Do you have a photographer in your life? An individual that sees beauty in the most basic things and wants to capture the world via a camera? Then you’ve come to the right place! This holiday season, dumbfound your photographer with these 25 incredible digital cameras that make perfect gifts.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
The most compact interchangeable lens camera for budget-conscious shooters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 offers sharp EVF; fast burst shooting, outstanding ISO performance auto at 160-12800, and AVCD full HD 1080p video capture in its vari-angle 920k dots touch LCD display. The latest SLR-like Micro Four Thirds camera comes with 16MP digital Live MOS sensor + Venus Engine 7FHD to minimize noise generation, and shoots at 5.3fps with Intelligent Resolution technology for a true-to-life color reproduction.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
An excellent, well-balanced camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 has wonderful design, excellent price-to-feature ratio, interface, and controls with its 5x wide-angle zoom lens. Featuring 12.1MP resolution Super HAD CDD image sensor; its 3-inch LCD display with face detection and Smile Shutter technology is packed with advanced automatic shooting options and 720p HD video capture using the BIONZ image processor. It also includes 11MB built-in memory where you can also capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media.
Sony Cyber-shot HX300
Sony Cyber-shot HX300, which packs long lens with powerful image stabilization to match, features a 50x f2.8-6.3 24-1200mm lens and a ½.3-inch 20MP Exmor R backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. Its lens can focus as close as 0.4” from a subject for macro shots, an improved autofocus (AF) for better performance in telephoto, and an enhanced OIS made possible by a 2nd zoom group of lens elements.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
The best Micro Four Thirds camera tested, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 got a superior stabilization system, fully-weathered sealed, packed with a sharp and versatile lens kit, and can also shoot in all types of light. A high-end interchangeable lens camera, it has crisp LCD EVF; articulated rear display, fast autofocus, impressive high ISO performance, shoots at 9fps, large native lens library, sharp kit lens, and optional grip available in its compact body.
Canon EOS Rebel T4i
A good DSLR choice, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i has a more streamlined shooting design that its predecessor the T3i, and delivers good stills and videos with improved performance in the Live View shooting. It also sports a 3.0-inch vari-angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD Monitor II, and a new hybrid CMOS sensor that includes both contrast autofocus sensors and the traditional phase-detection sensors of DSLRs.
Nikon COOLPIX P330
An enthusiast-friendly camera, the compact Nikon COOLPIX P330 incorporates a bigger 1/1.7-inch sensor on its back-illuminated sensor for excellent photo quality. Featured in its compact and highly portable design are low-light capabilities, outstanding image quality, and cutting-edge technology. Added with the RAW (NRW) support for advanced shooters it retained its GPS capability, an articulated LCD, f/1.8 lens, 1080p HD video with stereo sound, and Wi-Fi capability.
Sony Alpha 77 (SLT-A77VQ)
Pumping out 24MP stills at 10.3fps and records 1080p60 video with continuous autofocus, Sony Alpha 77 (SLT-A77VQ) offers a solid low-light ISO performance, high-quality OLED EVF, and GPS capability. Like Sony’s other APS-C DSLRS; it features a fixed pellicle mirror and electronic viewfinder, along with its 16-50mmf/2.8 zoom to keep up with the 24MP CMOS sensor.
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
A small, light budget camera with big zoom, Canon PowerShot SX500 IS was known for its ultra-wide-angle 30x 24-720mm zoom lens that comes in its 4-inch deep body that weighs only 12oz with its battery. It also offers more shooting options, from semi-manual to manual controls in its 16MP ½.3-inch CCD sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor; 3” TFT color LCD, 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button, and high-speed AF.
Nikon COOLPIX A
A fixed-focal-length lens model with an APS-C sensor, the Nikon COOLPIX A felt solid and well designed. It has a 16MP DX-format CMOS Image Sensor for breathtaking crystal-clear photos and full HD videos with vibrant colors and rich textures. It also comes with fixed 28mm f/2.8 NIKKOR glass lens, 1080p HD with stereo sound, RAW (NEF) capability, and is Wi-Fi capable with a WU-1a adapter.
Nikon COOLPIX AW100
A rugged point-and-shoot camera, the Nikon COOLPIX AW100 captures sharp images and full-HD movies; and is also waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, with action button and fast performance. This 16MP shooter not only captures photos and 1080p30 videos, but can also survive drops, geotag your images, and shoot underwater. The 3-inch LCD display can also show Points of Interest such as landmarks, locations, etc. as well the location information (latitude, longitude) that you can add to your photos.
Sony Alpha SLT-A99V
Sony Alpha SLT-A99V, the flagship full-frame interchangeable lens camera that is equally adept at both stills and video, was well-constructed and intelligently designed to have a solid performance and a great feature set. It features a 24MP 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor with on-sensor phase detection, to create a dual AF system and improve focus tracking and precision; the Quick Navi interactive status panel, ‘silent’ control dial, focus peaking, and mic and headphone sockets so you can take advantage of its 1080p60 HD capability.
