The Summer holidays are fast approaching and it's a great time to pick up a sweet-ass camera for your holiday pics. Here at Stuff we’ve been working to find the best deals around on our highest-rating tech, this time based on our Top 10 compact cameras and best SLR and system snappers.
If you like (a) digital photography and (b) saving a truckload of cash, you’re in for a treat, because we’ve rounded up money-saving deals on the best cameras around – make up from our top five compact point-and-shoot models and our top five system models.
Compact cameras deals
A sensational luxury compact camera, if overkill for most.
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Yet another great Panasonic camera, the LX100 deserves a spot amongst the most capable compacts on the market. Even if you think 4K recording is a gimmick, the LX100’s HD video capture and superb stills performance make it a star performer when it comes to the basics.
- Buy the Panasonic Lumix LX100 here for £389.99 eGlobal central - saving over £260
The Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V is everything a compact camera should be. It's small of body but long of zoom, takes great pictures and offers as much or as little control as you want from it.
- Buy the Sony Cyber-shot HX60V here for £179.99 from Currys PC World - saving over £160
The FZ1000 is incredibly versatile – a single, fixed lens camera capable of shooting fantastic stills and video in almost any situation. If you’re about to head off on holiday and are looking for a do-it-all companion to document anything you might come across on your trip, from majestic vistas to scuttling insects, it’ll rise to the occasion nicely. Bridge cameras often feel like a compromise, but this one doesn’t – at least when it comes to everyday use.
Five stars for the fifth edition of Sony’s multitalented compact camera.
- Buy the Sony RX100 V here for £899.94 from Amazon - saving £100
The TZ100 hits all the main points on the compact wishlist – it’s small, it’s light, it’s got a nice 1in sensor and a more-than-respectable 10x zoom lens – but its handy viewfinder, solid build and ability to record 4K video clips elevate it above the pack. A great premium point-and-shoot for anyone travelling light.
- Buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ100 here for £479 from Foto sense - saving over £70
If you don't need zoom, then this is the best street photography camera around
- Buy the Fujifilm X100F here for £1190.92 from Amazon - saving over £55
A trusty premium compact that’s held back from greatness by a few missing features
Huge surprise here, folks: this is a small camera with a big zoom. While not as slinky as the Canon or Nikon snappers, the TZ57 will happily sit in an inner jacket pocket ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice. The big differentiator with this camera is its LCD screen, which can be flipped up 180 degrees to face forwards. That means you can point both the TZ57’s lens and screen at your face at the same time and, in theory, take better self portraits.
One of Fujifilm’s many beautifully retro-tinged cameras, the small but mighty X70’s large APS-C sensor gives it image quality on a par with many much larger DSLR and CSC cameras – so you can forgive it its lack of a viewfinder or zoom lens.
System cameras deals
Canon’s pro-sumer camera is certainly not for photographic lightweights. With a full-frame sensor that packs an astounding 50MP, it’s capable of resolving insane levels of detail – but there’s a big asking price to pay. Thankfully, our deal manages to shave a decent amount off that. Well, every little helps, right?
- Buy the Canon EOS 5DS here for £2099.99 from eGlobal central - saving almost £600
This compact but tank-like 42.4MP full-frame camera really produces the photographic goods: whether it’s incredible colour fidelity and detail you’re after in a camera, or eye-popping low light performance, or super-fast and accurate autofocus, the A7R II steps up and delivers.
- Buy the Sony A7R II here for £2099 from Amazon - saving £400
A beautifully built compact system camera that’s an absolute joy to use thanks to its control layout and fast, accurate focussing, the X-T2 also delivers fantastically detailed image quality with both photos and 4K videos. Definitely one of the best cameras you can buy, so why not pick it up at a bargain price?
- Buy the Fujifilm X-T2 here for £1099 from mpb.com - saving £300
While it’s not as portable or sleek as a compact system camera, this mid-range Canon DSLR feels effortless to use. Thanks to a superb range of focussing modes (all of which work like a charm), a helpfully swivelling touchscreen and excellent all-round image quality.
- Buy the Canon EOS 80D here for £789 from digitalrev store - saving over £260
A cracking system cam for action photography, yet stay with the A6300 if your money is tight.
- Buy the Sony A6500 here for £1133.72 from Park Cameras - saving £160
The Pro-level camera to go for on the off chance that you invest a ton of energy in the games field.
- Buy the Nikon D5 here for £4999 from Currys PC World - saving £100
A relentless CSC all-rounder with awesome video execution.
- Buy the Panasonic Lumix GH5 here for £1678 from fotosense - saving over £20
The X-T20 nails the sweet spot between cost and performance, and is the camera deal of 2017.
- Buy the Fujifilm X-T20 here for £785.54 from Amazon - saving £10
The Second Coming of the E-M5 smashes it on both design and performance fronts.
A hugely alluring bit of design that takes dazzling pictures.