That I’m not sure of. However, even if you could the price of the RF lenses are astronomical. If one can afford to purchase RF lenses then they can afford to buy a higher end camera than the M50. That would be my view.
The one in your pocket made by Samsung, Apple, Google ...
The magic words I always look for are "phase detect auto focus". It's a lifesaver! (y) Sony and Olympus cameras have had it for the last few years. Sony is definitely the king of autofocus, but not necessarily easy to use. Panasonic should be avoided as it's terrible in many ways. But really it boils down to what budget you have and what you plan to shoot. Depending on that, the best option could be a £5000 cinema camera or a £300 360 degree action cam.
what camera do you guys recommend for video and pics
At this price you should sell the accompanying unopened lenses for £500+, leaving you with a UK camera for less than £600.
Aaaah found it, my ad blocker was blocking the box! I'm not after any lenses at the moment but that's a great deal. If anyone's looking, this is what you're after, you might need to disable ad blockers:
Still showing on their site 18/5 1100
Crazy deal, congrats :)
No mistake - it was on offer with a 30mm macro lens at £1100 (£1099 +£1 for the lens). It was though not advertised that well - just a small box on the 1240 kit page. That is all I have paid.
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Quite obvious with all the cold votes that most people were disagreeing with me . The point I was making was he/she only posted a few deals so was still learning a bit harsh to be slated for making a genuine mistake . I'm sure they will learn from it . Puts new people of from posting
Well judging by the amount of cold votes, there are more people that disagree with you. It’s also pretty much the same as making numerous posts on any forum would be considered spamming Please also be aware that the site is called “hotukdeals” not “hotukeffort”
Bit unfair as not an experienced poster andade the effort to post 3 items in a row any experienced poster who did three posts would know to post them at different times . So I'm voting hot for the genuine effort
No different other than the posters you’ve quoted are more established names on here and that seems to afford people more leeway, or have built up a following of people that like some of the rubbish that gets posted on here. Putting three variants of the same type of deal in a row is seen as spamming (rightly so in my eyes) and I’m more consistent in my voting. Brand new or well established, it’s not ideal for the app based users and I can’t wait for the developers to launch the feature that stops you seeing deals from people you’ve blocked, not just the posts they make on the different threads. Will make such an improvement to the way I use the app and the value I derive from this.
To be fair to the OP there's plenty of examples of others doing it. I see it as no different to that.
Posted 14th MayPosted 14th MayShipping from GermanyShipping from Germany
This was £400 on Amazon UK two weeks ago, meaning it will go back down to that price again in the not too distant future as that's how Amazon pricing works.......... this deal from Germany is only worth it for those who need to have it right now!!
Taking Videos and Photos: The Best Camera Deals
Cameras are incredible things (even if we do take them for granted these days). They are magical little boxes that capture moments in our lives, preserving the way we look, the emotions on our faces, the places we go and the people we’re with. With billions of photographs being taken every day, it’s impossible to imagine a world without cameras.
For some people, the camera on their smartphone is all they need. However, real photography lovers know better. They can tell the massive difference between a high-quality image from a really good camera and a blurry, low resolution phone picture, and it drives them mad to see bad images being tolerated.
If that sounds like you, this buyer’s guide will explain how to buy your next camera. Top of the line cameras aren’t cheap, so it’s crucial to find one that meets your needs, and at HotUKDeals, you will always find bargain offers to make your camera purchase as affordable as possible.
Saving Memories: The Camera
You might say that the very first cameras were the walls of caves, where the shadows cast by humans through the flicker of fires created animal shapes and images of their own bodies. But the first camera devices appeared during the Renaissance, when painters started using pin-hole cameras to help them create photo-realistic portraits.
However, humanity had to wait until the early 19th century before the first permanent photographic images could be captured. Starting in the 1820s, pioneers like Louis-Jacqus Mande Daguerre discovered ways to preserve images cast onto chemically treated paper. These innovations were closely followed by the development of negatives, allowing unlimited reproductions to be made of a single image, then celluloid film in the 1880s.
By the dawn of the 20th century, it had become commonplace to have your photograph taken. Kodak box cameras and then polaroid made photography ever more accessible for ordinary people, instead of the preserve of scientists and professionals. Finally, in the 1970s, digital photography arrived, instantly storing photos onto disk drives and cassettes.
Nowadays, the age of film has almost ended, and digital photography reigns supreme. But that doesn’t mean the choices for consumers have diminished. Far from it. There’s a massive range of different camera types available to choose from, with options for casual and serious photographers alike.
What Can I Do with My Camera?
