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Technology Gift Guide: everything you need to know about gifting cameras

Today we will talk about presents. After talking about smart phones and tablets, now is the turn for another very popular gift: cameras.

There are many models to choose from, so picking the right one may be more complicated than you think, that’s why you need know the needs and preferences of the person you’re going to give your present. Once you’ve taken care of that, it’s time to take a look at your options.

Compact cameras for beginners

If the camera is for a beginner or someone who wants to take good pictures in the simplest possible way, you should look for a compact camera. There are many affordable and interesting models.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC XS1, for example, is a great option with a 16.1-inch megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, you can get the Samsung WB30F, capable of sharing pictures thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Canon Powershot SX280 is even better thanks to its 12 megapixels, aperture of f/3.5 and a 20x optical zoom, capable of taking great pictures under any circumstance. The Sony DSC WX300 is probably one of the better models you can get in this category.

Advanced compact cameras for those who want more

“The bigger, the better” is sometimes what most people think when getting a camera. While there are very good SLR cameras, advanced compact cameras capable of offering professional-looking results do exist.

The Sony NEX 6, for example, is a compact camera with interchangeable lenses, Wi-Fi connectivity and a great image quality; we talked you about it a few weeks ago. There’s also the Olympus E-PM2, a 17-megapixel camera with Zuiko lenses.

The Samsung Galaxy NX300, a retro-looking camera, offers many connectivity options, and the Canon EOS M is perfect for those who are used to reflex cameras.

Reflex Cameras, the best of the best

The indisputably best cameras you can get, these are known for the quality of their sensors and the vast array of lenses you can find. There are many to choose from.

The Nikon D5100 is a simple reflex camera, perfect for beginners thanks to its price-performance ratio. It features a 16.9-megapixel sensor and Full HD video recording.

If you want something even better, you might want to get the Canon EOS 70D, an above-average SLR camera. The Samsung Galaxy NX comes with Android so you can edit and share your pictures on the spot.

Sports Cameras, for the adventurous

Sports cameras have been gaining popularity recently; if you know someone who loves sports and outdoor activities, this is the perfect gift.

Many interesting models exist, like the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, the Sony HDR AS15 or the Panasonic Lumix DMC FT25EG, all of them with great specs and performance.

These cameras are designed to be used during any circumstance and can even record slow-motion video.

The perfect accessory

A camera is a perfect gift, but if they already have one, you can get an accessory. It’s important to know what camera the accessory you’re getting is for.

A memory card is always a useful gift. SD cards are almost always the norm, although you have to make sure that is the case.

When getting a memory card, it’s important to take its speed and capacity in consideration, especially if they’re meant for SLR cameras.

A tripod may also prove very useful. It’s perfect to take the best possible pictures, especially for beginners. We’ve already released and article to help you use them correctly.

Cases and lenses: The former is easy if you know what camera they have. The latter is more complicated and you should only get them if you’re exactly sure of what their camera needs.

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