Top 35 Cyber Monday Camera Deals (2023): GoPro, Canon, DJI Savings
Dreaming of ditching your day job for TikTok stardom or want to level up your photography? Cyber Monday brings serious bargains on cameras and accessories for upgrading your photo and video toolkits. From a backpack for toting all your lenses or editing gear for when the film is shot, these are the best Cyber Monday camera deals we’ve found.
The Nikon Z6 II is our favorite camera for Nikon shooters and the most comfortable camera we’ve tested. The 24-megapixel full-frame sensor has excellent dynamic range, and the phase-detect autofocus system is one of the best I’ve used. Video quality is also excellent, but the star of the show is the Z-series lens system with its wider base mount, which allows more light to the corners of the sensors.
The Nikon Z7 II bests the Z6 when it comes to megapixels. Aside from the larger 42-megapixel sensor, these two cameras are very close in features. If you can afford it, though, the extra megapixels are nice to have.
The Canon R5 sports a massive 45-megapixel sensor and is a hefty beast, with a solid feel that reminds me of what I used to love about film cameras. Even the on-off switch is made of metal. The sensor is typically Canon, which is to say sharp, with good contrast and the characteristic Canon color rendering (slightly warmer in tone to my eye). The phase-detect autofocus is fast and accurate. It’s not the cheapest camera by any means, but this is the lowest price we’ve seen.
Our favorite action camera, the GoPro Hero 12 (8/10, WIRED Recommends), just launched in September. The previous model is still selling for $300, which makes this a pretty sweet deal that includes two batteries and a mini tripod. There’s not a big difference between the Hero 11 and 12, but the Hero 12 does have better battery life, can shoot HDR video in 5.3K, and doesn’t overheat.
DJI’s Action 3 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is last year’s model, but it’s still a fine camera—and at this price, it’s probably the best-value action cam you can get. The image quality doesn’t match the GoPro Hero 12 (or the new DJI Action 4), but it’s good enough for most people, with 4K video and 12-megapixel stills. It has a great design with a magnetic clip system that puts GoPro to shame. The battery life is also outstanding.
Panasonic’s mirrorless cameras have been the go-to for independent filmmaking for years. The GH6 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) continues that trend with great image stabilization for those handheld shots, Apple ProRes support, and some great extras like a built-in accelerometer to display lean and tilt. Battery life could be better, but otherwise, this is a solid choice for anyone wanting to shoot high-quality video on a budget.
Our favorite place to print photos is having a 30 percent off sale on all its print services. Mpix makes high quality prints at a reasonable price. Mpix prints on Kodak Endura paper and offers a variety of paper options.
Wandrd’s Rogue (formerly called Roam) is the best everyday bag for carrying your camera and gear. It can be carried as a sling, messenger, or waist pack, and the soft padding conforms to your back, making it comfy to wear for long periods. The mix of 840-denier and 1680D ballistic nylon and water-resistant YKK zippers make it feel like it’s worth twice its price, too.
Moment’s Rugged Sling is aimed at street photographers who trek around all day. It has a modular organization system inside, and its weatherproof fabric is made from recycled sails. There’s a large zippered front pocket that makes it easy to get to your gear, and the “winged” rear padding design makes it super comfortable on your back. The larger 100-liter size is also on sale for $90 ($60 off).
This has been my camera strap for eight years, and I still love it. It’s light, comfortable, and perfect for the average mirrorless camera. Now, full disclosure, if I had a 300-mm or larger bazooka wildlife lens, this isn’t what I’d use, but for my Fujifilm and Sony A7 cameras, this thing is perfect. I also love that it easily converts to a wrist strap. Simplr has one sale a year, and this is it.
Wandrd Prvke is the closest a camera bag has ever come to perfection with cushiony padding, waterproofing, and a ballistic nylon exterior. It fits everything you need to shoot a video in the field, including a tripod (which secures in place with a buckle).
Fujifilm’s Link Wide is my favorite Instax printer. This deal has been running since early October, so it’s not really a Cyber Monday sale, but it is the lowest price we’ve seen and a great deal. Note that this does not include film; you’ll want to grab a pack of Instax Wide Film ($14) as well.
Our favorite for parties, Fujifilm’s Mini Link 2 prints images from your phone. Fujifilm’s new mobile app is much better than its past efforts with extras like Match Test, which takes images of two people (or two images of one person) and prints a combined image, telling you how “compatible” it thinks the pair is. It’s gimmicky, but what party doesn’t lighten up with a little gimmickry?
This SD card is more expensive than most, but it’s also faster. I’ve been shooting with various versions of this card for five years now and I’ve never had an issue with them. They’re speedy enough for 5K video recording and they hold up well to life in a camera bag. This card is never full price, but this is the lowest we’ve seen it get this year.
Striking the perfect balance between speed, reliability, and price, the SanDisk Extreme Pro is our top pick for USB thumb drives. It has a sleek and durable aluminum case with a loop for attaching it to a key ring.
The Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is for how dead simple it makes video editing with dedicated editing keys and a jog wheel for easily scrubbing through the timeline. It also comes with a free copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is normally $295. With this deal, you’re basically buying the board and getting the upgrade for free, which is pretty nice.
Want to get better at photography? Learn how to use the gear you have and start studying the work of those who came before you. I have not used this particular guide, but DK publishes dozens of kids books in a similar vein through its Eyewitness series and they have all been excellent. This one is a 20-week course, complete with a quiz at the end of each “week”.