12 of the best Black Friday astrophotography camera deals 2022
A guide to the best Black Friday deals on cameras.
Black Friday 2022 is approaching and that means street and online retailers are offering discounts to entice early festive shoppers or those who want to grab a bargain before the season begins.
A large proportion of the UK shops that embrace Black Friday are electronic and camera retailers, which means there are often very good discounts on DSLR and other astrophotography cameras to be had, provided you know where to look.
When is Black Friday 2022?
Black Friday normally falls on the last Friday of November, which is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US.
In 2022, Black Friday is on 25 November, but sales are already underway.
Each year we see great offers on DSLR cameras, and more recently CCD and CMOS camera suppliers have started to get in on the action.
This makes it a great opportunity for those on the lookout for their first astrophotography camera, or perhaps seasoned astrophotographers looking for an upgrade.
But remember: don't be dazzled by the offers on show this Black Friday. It pays to do your research before parting with your hard-earned money.
For more equipment advice, read our guide to the best telescopes for astrophotography.
Black Friday camera deals 2022
Black Friday 2022 is nearly upon us. Here are the best offers on cameras for astrophotography that we've found so far.
Canon EOS 2000D DSLR camera
The Canon EOS 2000D DSLR camera is a classic, and certainly a good model for those starting out in DSLR astrophotography, given its relatively low price point.
The camera can capture Full HD images and videos and offers ‘guided’ modes to help complete beginners.
It boasts fast autofocus and processing, and users can also connect the camera to their other electronic devices for sharing images, backing up and remote control.
While this is great for capturing selfies etc., it's also good for long-exposure astrophotography, as it enables you to can avoid nudging the camera and spoiling your shot.
Fujifilm GFX 50S II Medium Format Camera
The Fujifilm GFX 50S II Medium Format Camera is currently discounted for Black Friday on Wex Photographic, and comes with 35-70mm lens. See the link above to get to the page for the deal.
Sony a7 Mk III
The Sony a7 Mk III is a full frame mirrorless camera boasting a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, auto focus and 10 fps. ISO can be extended to 50 - 204900 and the camera also offers 4K video shooting.
Pentax K-1 Mark II
- Buy now from Park Cameras
The Pentax K-1 Mark II offers 36.4 MP full frame sensor, noise reduction up to ISO 819200, image stabilisation, Dynamic Pixel Shift Reduction mode, continuous shooting up to 70 images at 4.4 images per second, 4K time-lapse and dual SD slots.
Canon EOS R6 DSLR camera
In 2021 we had the pleasure of testing out the Canon EOS R6 DSLR camera and found it to be a great option for newcomers and more experienced DSLR users, offering superb astrophotography abilities for those who want to image the night sky.
It features an ISO range between 100 and 102400, expandable to 204800, while maintaining low noise. We tested the camera during full Moon and took the opportunity to try out its fast video capability.
The camera shoots in 4K at up to 25 fps and offers a nifty high-speed video option that can reach in excess of 100fps: excellent for lunar and solar imaging. We were also able to attach the EOS R6 to a short focal length refractor and found it gave a wide field of view, allowing us to capture large objects such as the Rosette Nebula. The nebula's associated central star cluster was clearly visible in the ‘Live View’ screen.
This is a great camera for astrophotography and is currently reduced in price as part of Black Friday offers across a range of retailers including John Lewis, Jessops and Wex Photo Video.
For more info, read our full Canon EOS R6 mirrorless camera review
Panasonic Lumix G9
The Panasonic Lumix G9 boasts a 20.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, image stabilisation and an 80MP mode that shoots in jpg and RAW by taking 8 images concurrently then stitching them together (provided you have it mounted on a tripod). It can also shoot video in 6K and 4K.
Nikon D780 DSLR camera
Nikon make a range of trusted DSLR cameras suitable for astrophotography, and the company's D780 is currently reduced as part of Amazon's Black Friday deals. The camera offers a time-lapse motion that could be used for recording the motions of the stars, plus the ability to share jpg and RAW files with smart devices.
ISO ranges from 100-51200 and the camera also features a low-light auto focus. The body measures 10x10x10cm and weighs 840g, making it a good option for transporting to a dark-sky site for astrophotography.
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III boasts a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS imaging sensor with dust-repellant coating, image stabilisation and 60fps recording.
Perhaps most interesting for astrophotographers is the 'Starry Sky' autofocus, specifically designed for imaging the night sky.
The camera is currently available as part of a few Black Friday offers, most of which offer a free M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f1.2 PRO Lens with your purchase.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera
Тhе Саnоn ЕОЅ 5D Маrk ІV Dіgіtаl ЅLR Саmеrа Воdу enables 4K video recording at 30fps, max ISO sensitivity of 32,000 and a weather-resistant design. The camera is currently reduced at a few retailers, including Wex, Curry's and Jessops.
Pentax K-3 Mark III
The Pentax K-3 Mark III DSLR boasts a hi-res 25.7-megapixel APS-C imaging CMOS sensor, 100-1600000 ISO and touch LCD screen. It can capture video in 4K and full HD and has a dual SD card slot.
Nikon Z7 II
The Nikon Z7 II DSLR camera is very much touted by Nikon as the camera for professionals, adapted following recommendations and feedback from their customers. If your budget stretches this high, it could be a good Back Friday bargain purchase for serious DSLR photographers that will perform well for years to come.
It's currently seeing decent reductions via a range of retailers including Amazon, B&H, Wex, Park Cameras and eBay.
- Buy now from 365Astronomy
365Astronomy is currently offering earlybird Black Friday deals on ZWO's ASI range of CCD cameras, and we have fond memories of the ASI294MC in particular, having reviewed it way back in our October 2018 issue.
We had a great experience shooting the Moon, Saturn, Mars and the Andromeda Galaxy. It's a great device for live capture and live stacking, and we even got to enjoy watching a comet cross the screen in real time.
For more info, read our full ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera review.
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Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Content Editor. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.