Modern cameras have a huge range of features and capabilities. Aside from the actual capture of single images, they often double as camcorders, they interact with digital devices like laptops, iPads and smartphones, they feature automatic stabilisers to make images as crisp as possible, and allow users to manage their images and create folders for different occasions. Most also have theme settings which automatically choose settings like aperture size, flash and exposure, taking a lot of the manual expertise out of the equation. Some are adapted for extreme situations like underwater photography, while others are set up to interact with multiple digital devices and still others feature thousands of settings that only hardcore photographers will need or understand.
Sorting Out the Different Types of Cameras
All of these features and the technical nature of the vocabulary used to describe cameras makes it useful to explain a few of the different kinds of camera you’ll encounter when you look online. Here are some of the most common forms:
DSLR/SLR Cameras: DSLR stands for “Digital Single Lens Reflex” and they tend to be the most versatile type of digital camera on the market. Their lenses can be mixed and matched depending on your shooting situation, they feature high resolution sensors, process images in JPEG format (which is handy for editing), have viewfinders to frame your shot before pressing the button and cater for plenty of different filters as well. With a wide variety of features, DSLR cameras are usually seen as a good entry-level option for people who are graduating to sophisticated cameras, but they can achieve professional level shots as well.
Bridge cameras: Bridge cameras are often thought of as an in-between option, between DSLR and point and shoot cameras. Typically, they will come with an extremely powerful zoom (making them ideal for tourists who need to capture distant safari animals or artistic features on cathedral walls). The scale of their zoom means that bridge cameras tend to be larger than other compact models, but that’s the inevitable price you pay for being able to capture high-resolution images from hundreds of metres away. They also usually feature advanced stabilisers to control the zoom, sophisticated viewfinders, and sensors with the ability to pick up distant people or objects.
Point and shoot or compact cameras: Compacts are, as the name suggests, compact. With their diminutive size, these efficient little devices fit into travel and hand bags with ease and are designed for ‘point and shoot’ photography, as and when you need them. The highest-end compact cameras have advanced zooms that approach the levels of DSLR and bridge cameras (though rarely better them). The best models also have a wide range of sharing features, allowing the user to send their photos to friends via their touchpad instantly. You can also find specialist compacts for water-based activities and shockproof models intended for extreme situations, a great option if you love hiking, climbing or mountain biking.
System cameras: Slightly smaller than most DSLR models, compact system cameras stand in between compacts and DSLR cameras in terms of functionality. They generally have better sensors than compacts, producing higher-quality images, feature more customisable options like aperture size and exposure rate and with their larger size, they are better than compacts for use with tripods as well. If you aren’t sure whether you are all about mobility or quality, they should be a good compromise camera.
Camera Specifications to Look for When Making a Camera Purchase
Sometimes, shopping for cameras can feel like you are being deluged by technical details, and there’s no doubt that cameras are highly complex pieces of equipment. Some specifications are more important than others, though, and could make a big difference to your purchasing decision. Here are some key things to look for:
Resolution: The number of pixels your digital camera uses to create its images. The higher the resolution, the more precise and crisp your photos will be. Generally speaking, cameras with larger sensors will be able to capture more detailed images than smaller sensors. However, beware of buying cameras with high resolutions and medium or small sensor sizes. With so many pixels jammed into a small space, each pixel receives less light, often leading to indistinct images. Just go for something with 8MP or more and you should be fine. Chasing vast resolutions is something for the experts to worry about.
Aperture size: The aperture is the part of the camera that allows light onto the sensor. When you read ads for cameras, the number you’ll most likely see refers to the maximum aperture size (and you can close it to anything less than that manually). Something in the region of f/2.8 is a big enough aperture to suit most peoples’ needs, and should make the camera perfectly serviceable in dark conditions.
Lens quality: The lens is the most important part of any camera, focusing beams of light onto the sensor and zooming in on distant objects. Some of the numbers to check regarding lenses include the aperture closure rate (expressed in “stop numbers”, the lower the better) and the focal length. Anything over 50mm is classed as a telephoto lens, and makes distant objects seem larger than they appear to our eyes. Most zoom lenses have a range of focal lengths, and are the option to go for if you just want to do some general photography. Fixed focal length lenses are another option, and tend to result in higher quality images, but without the adaptability, so it’ a bit of a trade-off (though you can always invest in multiple lenses for larger cameras if you need to).
Stabilisation variety: Stabilisation is the process cameras use to compensate for the vibrations that come with almost all shooting environments. They can either be optical stabilisers, which involve physical components stabilising your shots, or digital stabilisers, which use software after the event to remedy the effects of instability. Optical systems are high-quality, but more expensive, and for most day to day photography, good digital stabilisation is more than adequate.
