There are so many camera deals and prices that finding the best deals is a lengthy process. What’s more, sometimes retailers inflate their prices before dropping them to give the illusion of a huge discount when, in fact, they’re average at best. But don’t worry we’ve done all the heavy lifting so you don’t have to.
Whether you’re just dabbling in photography or are a seasoned professional saving money on cameras is important so we’ve made sure to include the best camera deals on all models, from entry-level to pro-level. Sometimes camera deals can be a little elusive, but that doesn’t mean you cant find great deals on the best cameras for astrophotography. For example this post-Amazon Prime Day deal gives $500 off the Panasonic Lumix S5 with 20-60mm lens (opens in new tab) or for something a little more beginner-friendly there’s the Sony Alpha A7 II Mirrorless Camera originally $1398 now $898 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
If you’re serious about camera deals then you should also check out our round-up of the best lenses for astrophotography because there are some great discounts there too.
We’ve included some buying advice in this guide too, to help you with your search and if you’re not quite sure what it is you’re looking for. We also keep this page updated year-round so if you don’t see anything you like now, it’s always worth checking back, especially around Amazon Prime Day in July where we see some of the biggest savings. If you’re interested in more great deals be sure to check out our best drone deals, telescope deals and binoculars deals guides. But, if it’s the best camera deals on the market you’re after, check out the guide below.
Today’s best deals
When it comes to choosing the best camera deal, a lot will depend on your budget and the amount of astro imaging you’ll be doing. Some will get enough of a night sky photography experience by leaving the shutter open on an off-the-shelf camera with a fast lens attached for about 30 seconds. This will give you a view of the night sky that doesn’t necessarily look anything like what you saw with the naked eye. If you’re a have more patience though, then taking multiple monochrome images of deep space objects through colored filters, tracking it through the night sky and putting the images back together with specialist software can produce stunning images.
If you’re looking for cameras for astrophotography, you might ask what are the best models out there? The debate between DSLR vs mirrorless cameras is a fierce one with some people preferring the lighter, more portable cameras whereas others prefer the ever-reliable DSLR models. while there are some that have been modified specifically for astro use, having the IR filter removed. You can even get a dedicated Astro camera to connect to your telescope, but it wont do you much good anywhere else.
Below, we’ve included our favorite cameras out there, these models aren’t on sale at the moment but they are displayed with their lowest available price. There’s something to suit every level of photographer and every budget, so it’s always worth checking out the section below.
Canon EOS RP
The entry-level camera in Canon’s new mirrorless range, the RP offers a 26.2MP full frame sensor, 4K video, and access to Canon’s magnificent RF lens range.
It’s a smaller camera than many, but its size and weight (or lack of it) don’t stop it being well thought-out and very usable. Whether you’re looking for something to carry in your pocket with a small zoom attached, or something to mount on a tripod with a fast prime, the RP is a fine all-round choice. If you want a modified astro camera, a version of the RP’s older brother, the Ra, was discontinued in September 2021, so should still be available.
Canon EOS 850D/T8i
One of Canon’s smaller DSLRs, the T8i offers 24 megapixels in an APS-C sensor, 4K video, and has a tilting LCD touchscreen on the back. While it’s true that DSLRs are being nudged out of their traditional hunting grounds by mirrorless interlopers, they still have strengths such as optical viewfinders and longer battery life. The T8i has an excellent 45-point autofocus system and can bang away at 7fps for 170 fine JPEG images with tracking AF – easily enough to bag an action shot.
Despite being small, the T8i is compatible with Canon’s complete range of EF and EF-S lenses, which includes some excellent glass.
A 24.5MP full frame mirrorless camera, the Z6ii is proving popular with all kinds of photographers thanks to its ability to shoot continuously at 12FPS and take 4K video too. Its 273 AF points mean your images will always be in focus, while excellent high-ISO handling means you can shoot in the dark – all it lacks is a tilting touchscreen.
