Prime Day 2021: Amazing deals at Amazon, Walmart and other stores

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CNET 23 June, 2021 - 04:00pm 57 views

Is prime day over?

After 48 full hours, Amazon Prime Day 2021 is officially over. WIREDPrime Day 2021 Is Over: Here Are the 48 Best Remaining Deals

What is Prime Day all about?

Prime Day is a now-annual savings bonanza available to members of Amazon's Prime service. PCMag.comAmazon Prime Day 2021: Everything We Know

What time does prime Day 2021 start?

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021? As mentioned above, Prime Day 2021 started at 12 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 21 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 22. Just like in past years, you'll have exactly 48 hours to take advantage of the many site-wide discounts. Forbes8 Prime Day Deals That Prove Amazon Prime Day Is Essential, From Wireless Earbuds To FitBit

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is in the rear-view. On the books. Over and done. "That's a wrap, people!" But, as we predicted, some deals are still available. If you were off-planet the last couple days or waiting for that check to finally clear, you've still got a shot at some good bargains.

One thing to note: Although most Amazon-branded gear has returned to regular price, it won't stay there for long. All throughout the year, every few weeks or so, we see discounts on things like Kindle e-readers, Fire TV Sticks and Echo Show smart displays. Not Prime Day-level discounts, but discounts all the same. Bottom line: Never, ever pay full price for these devices.

There's one particularly great "deal" you can still get: If you're a Prime subscriber and don't already have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card, Amazon is still offering a $150 gift card when you sign up. Usually this perk is around $70, so don't pass up this bonus money.

Let's move on to the best deals still available. 

Here's a deal that was briefly available via Amazon during Prime Day; now it has migrated to Walmart. As I noted previously, it's a powerful, reasonably intelligent robo-vac, but unless you're able to situate its dock on a hard floor (as opposed to a carpeted one, as shown above), steer clear. Like a lot of these things, it has trouble parking when there's even the slightest height difference.

Read my Wyze Robot Vacuum hands-on to learn more.

This was down to $70 during Prime Day, but it's still a tremendous deal for Amazon's 8-inch smart display. Yes, there's a newer Echo Show 8 with a better camera and, yes, that model will at some point see its own big discount. But the original is still a great product, one highly recommended at this price.

This isn't the best price we've ever seen on AirPods Pro -- that was about $170. But at $190, it's an easy recommendation for anyone who's been holding out for Apple's top-rated noise-canceling true-wireless earbuds.

At its $40 retail price, the new-for-2021 Roku Express 4K Plus was already dirt cheap. But now our new favorite streamer -- which gets every streaming service you can think of in luscious 4K HDR quality, along with a ton of free ad-supported content -- is 25% less expensive.

Roku's flagship streaming box offers all the bells and whistles, including a remote finder, an Ethernet port and support for Dolby Vision 4K HDR. I remain a big fan of the remote's wired headphone jack, which is just less of a hassle than wireless audio via the Roku app (which doesn't always work well, in my experience). It has two programmable shortcut buttons, too.

Along with Xbox Cloud and Google Stadia, Amazon's Luna is one of a high-powered trio trying to make cloud-based gaming more mainstream. In the case of Luna -- which is still in beta -- you can fire up streamable sessions in browsers or dedicated apps on everything from PCs and Macs to iPhones and Android devices, as well as Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K. Of course, you'll need to pay a monthly fee of $6 to $15, but you'll be able to game anywhere you have a superfast internet connection.

This was down to $49 during Prime Day proper, but at $56 it's still a solid buy. Read our Luna Controller hands-on.

This is a CNET Editors' Choice product, one that originally sold for $300 when it debuted in late 2019. Since then, Samsung has added an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) feature that helps this model rival the much pricier Galaxy Watch 3.

This pretty much ties the lowest price on record for Apple's venerated earbuds, a great pick for anyone who doesn't like the in-ear feel of noise-canceling earbuds (namely the AirPods Pro, which are currently on sale for $190).

And if you pay using your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa, you'll score 6% cash back, effectively dropping your price to an all-time-low $94. Read our Apple AirPods review to learn more.