Shutter speed: If you intend to capture moving objects in crystal clarity, shutter speed is the most important metric. Cameras with higher shutter speeds are much better at handling moving objects, including sports players and wild animals. Look for shutter speeds of 1/500 of a second or faster (but anything more than that is often pointless for everyday camera users.
Sensor size and ISO ratings: The sensor in your camera is what receives the light from the lens and turns it into digital information, so it's pretty important. Sensors also vary wildly in terms of size and power. If you intend to work in darker situations, it’s important to go for a larger sensor with a high “ISO rating”. An ISO rating of 6,400 or more is usually used as a yardstick for cameras that can handle low light well. Even if you aren’t likely to need low-light capabilities, larger sensor sizes are preferable, resulting in better shots, but they come with a higher price tag.
What to Think About Before Buying Your Camera
Now that we’ve talked a little about the types of camera on the market and their typical specs, it’s worth thinking about how to pick one that meets your needs.
If you are just buying a camera to use every now and then at parties or on holiday, a point and shoot compact or bridge camera will have all the features you need. Compacts are probably the better option, as they are cheaper and often come with the kind of social sharing options that everyday users require.
DSLR cameras are more appropriate for serious photographers who prize image quality and intend to shoot in challenging conditions. If you will be shooting in dark environments, far away from your target, or on the move, DSLR cameras with advanced stabilisers are the way to go.
If you fall between these two groups of camera buyers (and most people tend to), other factors come into play. DSLR cameras come with a heftier price tag than compacts and bridges, which can sway some buyers, and they are also more complicated to use. If all you want is a camera you can ‘point and shoot’, there’s no reason to spend more on an overly complex piece of equipment. You probably won’t use all of the features in any case.
One compromise could be mirrorless system cameras. They are usually cheaper than standard DSLR cameras (if a little bit slower to autofocus) and offer high-quality images, less weight and simpler interfaces.
Another option is to go for a bridge camera, which makes perfect sense if you intend to shoot from long distances. With their superzooms, they are particularly handy for tourists, making excellent travel cameras.
Professional Tips: How to Shoot a Timelapse with Your Camera
Video Footage: Should I Go for a Camcorder or a Camera?
In the past, it was common for people to own high-end cameras and a separate camcorder, but these days the differences aren’t as clear cut. You will often come across cameras that can capture HD video footage at resolutions of 1080p and above, more than adequate for most peoples’ holiday films.
However, at the moment, 4K Ultra HD is confined to specialist video cameras, so if you are serious about shooting the best possible footage, go for a dedicated camcorder. For most people, this will be a completely unnecessary luxury, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to settle for less than 4K performance from your DSLR camera. Many smartphones record in 4K now, while most digital cameras do not, so they may be a better photography option if video is more important to you than pure images.
Camcorders remain the tool of choice for professional videographers though. For one thing, they are specifically designed to capture crisp video on the move. Cameras might be OK for short snippets of basic footage, but camcorders are much better for filming outdoor. Action cams are a specific version of camcorders that are used to film racy sports like skiing. That’s mainly due to their in-built features like video stabilisers and large video sensors, as well as shock and water-proofing.
If you are more interested in video than images, steer clear of DSLR, compacts or bridge camera. Have a look at GoPros and other camcorders instead.
The type of camera you go for will be conditioned by your photographic skills and ambition, how you will be using your camera and your budget. Don’t be tempted to buy over-complex devices that are intended for the pros. Be honest about your needs and aptitude, and opt for the most sensible option.
What Kinds of Accessories Should I Buy with My Camera?
Cameras aren’t usually used on their own. To get the most out of any camera, a range of accessories are normally required, and you can often save money by purchasing them in bundles when you make your camera purchase. Some popular accessories worth thinking about include:
Filters: Lens filters are attached over the top of lenses and can be a powerful way to customise your shots. Examples include filters that can remove the effects of UV light, limiting glare and filters with a polarising effect, accentuating the richness of blue skies and bodies of water and generally beefing up the contrast levels your camera can achieve.
Camera bags: Cameras are fragile pieces of equipment and it can also be hard to keep all your accessories in one accessible location. If you really want to keep your camera in good working order and get the most from it, a good camera bag is essential. You can choose from special DSLR and compact backpacks, as well as over the shoulder bags and smaller cases. Larger bags might even feature laptop compartments; ideal for journalists and other serious photographers.
Tripods: Image stabilisers can help to remove the noise caused by vibrations, but to achieve really stable footage, a tripod will be indispensable. When you use tripods to take nature photography, you’ll see why. The amount of blurring in hand-taken shots might not seem great at first, but it shows up clearly when contrasted with shots taken with a tripod.
