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These are the best cheap camera deals for May 2020

As nice as modern smartphone cameras are nowadays, nothing beats a proper digital camera when it comes to serious high-definition photography. Professional and hobbyist photographers alike still rely on traditional handheld cameras for taking the highest quality photos and video, but while the overall design of these cameras hasn’t changed much, modern technology has made them better and more feature-rich than ever with thinks like Full HD (and even 4K) recording capabilities and wireless connectivity becoming increasingly standard.

However, it’s no secret that the best digital cameras from top brands including Canon, Nikon, and Sony can cost you a pretty penny, and these run the gamut in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Even the cheapest DSLR and mirrorless cameras aren’t small purchases, so a good bargain is always welcome — and that’s exactly what we’re here to help you find. Below, we’ve put together a list of the best cheap camera deals on mirrorless, DSLR, and point-and-shoot models, along with a short digital camera buying guide to help you make an educated buying decision. We’ve also thrown in a few accessory deals and bundles to make it even easier to get started on your photography journey right away.

Today’s best cheap camera deals

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 Digital Bridge Camera — $300, was $400
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera$400, was $450
  • Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera$400, was $450
  • Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera$500, was $850
  • Panasonic Lumix G7 DSLR Camera — $500, was $1000
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR Camera$600, was $750

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

$199 $229
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, and a cleaning kit.

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 ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens

$449 $599
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

$339 $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 Camera with Accessory and PC Software Bundle

$298 $398
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 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.

Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens

$400 $450
Expires soon
The D3500 is Nikon's answer to Canon's entry-level Rebel cameras, and is one of the cheapest entry points into the world of DSLR photography right now.

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.

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.

GoPro Karma Grip Stabilizer for HERO7 Black/HERO6 Black/HERO5 Black

$100 $300
Expires soon
This must-have GoPro Karma gimbal stabilizer grip works with the Hero7 Black, Hero6 Black, and Hero5 Black action cams to deliver flawlessly smooth video.

Sony Alpha a7IIK Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

$998 $1,642
Expires soon
A higher-end mirrorless camera pick bundled with a 28-70mm optical zoom lens.

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

$519
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.

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.

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.

GoPro HERO8 Black Camera

$299 $329
Expires soon
When it comes to action cameras, you can always count on GoPro. Capture all your epic outdoor moments with a built-in stabilization feature that achieves super smooth video without the gimbal.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Digital Camera with Accessory and Mac Software Bundle

$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 bunch of accessories plus Corel photo editing software for MacOS.

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.

GoPro Hero7 Black Action Camera

$230 $330
Expires soon
This offer on the GoPro Hero7 Black is as good as the Black Friday deal we saw on this world-class 4k action camera last year.

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with 15-45mm Lens

$499 $900
Expires soon
The Canon EOS M50 is a terrific mirrorless camera, and this high-value bundle also includes a must-have 15-45mm lens right out of the box.

DSLR cameras

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 cameras

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 cameras

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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