Best pre-Black Friday camera and software deals

By Geoff Harris

This year’s Black Friday is predicted to be one of the biggest ever; with large chunks of the country unable to get out for retail therapy, online shopping is exploding.

Black Friday officially starts on November 27th, but there are already some great discounts available for photographers. We will be running more blogs on this subject next week as Black Friday gets closer, but it’s a fantastic time to be investing in a new camera - either as a main device, or as a back-up.

Adobe software

Adobe has reduced the price of a monthly subscription to its Creative Cloud All Apps from £39.95 to £49.94. The discount started on 16th November and runs until Black Friday. The All Apps package includes Photoshop and Lightroom for image editing, as as well as Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and the Portfolio website building tool.

Adobe Lightroom

Fujifilm GFX 50S: now £3,999 (saving £900)

A wide range of retailers are offering a huge saving on this high resolution camera, which contains a 51.4Mp sensor, a robust but lightweight body and a quality electronic viewfinder, and a high quality, 117-point AF system. Hardly an impulse buy, but you won’t be disappointed with the image quality. Just remember to budget for a GFX lens too.

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm X-T3 and accessories: now £899 (saving £180).

If nearly £4k just for a camera body seems excessive, you can also get a keen discount on the well-regarded Fujifilm X-T3. While no longer near the top of the company’s mirrorless range, it still includes a back-illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor,

3.69-million-dot high resolution electronic viewfinder, 425-point AF system and 30fps continuous burst shooting. A great buy.

Fujifilm X-T3

Nikon Z 50: now £759 (saving £90)

This was Nikon’s first mirrorless camera in its Z range to feature an APS-C sensor, so is a great choice if you don’t need the extra resolution (and cost) of a full-frame chip. This well-made, well-designed contender features a 20.9Mp sensor, 11fps continuous shooting, tilting touchscreen and the ability to record 4k video at 30p.

Nikon Z 50

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: now £1,199 (saving £200)

Although this is a 2016 era camera, using the Micro Four Thirds sensor rather than APS-C or full frame, it still has a lot going for it – as well as looking great. Key features include a 20Mp sensor, which delivers surprisingly rich and detailed shots, along with super 5-axis in-body stabilisation which enables you to still get sharp shots when shooting handheld at relatively slow shutter speeds (eg 1/15 of a second). The Olympus is no slouch either, offering up to 60fps continuous shooting, along with a fully articulated touchscreen and decent electronic viewfinder. There is a great range of quality Micro Four Thirds lenses too, at a decent price.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Canon EOS 4000D body and EF-S 18-55mm III lens

This a great price for a quality, entry level EOS DSLR and basic but effective lens. The camera is based on an 18Mp APS-C sensor, with a Digic 4+ processor, 9-point AF system and 3 fps continuous shooting. A good choice for beginner photographers or people looking to move on from smartphones – and being a DSLR it takes a huge range of Canon lenses

Canon EOS 4000D

Sony RX100 VI: now £899 (saving £250)

This is a small but beautifully formed compact camera with a very nice built-in zoom lens (24-200mm equivalent, with an aperture range of f/2.8 to f4.5) ). It’s so small you can easily fit into a carry bag or bigger jacket pocket, the only downside being that the controls are also quite small. Key features include a 20Mp, one-inch sensor,pop-up electronic viewfinder, 24 fps shooting, 4K video recording and tilting touchscreen LCD

Sony RX100 VI

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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