The New Year is here. Whether you're looking to take up photography as a hobby for 2020 or have started planning your spring holiday and want an excellent camera to accompany you (that's not your phone), it's a great time to look into camera deals.

With so many types of cameras out there, choosing the right device can seem like a daunting task. Then there's worrying about finding the right price. Whether you’re looking for a compact camera or something more professional, there are plenty of deals out there, and we've rounded up the best ones.

Here, you’ll find our pick of the best camera discounts available, along with our top tips on how to choose the right camera and find the best camera deals.

Best camera deals of January 2020

These are some of the best camera deals out there now across major UK retailers.

1. Sony Alpha A6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

From: SLR Hut

Was: £1099

Now: £829  (£270 off)

Save nearly £300 on this mirrorless camera – it's currently cheaper from SLR Hut than Amazon.

2. Currys PowerShot SX720 & Travel Kit

From: Currys PC World

Was: £279

Now: £199  (£80 off)

The PowerShot SX720 compact camera and travel kit has £80 off right now at Currys.

3. Jessops Camera Cashback Offers

From: Jessops

Now: Up to £350 cashback

Jessops has a whole range of cashback offers on brands like Fujifilm, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Lowepro and Manfrotto.

4. Wex Camera Discounts and Cashback Offers

From: Wex

Now: Over £500 off Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus & More

Wex currently has a whole bunch of camera deals carrying on from Black Friday sales where you can save hundreds of pounds.

5. GoPro Trade Up

From: GoPro

Now: £100 off Hero 8 Black  (with any old camera trade-ins)

Right now you can trade in any old camera for £100 off a new GoPro Hero 8 Black. GoPro will safely recycle your old device.

6. Nikon D3500 with AF-P DX 18-55 Vibration Reduction Lens

From: eGlobal Central UK

Was: £419

Now: £264.99  (£139 off)

This deal from eGlobal Central saves you £139 on the RRP of this camera and lens bundle.

7. Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

From: Amazon

Was: £69.99

Now: £58.79  (£11.20 off)

Save on this Instax Mini 9 camera from Amazon.

8. Canon EOS 2000D DSLR

From: SLR Hut

Was: £429

Now: £355  (£74 off)

We've seen this camera sell for as low as £275 from SLR Hut. The current price is lower than Amazon's and Currys.

9. Sony DSCRX100 Advanced Digital Compact Premium Camera

From: OnBuy

Was: £499

Now: £379 (plus £9.99 delivery)  (£120 off)

Save £120 on this premium Sony digital compact camera with a Zeiss lens which has an RRP of £499.

10. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Bridge Camera

From: Currys PC World

Was: £279

Now: £199  (£80 off)

Get £80 off this Canon bridge camera from Currys PC World.

Where to find great camera discounts this month

You can usually find camera deals from the following places:

Jessops currently has hundreds of pounds in cashback across various brands like Fujifilm, Canon, Sony, Manfrotto and Lowepro. Some of the offers end 31 January while others end earlier in the month, so be sure to check it out before it ends.

Head to Jessops now to see its camera offers. It also has money off cameras in its Clearance section.

If you're planning to buy from Amazon, we'd highly recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime now. Then, you'll get access to Lightning deals 30 minutes early, and you'll get next day delivery too.

What type of camera is best for you?

Buying a camera isn’t as simple as it may seem. There are lots of different types of camera, and even within each type there can be huge differences in quality between them.

Compact cameras are the place to start if you’re looking for a bump in quality compared with your smartphone’s camera offerings at a low price. They’re small and easy to use, and sometimes referred to as ‘point-and-shoot’.

Keep an eye out for compact cameras that include WiFi, which makes transferring photos from your camera to your phone, tablet or computer much quicker and is a nice bonus if there’s a good enough deal.

Bridge cameras offer slightly better quality photos and a better zoom than a compact camera, and are generally still easy to use, but they are usually a lot bigger. You still can’t change the lens on a bridge camera, but could be worth considering if you’re new to photography but want to capture great photos on a special holiday like a safari when the subjects of your photos will be far away.

A compact system camera, or CSC, offers more control over your photos and the ability to swap lenses, but are more portable than a DSLR. The downside is that they tend to be quite pricey.

And then there’s the DSLR itself, which tends to be the camera of choice for serious photographers and professionals. You’ll get full manual control over your photos, the ability to change lenses and other customisation such as a mount for a flash and more.

A DSLR can be heavy, though, and they can take a lot of practice to master, but if you’re considering taking up photography as a serious hobby or career, a DSLR is the camera for you.

Finally, you might want to consider an instant camera. Far from being retro throwbacks, there's now a whole range of instant cameras and print formats, including from top brands like Leica and Lomography. Check out our guide to the best instant cameras to find out what to look for.

We’ve picked out the very best from around the web and you can find them below.

Best camera deals of January 2020