Remotes: Taking photos of yourself and others is much easier when you have a remote handy, and most major camera makers also supply specialist remote controls for their devices.
Cleaning products: Lenses and filters need to be kept clean and free of grit and dust, which can easily lead to permanent scratches if you leave it to accumulate. A good lens cleaner is something that all photographers should have in their bag.
Memory cards: Digital cameras can store large amounts of images, but it’s also handy to have a set of memory cards to hand if you want to transfer images to computers or back them up in case your camera is damaged. They are also vital for storing video footage, which can clutter your camera’s own storage space.
Batteries and power supplies: Cameras use plenty of power, just like any other portable devices, and this can be a real problem if you are shooting in remote locations. It’s always advisable to have a stock of fully charged batteries ready to keep your camera shooting when its juice runs dry.
How to Make Your Cheap Camera Purchase
Now you’ve decided to go for an advanced DSLR camera, and you’ve picked exactly the right model from a well-known brand like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Sigma or Olympus. What is the best way to go about actually making a purchase?
The first place to head could be major high street retailers that stock the model you are interested in. Check out retailers like Currys, Boots, Argos or Jessops, where staff should be able to answer your questions about different specifications and accessories. But don’t finalise the purchase just yet.
Instead, make a note of the product price and check the HotUKDeals camera listings. You’ll find a huge list of offers from high street retailers along with online sellers like Amazon, eBay and Very, and there’s an excellent chance that your preferred camera model is currently being discounted. Even if it isn’t, it may be worth delaying for a couple of weeks to see if any offers become available.
Timing your camera purchase could also be conditioned by events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday in November/at the beginning of December, which always sees major camera manufacturers running deals on their products. The January Sales are also a good time to check the HotUKDeals listings, while the run-up to the summer holiday season may also see plenty of deals on smaller, travel-friendly digital cameras.
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14/06/2021Expires on 14/06/2021Posted 14th MayPosted 14th May
Had this, or a previous version, certainly a razor with a light ring. Only kept it a few weeks. It was okay tbh. Quality was about average, certainly not wow for the price. The ring also reflects like crazy on antiglare glasses.
Used it for 6 months, I would prefer it over Logitech C920.
Good price, use it for work video calls
I own both - in good lighting, this is better than the C920. The C920 is better in low light. Both great webcams. My main set-up is now a dedicated ring light, the Kiyo and a boom mic. C920 has been relegated to back-up, but is still a good cam. As good as it get's without upgrading to the Brio or Kiyo pro.
it's a good price - the Logitech c920 is a better bet though IMO. Better image quality, and the ring light on this seems to be a failure point...
11/06/2021Expires on 11/06/2021Shipping from ChinaShipping from ChinaPosted 14th MayPosted 14th May
This is amazing actually, much better than the tapo and the couple of others that I tried Nice dogs by the way
Ignore the mess, but I just took this. Lights off, curtains closed, but enough natural light to get colour rather than using the IR. Like I said, not amazing, but functional.
(lol) (lol) newspaper from across the room lol Yeah for checking on the dogs
Depends what you are after, what level of detail do you need? The good ones I used were 4k and wired POE which really isn't for everyone, but I can find the details if you like? For checking on my dogs these are fine, don't expect to be reading newspapers from across the room though.
Any u recommend ? I tried tapo it was rubbish
31/05/2021Expires on 31/05/2021Posted 13th MayPosted 13th May
Surprisingly impressive phone for the price. I am using 6s atm bought £110
A pound could make all the difference ;)
Good deal especially because relme do good price budget phones heat from :) me
As per another deal. Realme 8 for £179 from the 18th. https://buy.realme.com/uk/goods/168
Realme do some great budget phones, but I'd agree that holding out for a better price or newer model is the way to go here. I picked up a basically brand new Realme 6 (8gb ram) from Amazon warehouse during one of their discount promotions for less than £120.
Anyone looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, check out the tamron 70-180 f2.8
Sigma have just brought out their 28-70mm f2.8. It's smaller and lighter then the tamron. Also has af/mf switch on it. Slightly more expensive then tamron, but nice lens.
I do like an almost-all-purpose zoom when just travelling around. The Tamron 28-70 f2.8 is my default lens. I hate faffing around changing lenses and missing a shot. I rarely use my primes or my crappy 24-240, but they definitely have a place in my kit bag. Wish I could justify the spend on something better than my 24-240
I wanted this lens but a lot of people who own this lens have said they want an upgrade as well as the 85mm 1.4GM. I’ll hold out for now as Sony seems to be going in the right direction with IQ and weight
A lot of photographers don't like using primes. They prefer zooms as they have a good range without having to change lenses and less running around involved. I personally use primes, but I have friends who like using zooms as thats what they are happy with out of habit and style etc.
