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9 Fun Digital Photography Christmas Gifts

What’s on your Photographic Christmas Wishlist this year?

We’re a week out from Christmas now and I know many of you are researching digital camera gear (one of the hottest posts on the site this week has been our Popular Digital Cameras and Gear roundup).

I asked three friends what they were after and here’s what they came up with:

Wireless Memory Card

1. Eye-Fi Card, Wireless 2 GB SD Memory Card

This little beauty caused quite a stir in the photography world earlier in the year when it was launched – it looks like any other memory card – but this little beauty has WiFi built right into it!

Super stuff – it beams your images to your computer through your home network or to social networking sites and photo sharing services.

If this is where memory cards are headed in the future – I like it.

It costs $99.99 USD.

Canon PowerShot SD950IS

2. Canon PowerShot SD950IS

I’ve been wanting a new point and shoot digital camera for a while – and this one’s been at the top of my list.

It’s 12.7 megapixels, has a 3.7x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, face detection, 18 shooting modes and plenty more in the way of features – plus I’m a Canon junkie, I’ve never bought a bad one.

It’s also had a lot of great reviews around the web and it looks cool (can anyone say titanium body).

You can pick this one up for $349.88


3. The Digital Photography Book – Volume 2

I only just spotted this one myself. It’s a little late for Christmas (it actually gets released on 8 January 2008) but this is the 2nd volume of one of my favorite Digital Photography books.

I reviewed the first edition here and rated it 9 out of 10. Scott Kelby (the author) has a real gift in explaining photography in a way that is totally graspable even by complete beginners.

I can only imagine that’s been improved in it’s 2nd edition and have already ordered a copy of this next version.

It costs $16.49 USD.

4. Nifty 50mm Lens

No DSLR kit is complete without a ‘Nifty 50’ lens. These lenses are often one of the most affordable lenses to have in your kit (their affordability varies from manufacturer to manufacturer).

50mm is a great focal length, the optics in both the Canon and Nikon versions are great, these lenses are ‘fast’ (the two below are f/1.8) and having a prime lens (fixed focal length) on your camera is a great change from zooms.

Digital Photo Key Chain

5. Coby DP-151 1.5-Inch Digital Photo Key Chain

My Mum used to carry her ‘brag photos’ of us kids around in her purse – but these days you can do it on your keyring.

This keyring has a 1.5 inch LCD an memory to carry around up to 60 images in it.

It takes JPEG, GIF and BMP files and gets the images in their useing a USB port.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X computers – it’s powered by a rechargeable battery.

It costs $19.56 USD.

POD Camera Platform

6. The POD Camera Platform (Bean Bag)

This little device will keep your camera perfectly still (ending camera shake) yet is portable enough to give you a lot of flexibility that you wouldn’t get by taking a full sized tripod with you.

The Pod comes in a variety of sizes and a couple of configurations (some have the securing screw in the center – some have them off center) but they are a great option for all kinds of cameras.

The above 5″ version costs $12,49 USD

Crumpler Camera Bag

7. Crumpler 5 MILLION DOLLAR HOME Shoulder Photo Bag

Each of the 3 friends that I asked about this mentioned a different Crumpler bag (depending upon their camera).

I’ve used Crumpler bags for three years now (I have three). I personally have the 6 Million Dollar Photo Bag but it might be a little too big for some (although they do go even bigger).

Crumpler bags are not the cheapest out there – but they are well made, durable and stylish. I’ve met some of the team behind these bags – and they are a wacky and fun bunch – it’s no wonder their bags have such character.

The 5 Million Dollar Bag is worth $74.50 USD.

Rechargeable Batteries

8. GE/SANYO eneloop 4 Pack AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries

What digital photographer doesn’t need another set of good rechargeable batteries?

I’ve just ordered myself a set of these – the reason that I like the sound of them is that they have a ‘slow self-discharge’ rate.

This means that even if they just sit in your camera bag they won’t discharge as quickly as most rechargeable batteries. They are actually rated to keep at least 85% of their charge for a full year of not being used.

They can be recharged 1000 times and come pre charged so that you can use them straight away.

At $8.78 (currently 56% off) they make a nice stocking stuffer. They also can be purchased with a Charging Kit for $19.33 (also on special at over 50% off).

Adorama Bubble Level-2

9. Adorama Single Bubble Level

This is cool. It’s a small device that you attach to your camera (via a hotshoe) to check if you’ve got it level.

Many tripods have these built into them these days – but if you are not using a tripod or you have one without it this could be handy – particularly if you’re someone who realizes after you’ve taken your shots that you’ve got a crooked horizon or that buildings are leaning over.

There’s not much more to report on it – except that it’s bound to be a talking point. A guy had one on a trip I took once and he was constantly asked about it.

The Adorama Single Bubble Level costs $18.95 USD.

What’s on your Digital Photography Wishlist this year?

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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