Holiday Camera Buying Guide

by Eric Pearson

Photographers come from all walks of life, and each has different needs for their photos. Whether you are looking for a serious camera for your professional photographer friend, or smartphone lenses to help the guy that keeps sharing his crappy Instagram photos, we are here to help. Here are some of the hot items this season that will make any camera aficionado drool.

For the serious shooter

Canon’s new 6D has built in WIFI and GPS connectivity. Add that to a list of other impressive stats like the company’s new Digic 5 proccessor and a 20.2 megapixel sensor and you’ve got a serious player in the full frame market. You can pick it up at B&H Photo for $2,699.00.

Nikon’s D600 has made waves in the DSLR market and it’s easy to see why with its 24.3mp full frame sensor, a 5.5 fps speed (a full shot faster than the 6D) and 1080p video capture. You can pick this up at Adorama for $2,496.95.

It’s hard to pass up mentioning the Sony A99 in this category. Sonys might not be as popular as the Nikons and Canons, but this one is leaving a positive mark on the pro DSLR space with it 10fps shooting, an uncompressed video output and 24mp full frame sensor. You can pick this up at Sony for $2799.99

For the casual shooter

Canon’s PowerShot G12 sports the company’s Digic 4 processor and a 10mp sensor. It also offers a 2.8 inch vari-angled LCD and optical image stabilization. You can pick this up at B&H Photo for $349.95.

The Nikon J1 is a wonderful entry level option. It records full 1080p video, shoots 10 frames a second and has an excellent autofocus system. The mirrorless systems are here to stay and the J1 is a good move into the genre. You can pick this up at Sears for $396.95.

Sony has a few great options here too. The Alpha NEX-6 mirrorless camera shoots video, can take up to 10 frames per second and comes with a 16-50mm lens to capture images on its 16mp sensor. The RX1 is probably one of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market. It’s pricey (on par with the pro DSLR bodies) but it’s sports a full-frame sensor in a lightweight, beautiful design. You can pick this up Sony NEX-6 at J&R for $998.00, and the Sony RX1 at B&H Photo for $2,798.00.


The Lensbaby Spark will help the photographer on your list have an affordable tilt-shift lens at their disposal. And, it’s very small and portable, unlike a standard tilt-shift. You can pick this up at Amazon for $79.95.

The Black Rapid RS-4 camera strap is a unique way of wearing your camera. Worn diagonally across the torso, this strap is adjustable and allows you to quickly bring your camera up from your hip to capture every last memory. You can pick this up at B&H Photo for $53.95.

Looking to use that new DSLR for video? The Cam Caddie video stabilizer is a must. Attach any camera to its base and start turning your home movies into something Spielberg himself would happy with. You can pick this up at B&H Photo for $32.95.

What good is all this equipment if you have nothing to carry it in? Lowepro offers a few new bags in their lineup that are more than suitable. The Passport Sling will carry a small amount of gear and some personal items as well. The Flipside Sport 15L adds a little more space for more lenses, a flash or other accessories and also has room for an optional 1 liter liquid pack. What’s nice is it’s camera compartment is removable, turning the bag into a regular pack. You can pick this up at Adorama for $39.99

Cool gadgets and gifts

For the coffee drinkers on your list there’s the Canon and Nikon lens mugs. Made to look like the real thing, these mugs will surely attract attention around the office. You can pick this up at ThinkGeek for $14.99.

The Expedition wooden tripod is something every Ansel Adams fan will want. This German-crafted beauty will be the envy of every photographer on your next photowalk. You can pick this up at Photojojo for $290.00.

Need a tripod in a hurry? Carry around the bottle cap tripod and turn any bottle into a small tripod to support your gear. You can pick it up at Photojojo for $10.00.

Smartphone shooters

For the smartphone photogs, the gadgets are endless. But here are a few standouts that will please any hipster. The magnetic lens set offers three lenses that attach to your phone’s lens with a metal ring. The set includes a fisheye, telephoto, wide angle and macro lenses to help take your Instagram pics to the next level. You can pick these up at Photojojo for $27.50.

Gorillapod’s GripTight phone stand will give your smartphone some sturdy legs and add tack-sharp focus to your smartphone photos. You can pick this up at Adorama for $29.95

Looking to create an interesting timelapse video? The Camalapse can make one with its rotating base that supports your iPhone. You can pick this up with the Gilf iPhone holder at Photojojo for $45.00

Coupon & Cash Back Resources

B&H Photo & Video Coupons

Adorama Coupons

J&R Coupons

Sears Coupons

Additional Resources

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