Note: Pricing here has been all over the place today. First it was $100 in-cart, then sold out. Then it was back, but with an "in stock soon" disclaimer. 

Ask anyone who owns a Vitamix and they'll probably go on for as long as you'll let them. This is simply one of the best and most powerful blenders that'll whip dense and frozen ingredients into a fine puree without breaking a sweat. It's also a pleasure to operate and it's never been cheaper, down to a very tasty $189 for Prime Day -- while supplies last. 

This is the lowest price to date for this highly versatile oven, which my daughter has been using in her apartment for about three months. Her unsolicited verdict: "This is the greatest thing ever." 

The machine is not only large enough to roast a whole chicken (and it comes with a spit for that very purpose), it also has modes for baking, dehydrating, reheating and, of course, air-frying. Mighty attractive at this price.

Amazon seller JuLongYang knocks $15 off this power bank when you apply promo code AM5XNCKE at checkout. I've seen plenty of chargers similar to this one, but never priced this low.

And check out the specs: 30,000-mAh battery, solar-rechargeable, two USB Type-A ports, one USB-C 18-watt PD port and a Qi wireless charging pad. It can also recharge via USB-C, Micro-USB and even Apple Lightning. Stellar deal.

The latest Apple Watch is on sale with a $120 discount at Best Buy and Amazon on the 40mm Product Red model, and up to $70 off on other models. In addition to an always-on display and ECG, the Series 6 monitors blood-oxygen levels (though you shouldn't expect medical-grade results there). Read our Apple Watch Series 6 review.

The Watch SE is the step-down model in Apple's 2020 smartwatch line. It's similar to the 2019 Series 5, but without the always-on screen and ECG function. The Watch SE also boasts a more powerful processor and a Retina display that's 30% larger than the much older Series 3. The best deal we're seeing right now is $40 off at Amazon on some colors of the 40mm version. Read our Apple Watch SE review.

Isn't it time to start calling it "Prime Days"? Because it hasn't been just a single day for years. Once again, it's a 48-hour event that runs as follows.

These are all the deals that are currently live.

As always, anything and everything. But this is definitely the time of year to look for deep discounts on Amazon gear, including:

Granted, that stuff goes on sale all the time -- a recent Mother's Day sale revealed savings rivaling Prime Day on a lot of these devices -- but the absolute lowest prices are usually reserved for Prime Day and Black Friday.

We also typically see better-than-usual deals on things like Instant Pots, Apple AirPods, Bose headphones and Roku streamers. Make no mistake: This might be Amazon's party, but plenty of other stores and sellers will be getting in on the action.

This may be an Amazon event, but that's not stopping other stores from holding sales at the same time. Walmart announced a Deals for Days event running from June 21 to 23. Similarly, Target's Deal Days event runs from June 20 to 22. Best Buy is dropping tons of deals too.

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The best thing you can do is sign up for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. It's a no-annual-fee card, so there's no cost to get it. Once you're approved, you'll immediately receive a $100 Amazon gift card, and then get 5% cash back on most Amazon purchases -- including products that are on sale for Prime Day. Sometimes Amazon bumps that cash back to 10% or 15% on select items.

Right now, for example, you can also get 15% back on various Kasa smart home products10% back on the Amazfit Band 5 and more.

This year Amazon is busting out some new tricks to promote the massive event. The retail giant held a three-part concert series called The Prime Day Show on June 16, livestreaming performances from Kid Cudi, H.E.R. and Billie Eilish and backstage material. The livestreams will be available for 30 days.

Read more: The Cheapskate's 6 ways to win Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day Deals: Day 2 | Popular Photography

Popular Photography Magazine 22 June, 2021 - 03:00pm

Picture-worthy Amazon Prime Day deals that you'll be happy you took part in.

If you’ve been holding off on buying new camera accessories, DSLR, or just a point-and-shoot camera for easy flicks, Amazon Prime Day is the perfect time to pick up what you’ve been waiting for. With deals on high-quality photography equipment at a slashed price, you won’t want to miss the best Amazon Prime Day deals. Whether you’re just starting out and want to build your photo kit, or are a pro who wants to update with the latest gear, Amazon Prime Day 2021 has something for you. We’ve rounded up all the best camera gear deals from Prime Days past, so you can plan ahead for the biggest shopping holiday of the year. 

