In addition to smartphones, accessories and TV sets, Amazon Prime Day 2020 also has a lot to offer in terms of camera equipment. The classic snaps, digi-cams and Co. are now particularly cheap. But which offers are most worthwhile? TECHNOLOGY BUTTON does the camera bargain check.
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- The current offers at a glance
- Fujifilm X-T200 lens kit (15-45mm) for 541.50 euros (-32%)
- GoPro Hero 9 Black with El Grande extension pole for
513.85 euros429.99 euros (-16%)
- DJI Osmo Action Prime Combo for 249 euros (~ 45% cheaper)
- Canon Zoemini C for 57 euros (-12%)
- Olympus Tough TG-6 for 303.05 euros (-20%)
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70 lens kit (14-42mm) for
444 euros379 euros (-15%)
- The choice of camera - the use is crucial
The current offers at a glance
Fujifilm X-T200 lens kit (15-45mm) for 541.50 euros (-32%)
The X-T200 has an APS-C CMOS sensor with 24.2 megapixels resolution and can record videos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second (FPS). In high-speed mode, even 1080p resolution (Full HD) and 120 FPS are possible. In addition to a 3.5 inch rotating and swiveling touch screen, the camera also has an electronic viewfinder. The camera housing is relatively light at 370 grams and despite the compact dimensions, a hinged flash is built in.
The X-T200 uses Fuji’s X-mount system and comes to Prime Day with a Fujinon XC lens with 15-45 mm focal length and optical image stabilization (OIS).
Camera and lens are only available from Amazon today for 541.50 euros. The previous normal price is around 800 euros.
GoPro Hero 9 Black with El Grande extension pole for
513.85 euros 429.99 euros (-16%)
The GoPro Hero 9 Black replaces the Hero 8 as the current top model. Introduced in September, they are now available for Prime Day 2020 at a low price on Amazon. There are only a few visual differences to the predecessor. But GoPro has fine-tuned the technology of its action cam. The GoPro Hero 9 Black also brings the integrated bracket introduced with the 8 series on the underside of the camera. Users no longer need a cover for fastening. The capacity of the replaceable battery has grown from 1220 mAh to 1720 mAh, which means that even longer recordings can be made with the action cam.
The camera has a 1.4-inch color touchscreen for operation, but can also be controlled using a few buttons, by voice or by app. It allows live streaming and a webcam mode with up to 1080p. Without a special housing, the GoPro Hero 9 Black is waterproof up to 10 meters. It also has optimized electronic image stabilization and improved “HyperSmooth” technology that can compete with mechanically stabilized gimbals. The camera can record in 5K with up to 30 frames per second (FPS – images per second) or in 4K with up to 60 FPS.
The bundle of the GoPro Hero 9 Black, a battery and the 97 centimeter long El Grande extension rod for shots from further away or above, Amazon charges 429.99 euros. The action cam alone costs 479.99 euros from other retailers without an extension rod.
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DJI Osmo Action Prime Combo for 249 euros (~ 45% cheaper)
The DJI Osmo Action practically came out of nowhere and has suddenly become the biggest competitor of the top dog GoPro. With the gimbal-like, purely electronic image stabilization, which DJI appropriately dubbed “Rocksteady”, the Osmo action can take on the GoPro. The technology can even compensate for extreme movements such as mountain biking or skiing, without any jerking or shaking. The camera can record videos in 4K at up to 60 frames per second (FPS) and photos with 12 megapixel resolution. Ultra slow motion with eight times slowdown is also supported. It is controlled via the small touchscreen or by voice commands, and a second screen can also be found on the front next to the lens. The housing is waterproof without an additional case and can therefore also be used for diving.
For Prime Day there is the Osmo Action with the Prime Combo particularly cheap. In addition to the camera, this includes: frame holder, holder with adhesive back, quick release fastener, three batteries, three battery cases, a battery charging station, a floating handle, an interchangeable lens for the lens and DJI Care Refresh. The bundle is available for 249 euros – a good price, because the camera alone currently costs 229 euros. A comparable bundle, but without the handle, otherwise costs a full 449 euros.
