Perhaps you’re looking to replace your existing camera, or have decided to take up a photography course online and want a camera to practice – whatever it is, we’re here to help you find a top deal.
With Prime Day taking place on 13 October we’re hoping to see even more deals on cameras not only from Amazon itself but also competitors like Jessops, Park Cameras and WEX along with major high street retailers like John Lewis, Argos, Currys PC World and Very.
Don’t forget to sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial to make the most of Prime Day discounts and free next-day delivery. See our full guide on Prime membership.
Below are some of our favourite deals at the moment.
Best camera deals of October 2020
These are some of the best camera deals out there now across major UK retailers.
Where to find great camera discounts now
You can usually find camera deals from the following places:
Where to get student discounts on cameras
If you’re a student, you have the added opportunity of picking up a discount where others don’t. Canon offers students up to 10% off via Unidays, which applies not only to cameras but also across a range of other products like camcorders and printers.
GoPro offers a full 25% off all cameras and accessories. You’ll have to verify via Unidays. While Very doesn’t have student discounts, you can pick up vlogging cameras on offer from the retailer – see Very’s vlogging camera selection here.
See our full guide to Unidays.
Don’t forget that an Amazon Prime Student membership comes with a 6 month trial along with 50% off the standard rate once the trial ends. Here’s how to sign up.
Where to get camera discounts in the UK – Prime Day 2020
If you’re planning to buy from Amazon, we’d highly recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime now. The service includes access to Lightning deals 30 minutes early, and next day delivery. The membership will be especially useful on Prime Day, which arrives on 13 October.
The event will be the one to kick off the entire Black Friday deals season, so if you find a top Prime Day deal on a camera, we’d advise you to pick it up as prices likely won’t go lower.
Of course, with Prime Day kicking off so close to Black Friday, it’s likely that other retailers will also want in on the action.
Jessops already has hundreds of pounds off various brands like Sony, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, and more. Head to Jessops now to see its camera offers.
Park Cameras also has an excellent offers section which also includes free gifts with certain deals, like viewfinders and cases. If you don’t mind buying secondhand, also see its Used Clearance section for excellent savings, though we can’t see any offers at the moment.
At Currys, you can find all sorts of cameras and bundles. It even has a dedicated section for vlogging camera kits. You can find bridge cameras for under £170. See Currys’ full camera selection.
What type of camera is best for you?
Buying a camera isn’t as simple as it may seem. There are lots of different types of camera, and even within each type there can be huge differences in quality between them.
Compact cameras are the place to start if you’re looking for a bump in quality compared with your smartphone’s camera offerings at a low price. They’re small and easy to use, and sometimes referred to as ‘point-and-shoot’.
Keep an eye out for compact cameras that include WiFi, which makes transferring photos from your camera to your phone, tablet or computer much quicker and is a nice bonus if there’s a good enough deal.
Bridge cameras offer slightly better quality photos and a better zoom than a compact camera, and are generally still easy to use, but they are usually a lot bigger. You still can’t change the lens on a bridge camera, but could be worth considering if you’re new to photography but want to capture great photos on a special holiday like a safari when the subjects of your photos will be far away.
A compact system camera, or CSC, offers more control over your photos and the ability to swap lenses, but are more portable than a DSLR. The downside is that they tend to be quite pricey.
And then there’s the DSLR itself, which tends to be the camera of choice for serious photographers and professionals. You’ll get full manual control over your photos, the ability to change lenses and other customisation such as a mount for a flash and more.
A DSLR can be heavy, though, and they can take a lot of practice to master, but if you’re considering taking up photography as a serious hobby or career, a DSLR is the camera for you.
Finally, you might want to consider an instant camera. Far from being retro throwbacks, there’s now a whole range of instant cameras and print formats, including from top brands like Leica and Lomography. Check out our guide to the best instant cameras to find out what to look for.
We’ve picked out the very best from around the web and you can find them below.
Best camera deals of October 2020
When is Black Friday 2020 – should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals – but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.