Holiday Gift Guide 2011

November 23, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Digital Compact Cameras, Digital SLR Cameras, PhotographyBLOG | 7 Comments | |
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We've selected our top picks for this year's Holiday season, all the way from the cheapest digital compact up to the most expensive DSLR and everything in between. So no matter what your budget, make sure that you consult the Photography Blog Holiday Gift Guide for 2011 before splashing out your hard-earned cash.

Budget Digital Compact Cameras


Canon IXUS 230 HS

Canon IXUS 230 HS   "If you're looking for a budget digital compact camera for either yourself or as a present and you want good quality and good picture performance then you need to take a serious look at the new Canon IXUS 230 HS."
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Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR


Nikon Coolpix S8200

Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR   "It's a shame that there isn't a "Camera that looks like a budget model but performs like a prosumer" award because the Fujifilm Finepix Z900EXR is a strong contender."
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  Nikon Coolpix S8200   "The Nikon Coolpix S8200 is Highly Recommended for point-and-shoot use in good light, which will more than satisfy most of the camera's target audience."
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Mid-Range Digital Compact Cameras


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V   "The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V is the best travel-zoom camera that we've reviewed to date, taking on and beating the market-leading Panasonic DMC-TZ20."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150


Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150   "Having the ability to shoot everything from wide-angle landscapes to close-up action shots and capture some of the best quality video on the market, all from one light and relatively compact device, is a real attraction of this camera..."
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  Canon PowerShot SX230 HS   "The new Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a more sensibly priced and better-specced challenger to the market-leading Panasonic TZ-series, going head to head with the TZ20, which it actually betters on paper in quite a few aspects."
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Premium Digital Compact Cameras


Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100   "The Fujifilm Finepix X100 is one of the most surprising, appealing and well-realised cameras of recent times, offering a compelling mix of intuitive handling, impeccable image quality, and a truly innovative viewfinder."
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Olympus XZ-1


Canon Powershot G12

Olympus XZ-1   "In summary the Olympus XZ-1 is a very attractive and well thought-out - if a bit expensive - digital compact camera that appeals to a wide range of users and presents a real threat to the likes of the Canon Powershot S95, Panasonic Lumix LX5 and Samsung EX1."
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  Canon Powershot G12   "If you want an all-in-one camera that offers a tried and trusted user interface, speedy performance, excellent image quality and a versatile screen, the Canon Powershot G12 is very easy to recommend."
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Budget Compact System Cameras


Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5N   "...a winning combination of excellent image quality even in low-light, a refined and customisable interface, and fast and responsive operation does make the Sony NEX-5N one of our current favourites."
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Olympus E-PM1


Samsung NX11

Olympus E-PM1   "The new Olympus E-PM3 is a great start to a new series of smaller, lighter and sexier PEN cameras, taking the design cues of the E-PL3 further without sacrificing too much in the way of features or ease-of-use."
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  Samsung NX11   "Although the Samsung NX11 won't win any awards for originality, it is the best Samsung compact system camera yet and does just enough to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded market."
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Premium Compact System Cameras


Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3   "The Lumix DMC-G3 is the most well-rounded Panasonic compact system camera to date, offering a great mix of cutting-edge features, improved image quality, intuitive and customisable handling, and a very competitive price."
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Olympus E-P3


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Olympus E-P3   "A strong '4.5 out of 5' then and a Photography Blog recommendation for the Olympus E-P3, by some distance the best Pen yet."
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  Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2   "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 offers a winning combination of high-quality stills and video, proven handling and design, and a more affordable price-tag - it's simply the most complete interchangeable lens camera currently available for people who want to shoot in both formats."
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Budget DSLR Cameras


Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100   "The Nikon D5100 successfully bridges the gap between the beginner-friendly approach of the D3100 and the more complex D7000, with the latter's fantastic 16 megapixel sensor being the icing on the proverbial cake."
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Canon EOS 1100D


