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These are the best cheap camera deals for August 2020

Smartphone cameras are shockingly good, but Kodak PixPro AZ401 Bridge Digital Camerathe best flagship phone’s camera doesn’t measure up to a proper digital camera. Professionals and hobbyists alike still use full-size mirrorless and DSLR cameras, and they’ve only gotten better in recent years thanks to new technologies like Full HD and 4K video recording capabilities and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity now standard even on entry-level models.

Nonetheless, even those entry-level cameras will set you back hundreds while the cream of the crop from brands like Canon and Nikon can sail well into four figures. That’s why it behooves any aspiring photographer to hunt for a discount. There are plenty to be found and to save you the hassle of hunting around for them. We’ve smoked out the best cheap camera deals and bundles right here. If you’re new to all this, we’ve also put together a quick camera buying guide to help you make the right choice.

Today’s best cheap camera deals

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera –  $119
  • Kodak PixPro AZ401 Bridge Digital Camera – $149, was $170
  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 Digital Bridge Camera — $247, was $400
  • GoPro Hero 8 Black$300, was $400
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera$450
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR Camera$650, was $750
  • Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera$1,499, was $2,000
  • Sony a7 III Mirrorless Camera$2,198

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.

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

$359 $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

$149 $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.

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

$250 $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.

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.

Ivisii Dimmable LED Ring Light Mount with Carrying Bag

$90 $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.

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with 15-45mm Lens

$599 $649
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.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera Bundle

Expires soon
Get started right with this Nikon CoolPix B500 digital camera bundle. It includes a tripod, memory card and card wallet, a soft bag, USB card reader,and a deluxe cleaning kit.

GoPro Hero7 Black Action Camera

$250 $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.

SanDisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I Card

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

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XF16-80mm Lens Kit

$1,499 $2,000
Expires soon
The Fujifilm X-T3 is the cream of the crop when it comes to mirrorless cameras. Here's your chance to score one with a lens kit for well under its normal $2,000 price.

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

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.

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

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.

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

$998 $1,713
Expires soon
A higher-end mirrorless camera pick bundled with a 28-70mm 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)

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.

GoPro Hero 8 Black

$300 $400
Expires soon
The GoPro Hero 8 Black builds on the advancements of the Hero 7 Black with even better stablization technology than before.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

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.

GoPro HERO8 Black Camera

$300 $350
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.

Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera with 28-70mm Lens

$1,936 $2,198
Expires soon
If you're in the market for a full-frame mirrorless camera, then here is a rare discount on the superb Sony a7 III. It features a tilting touchscreen, dual SD card slots, and 693-point autofocus.

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.

DSLR cameras

Modern DSLR cameras have 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 units. High-end professional-grade cameras run well north of $2,000 — or much more once you consider the different lenses and accessories that are available). 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 occurs with mirrorless and point-and-shoot camera sensors. The digital single-lens reflex imaging systems require very little power, so your camera’s battery can last a long time before needing to be recharged or swapped out (swappable batteries are a bonus if you carry your camera around all day).

DSLRs are not as dominant as they once were due to the growing popularity of mirrorless cameras, but they are still the most popular type of camera aspiring photographers look for when they’re in the market for their first “real” camera. With great entry-level options and ongoing camera deals, there’s never been a better time than now to shop for a DSLR.

Mirrorless cameras

At first glance, mirrorless cameras look much like their DSLR counterparts, and they are used for much the same purpose — taking clear, super-detailed, professional-quality photographs. What sets the mirrorless camera apart from DSLRs primarily is their imaging system. Simply put, mirrorless cameras lack the reflexing mirror found inside DSLRs, hence their name. Mirrorless cameras, however, still boast many of the same features and functions as DSLRs, such as the ability to use interchangeable zoom lenses.

High-quality 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 uses a sensor exposed to light, and thus “sees” your subject, at all times. This lack of an internal reflex apparatus means that mirrorless camera bodies are often relatively compact. As mirrorless camera technology has matured and caught up to DSLR designs, many serious hobbyists and professionals now prefer them.

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 compact and more 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, making them a good choice 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. Point-and-shoot models are a good option for people who want better-than-smartphone photos but aren’t interested in pursuing photography as a serious hobby or career.

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