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Father's Day 2014: Photography and tech gift ideas

Father’s Day 2014: Photography and tech gift ideas

Father’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Sure, any holiday that’s all about me is always going to make the top of the list. I’ve come up with a few ideas for great photography and tech gifts.

nikon340-250pxNikon COOLPIX P340 – A nice, moderately priced, quality compact point-and-shoot always makes a great gift. The Nikon COOLPIX P340 will be a great addition to dad’s photo arsenal. This 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor camera with its flexible 5x wide-angle to telephoto zoom  (equivalent to 24-120 mm in 35mm format). Since this camera features built-in Wi-Fi you will be able to send photos wirelessly to your phone or tablet via the Nikon mobile app. The camera has plenty of controls for creativity, full manual controls along with shutter, aperture priority. The COOLPIX P340 also features a RAW (NRW) image capture. It has a retail price of $379.

canon250pxCanon PowerShot SX50 HS – This is a camera I bought and reviewed last year. It has an amazing zoom lens in a camera that is light and easy to carry. I use it on hikes to takes nature shots. The 50x wide-angle  telephoto zoom  has an equivalent 24 to 1200mm lens. It can capture stunning close-ups of birds across a pond with its image stabilization. As I mentioned in my review, this camera does not compete in quality with an expensive DSLR camera, but when you compare the price and portability it’s a great option. The camera also features manual or automatic settings, allowing plenty of creativity. It has a retail price of $429.99

olympus250pxOlympus Tough TG-850 – The camera is a great option for your outdoor adventures. This recent addition to the Olympus lineup caught my eye with its very wide angle – telephoto zoom 21 to 105mm (equivalent 35mm 5x zoom lens). It’s waterproof down to 33 feet, which should handle most recreational activities. The camera is ideal for action or selfies with its 180-degree flip up LCD screen. It’s also shockproof from a 7-foot drop, freeze-proof down to 12 degrees and dust-proof. It has a retail price of $249.99.

bird250pxBird Photo Booth – This is a unique option for a bird-watching father who has an iPhone or GoPro. This is a product I also bought and reviewed a few years ago. It uses the remote feature of both cameras to photograph birds as they feed perched on the Bird Photo Booth. It’s designed with a macro lens on the outside of the box which is constructed of marine quality wood, to get great close-up photographs with your cell phone or GoPro. It does take a little time to attract birds, but you’ll be impressed with Bird Photo Booth, which is priced at $99.99.

disk225SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Class 10/UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – Who doesn’t need more SD flash cards? They sure fill up fast, but the good thing is they have come down in price, which is especially nice with the giant size of the new cameras’ RAW files. It’s always great to have a few extras for an upcoming vacation or big event. Flash cards really vary in price; make sure to get the higher speed cards if you are planning to use them for shooting video. Prices range from $15 to $25 for a 32GB SD flash card.

seagate225Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 – Backup, backup, backup, there never seems to be enough computer storage. Don’t delay, hard drives are getting so much cheaper, there’s no reason to delay. Get all those important, photographs, video and documents backed up on all your computers. There are plenty of options regarding size and connectivity. Make sure to get large enough drive to accommodate your future needs. It amazing how fast you can fill them up. The external Seagate 2TB USB drive is priced at $114.95.

headphones225pxSol Republic Tracks Air headphones – Who doesn’t need a nice pair of headphones while working on your photographs, going on a walk, or a trip to the gym. These stylish Sol Republic Tracks Air headphone feature 150-foot wireless range connectivity and 15-hour rechargeable battery life. The headphones come in a variety of colors including: blue, black, red, and white and are priced at $199.

Ballhead SLR-Zoom and Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoomjoby250px  – These photo gadgets are a perfect way to keep your camera steady. It’s a simple way to secure your camera to a pole, fence, or table, pretty much any secure stationary object. It’s much smaller and easier to attach a camera than a regular tripod and can give you the same kind of stability in most situations that you would normally use a tripod. The Ballhead is priced at $39 and the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom at $49.95. It should hold most DSLR cameras with a moderate lens.

case225pxDashpoint Action Video Case 2 -  This is a video case made to hold your action camera and its numerous accessories. For those who have a POV (point-of-view) camera like the GoPro, usually they offer an array of optional accessories: batteries, clamps, lens covers, chargers and cords The Lowepro Dashpoint Action Video Case 2 is a great answer to organize your gear. It is priced at $49. A smaller version, the Dashpoint AVC 1, is available for $39.99

gopro225GoPro Hero3+ Black - Who doesn’t want to get the newest GoPro. Every new version just keeps adding improved features. The stats on the Hero3+ include: 12MP stills images with speed up to to 30 frames per second, super wide and traditional view, 30% longer battery life, 4K at 15 fps (frames-per-second) to 720p at 120 fps video, remote control and built-in Wi-Fi.

sony-250pxSony Cyber-Shot Digital Camera RX100 III – This camera is on pre-order status, so you’re probably not going to get it for Father’s Day. But for a father who wants one of the highest quality, best point-and-shoot cameras available look no further. The Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III features a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens (24 to 70mm), built-in WiFi, mulit-angle LCD screen and pop-up eye-level electronic finder. The camera is priced at $799.

rode250Rode VideoMic – Since audio is so important to your video adding an external microphone is one of the best ways to add a professional touch. Make sure your camera has an external microphone jack. One of my favorites is the Rode VidoMic. This is a mini-shotgun style microphone which should help eliminate extraneous sound and help you focus on your subject. It is priced at $269.

igrill200pxiGrill Mini - This is a smaller, updated version of the high-tech food thermometer. Who doesn’t need a little help with the barbecue on Father’s day? It’s really a great way to impress your family and friends with spot-on temperatures. The iGrill Mini is priced at $39.99

grid250pxCocoon GRID-IT! Organizer Case – If you like technology and photography, you most likely have an array of cords, chargers, batteries and other small items that need to be stowed away while working or traveling.  The Cocoon Grid-it uses multiple straps going in a variety of directions to hold your gear in place. They come in a variety of sizes and colors and are priced from $10 to $30 depending on the size.

instax250pxFujifilm instax SHARE Smartphone Printer S1 – This is probably one of the most fun items on the list. The Fujifilm instax SHARE lets you print small photographs wirelessly from your phone or tablet. It’s a little nostalgia giving you the feel of an old Polaroid camera making an instant print. Of course, just like a Polaroid, this instant printing doesn’t come cheap, the printer has a list price of $199.99 and the instax mini instant film paper is priced at about $.80 per sheet.

robert.lachman@latimes.com

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