Camera and lens demo day

Join the crew from Mike’s Camera at Sacramento 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, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji, Tamron lenses, Sigma Lenses 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 Sacramento 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.

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 Sacramento Zoo!

Directions to Sacramento Zoo
Zoo Location

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 Sacramento Zoo at the day of the event or stop by any of Northern California 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.


Although registration is not necessary, standard Sacramento Zoo admission fees apply. All gear is provided on a first come, first served basis, so get there early for best selection. All gear must be returned by 4:30PM. 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 renew for another hour, or try out a different piece of equipment.

Sacramento Zoo Demo Day Photo Contest

Submit photos for Mike's Camera Photo Contest Demo Day at Sacramento Zoo on Sunday, October 13th, 9am - 4pm. The winner will win a $100 Mike's Camera Gift Card!
SPECIAL NOTE: If you want to take contest photos with new gear, don’t miss Mike’s Camera Demo Day at Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 13th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Included with Zoo admission.


  • Theme: Anything associated with the zoo.
  • Photos must be taken at the Sacramento Zoo.
  • Be creative and have fun!
  • Participants may enter up to three (3) photos.
  • Participants who submit more than three (3) photos will be removed from the contest.
  • To enter, post the photo(s) on your Instagram feed and include #MikesContestSacZoo @MyMikesCamera in the body of the post.
  • Entry deadline is Oct. 20, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
  • Mike’s Camera photography experts will judge the submissions.
  • The winner will be announced via Mike’s Camera Instagram feeds on Oct. 25.

Registration, Dates, Times & Locations

Registration is not required

Sunday May 3, 2020

9am to 4pm

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