Whether you’re looking for a compact camera to capture holiday season snaps, or want to upgrade to something more professional, there are plenty of deals out there to suit you.

Here, you’ll find our pick of the best camera deals available, and our top tips on how to get the best camera deals.

Best camera deals of December 2018

These are some of the best camera deals out there now. For more offers see our camera deals page.

1. Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

From: Amazon

Was: £74.99

Now: £59.99  (£15 off)

This is one of the lowest prices we've seen on this instant camera.

2. Instax SQ10 Instant Hybrid Camera

From: Amazon

Was: £174.99

Now: £134.99  (£40 off)

This is the latest instant camera from Instax, a digital hybrid that lets you apply filters before you print the square format photos. It's original RRP was £229. See our full review here.

3. Canon EOS 4000D DLSR with Lens

From: Amazon

Was: £369.99

Now: £261.99  (£108 off)

You can also find bundles with this camera on Amazon which include additional lenses, bags and memory cards.

4. Canon EOS 2000D DSLR Camera with Lens, 16GB SD Card, and Case

From: Very

Was: £509.99

Now: £469.99  (£40 off)

This bundle includes everything a photographer would need to start off with, and now has £40 off.

5. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Bridge Camera

From: Currys PC World

Was: £349

Now: £199.99  (£150 off)

6. Sony 18.2 MP Digital Compact Camera

From: Amazon

Was: £330

Now: £229  (£101 off)

An advanced compact camera with Wi-Fi and a tiltable LCD screen.

7. Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Superzoom Compact Camera & Travel Kit

From: Currys PC World

Was: £349.99

Now: £199.99  (£150 off)

This bundle includes a carry bag and portable tripod.

8. Nikon Coolpix W300 Tough Camera with 32GB Memory Card and Case

From: Currys PC World

Was: £464.98

Now: £394.98  (£70 off)

This bundle gets you a 32GB SD card and case. See other camera deals from Currys PC world here.

9. Arlo Pro 2 - 2 Camera Security System

From: Amazon

Was: £569.99

Now: £488.95  (£81 off)

Get £81 off the Arlo Pro 2 home security camera system. It's rechargeable and wireless.

10. HP Sprocket Photo Printer 200 Limited Edition Gift Bundle

From: Amazon

Was: £129.99

Now: £94.99  (£35 off)

Save £30 on this bundle that includes the wireless HP Sprocket Photo Printer, a Sprocket Hard Case, 10 sheets of photo paper and the Sprocket Light Strings with clips to display your photos.

Where to find great camera discounts before Christmas

You can usually find camera deals from the following places:

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 December 2018