Virtually all smartphones come with built-in cameras, and while these simple units are getting better and better when it comes to image quality, they still don’t compete with a quality point-and-shoot camera or more advanced DSLR models. A good digital camera gives you a lot more control over your photography and delivers better, more accurate photographs and videos. If you’re looking for a new camera but you missed this year’s Amazon Prime Day (or if you’re simply not a Prime member), don’t sweat it. We’ve hunted down eight great digital camera deals that offer something for everybody, from outdoor adventurers to aspiring professionals.
Even an inexpensive point-and-shoot digital camera can give you more picture options and considerably better results than your smartphone cam. Kodak makes many highly affordable digital cameras and the pocket-friendly Pixpro is a great choice for average users. This little unit boasts an impressive 16-megapixel sensor and 27mm wide-angle lens. The Pixpro also features a 2.7-inch LCD screen and can record HD video in 720p.
Normally priced at $80, a $15 discount brings the Kodak Pixpro FZ43 down to just $65 on Amazon.
GoPros are great, but they’re also expensive. There are plenty of solid budget action cams available, including the highly affordable Yi 88001. This little wearable camera can handle video in 1296p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60fps, and 720p at 120fps, putting it on par with all but the most powerful 4K action cams. The Yi 88001 uses built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity to sync to your compatible device and upload, edit, store, and share your footage. A 16MP sensor and 155-degree ultrawide lens easily handle both still and time-lapse photography as well.
A 30 percent discount shaves $30 off the price, letting you score the Yi 88001 action camera for just $70 from Amazon.
As a wireless internet protocol (IP) camera, the Amcrest ProHD is a bit different than the other devices on our list but still deserves a place due to its versatility: A good IP cam can fill several roles, from a baby monitor to an indoor or outdoor home security camera. The ProHD records high-definition footage in 1080p with a 90-degree wide-angle lens, and even features night vision capability of up to 32 feet. Video and audio are streamed to your connected smart device over Wi-Fi, so you can see everything on your phone or tablet in real time. Footage can be recorded to a MicroSD card or saved using the optional Amcrest Cloud service.
A 47 percent discount brings the Amcrest ProHD wireless IP camera down to $80 on Amazon, saving you $70.
A 360-degree camera like the Samsung Gear 360 is a great tool for recording your own virtual reality videos for use with a good VR headset. The unique circular lens on this camera lets you shoot video in 360 degrees, and you can point the camera forward for wide-angle 180-degree still photography as well. The housing is dust- and water-resistant and the cam comes with a detachable grip that can also deploy as a handy tripod.
Samsung recently released a new Gear 360 camera to the tune of $300, so now’s a great chance to score the first-generation model at a deep discount. The Samsung Gear 360 is available for a low $99 on Amazon, down $251 from its former price.
The super-compact Polaroid Cube lineup of tiny wearable cameras is a popular and affordable alternative to traditional action cam designs. The Cube was recently updated with 1440p HD recording capability (the previous model could only shoot footage at up to 1080p), and this palm-sized Polaroid also boasts Wi-Fi connectivity for easy use with the companion app to upload, store, edit, and share your videos and pictures.
The Polaroid Cube normally goes for $150, but a 33 percent discount knocks $50 off the price, letting you grab this tiny action cam for $100 from Amazon.
Perhaps the biggest drawback to many budget-friendly action cameras like the Yi 88001 is their limited resolution. If you need an action cam that can record your adventures in 4K Ultra HD and is still easy on the wallet, look no further than the TomTom Bandit. Along with the ability to shoot in super-sharp 4K, this action camera offers a three-hour battery life and features integrated sensors that detect and record speed, G-force, altitude, and rotation. The companion Bandit app for iOS and Android makes it easy to upload and manage your videos.
A 58 percent discount knocks the TomTom Bandit down to $170, giving you a generous discount of $230 off of its retail price and making this one of the best digital camera deals on our list.
Another model from Yi, the M1 digital camera, offers modern technology in a cool, retro-inspired package. The M1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that offers a simpler, lighter, more compact, and more affordable alternative to expensive DSLR models. It comes standard with a 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 lens and features a Sony IMX269 20-megapixel image sensor. Don’t let the old-school aesthetics fool you: The M1 boasts modern features like 4K video-recording capability, a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, and built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for remotely controlling the camera and managing your data.
The Yi M1 digital camera is on sale on Amazon for $300 after a solid $200 discount.
Moving into more advanced photography brings us to digital single-lens reflex cameras, and the Nikon D3400 is one of the all-time champs when it comes to budget-friendly DSLR units. A clear upgrade over Nikon’s previous-generation D3300, the D3400 features a 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS sensor, an Expeed 4 image processor, and a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 for excellent sharpness and color accuracy. Bluetooth connectivity lets you upload and manage photos using the Nikon SnapBridge app.
This package offers the most savings of our camera deals by far, giving you both the Nikon D3400 DSLR camera, as well as both 18-55mm and 70-300mm AF-P Nikkor lenses for just $597. That’s a whopping savings of $400 off the normal price.
A less expensive alternative to the Nikon D3400 is the EOS Rebel T6, Canon’s answer to consumer demand for budget-friendly DSLRs. This excellent device is one of the best values when it comes to digital single-lens reflex cameras, and utilizes an 18-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC 4+ image processor for crisp, high-quality still photographs. The T6 also comes with Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm IS II zoom lens (a $199 value) and can record HD video in 1080p.
The Canon EOS Rebel T6 retails for $549, but a savings of $100 from Amazon means you can enter the world of DSLR cameras for just $449.
If a complicated DSLR is overkill for your needs but you still want high-end performance, the Lumix G7 from Panasonic is another great mirrorless digital camera that boasts more advanced functions than the Yi M1. The G7 offers excellent image quality with its 16MP sensor and 14 to 42mm lens, and you can also record video in 4K Ultra HD. A swing-out 3-inch LCD touchscreen viewfinder and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity also give you the modern conveniences you want in a digital camera. The simple design and intelligent rapid autofocus technology make this lightweight camera a breeze to carry and use.
A savings of $200 brings the Panasonic Lumix G7 mirrorless digital camera to a discounted $598 on Amazon for a limited time.
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Update: Added the Polaroid Cube, Samsung Gear 360, and Canon EOS Rebel T6 camera deals. Removed expired offers and updated pricing.
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