailed and colorful photos.

Canon PowerShot SX420 Digital Camera and Accessory Kit

$205 $250
Expires soon
For beginners looking for a feature-packed camera that’s compact and easy to use, check out the Canon PowerShot SX420. This bundle adds on 16GB memory card, case, a cleaning kit, and a mini tripod.

Panasonic Lumix GX85 4K Digital Camera with 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lens bundle

$498 $1,398
Expires soon
This Panasonic Lumix GX85 mirrorless camera and lens bundle is a great pick if, along with taking photographs, you also like to record a lot of HD video footage.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera with 14-42mm EZ Lens

$449 $700
Expires soon
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is one of the best mid-range mirrorless cameras out there thanks to its quick auto-focus, image stabilization, crisp image quality, and light weight.

Canon EOS 4000D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 III Lens & accessory kit

$349 $699
Expires soon
If you're looking to get into DSLR photography, this Canon EOS 4000D DSLR camera kit — which includes two zoom lenses, a case, an SD card, a flash module, and more — is a great way to start.

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Zoom Camera

$298 $399
Expires soon
With its built-in zoom lens and great shooting capabilities, the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is a great point-and-shoot camera for hobbyist photographers who don't require interchangeable lenses.

Kodak PixPro FZ53 Digital Camera

$77 $90
Expires soon
With a built-in 5x optical zoom lens and a sharp 16-megapixel image sensor, the Kodak PixPro FZ53 might be the best sub-$100 pocket-friendly point-and-shoot out there.

Kodak PixPro AZ401 Bridge Digital Camera

$134 $170
Expires soon
With a great body design, flip-up flash module, large viewscreen, and 40x optical zoom capabilities, the Kodak PixPro AZ401 is a nice (and affordable) upgrade over most cheap point-and-shoot cameras.

Samsung 256GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter

$43 $50
Expires soon
Record in 4K and take tons of hi-res photos with this 256 GB MicroSDXC storage card with speeds of up to 100MB/s, complete with an adapter for standard SD card slots.

Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera w/ 50X Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled

$299 $379
Expires soon
A very affordable, no-frills digital camera with a lot of capabilities for the price. Features a built-in 50x optical zoom lens.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera

$109 $119
Expires soon
Need an easy-to-use camera? The PowerShot ELPH 180 camera is slim and simple and is still capable of taking vibrant, clear images to share or print.

Nikon D7500 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera (body only)

$897
Expires soon
The Nikon D7500 DX-Format digital single-lens reflex camera is an excellent step up from the entry-level DSLRs, rivaling many professional-grade cameras without the hefty four-figure price tag.

Manfrotto MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod with 804 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

$160
Expires soon
A top-selling tripod with that extends from 16.5 inches to a 67.5-inch max height and can support 8.8 pounds.

Ivisii Dimmable LED Ring Light Mount with Carrying Bag

$93 $105
Expires soon
A simple lighting solution with a ring light attached to a camera mount. Can be used for standard cameras as well as phones, and it's great for taking head-on portrait shots.

Davis & Sanford Traverse TR-553-228 Compact Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head

$70 $100
Expires soon
A solid, compact, and lightweight aluminum tripod with a 10 lb. max load weight and 53-inch max height. Folds down to 12 inches for easy transport.

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 4K Digital Camera with case and memory card

$398 $698
Expires soon
This is the lowest price we've seen for this excellent point-and-shoot camera, and it probably won't last long. Comes bundled with a case and memory card from B&H.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

$125
Expires soon
The latest upgraded model of Canon's must-have "nifty fifty" zoom lens is perfect for portraits and is one of the first add-ons you should buy for your digital interchangeable lens camera.

Canon T7 EOS Rebel DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm lens and accessory bundle

$459
Expires soon
It's not as good as our favorite budget DSLR, the Rebel T7i, but this Canon T7 EOS Rebel bundle is an excellent value that gives you everything you need to jump into DSLR photography head-first.

GoPro HERO7 Camera Bundle

$330 $435
Expires soon
This bundle offer, which includes a GoPro Hero 7 Black plus two additional batteries and 32GB card, is as good as the Black Friday deal we saw on this world-class 4k action camera last year.

SanDisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I Card

$17
Expires soon
If your storage needs are more modest, this name-brand 64GB SDXC card from SanDisk gets the job done cheaply.

Today’s best cheap DSLR camera deals

  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm lens bundle (Refurbished)$288 (was $360)
  • Canon T7 EOS Rebel DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm lens and accessory bundle$459
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens Kit$799 (was $900)
  • Canon EOS 4000D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 III Lens & accessory kit$349 (was $699)
  • Nikon D7500 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera (body only)$897
  • Canon ‘Nifty Fifty’ EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens$125

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.

Today’s best cheap mirrorless camera deals

  • Panasonic DMC-G7KS Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera With 14-42 mm Lens Kit$498 (was $800)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera with 14-42mm EZ Lens$449 (was $700)
  • Panasonic Lumix GX85 4K Digital Camera with 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lens Bundle$498 (was $1,397)
  • Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with 15-45mm Lens$599 (was $799)
  • Sony Alpha a7IIK Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens$998 (was $1,639)

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.

Today’s best cheap point-and-shoot camera deals

  • Canon PowerShot SX420 Digital Camera With Accessory Kit$210 (was $250)
  • Kodak PixPro AZ401 Bridge Digital Camera$134 (was $169)
  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera$109 (was $119)
  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera$298 (was $399)
  • Kodak PixPro FZ53 Digital Camera$77 (was $90)

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 are 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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