Demo day at denver zoo

Camera and lens demo day


Join the crew from Mike’s Camera at Denver Zoo to test drive the latest cameras, lenses and photography accessories in a beautiful setting with amazing animals.

Try the most exciting new cameras, lenses and accessories from leading camera manufacturers including Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tamron lenses, Manfrotto tripods, and ProMaster accessories.

Whether you’re thinking of changing your camera or have your eye on a lens you’ve been hoping to try out, Demo Days provide a unique opportunity to try out all sorts of gear and capture some spectacular photographs of the wild and wonderful residents of Denver Zoo.

Best of all, all demo loaner gear for the test drive is FREE! Our Demo Days are fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Enjoy using the FREE gear while you wander throughout the Zoo and capture your best shots of the local inhabitants.

Picture Points

Be sure to look for the roving Mike’s Camera Picture Point locations where the crew from Mike’s Camera will have professional telephoto lenses setup and ready to photograph for those really close-up shots. Our crew will also be available to assist you with your photography questions and provide tips for capturing the best shots during your visit.

Don’t miss this fun, picture-perfect wild day at Denver Zoo!

Directions to the Denver Zoo

Come learn firsthand from the experts tips on how to adjust camera settings to accommodate lighting, moving subjects, objects near and far within the unique environment at our Mike's Camera Lens & Camera Demo Days. Take advantage of our free introductory classes taught in Denver and Colorado Springs the week prior to Lens & Camera Demo Days.

The Fine Print

A valid Credit Card & Driver’s License is required to check-out gear and will be kept on file until return of equipment. Test Drive Loaner gear is FREE. Restrictions apply. Look for the Mike's Camera Tents at Denver Zoo at the day of the event or stop by any of Mike’s Camera stores for more details.

The photos you take with the loaned equipment are yours to keep! Bring your own SD card (CF for some flagship Canon & Nikon models) to use in the cameras to store your files. If you forget to bring a memory card, you can borrow one, and a CD containing your photos will be burned for you before you leave.


Although registration is not necessary, standard Denver Zoo admission fees apply.

Gear is provided on a first come first served basis, so get there early for best selection. All gear must be returned by 4:00PM. Gear is rented out in 1 hour increments throughout the day. If there is no current wait line for the equipment you checked out, you may take it out for another hour or pick out a different piece of equipment.

Registration, Dates, Times & Locations

Registration not required.

All gear is available on a first come first served basis.

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During our Spring Camera and Lens Demo Days at the Denver Zoo you are invited to join Mike's Camera and Nikon for a hands-on guided and instructed walk using the NEW Nikon Z6 Filmmakers Kit. We will begin with a 15 minute presentation on how to best use the Z6 Filmmakers kit to capture smooth and professional video. After the presentation we will take you on a guided 30 minute walk of the zoo so that you can try the gear for yourself.

All the footage that you capture will be yours to keep. Due to the size of the files we will transfer your video to a USB that will be available for you to pick up at our Denver location after the following Wednesday, May 1st.

Due to the hands on nature of this walk it is limited to 6 participants.

As this is a FREE event please do not register unless you are absolutely able to attend.

Saturday May 27: 1:00PM to 1:45PM

Our Group will begin meeting at the Nikon Tent at 12.45pm

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