It’s no secret that cameras can be pricey, but with the best Prime Day deals on Amazon, you can score top-notch photography equipment at insane discounts. If you’ve had your eye on that DSLR or mirrorless camera, now’s a good time to tune into Amazon daily deals to find the best sale price.  

Many of Fujifilm’s flagship features for much less money. Fujifilm

Even at full price, the Fujifilm X-E3 is a bargain. The compact, rangefinder-style body offers the same 24.3-megapixel X-Trans sensor as Fujifilm’s higher-end models. It also boasts an impressive electronic viewfinder, a touchscreen, and autofocus with advanced tracking abilities to combat blurry shots. Unlike many cameras at this price point, the X-E3 offers numerous dials and buttons for changing your settings quickly without digging into menus. For Prime Day, you can get it for $800 with the 18-55mm kit lens ($200 off), or opt for the 23mm f/2 WR prime lens kit for $752. If you already have Fujifilm lenses, the body alone costs just $489, which makes it a great step up from a smartphone camera or a solid backup body for working photographers.

Both the body and the lens offer super-tough weather-sealing for shoots in rough locations. Olympus

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is small compared to its larger mirrorless competition. But, with super-robust weather sealing that applies to both the body and the lens, it can withstand just about any kind of weather you can throw at it. The Micro Four-Thirds mount makes this camera compatible with a ton of lenses. The Prime Day kit comes with a 14-150mm lens, which is the equivalent of a 28-300mm lens on a full-frame camera. That kind of zoom range covers everything from tight indoor spaces to sweeping nature scenes and everything in between. The kit retails for $1,799, but it’s just $1,049 here on Prime Day, which makes this an unbeatable way to get into the Micro Four-Thirds system.

It’s fully waterproof and very impact resistant. Nanuk

Pros often rely on hard camera cases when traveling because the road can be a brutal place. The Nanuk 925 case is fully waterproof thanks to flexible seals around the possible ingress points. The sturdy resin exterior can withstand brutal impacts while the customizable foam interior gently hugs your precious equipment. At 17.0″ x W11.8″ x H6.4″, it can hold plenty of kit for most jobs. The burly handle makes it easy to carry, and there’s a place for a pad lock so you can add an extra layer of protection from thieves and accidental openings. For just $44, it could save you lots of money on busted gear down the road. 

An electronic controller allows you to customize your movement. GVM

Sure, you can make beautiful video while on a tripod, but a slider can move the camera in ways that make your footage look much more cinematic. Mount your camera to the tripod socket on the slider and program the time, distance, and rotation angle that you want using the advanced controller. Start recording and the slider will do the rest of the work. A piece of gear like this takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you can use it for everything from Scorcese-like movie shots to epic time-lapse videos. The $239 31-inch version is probably big enough for most shooters, but you can step up to the $271 48-inch model for really dramatic sweeps. Either one will save you roughly $70 off of the regular price.

It comes color calibrated from the factory so you can start editing right away. Amazon

This pro-grade 27-inch display comes backing an IPS panel, which stands for in-plane switching. You don’t need to understand the deep technical aspects of the technology to know that it typically translates into more accurate and consistent color reproduction. That’s a huge deal when editing photos and videos. Each screen comes pre-calibrated from the factory so it will be accurate right out of the box. The 27-inch screen rotates and swivels, so you can use it vertically on its stand if you want to layout site designs or just watch Tik Toks in their native form. It also supports 100 percent of the sRGB color space, so you can really see the true color of your cat’s evil, soulless eyes in every shot.

These weatherproof binoculars will help you still enjoy the view in a range of conditions. Amazon

These rugged binoculars are a favorite of birdwatchers, with prisms made of BaK-4 glass that let you to peep your feathered friends in all their splendor. Large-focus knobs allow you to focus easily and twist-up eye cups provide a full field of view. Use these binoculars with or without glasses. 

