Christmas cameras for the whole family

Cameras make great Christmas gifts, but only if they suit the person’s interests and lifestyle. We help you match the camera to people on your gift list….

For the official family photographer
Know someone who documents every family party and social gathering? A kind of default family historian? At every occasion, they capture moments to treasure. Here’s what to look for in a camera:

  • easy to use controls for the ability to point and shoot and still get good results
  • versatility to shoot different types of photography with larger sensors and an optical zoom lens
  • portability – small and light enough to fit in a bag or jacket pocket

The ideal camera - Canon Powershot S200
This lightweight, pocketsize compact camera is ideal for crowded family gatherings. Whether shooting indoors, or outside at dusk, you’ll get great results.


What we love:

  • capture more light with the large pixels on a 10.1 MP sensor
  • take great photos in dusk and other low-light situations with the fast f/2-5.6 lens
  • shoot short video clips of the family party with 720p video recording

Check out the Canon Powershot S200

For the one with the travelling bug
Know someone who’s full of wanderlust, who’s planning a globe-trotting gap year or is a seasoned traveller? Or perhaps someone who just loves city breaks? Whether they’re visiting the skyscrapers of New York or terraces of Machu Picchu, here’s what to look for in a camera:

  • lightweight, durable design for throwing in their bag and hitting the road
  • interchangeable lenses for achieving different effects
  • large image sensor for capturing lots of light and detail in pictures of your travels
  • manual controls to get creative with your photography

The ideal camera – Panasonic Lumix G7 with 14-42mm lens
Compact system cameras offer superb image quality and features in a portable, travel-friendly package. This Panasonic Lumix G7 is both smaller and lighter than a DSLR. Yet it’s packed with features to take high-quality photos.


What we love:

  • capture stunning detail and bright, punchy colours with its Micro 4/3s sensor
  • enjoy fantastic results when shooting in dusk or in other low-light situations with the 100-25,600 ISO range
  • shoot video in super-sharp 4K resolution – 4 times sharper than Full HD
  • pull still images from your video – making it easy to capture fast-moving scenes
  • great range of compatible lenses to choose from withthe Micro Four Thirds mount
  • share images with friends via Facebook and Instagram directly from the camera with built-in Wi-Fi

Check out the Panasonic Lumix G7

For the one who enjoys winter sun
Know someone who counts down the days until their 2 weeks in the sun? No beach holiday is complete without some decent snaps but nobody wants to worry about breaking their camera at the beach or pool. Here’s what to look for in a camera:

  • a camera which fits in a handbag or beachbag
  • a waterproof/shockproof model to master the sand and sea

The ideal camera – Fujifilm Finepix XP80
This camera is built for life in the fast lane. It’s tough enough to handle life at the beach or on the crowded dancefloor and can also easily share pics online.

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What we love:

  • waterproof and dustproof construction – perfect for the beach
  • can be dropped from 1.75m without becoming damaged
  • take photos underwater – it’s waterproof to depths of 15m
  • capture video memories of your holiday in sharp Full HD resolution
  • share photos of your holiday from the beach or round the pool with built-in Wi-Fi

Check out the FinePix XP80

For the one who wants to expand their horizons
There’s always one person in the family who wants their photos to show more than just a place and instead wants to make it something special. Here’s what to look for in a camera:

  • full manual controls for adjusting aperture, shutter speed and other settings
  • interchangeable lenses for creating different effects
  • large APS-C image sensor for capturing plenty of detail

The ideal camera – Nikon D5500 with 18-55mm lens
DSLRs are perfect for someone who wants to take their photography to a more creative level. DSLRs have a mirror inside them, which can make them bulky, however there are plenty of DSLRs designed to be smaller, such as this lightweight and compact Nikon D5500.


What we love:

  • capture plenty of detail in every situation with 25MP APS-C sensor
  • excellent photos in low-light such as dusk or early morning with ISO range of 100-25,600
  • frame shots at awkward angles – such as low down or over a crowd – with an angled touchscreen
  • Nikon’s range of interchangeable lenses is one of the largest on the market

Check out the Nikon D5500

For the adrenalin junkie
Do you know somebody who loves skiing or windsurfing? Or perhaps you have a teenager who can be normally found at the skate park - boarding or BMXing?  Here’s what to look for in a camera:

  • the ability to mount the camera on their board or handlebars to shoot point-of-view footage
  • tough for the slopes or sea

The ideal camera – GoPro Hero 4 action camera
These small, lightweight cameras are designed to record video from the point of view of the person wearing it. GoPro cameras are probably the best known action cams. The GoPro Hero 4 is the flagship camera in the range.


What we love:

  • able to record someone’s skate, bike ride, or climbing action from their point of view
  • can be mounted on helmets, surfboards, bike handlebars
  • video in super-sharp 4K resolution
  • waterproof to 40m – great for crashing waves
  • capable of shooting arty slow-motion videos by increasing the frame rate

Check out the GoPro Hero 4


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