Holiday Gift Guide – Cameras

The holiday season is here – it’s a time for mirth, for disseminating love, for sharing memories, and – of course - for gifting. And digital cameras are perfect gifting solutions to help your loved ones capture precious moments and help you spread the cheer. A roundup of the best standalone digital cameras that ought to be on your shopping roster:

1. CanonPowerShot ELPH 110 HS: The PowerShot ELPH 110 HS is a superlative gifting choice for those looking for a very competent but affordable digital camera. Available in a range of attractive colors, this point-and-shootdevice essentially sports a 16.1-megapixel resolution, a 24-millimeter wide-point lens, a 3-inch PureColor LCD screen, and a DIGIC 5 core processor. A 1/2.3-inch ultra-sensitive CMOS sensor, a 5x optical zoom, a 4x digital zoom, an entrenched optical picture stabilizer, a preset 58-setting imaging function, and the ability to record 1080p HD movies are its other highlights.

The PowerShot ELPH 110 HS is priced at $180 but you can snare it for lower thanks to holiday discounts.

2. Nikon CoolPix P310: This is another excellent gifting option for those on a budget. The P310, at $250, costs slightly more than the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS but has the same commendable performance and panache – along with some extra features. The P310 showcases 16.1 million effective pixels, a rear-lighted1/2.3-inch CMOSsensor, a patented f/1.8NIKKOR wide-angle lens measuring 24 millimeters, 1080p full HD movie rendering ability, and state-of-the-art VR picture stabilization.

Other specialties of Nikon’s point-and-shoot camera include a 3-inch clear LCD color screen, an     EXPEED C2 image processor, a 19-mode image enhancer, Eye-Fi card functionality, automatic scene enhancement, and USB charging function. The multi-mode ISO monochrome for heightened imaging and video effects also merits a mention.

3. Samsung WB850F: The WB850F makes it to the list due to its sheer versatility that notably encompasses superior Wi-Fi and GPS functionalities. The camera is extremely prepossessing with a smart black-dominated aluminum chassis while its construction is enviable too with the many controls well-laid out and within easy reach. Samsung has equipped the WB850F with a 16-megapixel sensor with pop-up flash, a gloriously vivid 3-inch AMOLED display, an extremely convenient interface, a superb 21x optical zoom, 1080p HD video recording along with a plethora of imaging filters, settings, and presets to aid user convenience. The speedy 10-frame per second burst rate and impressive refresh rates are other draws. 

The abundance of imaging facets makes the WB850F a great gift to give albeit at a higher price – USD 330. 

4. Olympus PEN E-PM2: Olympus’ $600 E-PM2 is a lens-interchangeable, mirror-free camera and can prove a refreshing gifting departure from more conventional camera options.

The camera boasts a distinctive 16-megapixel MOS (live) sensor, a capable TruePic (VI) Image processing unit, 8-frame per second still generation, 23-mode scene selection, 12 specialized art filters, 25600-extendable ISO sensitivity, and the facility to record 1080p movies in 60i formats. The camera is a winner on the design front too with a vibrant 3-inch touchscreen, excellent handling, and commendable overall build.

5. Sony Alpha NEX-5R: This device is a splendid imaging product from the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) stable. The NEX-5R’s premium DLSR-like facets and price (officially $750) make it an ideal gift for close family members and friends. A cornucopia of features is on board: 16.1-megapixel (APS-C) sensor, 18/55-millimeter E-mount lens, phase-detecting autofocus, 3-inch touchscreen with 180-degree swiveling, inbuilt Wi-Fi, and AVCHD-enabled 1080-pixel fast movie recording.

6. Canon EOS REBEL T4i: Canon’s $800 marvel is a top choice in the DSLR segment and a worthy present for a serious photography aficionado. The 18-megapixel camera packs in awesome imaging aspects like 14-bit A/D conversion, 100 to 12800-range ISO extendable to 25600, a DIGIC 5 processor, and continuous 5 frames per second shooting.    

So simply follow the above and your camera gifting exercise should be a snap!

This is a guest post by Tina Reeves. She is an experienced guest writer who handles topics about technology, internet and cable and all the latest tech news.  You can also get more information about internet and cable by checking the cox tv guide today.
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