Nikon’s Z mount is new, and the lenses built for it can be expensive, but it’s also possible to use any of Nikon’s F-mount lenses via an adapter. Nikon’s Z cameras exhibit all the benefits mirrorless cameras have over DSLRs, including being light enough to attach to a telescope or star tracker easily. If you want to save a little money, the original Z6 is still available for a bargain price.
Well-known for being a beginner-friendly DSLR, the D3500 brings 24MP to the table via its APS-C sensor. Continuous shooting is 5FPS, and it can only manage 1080p video, but you get an enormous battery life and access to all the F-mount lenses.
What the D3500 excels in is user friendliness. It’s ideal for beginners who want to get a firm grounding in the PASM modes without having to comb for days through the menus to find a particular setting. Being APS-C, you’re able to use the smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for the format, as well as their full-frame brothers and sisters.
It may have been replaced by the Z6ii, but there’s no need to feel down about the original Z6. It was hugely popular for a reason. You get in-body stabilization, an excellent 12FPS burst rate, and enough resolution for making large prints. Video features are excellent too, with 4K oversampled from the 6K produced by the sensor, and touchscreen controls.
The ISO dial goes up to 204,800 on its expanded setting, and can produce a usable image from 12,800 – it’s right at the forefront of high-ISO noise reduction, and the results are remarkable.
High speed cameras tend, at least before mirrorless wonders like the EOS R5 came along, to be slower. So this 45MP monster from Nikon busted the trend, allowing you to blaze away at 9FPS and at full resolution, dropping to 8MP and an electronic shutter for 30FPS capture. There are a few caveats though: you’ll need the optional battery grip to hit the highest speed, and the buffer fills after just 51 shots, placing a lot of importance on fast memory cards to clear it quickly.
The sensor lacks an anti-aliasing filter for optimum sharpness, meaning you’ll want only the best lenses too. However, if you can meet its demands, the D850 is one of the most capable DSLRs on the market today.
Sony A7R IV a
The A7 models are a little self-contained family of cameras, and the A7R IVa is its king. A whopping 60MP full frame sensor and an AF system that sticks to its target like glue means that, with the right lens (and the right person behind it) the camera is capable of some highly impressive images. The high megapixel count also means you can crop into your images tightly without losing too much quality.
It has its drawbacks – you can’t shoot at anything other than 60MP, for example, so processing can take some time – but with 10FPS shooting, 4K video, and five-stop integrated image stabilisation, this is a mighty photographic tool.
The ‘a’ designation here doesn’t mean it’s a dedicated astro camera like Canon’s EOS Ra, but refers to a slightly updated body with a better LCD screen resolution and USB 3.2 connectivity instead of the slower 3.1. The older version is still available from some dealers, as are the rest of the family: A7 IV (34MP), A7 Compact (26MP), A7S III (12MP), and the older A7R III (42.4MP).
Compact yet packed with features, the A6100’s APS-C sensor means the body and lenses can be smaller and lighter, making for a camera it’s easy to carry with you. It may be Sony’s entry-level mirrorless camera, but it doesn’t feel like it. You get 24.2 megapixels, 4K video, a 3.5mm microphone input, and Sony’s excellent tracking autofocus with 425 points.
What you don’t get is sensor-shift image stabilisation, but the decent burst speed of 11FPS and the tilting touchscreen, plus full wireless connectivity, make up for this single omission, especially given the price.
Sony A7 III
An older model, having been released in early 2018, but a dependable all-rounder, the Sony A7 III has enough sensor resolution for most people, and a fast enough burst rate too. One of its major selling points is its excellent autofocus system, which remains unbeaten by subsequent releases.
Unfortunately for Sony, there are plenty of rivals breathing down the A7 III’s neck. Some of these come from Sony itself, in the form of other A7 family cameras, while others, such as the Canon EOS R6 and Nikon Z6II, come from names steeped in photographic history. Any Cyber Monday deals on the A7 III should be looked into with keen interest, however, as the E-mount lens range is becoming formidable, and the image quality it produces is hard to beat.