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Canon Zoemini C for 57 euros (-12%)
There is a feeling of nostalgia: instant cameras are still popular today to capture special moments with an old-fashioned touch. The Zoemini C is not a classic Instax instant camera, but practically a mini printer with a built-in camera. But that doesn’t detract from the moment of happiness when the picture slowly moves out of the case. The printer paper is also not nearly as expensive as the Instax images. However, the quality doesn’t quite come close to that of the Instax counterpart. Practical: the camera has a microSD slot so that you can not only print out images, but also save them with a resolution of 5 megapixels.
The Zoemini C costs 57 euros on Prime Day, which is significantly cheaper than the normal price of 65 euros.
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Olympus Tough TG-6 for 303.05 euros (-20%)
GoPro and the like have firmly seized the market for durable outdoor cameras. But that does not mean that there are not good alternatives from classic camera manufacturers. The TG-6 is such an alternative: A robust camera with a robust housing that also promises better image quality than action cams. The TG-6 has a 25-100 mm zoom lens and a backlit CMOS sensor with a Truepic VIII image processor, which is also used in the Olympus PEN OM-D E-M1X, for example. The lens is provided with double protective glass so that it does not fog up. Because with the TG-6 you can take photos up to a water depth of 15 meters and at minus 10 degrees Celsius. It is also shockproof up to a height of 2.1 meters and unbreakable up to 100 kilograms.
The Olympus Tough TG-6 is currently available at a good price of 319 euros. Otherwise the camera costs around 360-380 euros.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70 lens kit (14-42mm) for
444 euros 379 euros (-15%)
The mirrorless DMC-G70 from Panasonic uses the Micro Four Thirds System (MFT) and thus access to a large number of lenses from different manufacturers. The live MOS sensor takes pictures with 16 megapixel resolution and supports videos in 4K with 25 frames per second and in 1080p with 50 frames per second. The camera has a freely rotatable and swiveling 3-inch LCD and an electronic viewfinder with an OLED display. It can be connected to the smartphone via Wifi and can be controlled via it and directly transfer pictures and videos.
Although the housing itself does not have an integrated image stabilization (IBIS), the supplied Lumix G vario lens (14-42mm) has optical stabilization (Mega OIS).
The camera + lens kit is available for Prime Day for a low 379 euros. Usually the kit costs 444 euros.
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The choice of camera – the use is crucial
System cameras are the go-to when it comes to seriously getting into photography – but also filmmaking. The mirrorless cameras – also known as DSLMs (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) – throw the image through the lens directly onto the image sensor. There is no longer an optical viewfinder, everything is only handled digitally.
DSLMs have two decisive advantages over smartphones. First, they have a significantly larger sensor that not only captures more light, but of course also allows depth of field. In smartphones, this effect is achieved using software tricks because the sensors are too small for real depth detection. From the compact Micro Four Thirds format (MFT) to APS-C to the large full format, there is something for every photographer – no matter if hobby or pro -.
Second, the lenses on system cameras are interchangeable. This means that the right lens is available for all scenarios. Telephoto, ultra-wide angle, macro, portrait, fish-eye or video – the choice of lenses is huge.
GoPro has been showing how it’s done for years: compact action cams with excellent image quality and, most recently, surprisingly good electronic image stabilization. But the competition never sleeps and career changers like drone experts DJI and the Insta360 are challenging the GoPro for the position. There are also better and better cams in the lower price segment, which are now often 4K.
The camera drone, eyed with suspicion by many, has developed from a children’s toy into a must for photo and video enthusiasts in recent years. The flying cameras impress with their superbly stabilized and buttery smooth videos from a bird’s eye view. With highly sensitive sensor technology, modern drones can hardly be brought down. In addition, good entry-level devices are now also available at affordable prices. Without making too many compromises compared to the semi-professional to professional models.