Black Friday Camera Deals Buying Guide


Even though smartphones tend to be the go-to camera for most people, there is still a wide selection of Black Friday camera deals for those who want to get a little more out of their photos.


It all starts with point-and-shoot cameras. These are slim basic cameras that shoot better than a smartphone, but can still fit in your pocket. Cameras like the canon SX60 usually sport a 10 X zoom and are pretty good at capturing photos of fast-moving kids and sports.


The next category has compact zooms, mega zooms and high performance. Compact mega zooms like the Canon Power Shot SX 280 usually sport a longer lens and they give you more control over manual functions like exposure and even white balance. They easily beat the image quality of a point-and-shoot camera. Then you have you mega zooms. These cameras are somewhere between point-and-shoots and DSLRs. As far as image quality goes, cameras like the Panasonic fz200 are great when you want to get close-up shots. The photo quality is close to a point-and-shoot camera.


Enthusiast compacts, like the Sony RX100 11, don’t have a great zoom, but their image quality easily beats any mega zoom. A bigger sensor means higher quality photos and thanks to their more advanced lenses, you get more of that blurry background or bouquet effect as it’s called. Even with all that technology an enthusiasts compact will still fit in your pocket. Some models like the Sony Alpha 6000 even have interchangeable lenses, so you can replace the lens with a macro lens and get beautiful photos. This gets you a little bit closer to a DSLR without having to carry around a camera bag.


Now for the photography enthusiast who wants professional looking photos there are DSLRs. Digital SLRs are fast, they sport big sensors for crisp photos and you can have all the manual functions you want. You could certainly pick one up and start using it but for there is definitely a learning curve. Once you outgrow the stock lens on your DSLR, you can replace it with a new one and it feel like you have an entirely new camera.


Once you decide what kind of camera you want, it’s time to dig into the specs a little more.

  • Don’t be distracted by megapixels and zoom, those numbers don’t really mean much.
  • The first thing you want to look for is the type of lens the camera has. Wide-angle lenses are great for landscapes and group shots, whereas telephoto lenses are great for portraits and sports.
  • Pay especially close attention to the aperture: this is what allows your camera to perform well in low light, plus it gives you that blurry background or bouquet effect. The lower the number, like 2.8 or 3.5 the better.
  • Finally look out for extras, these aren’t necessary, but they can be helpful. For instance there is GPS for geo-tagging your photos when you’re on vacation and even Wi-Fi so you can upload your photos without ever connecting your camera to the computer.