Absolutely, and I bet you know about lenses and are therefore able to legit say whether this is a deal or not.
Yeah, I know. :) I even posted where you can get this lens cheaper than the OP's non-deal. We were discussing something else. (y)
There are even faster (let's more light in) versions that are significantly more expensive. I've got several lenses more expensive than this but I drive a really old car. It's about what people want to spend their extra money on. I've also got a drone and stuff like that.
The issue was that you don't get the £200 cashback if you buy via Amazon. At which point one of the other places selling the lens at £1095 or so is a better deal.
Fair enough. :) What qualifies something as being considered a 'good deal' has been debated since the day this site started, and will no doubt continue to be a debated until the day it ends. ;)
You are once again using last years list of dealers not this summer's list.
Is this not usually about £1,700? I hired one last year and absolutely loved this lens.
O https://campaign.odw.sony-europe.com/redemption/dealers/GB_DI_Dealers.pdf Don't know what DI is but your URL says Lens Dealers. The one I posted doesn't mention lens nor Amazon so looks maybe Amazon is lens only cashback.
Same price at Wex and a couple of quid cheaper at Camera World of £1599 but get the cashback as they are confirmed as part of the cashback and Amazon might not be
Odd, it's still showing on here. https://campaign.odw.sony-europe.com/redemption/dealers/GB_DI_Lens_Dealers.pdf
Has anyone used this camera for concert photography?
Think too much and you won't buy it. Its pretty good. The low light issue isn't so bad. Just need the right balance between iso and aperture and works OK.
I'm seriously considering upgrading my Canon 60D to this one, I want to primarily use it for photography I know the 60D much more superior and this one has a small battery but yet it is a lot smaller and lighter. At the same time the 60th is more weatherproof as well
It's back on (lol) (lol)
Yeah it's yoyoing. Keep an eye on it. It was at 610 earlier. I'll expire it tomorrow if it doesn't drop again.
Thanks for sharing, @johnvale - expired now, but good first deal :)
I'll put their reply on here if I get one. Pity I missed this. Been out of photography for too many years and .... there is a lot of catching up to do even to get a few likely candidates and this was the only one I've picked up on. Just want good Image Quality for still life with strobe lighting.
I agree with you. I really doubt they would be selling returns as new. Always thought it went back to manufacturer. The new box had a 3D hologram seal on it so fully tamperproof. My return was to Wex I had only just opened the box and seen it and not even tried it. Feels bad to have to return but I took the advise from a friend and upgraded to the R3. There’s a total £300 I’ll get back on just the lens (going for the 24-105mm) as there’s a £100 reward and £200 cash back.
Only a few hours ago I emailed them asking what they did with returns as I couldn't see "open box" sales. I was eyeing up this exact camera and the 90mm Macro esp with todays drop and cashback. Really dislike the sale of returns as new items, esp at this price point. Did phone them but no answer.
Posted 12th MayPosted 12th MayShipping from SpainShipping from Spain
Yes, I saw the silly price in Spain. I thought either it was some local pricing policy or a mistake? Surely it can't be the equivalent price here otherwise - like you say - might as well just get this for basically the same specs or the Note 10 Pro (if you really wanted to buy xiaomi)
Note 10S MSRP in Spain is €250 , stupid price when this is nearly identical for €80 less At €250 it's only €30 less than the note 10 pro MSRP and for that price gap it makes 0 sense to get the S Seems like realme have done better with the 8 but xiaomi's 10 pro beats the 8 pro
(popcorn) yep :) cheers. Fixed that.
A lot of specs in common with the upcoming Redmi Note 10s. It'll be interesting to see how prices compare.
The answer is yes if anyone else wanted to know, called up
This is sold out online but there is stock instore. Does anyone know if you get 6 months free cloud recording when buying in-store?
I guess that’s why they still make them then XD
That's fair enough, I'd rather have both :)
I don’t have the alarm package but know that includes as many cameras as you have as well, so unsure how the Costco deal works, but £8 mth seems to be the max fee per month so maybe call them and ask, would be interesting for others to know, I have no interest in alarms as I personally find them totally pointless, nobody takes any notice of them, the police don’t care less and I would rather have a camera collecting evidence and showing me what is going on rather than a sensor going off and having no clue what’s going on, that’s why I have so many cameras on different systems including a SIM card router Call 01727 263045. Have the App ready to open to speed things up and just listen to the instructions