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Father's Day Photography Gift List 2015

Father’s Day Photography Gift List 2015

It’s probably no surprise that there are so many great photography gift ideas for Father’s Day. The technology keeps improving so dramatically each year, making most of your gear obsolete, so there continues to be plenty of great options for the special dad in your life.

Here are my ideas for gifts this year:

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IVsony300px-left — The latest version of Sony RX 100 compact camera keeps getting better. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is the reason you should carry another camera along with your phone. It’s great quality in a compact size. The camera features a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor, 4K video, a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 20-70mm (35mm equivalent ) zoom, slow-motion video at 960 frames per second and built-in Wi-Fi. My favorite feature besides the high-quality image is the retractable pop-up eye-level viewfinder, which you don’t find in compact cameras today. It makes it so much easier to compose your photographs in bright daylight situations when it’s tough to see the regular LCD screen on the back of the camera. It is priced around $950 and is available for pre-order.

phantom3-300pxDJI Phantom 3 Professional — This drone with a built-in camera is my first choice. It has all the features and technology you need to produce professional-looking results in 4K or 1080p HD video along with 12 megapixel still photographs. The Phantom 3 Professional features a new camera with a field of view of 94 degrees (20mm 35mm-format equivalent) and a Sony Exmor sensor. It includes a remote control that gives you a flying range of 1.2 miles and 720p HD viewing with your attached mobile device. It is priced at $1,259.

lowepro300pxLowepro Echelon Roller This premium series roller case from Lowepro is a combination of fine luggage and camera carrier featuring high-quality components. The Echelon Roller rolling bag will hold plenty of gear, including two pro-size DSLRs, six to eight lens, small flashes and a 15-inch laptop. The case also features 840D nylon exterior fabric, saddle-stitched leather, an all-weather cover, see-through interior pockets, plenty of customizable dividers and TSA-approved locks. It is priced at $800.

fotodiox300Fotodiox LenZcup EF Shotglass Set — What photographer doesn’t need three keychain lens miniature cups that are replicas of the Canon 24-105mm lens. You can use them for drinking, fill them with candy or use them on your desk to organize any small, loose items. It’s definitely a unique photography gift for the Canon shooting dad in your life. The Fotodiox LenZcup EF Shotglass Set is priced at $17.95.

listecphotoListec Teleprompters PW-04 — If you’re looking for a way to improve your videos and want an easy-to-use and affordable teleprompter with your iPhone, the Listec Promptware 4-inch Teleprompter might be the answer. The teleprompter supports cameras with lenses up to 58mm. It also features a small wireless keyboard controller and a nice hard case for solid protection. It will work with the iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones. It is priced around $240.

canonGXphoto300pxCanon PowerShot G1 X Mark II — Canon’s top-of-the-line compact camera features a large 1.5-inch CMOS sensor, a DIGI 6 Image processor and a 5x f/2.0-3.9 zoom lens. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II has new dual-control rings on the lens, a 3-inch tilt tough LCD screen, built-in Wi-Fi and shooting speeds up the 5.2 frames per second. The camera is priced at $799.99.

fitbit300pxFitbit Charge HR — The Fitbit works with your phone, which has a camera so it makes the list. The Charge HR is an activity-recording wristband and heart rate monitor. It works seamlessly with your mobile phone or computer to give you all the details in a well-thought-out display as it keeps track of you workouts, steps and stairs climbed. It even monitors your sleep. It also includes an alarm and caller ID and is priced at $149.95

spyder300pxData Spyder5 Pro — Who doesn’t need a little help with your monitor calibration, especially if you use multiple computer screens? The Datacolor Spyder5 Pro takes the guesswork out of it. It gives you proper monitor color and has a sensor that makes adjustments depending on the room light. The Spyder5 Pro is simple to use and takes about five minutes for the calibration process. It’s priced at $189.

sonycam300pxSony 4K Action Cam — The new splash-proof action camera from Sony features 4K video, SteadyShot image stabilization, wide-angle 70-degree Zeiss Tessar f/2.8 lens, waterproof protection with the included case and a stereo microphone with wind noise reduction. It is priced at $449.99.

steadycamphoto300pxSteadicam Curve — The Tiffen Steadicam Curve, which is designed for the GoPro, gives you smooth-looking video as you move with the action. The handheld stabilizer is light and simple to operate, letting you concentrate on the action. It is priced at $39.95.

Leica QleicaQphoto300px — The new full-frame sensor compact camera from Leica is the perfect camera to carry around town on your shoulder. It’s the ultimate photography status symbol with a price tag of $4,250. It’s pretty much out of the price range for most of us. The Leica features a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7, 24.4 megapixel sensor, 3-inch touchscreen LCD monitor and built-in Wi-Fi.

Nikoncoolpixphoto300pxNikon COOLPIX AW130 — Having a compact style camera that is waterproof and shockproof lets you take photographs in so many unique situations where you might not want to take your camera because it could be ruined by dust, sand, water or ice. It is waterproof to 100 feet and shockproof from a drop up to seven feet. The COOLPIX AW130 features built-in Wi-Fi, GPS and 24mm to 120mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens. It is priced at $299.99.

robert.lachman@latimes.com

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