As any wildlife photographer knows, quality camera gear can be very expensive so it’s worth taking advantage of the Black Friday sales to get some money off your purchases. Buying the highest quality camera within your budget will pay dividends when achieving that perfect shot in the field.

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Whether you’re looking for a new camera body or a telephoto lens, you’ll be sure to find a good deal online.

We’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a round-up of recommended retailers to keep an eye on and also a list of some of the most tempting camera and lens deals around in the run up to the day itself.

What is Black Friday?

It is a money-saving day that falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the USA. This year it is on 25th November, however, retailers often launch deals earlier in the month so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled throughout November.

Where can I find Black Friday camera deals?

  • Amazon – You’re sure to find plenty of cameras and lenses in Amazon’s Black Friday sale. In the meantime, take a look at Today’s Deals
  • Canon – Check out Canon’s cashback offers now and sign up to be the first to hear about their Black Friday deals.
  • John Lewis – The trusted brand already has tempting Black Friday deals appearing.
  • Jessops – A well-known photography retailer, Jessops has lots of eye-catching offers and you can sign up for Black Friday alerts now.
  • Park Cameras – A Black Friday page is already up and running and will be updated regularly as the day draws closer. Or sign up to their newsletter.
  • Wex – Black Friday deals are promised on their website, but if you visit their regular offers page there are some good deals to be had now.

Best Black Friday camera deals

Here are some fantastic camera and lens bargains to consider before Black Friday arrives. We’ll be updating this list, so keep checking this page for updates.

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera body

£770.90, was £899.99 (14% off) Amazon

Looking for some bang for your buck? The Nikon Z50 mirrorless fits the bill. It offers 20.9 megapixels and you can catch all the action with fast continuous shooting of up to 11 frames per second and shutter speeds from 1/4000 sec. The 209 autofocus points will help you achieve in-focus images, and – importantly for wildlife photographers – the camera focuses quietly with a silent photography mode.

With a high-resolution LCD 3.2-inch touchscreen and an ergonomic shape, this compact camera is easy to use, with a deep grip and thoughtfully placed buttons.

You can also shoot into the night with an automatic light sensitivity range of 100-51200 ISO, and record 4K videos with slow-motion and time-lapse capability.

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Compact Zostuic pocket camera

£52.79, was £65.99 (20% off) Amazon

Perfect for introducing children to the joys of wildlife photography, this simple pocket camera packs a whopping 48 megapixels, plus features autofocus and anti-shake technology to ensure a high success rate in little hands! There’s also a 16X digital zoom and a 1080 pixel video recorder.

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Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera body

£1079, was £1349 (save £270) Park Cameras

This ultralight and compact 24-megapixel Nikon camera is a great choice for those starting out on their journey as a wildlife photographer. This mirrorless camera has a silent and fast autofocus system and a wide ISO spanning 100-51200, great for the most challenging low-light conditions. The case is rugged and made from a durable magnesium alloy with effective weather sealing for outdoor shooting.

Sony A9 II body only

£4099, was £4199 (save £100) Jessops

Need a camera body to keep up with your creativity? This camera shoots 20 frames per second with both auto focus and exposure tracking (or 60 frames per second without!) With a shutter speed of up to 1/32000 sec this mirrorless camera will allow you to go beyond the limitations of a mechanical system. It also boasts 693 autofocus points and some of the best processing to get the most out of every shoot.

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Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 lens

£1599, was £1499 (save £100 with Sony Cashback) Wex

Aimed at wildlife and sports photographers, this is Sony’s furthest reaching super-telephoto lens, which fits on a full-frame E-mount camera. It is dust and moisture resistant for reliable operation in challenging environments and has an internal zoom meaning the length of the lens doesn’t change while zooming.

Nikon AF-S 500mm f/6.6E

£3429, was £3699, Park cameras

High-performance and yet pleasingly lightweight, this super-telephoto lens supports a 500mm focal length and the handy memory recall function allows you to save a focus distance for repeated use.

Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ401

£160.46, was £220 (27% off) Amazon

A neat-looking and affordable point-and-shoot camera that comes in stylish white or black. There’s a useful 40X ultra long zoom lens, 16 megapixels for crystal clear images, 24mm wide-angle lens and 720p HD video.

4k ultra HD Aabeloy video camera camcorder

£125.99, was £154.99 (19% off) Amazon

A foldable and adjustable stabilizer handle makes this affordable video camera ideal for making low-angle videos without shake. It offers 48 megapixel image resolution and 16X digital zoom, plus has a 3-inch touchscreen with 270° rotation.

Wifi-enabled, by downloading the app you can use remote view and take images and videos from your smartphone or tablet. A 2.4G wireless remote also allows you to control the camera from a distance of up to 60ft.

Infrared night vision allows the shooting of black-and-white photos or videos when it is dark (within 5m).

Additional features include a lens hood to block excess light and protect your camera from accidental damage; up to 128GB SD card; external mic jack; external microphone; hot shoe for flash light; and two rechargeable batteries (one fully charged battery can be used for 90-150 minutes).

The sustainable choice: seek a camera repair service

A DSLR camera ready for a repair service. © Getty/Thanasis

Perhaps you’re satisfied with your current camera kit, and it just needs some TLC. Before you chuck your camera or lens into landfill, it might be worth considering the camera repair services provided by some of the retailers listed below.

Park Cameras provide a repair service for cameras within warranty, outside of warranty and under extended warranty, and will repair cameras purchased from any retailer.

Wex: drop your camera off in-store and Wex will arrange repairs and servicing with their expert repair centre, Fixation. They also offer a walk-in sensor-cleaning service with a 24-hour turnaround.

Jessops will accept broken cameras and lenses for repair, whether within or outside of their warranty. Pop in to one of their stores for sensor cleaning (sometimes in as little as one hour) or they offer a send-away service.


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Main image: Young woman photographing in Yorkshire. © Getty/Edwin Remsberg

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Catherine SmalleyProduction editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine

Catherine is production editor at BBC Wildlife Magazine, which means she is chief organiser and bossy boots, helping our talented team get each issue to the printers every month.

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