Pentax K-x

Canon EOS 1100D   "The EOS 1100D / T3 is a great entry-level DSLR camera that's well-suited to its beginner target audience. The combination of proven metering, auto-focus and processing systems with a sensible 12 megapixel sensor and simplified control layout is a winning one."
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  Pentax K-x   "The new Pentax K-x occupies the sweet spot between the entry-level K-m and prosumer K-7 cameras, combining the ease-of-use of the former with many of the advanced features of the latter. The 4.7 fps continuous shooting speed, speedy and accurate 11-point AF system, HD movies and an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 mean that Pentax should be onto a real winner with the new K-x."
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Mid-Range DSLR Cameras


Sony A65

Sony A65   "The Sony A65 represents a significant upgrade for Sony's mid-range DSLRs, offering a feature-set and performance that few other rivals can match. The new 24.3 megapixel sensor offers greatly increased resolution without impacting on low-light performance or operational speed..."
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Nikon D7000


Canon EOS 600D

Nikon D7000   "The Nikon D7000 is a successful crossbreed of the cheaper D90 and the more expensive D300s, borrowing features from each model and adding enough new highlights to surpass them both in many ways."
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  Canon EOS 600D   "...the Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i cleverly occupies a position that's mid-way between the 550D and the 7D without being subjected to a price increase on launch. It's the most capable yet friendly Rebel yet, and easily worthy of our Highly Recommended award."
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Premium DSLR Cameras


Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II   "Whilst not perfect, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II ultimately strikes a great balance between resolution, quality and performance, offering a fantastic all-round package that just deserves our highest Essential rating..."
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Nikon D700


Canon EOS 7D

Nikon D700   "...the Nikon D700 looks and handles closer to the D300 than D3, in terms of controls and layouts, whilst of course featuring the D3's full frame capture ability, but in a lighter and smaller design. As such it comes across as a kind of 'greatest hits' of Nikon DSLRs."
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  Canon EOS 7D   "When the Canon EOS 7D was announced at the beginning of September 2009, many people instantly dismissed it because of the lack of a full-frame sensor. On closer inspection, that seems to be their loss, as the 7D is a fantastic APS-C DSLR that only narrowly misses out on our highest 5 Star / Essential award."
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Just for Fun...


Camera Lens Mug

Camera Lens Mug "Looking just like a top quality SLR camera lens, watch your friends face turn to horror as you take off the lens cap and fill it with tea..."
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#1 Wedding photographer kent

I think its time to upgrade my IXUS 55… good cam for its time but the noise is terrible!!

I like the look of the Powershot G12.. and you have more control!

9:11 pm - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

#2 yard signs

hey thank you for the list. i was looking for a mid range DSLR. It seems like Nikon 7000 is a very popular choice in that category.

11:08 am - Thursday, November 24, 2011

#3 Alaric

Why list the Canon 7D as premium? Didn’t the Pentax K-5 (not listed here) beat it already?

12:07 pm - Thursday, November 24, 2011

#4 Mike DelRossi

Hello- We see that new digital camera’s come out every day only to see what company is going to out-do the next company. Nikon and Canon are so hung up on there own competitiveness that the smaller companies are giving these two giants a run for there money, companies like Sony and Panasonic. buy looking at all these new camera’s being built no Japanese Camera Company is suffering from a loss of job’s, like in the U.S. The more we demand better camera’s the bigger the Japanese economy will grow. Sony & Panasonic the ball is now in your court, take it run for what it is worth.

3:36 am - Friday, December 2, 2011

#5 Leah

Really appreciate your newsletters Mark.
Look forward to them each week.
Keep up the good work!

8:00 am - Saturday, December 17, 2011

#6 photographer

Hey are we getting a new list for 2012?

11:12 am - Sunday, November 11, 2012

#7 Mark Goldstein

Yes, out soon!

1:29 pm - Wednesday, November 14, 2012