Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $400 - $600 Cameras
2013 Holiday Gift Guide TOC
The Sony Alpha NEX-3N is the newest and most affordable model in Sony's popular NEX line-up. Falling in between their Alpha dSLR and point-n-shoot cameras, the NEX line combines the best of both worlds, giving you a powerful and high quality camera in a much smaller and easy to use body. The NEX-3N features a 16.1-Megapixel, APS-C sized imaging sensor, which is the same sized sensor that you will find in most dSLR cameras. The lack of a mirror in the camera, a viewfinder, hot shoe and Sony's specially designed E-mount lenses keep this camera down to a fraction of the size of a dSLR; making it much easier to carry without the lack of quality. Along with the sensor, the camera features a 3.0-inch tilting LCD screen, popup flash unit, several incredibly powerful automatic shooting modes and the ability to capture full 1080p HD video at the touch of a button. Pick up this outstanding camera, in black or white, if you are looking for an affordable transition from a compact camera to a more powerful model, or to replace a larger dSLR. This is an excellent camera for anyone in the family.
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Canon PowerShot G16
The Canon PowerShot G16 is the first G-series PowerShot camera to include built-in Wi-Fi, which allows the G16 to share photos and videos to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, and even via email. It also features a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor, a DIGIC 6 image processor, a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm) lens with an f/1.8 - f/2.8 aperture, improved Auto Focus times / reduced shooting lag, continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.3 frames-per-second, and Full HD 1080/60p video recording. With an f1.8 aperture, High Sensitivity image sensor, the DIGIC 6 processor, and three new Star Modes, the G16 has been designed to excel at night and other low light scenarios.The G16 might be a point-and-shoot digicam, but it has the look and feel and dials of Canon's more expensive EOS DSLR cameras. It even has HDR Scene Modes such as Natural, Art Bold, Art Embossed, Art Standard and Art Vivid options. Pick up this camera if you want to shoot in less than ideal lighting conditions, but don't want to lug around your full sized DSLR.
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Fuji's new X20 camera follows in the success of the X10 and X100 released last year. While it may look just like the X10, Fuji has made some outstanding improvements to the X20 that have greatly improved the overall image quality of the camera. One of the new additions to the X20 is the powerful 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II, 12-Megapixel imaging sensor. Including a random pixel array and phase detection, this new sensor increases resolution, sharpness and greatly increases the speed of the AF system. Powering this sensor is the EXR Processor II, which has carried over from their EXR line, providing excellent shooting performance and an increase in noise reduction. Rounding out the major improvements is the new Advanced Optical zoom viewfinder, which adds plenty of exposure information that was not there before. Available in black or silver, pick this up if you are looking for a compact and powerful digicam that is easy to carry but will not disappoint when it comes to performance or quality.
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Yes, Canon might have already released the S120, but the better bargain this holiday season might be to reach back to the late 2012 Canon S110, which offers nearly all the same performance specs as the new model, but will be severly discounted to move out old stock.
Canon's PowerShot S110 is an ultra-compact and ultra powerful digicam. Sporting a large 1/1.7-inch, 2-Megapixel High-Sensitivity (HS) CMOS imaging sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, f/2.0 Canon lens, 3.0-inch Touch LCD screen and built-in WiFi capabilities, this it not your typical compact point-n-shoot. Sitting atop of the "S" series of PowerShot cameras, the S110 has everything that you would look for in a compact from Canon, including some pro-level features like multi-aspect RAW capture, a dSLR-like ring control and Canon's Intelligent IS image stabilization. They have also included Full 1080p HD video capture and their Smart Auto shooting mode that allows anyone to capture great images by just pointing and shooting. And, Canon's built-in WiFi service allows the camera to send out a WiFi signal from anywhere. Pick up an S110 if you are looking for a high quality camera that is easy to carry. It is also great for anyone that has to have the latest and greatest features.
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Nikon Coolpix P7700
Nikon's Coolpix P7700 is able to separate itself from other high-end fixed-lens cameras in this price point with a larger than average optical zoom lens, numerous control buttons and dials, dedicated microphone and GPS ports, and an articulated LCD screen. Best of all, the P7700 excels in the one area that truly matters. This camera's image quality is among the best that you're going to find in sub-$500 fixed-lens cameras currently on the market. The Coolpix P7700 offers performance and image quality closer to what you'd expect to find in an entry-level interchangeable lens camera, such as a DSLR or an ILC. Nikon includes a 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel image sensor, Vibration Reduction, and a variety of burst modes, too. Pick this camera up if you need image quality and performance closer to an entry-level DSLR or ILC camera, but you want to stick with the simplicity and overall cost of a fixed-lens model.
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Olympus XZ-10 iHS
Built for superior image quality from a compact camera, the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 iHS has been loaded with top of the line hardware and features to ensure the highest quality and usability. At the heart of the camera is a 12-Megapixel BSI, high sensitivity CMOS imaging sensor, TruePic VI image processor and a 5x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 - f/2.7. These three features combine to become the iHS system that provides the amazing image quality and overall camera performance. This camera also features a 3.0-inch touch screen display with loaded with 920,000 dots of resolution, Full 1080p HD video recording, Hybrid Control Ring and a slew of creative features and shooting modes that will keep your creative side active for years to come. Olympus also included a fully automatic iAuto shooting mode to ensure that anyone can pick up this camera and use it to capture great images. Pick up this camera if you are looking for exceptional quality and performance from a compact camera. This works as an excellent alternative to carrying a dSLR.
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