Last minute photography Christmas gift ideas
I’m glad Christmas only comes once a year. While I enjoy the holiday lights, social activities and gift giving, it really became such a hectic time of year for most people.
Here are a few of my ideas for your last-minute photographic gift giving.
Nikon COOLPIX S01 – ($179) I just noticed this camera while shopping at my local camera store. I only have one word for this Nikon point-and-shoot camera: tiny. The COOLPIX S01 will slip into any size pocket with no problem featuring a 3x lens, HD 720p video and 10.1 megapixels. Granted, you’re not going to compete with a DSLR or top-of-the-line compact camera, but you’re not going to complain about taking the camera with you. Also, it uses only 8 GB of memory built-in, so you don’t need to use a flash card but you will need to upload those photos off the camera which could be a disadvantage on a long trip. If you’re looking for an improvement over your cellphone camera, the COOLPIX S01 measuring in at 3.1 x 2.1 inches might just be the answer. You can find this camera much cheaper than the list price. There are many places that have it for sale under $100 including the Nikon website.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 – ($1,299 including a 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 lens) If you’re looking for a smaller camera but want the feel of a traditional DSLR camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the perfect choice. I wrote a post this year about this mirror lens 4/3 style camera which has a nice selection of interchangeable lenses. The camera uses two viewing systems, the LCD on the back of the camera and a more traditional DSLR style which gives the feel of an eye level finder plus you get to view your snapshot without having to move your eye away from the viewfinder. This is a great option because you don’t have to drop the camera down from your eye to check your frames. And as an Olympus added benefit, this camera is splash- and dust-proof.
Canon Powershot S110 – ($449) This is my choice of an expensive compact point-and-shoot. The Canon Powershot S110 is a great blend of small size and high quality. If you’re looking for a bargain, the older model S100 is available with almost the same features: nice low-light detail with the f/2 lens and full HD 1080p video. I have seen it online for for as low as $249. It’s a nice discount from the $449 list price.
Leica M – (About $6,950 body only) No Christmas list should be made without including a Leica. Any photographer would want a shiny new Leica in their Christmas stocking. Start saving now, it looks like this 24MP Full Frame Leica Max CMOS Sensor camera will be available in February 2013. If you’re still interested in a Leica for this year, maybe the Leica D-Lux 6 with a 10.1MP CMOS sensor point-and-shoot priced at $799 might be the right pick for you. It still carries the recognizable Leica red dot logo and features a super fast f1.4 lens.
Ollo Clip - ($69) Another product I reviewed earlier this year is now available for the iPhone 5. This is my favorite add-on product at a reasonable price for your iPhone. This clip-on lens for your iPhone 4 or 5, features a wide angle, fisheye and macro lens. It’s a nice blend of quality at a reasonable price. It really extends your iPhone camera capabilities. One important note: make sure to pick the correct model for your particular phone.
Lomo LC-A+ 20th Aniversary Edition ($349) – Who doesn’t want a cool and funky new film camera for a gift? If you’re looking for a more retro film camera look no further than the Lomo store. The limited edition LC-A+ 20th Anniversary Edition camera is styled after their first camera and includes a 20th anniversary emblem and is wrapped in blue crocodile-patterned leather. There are plenty more Lomo film cameras to pick from in a variety of colors, film size choice and prices.
Kodak Brownie – Most people don’t think an antique or older style camera from the past for a gift, but for the camera enthusiast it might be a nice trip down memory lane. Finding a camera on EBay is easy and you will find them for as little as $5 plus shipping. This is perfect for the person who needs and extra dust collector on the shelf. The prices really vary and I have found EBay to be much more reasonable than swap meets or garage sales. There are plenty of of options of styles and price.
Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster ($9.50)– This is a one-time purchase for this air blaster, It’s always primed and ready to go. This cleaner can blow a breeze across your mirror, sensor or lens to get rid of the pesky dust that always seems to settle in the tiniest of crevices. It’s an inexpensive self-powered way to blow the dust away.
Lenspen ($15) - Another new cool way of cleaning your lens. I guess I’m not supposed to use my T-shirt as a lens cleaning cloth.
Camera Split Strap ($28.95) This is a unique style camera strap for those looking to take a little pressure off the shoulder. The Camera Split Strap is split down the middle at the shoulder which helps conform it to the shoulder and seems to lighten the load. While everyone wants to carry a smaller camera, the DSLR is still a favorite and everyone wants to bring along their selection of heavy lenses. Also featured on their site is the C-Loop used for mounting the strap at the bottom of the camera for those who prefer to carry the camera at their side instead of around the neck. The Camera Strap and C-Loop Black combination is priced at $59.95.
Epiphanie Camera Bag – (Prices start $155) this is one area I’m certainly not an expert, but these quality camera bags, which look like a purse, might be a perfect option for the female photographer in your life. The Epiphanie bags by Maile Wilson come in a variety of styles and colors and look nothing like the traditional camera bag. They also have satchel style camera bags and stylish camera bags geared toward men starting at $195.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 – ($649) While it’s probably more money than you intended to spend on a compact point-and-shoot, the Sony Cybershot RX100 has some very impressive features with a Carl Zeiss f1.8 lens, a large 20.2 megapixels CMOS sensor, RAW and JPEG capture full manual control, and full HD 1080/60p video recording. I would love to make this my everyday carry around camera, but I can’t quite justify retiring my Canon S95. This is on my list of cameras I really need to check it out, especially after reading David Pogue’s review in the New York Times earlier this year.
Nikon or Canon Shot Glass Lens Set ($18) – While you can’t take pictures with these, they might be the perfect gift for those photographers who enjoy an occasional adult beverage. For those who don’t drink, the ceramic mini cups can be used for espresso. These are available from the Photojojo online store.
HD You Vision Video Glasses – ($149) – Also available from Photojojo online store, these glasses have a built in HD video camera. Who needs to carry a cellphone, bulky video camera or GoPro. These glasses have a slot for a micro SD card and shoot 1280 x 720 video with a built-in rechargeable battery. At this price don’t expect them to fit you with prescription lenses.
Have a great holiday and best wishes for a great New Year.
December 19, 2012, 9:15 pm
The Kodak Brownie was my first camera. How fun to see it listed here as a gift idea!
December 23, 2012, 11:38 am
I'm enjoying last year's bargain Canon Powershot S95.
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