Offering a fantastic mix of still image and video-recording quality, Nikon D5100 is a well-rounded shooter with plenty of features such as first-rate camera effects. It also presents excellent low-light shooting capability, continuous autofocus during Live View shooting, and sharp, articulating LCD. Its body only weighs 1.2lbs, though it could be 1.8 lbs once the 18-55mm lens is attached. It also comes with levers, dials and switches galore for switching modes and a directional pad for speedy menu navigation.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
The world’s first 50x optical zoom with 24mm to 1,200mm wide-angle image stabilized lens, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS offers plenty of shooting modes from full auto to full manual, a Hot Shoe for added external flash or Speedlites, and RAW image capture; besides fine photo quality. It also has 12.1MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with DIGIC 5 Image Processor, high-speed AF and Burst HQ for maximum 10 frames, and 1080p full HD video with a dedicated movie button.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
For a nice, simple, ultra-compact camera for outdoor and indoor use, the world’s thinnest, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, is fun to use as it still creates excellent photo quality even if it just left in auto. It also comes with a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, besides the new HS System, which combine the sensor with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor for better low-light photos and faster shooting performance.
Canon EOS 6D
A topnotch full-frame camera in a compact body, you can never go wrong withCanon EOS 6D with its affordable price, spectacular image quality, and enthusiast-friendly features. It has full-frame 20.2MP CMOS sensor, 4.5 fps shooting capability, interchangeable focus screens, super image quality at high ISOs, 1080p30 video capture, integrated GPS and Wi-Fi, supported USB tethered and Wi-Fi remote control in its 3.0-inch LCD body that also comes with a battery grip.
Pentax Optio WG-2
A lightweight, extremely rugged compact camera, the Pentax Optio WG-2 is waterproof down to 40 feet, freeze-proof to 14°F, and shockproof to 5 feet; besides being crushproof, as it can handle up to 220 lbs of force. Aside from being durable, it also allows you to grip the camera even with wet or gloved hands; and comes with few extras like the carabiner strap, a light source, self-timer indicator, a ring of bright LEDs around the lens to improve close-up macro shots, and comes with or without built-in GPS.
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
One pretty great compact megazoom, the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS comes with shooting modes for casual to advanced photographers, along with its useful long 20 x 25mm ultra-wide zoom lens and excellent photo quality. It has 12MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor along with the new a DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps shoot in burst up to 10fps. It also comes with an improved GPS system with better location information and easier on and off to save on battery life.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150
A svelte point-and-shoot with a long 10x zoom lens, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX 150 produces sharp photos with good high ISO performance. It also offers simultaneous video and still capture in all kinds of light, unperceivable shutter lag, 18.2MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor to capture high resolution stills and 1080/60i videos simultaneously, and high-speed AF to improve focus speed in its 3’ LCD display for serious shooters out there.
Fujifilm FinePix S4200
One of the better megazoom cameras today, the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 has a 24x zoom lens, an electric viewfinder, AA batteries for power, and manual and semi-manual shooting modes all at an affordable price. It has advanced features including a 3” LCD display, 14MP CCD, 720p HD movies, and includes the 42-step electronic powered zoom, so you can frame each shot with accuracy at 2cm Super Macro. It has also been treated with the Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) to reduce ghosting and red flare as well.
Sony Alpha NEX-6
The strengths of Sony Alpha NEX-6 lie on its fine shooting design, excellent performance, and great photo and video quality. This camera is for advanced photographers who want flexibility with their interchangeable lenses and better sensitivities even at midrange ISO. It also features 16MP APS-C sensor with up to 10fps shooting and full HD video, the fast Hybrid AF with its phase detection for DSLR-like focus, a bright XGA OLED viewfinder for 100% coverage, and Wi-Fi sharing and downloadable camera apps.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Packing a relatively huge 1-inch image sensor into its ultra-slim, sophisticated aluminum body, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 also offers the ultra-bright f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T-lens with its 3.6x zoom. Aside from superb image quality even at high ISOs, it has customizable controls; large, extra sharp 3-inch LCD, RAW shooting support, and virtually no shutter lag. It also features 20.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor for extreme low-lights shots and a full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record.
GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition
Wearable, gear-mountable and waterproof to 131’/40m, the GoPro Hero3+ Silver edition captures professional-quality video at resolutions up to 1080p60 and 10MP photos at up to 10 frames per second.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
For excellent video capabilities and mage and video quality, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a perfect choice. Added with an articulated LCD, it has an exceptional noise profile with the JPEGs looking clean and sharp even through ISO 400. With an 18.0MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed, it also comes with vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor for shooting at high or low angles 1.04k dot VGA with reflection reduction, and video snapshot features for enhanced video shooting options.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
With supercharged EOS performance and stunning full frame, Canon EOS 5D Mark III high-resolution image capture, the EOS 5D Mark III is designed to perform. Special optical technologies like the 61-Point High Density Reticular AF and an extended ISO range of 100-25600 expandable to 50, 51200 and 102400 make the EOS 5D Mark III ideal for shooting weddings in the studio or out in the field, and great for still photography.
For professional photographers looking for an excellent DSLR that is relatively cheaper than most brands, the Nikon D7000 offers an excellent performance for its class with great viewfinder; the company’s latest 39-point AF system with 3D tracking, and comes with double SDXC-compatible card slots as well. Housed in a magnesium alloy body, it also features a 16.2MP CMOS sensor, 921k dot 3.0’ LCD that can also record 1080p full HD movies, and a faster ‘Expeed 2’-branded processor.