Nikon, Canon, Sony Boast Killer Digital Cameras for the Holidays

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-12-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Whether you're a hardcore photographer or just a casual shutterbug, today's selection of digital cameras offers a wide variety of features at several price points, from the budget-busting to the budget-balanced. Although high megapixel counts are often the most obvious indicator of a digital camera's capabilities, many models now on the market offer exciting extras like WiFi connectivity and location-based services, not to mention the ability to share your photos instantly on social networking sites. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we've put together a list of digital cameras ranging from compact, grab-and-go models to full-blown digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) models that can bust your budget, but deliver the goods the way professional photographers do. On top of that, we've included one of Fujifilm's rugged cameras that can go underwater, withstand freezing temperatures and otherwise take a beating—perfect for the camera-happy extreme adventurer in your life. Take a look at this year's best digital camera offerings, and while we couldn't put everything on the list, this guide will give you something that meets your photo-snapping needs.

 
 
 
  • Nikon, Canon, Sony Boast Killer Digital Cameras for the Holidays

    By Nathan Eddy
    Nikon, Canon, Sony Boast Killer Digital Cameras for the Holidays
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7K Can Fit in Any Pocket ($289)

    Don't let its small size fool you—improved over the LX5 compact digital camera, the LX7 has a new 10.1-megapixel MOS sensor for high-resolution images and high-sensitivity recording. Plus, the camera packs a ton of features, including the ability to instantly upload photos and videos to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7K Can Fit in Any Pocket ($289)
  • Olympus SH-25MR Can Fit Any Budget ($144)

    Unique to this camera is the ability to take still images at the same time as recording video clips, so you can capture high-quality stills to complement high-definition video. Other features include a 12.5x zoom range and a wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes and skylines.
    Olympus SH-25MR Can Fit Any Budget ($144)
  • Samsung NX300 Packs a Lot Into a Small Package ($699)

    This 20-megapixel camera sports a dedicated Direct Link hot key that lets you quickly connect to WiFi networks. Plus, it works with Samsung's Smart Camera App (for iPhone and Android), which lets you instantly pair your camera with your smartphone and gives you features such as AutoShare and Remote ViewFinder. The NX300 also features 3D technology for both still shots and video.
    Samsung NX300 Packs a Lot Into a Small Package ($699)
  • Fujifilm X20 Sports Retro Look, Modern Tech ($499)

    A newly developed Digital Trans Panel--an ultra-thin LCD panel--not only maintains the brightness of the optical viewfinder, but also provides a clear display of the focus area, shutter speed and other shooting information. Of course, the stylish retro casing means a lot of eyes will be on you, too.
    Fujifilm X20 Sports Retro Look, Modern Tech ($499)
  • Leica D-LUX 3 Makes You the Coolest Cameraman ($994)

    Sticker shock aside, the Leica is a stunner of a camera, featuring a 10-megapixel sensor that captures enough detail for photo-quality 18-by-24-inch prints, a high-quality aluminum casing that ups the style factor by 11, and a compact and lightweight design that lets you take it almost anywhere.
    Leica D-LUX 3 Makes You the Coolest Cameraman ($994)
  • Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Can Get Wet, Bounced Around ($147)

    A colorful exterior also keeps the camera waterproof to 20 feet so you can take underwater photos. And the camera is freeze-proof to 14 degrees, as well as dust and scratch resistant, so you can feel safe taking it on all your adventures. Intelligent digital zoom lets you get close to the action while keeping your distance, too.
    Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Can Get Wet, Bounced Around ($147)
  • Sony Cybershot H200 Offers Image Stabilization ($158)

    With an eye-catching design that looks a lot like a DSLR, this camera boasts Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode, which compensates for camera shake by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. It also features a slew of effects, such as Beauty Effects to change skin tones and Toy Camera to give photos a nostalgic feel.
    Sony Cybershot H200 Offers Image Stabilization ($158)
  • Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS Can Get Even Wetter ($328)

    A slightly more demure option to the FinePix XP60, this tough camera is shock-proof, crush-proof and freeze-proof and boasts an astounding waterproof depth rating of 50 feet. The 3-inch high-resolution OLED display provides enhanced visibility outdoors, and a simple, one-touch button allows you to shoot clear, crisp full HD videos in 1080p.
    Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS Can Get Even Wetter ($328)
  • Nikon CoolPix P510 Combines Style and Substance ($445)

    Boasting a 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and 3-inch ultra-high-resolution LCD display, this camera is also equipped with GPS record location information of your pictures and movies, and the geo-tagged photo and movie files integrate with Nikon's my Picturetown photo sharing site, Google Earth and Nikon View NX2 software.
    Nikon CoolPix P510 Combines Style and Substance ($445)
  • Canon EOS 5D Is for the True Professional ($2,749)

    Let's end with a big one—the Canon 5D. The camera starts at just under $3,000—and that's just for the body, no lens included, mind you. But for that you get HD video capture, which allows you to shoot uninterrupted at full 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second. A new 3.0-inch VGA resolution LCD provides a wide 170 degree angle-of-view, and an improved sensor allows for shooting in near-dark conditions.
    Canon EOS 5D Is for the True Professional ($2,749)
 
 
 
 
 
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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