Last night I had a nightmare and woke up in a cold sweat with tears in my eyes. Christmas is only days away. No, literally, the 25th of December is frighteningly close. So why I am I so stressed about this supposed joyous and happy occasion? Because I have not done an ounce of shopping for anyone and I don’t know when I am going to find the time to get around to it.
Now I am a camera lover, as is most of my family. We love photography and we love staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies. Realizing that many of you out there in the Digital Photography School might be in the same (sweaty) position as me, I decided to put together a quick guide to help you shop for all the latest and greatest digital camera gear this Christmas. I hope it helps.
The guide to digital photography shopping this Christmas
Let’s keep it fresh, simple and cheap. Digital photography can be expensive if you allow yourself to splurge so we want to keep our budget within limits. There is a financial crisis going on you know?
Oh, and you might want to copy and paste this URL into an email for your Mom if you still haven’t decided what she is going to get you this year! I’m sure she will appreciate the altruistic Christmas spirit.
1. Point and Shoot: Canon PowerShot SD770IS
I want to kick off this guide with the best point and shoot camera on the market these days. This is the number one point and shoot on Amazon’s Best Seller List and with good reason – it is a great camera.
A point and shoot is an excellent gift to give someone for Christmas. I don’t know about you, but this would be an expensive gift in my family so maybe reserve this one for your parents, child or a good looking person you need to impress. Don’t worry too much, the Canon PowerShot SD770IS is only going to set you back about $160USD.
Let’s talk about its features: it is one of the most compact cameras out there and comes in a very tough and stylish metallic shell. It has a whopping 10 megapixels CCD capture with enough juice to blow up some photos to poster size. It also boats face detection, image stabilization and 2.5 inch glistening LCD screen.
The best thing about this camera, however, is the most obvious. It takes amazing photos. Even in automatic mode, the Canon PowerShot shoots some of the most crisp, warm and impressive photos I have ever seen on a basic point and shoot camera. Couple that with the fact that my grandma could operate it and you have an excellent gift.