This entry-level dSLR will be available in a dual-lens kit (18-55mm and 55-300mm) from Best Buy and HHgregg for $500, the best price we've yet to see on it. Nikon's official price for the single lens kit (18-55mm) will be $400, which is pretty much the price we think you'll see everywhere.
Another entry-level dSLR with low seasonal pricing that's popping up everywhere is the Canon EOS Rebel T5. While it's not one of my favorite entry-level models, it's now down to $400 for the two-lens kit in a host of places, like Target, Best Buy and Adorama, which makes it one of the cheapest entries in its class.
This interchangeable-lens camera will be two years old in February -- presuming that Sony doesn't replace it in the interim -- but it's still a really good choice for family and enthusiast photographers who want something smaller than a dSLR. While Best Buy's Black Friday prices are attractive, you can get the body or two-lens kit for even cheaper now from Adorama and Amazon, at $398 and $548, respectively. Those are fab prices, people.
Configured with the 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, $499.99 is a really good price for this dSLR starter kit. That's Canon's discounted price, and it's available in other locations, such as Best Buy and B&H-- for the same.
Another great alternative to a dSLR for families and enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 14-42mm single-lens kit will be available direct from Panasonic for $600 -- it's running closer to $800 right now. There's also a kit with the 14-140mm lens that doesn't seem to be as discounted, so watch out when making price comparisons.
I don't know whether it simply presages a price drop or whether it's just a terrific deal, but Best Buy will be offering the D7100 with the 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses for $1,000; the same bundle is $1,350 elsewhere.
Best Buy has the excellent Hero4 Silver at its full $400 price, but is including an $80 gift card and a 64GB SanDisk Extreme Plus microSD card. Though this technically doesn't make the camera a good deal, you'll need mounts and accessories to make the most of it, and the bundle will help with that.
Don't care about getting a gift card or accessories with your GoPro and just want a better price? The best I've found is $329 ($71 off the regular retail price. You can find it that low on Amazon, Walmart (you'll have to add it to your cart first) and Adorama. The latter is also selling the Hero4 Black for $400, $100 off the regular price.
The Galaxy Camera 2 features a 21x-zoom wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor and a giant 4.8-inch HD touchscreen. However, since it's running on Android 4.3 Jellybean you can load it up with your favorite photo- and video-related apps. With the headphone jack on the right side, you can plug it in and stream music and movies, play games, read and answer e-mail or whatever else you'd do on an Android device.
At $250 (about $50 less than from other retailers) it's a really good deal.
The Parrot Bebop drone is a good way to get your feet wet in the world of aerial photos and videos. It's completely controlled by an iOS or Android device and it's small and lightweight, so you can just toss it in a backpack and go, but it can still withstand some hard crashes.
Target will have it for $395, which is $105 less than its retail price of $500. There's a hole in the camera drone market at this price, which the Bebop fills nicely.
Parrot recently announced its update, the Bebop 2, which promises better performance and longer battery life, but the camera remains basically unchanged between the two models.
DJI is offering two deals on its camera drones direct via its website. The first is $100 off its top-of-the-line Phantom 3 Professional drone. That brings its price down to $1,160, but DJI is also throwing in an extra $150 battery.
However, if you want even more savings, the entry-level Phantom 3 Standard is $200 off, making it just $600. While it's definitely not as feature packed as the Professional, it's still a really nice camera drone for nearly half the price.
This deal is for the iPhone photographers out there. Olloclip, which makes some of the best add-on iPhone camera lenses available, is offering a free case ($30) with the purchase of a lens. Your iPhone needs to be naked to use Olloclip's lenses, but Olloclip's specially designed case has a notch cut out in the top so you can use its lenses on either the front or rear camera.
Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses: good time to buy
I'm a big fan of many of Olympus' lenses (with a few big exceptions), and I think now's a good time to buy. While the prices aren't as big a drop as the ads would have you think, they're still $50 lower than any I've seen thus far, and will be through the end of December. My favorites are the 45mm f1.8 for $300, 75mm f1.8 for $750 and the 12-40mm for $850. These are the prices direct from Olympus, I haven't seen the drops trickle down through any retail sites as of this writing.
The Samsung WB350F is a good buy if you're looking for something with more zoom (21x!) and power than a phone camera, but don't want to spend a lot of money. Samsung's offering it directly for $160 until December 26. Be wary of lower prices you find for it, though, because there are a lot of refurbished models for less, and they're not clearly marked until you click through.
I don't find Adobe's "discounts" for its expensive Creative Cloud subscription very swoonworthy, and its Black Friday/Cyber Monday offer is no exception. But if you're planning to take the plunge, now's probably a good time to do it, since you'll be able to save about $48 off the single-app subscription ($192, normally $240), $120 off the all-apps option ($480, normally $600) or $120 off the all-apps-plus-Stock plan ($840, normally $960). Note that Adobe's not discounting the Photography plan, and that all of these are off just the current year; you'll automatically be billed at the normal rate when it's time to re-up. You could, in theory, cancel and resubscribe next year if the company does another promotion.