Stow your camera equipment and your personal gear in this reliable backpack. Amazon

Embark on your next adventure with this handy backpack. It will fit a DSLR or mirrorless camera, up to two lenses, a 15-inch laptop, and tripod. Then there’s 50 percent more room in the pack for clothes, keys, snacks, and more. The sternum strap and ventilated wicking mesh back panel make this pack a comfortable carry when you’re trekking in search of the perfect shots. 

Compatible with Android 4.3 or ISO 11.1 and above. Amazon

Get bright and steady light for shoots in the studio or on location with this versatile lighting kit. It comes with two 660-LED RGB panel lights for photography and video, an LED video light with adjustable brightness, hue, and saturation, two white light diffusers, and two light stands. You can change the settings though the app, which works with tablets and smartphones.

Keep an eye on your furry friend when you’re not home with the help of Alexa. Amazon

Discover in real-time what your canine is up to with this live streaming dog camera, which features a full HD 1080p camera, night vision, and a 160-degree wide view. The barking sensor will alert you on the Android- and IOS-compatible app when Fido is getting vocal so you can calm him down. Then you can reward him with some catch.

Equipped with HyperSmooth technology, this pick will help you create stabilized and high-quality video, minus all the editing. Amazon

From the pocketable design to it’s improved camera technology, the GoPro Hero 8 is the camera you need to capture any adventure that awaits. The TimeWarp 2.0 feature allows you to to take smooth time lapse videos, all while adjusting speed based on motion and lighting so the finished result is stabilized. This bundle will give you everything you need to make the most of your GoPro, including a shorty, head strap, SD card, and rechargeable batteries. 

Capture stunning outdoor shots with this high precision lens, built for Sony E Mount Cameras. Amazon

The wide aperture range of f2.0-22 on this lens allows you to capture images in low light environments. With a nano-crystal coating on the inner surface to minimize image flare and improve your overall photo quality. The ultra wide 12mm fixed focal length is perfect for night photography, landscapes, and long exposures. 

Create high-quality prints, photo albums, and artwork with this shareable and simple to use photo printer. Amazon

Connect to WiFi or Bluetooth and print from anywhere, including large format prints, augmented reality hyperphotos, and stickers. You can also connect the printer with friends and family using the Lifeprint App to easily share photos from anywhere—to share memories and have them on-hand for years to come. 

This versatile adapter connects with telescopes, binoculars, microscopes, and smartphones. Amazon

The NexYZ adapter features three directional knobs on the X, Y, and Z axis that let you align your device quickly so you don’t miss the perfect shot. This sturdy adapter is also designed with tension adjustments so you can keep your device super steady as you capture photo and video.

Designed with 288 LED lights that allow you to shoot with diffuse light that’s perfect for makeup artists, YouTubers, and Instagram influencers. Amazon

Easily adjust brightness from 0 to 100 percent and color temperature from 3,200K to 5600K to create soft and shadowless lighting with this 18-inch device. Nine scene modes allow you to create special effects. The kit also includes a light stand, photo mount, and USB plug that works with most devices. 

Set up on almost any surface with a reliable tripod kit that lets you concentrate on the shot. Amazon

The photography in National Geographic sets a high bar, but this lightweight tripod lets you bring it with you wherever you wander to set up some epic shots. Its three sturdy legs provide a strong base, or you can detach one of the legs to use as a monopod for greater mobility when you’re running from a rhino.

Prime Day starts at 3 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 21, and goes through Tuesday, June 22. See what kind of top-notch equipment may be on sale by exploring deals from last year’s shopping holiday. You can also bookmark this page and check back for all the latest updates and promotions.

Prime Day is a once-a-year shopping holiday where Amazon Prime members can find bargains on electronics, home goods, personal care items, outdoor and exercise equipment, and thousands of other products. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up for just $12.99 a month, or $119 per year.

Prime Day 2021 ends on Tuesday, June 22. In the meantime, explore current Amazon deals here.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest and greatest Amazon prime day deals on photography equipment here, so stay tuned and don’t miss out on the best sale of the year.

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