As many of you may know, every year Amazon holds a “countdown to Black Friday” event throughout most of November. During this time, hundreds of products across the website receive serious discounts, and digital cameras are hardly an exception. Just this week, we’ve already seen over a dozen deals come and go, but we felt that now was the right time to talk about them as there are five going simultaneously. How’s that for choice? 🙂
1. Sony NEX-6
The NEX-6 is probably the most popular NEX model around, which is most likely why Amazon chose to make it cheaper than usual before the beginning of the holiday season. It comes with all the bells and whistles you could want from a modern-day mirrorless, including a 16 MP APS-C sensor, 10 fps shooting, Full HD video for movie lovers out there, fast hybrid AF, a bright OVF with 100% coverage, and WiFi capabilities. I tried this camera at the Milan PhotoShow last year, and I was highly impressed by the resulting image quality and the overall speed with which it locked onto the subjects in the low-lit conditions of the convention hall.
2. Save on select Panasonic lenses when you buy a GH3 or GX7
When you buy the GH3 or GX7, you can now save on selected Lumix lenses including the highly flexible 35-100mm f/2.8 which Mat uses for work (see full review here), its sister zoom the 12-35mm f/2.8, and the 20mm f/1.7. This is a really great deal for someone who is just about to switch over to the Lumix system, and needs an excellent body coupled with a few good lenses to start out. If you’re curious, you can read our full review of the GH3 where Mat explains why and how he uses it for his video work. Our GX7 review is coming very soon!
3. Nikon 1 J3
Admittedly, we’ve never tried the Nikon 1 J3 but that’s no reason not to consider it if you’re an amateur looking for a low-end mirrorless for casual photography. It is the third generation in the J line-up and comes with many interesting features such as a 14.2 MP CMOS sensor, 15 fps shooting with AF, Wifi connectivity, the entertaining Best Motion Capture feature which allows you to view live images in slow motion, and advanced hybrid AF. Amazon has kindly taken a significant amount off the original price.
Despite the many criticisms the 1 series has received, after trying the Nikon 1 V2 back in the summer, we were left with a very good impression. Yes, the system is lacking serious glass and has a smaller sensor than most other MILCs, but its incredible speed and usability made up for its faults. As with every system, we believe it is important to weigh the pros and cons and figure out who the camera is for rather than using sweeping generalisations such as ‘bad’ or ‘good.’
4. Sony A3000
The A3000 deal from our last deals post is ongoing. You can save on the kit, which includes the 18-55mm lens, a 20 MP Exmor APS-C sensor, a light and ergonomic body which resembles a DSLR, Full HD recording, a large 3 inch LCD, and an ISO sensitivity range of 100-16000.
5. Save on Select Olympus Compact System Cameras
The final deal is a big one for Olympus OM-D and Pen fans. You can save on all versions of the OM-D E-M5 (full review here) and Pen E-P5 (full review here). We own both cameras and use them all the time for work assignments, from weddings and events to reportage and portraiture. If you cannot afford the brand new OM-D E-M1, the E-M5 and E-P5 are two great alternatives as they include many of the same features in a smaller and cheaper package.