Holiday Gift Guide 2008

Holiday Gift Guide 2005With only a couple of weeks until Christmas arrives, it's time to start thinking about what you are going to buy the photographer in your life, even if that's you! We've looked back over all the products that we've reviewed during 2008 and picked our favourites, including compact cameras, DSLRs, accessories and software to suit all budgets. So, somewhat in advance, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Digital Compact Cameras

Budget Compact

Ricoh Caplio R10

Ricoh Caplio R10
"The Ricoh R10 builds on the winning design of its predecessor, the R8 model, by including a handful of minor new features that add up to make this the best Ricoh R-series camera yet."
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Canon Powershot A2000 IS Canon Powershot A2000 IS
"Beginners will love it - the A2000 is a camera that produces excellent images in good light, covers a large focal range for such a small camera thanks to the 6x zoom lens, and has a massive 3 inch LCD screen on the back that can be viewed from a wide angle."
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Fujifilm FinePix F60fd

Fujifilm FinePix F60fd
"...we can highly recommend it as an intuitive, attractive, competitively priced pocket camera that takes pictures that are every bit the equal of its more expensive rivals."
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Mid-range Compact

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
"...if you're happy to accept the purely point-and-shoot nature of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, that unchanged combination of huge focal range and compact dimensions is still too liberating to ignore."
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Fujifilm Finepix S8100fd

Fujifilm Finepix S8100fd
"On that note the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd comes recommended. There may be better performing bridge models or super zooms out there, but not many in the S8100fd's class."
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Canon Powershot SX110 IS Canon Powershot SX110 IS
"For first time adopters, though, the SX110 IS remains a user-friendly jack-of-all-trades and there's no underestimating the usefulness of a larger zoom than most compacts with an otherwise similar under-the-bonnet specification would feature."
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High-end Compact

Ricoh GX200

Ricoh GX200
"If you can live with the noise at ISO 400 and faster, the Ricoh GX200 is a great backup to your DSLR, and a fantastic pocket camera is its own right."
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Canon Powershot G9

Canon Powershot G10
"The new Canon Powershot G10 carries on where the previous G9 model left off, further establishing the G-series as a realistic alternative to an entry-level DSLR camera, or backup compact for a pro user."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
"...the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 certainly fulfills its remit of being a premium system camera which challenges the likes of the Ricoh GR and GX series cameras, the Canon Powershot G9 and the Sigma DP1."
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Digital SLR Cameras

Budget DSLR

Sony A350

Sony A350
"With an aggressively affordable price-tag of less than 500 / $400 with the 18-70mm kit lens, the Sony A350 is a compelling reason to join the DSLR world, and a worthy recipient of our highest Essential! rating."
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Canon EOS 450D

Canon EOS 450D
"As for the Canon EOS 450D, it is an excellent camera, especially with the image stabilised 18-55mm lens, and it still offers a fantastic introduction to DSLR photography, just like its more illustrious predecessors."
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Nikon D60

Nikon D60
"...the D60 is a compelling option for users of compact digital cameras looking to upgrade to a DSLR. The additional new features, and particularly when purchased with that VR lens, mean that we can award the D60 our Highly Recommended rating."
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Mid-range DSLR

Sony A700

Sony A700
"Offering a compelling combination of intuitive design and handling, sophisticated functionality and excellent image quality, the Sony A700 is an easy DSLR camera to recommend...the Sony A700 is a fantastic DSLR camera that only narrowly misses out on our coveted Essential / 5 Star award."
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Nikon D90

Nikon D90
"The bottom line is that if you are looking for a high-performance yet affordable DSLR for taking high-resolution still photographs of varied subjects, I can highly recommend the Nikon D90 to you."
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Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
"Canon have mainly placed their bets on the combination of the new 15 megapixel sensor and Digic 4 processor, hoping that the headline-grabbing pixel count will steal the limelight - thankfully this hasn't come at the expense of image quality. Both prosumer and professional photographers should give the Canon EOS 50D serious consideration."
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High-end DSLR

Nikon D700

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 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
"Whilst not perfect, the new 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 D3

Nikon D3
"...the fact that the Nikon D3 is (currently) pretty much peerless means this is a rare occasion of a camera deserving the full compliment of review stars."
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Accessories

ColorMunki Pro

ColorMunki Photo
"X-Rite has a real winner with the ColorMunki Photo. Combining monitor calibration with printer profiling at a reasonable price, the ColorMunki Photo should take care of all your color management needs."
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Wacom Cintiq 12wx

Wacom Cintiq 12wx
"As a reviewer, I get to play with lots of fun products. Most of them go back at the end of the review without hesitation. The Wacom Cintiq 12wx is one of the rare items that comes through that has me digging out my wallet to buy."
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Epson Stylus Photo R2880

Epson Stylus Photo R2880
"The increase in dMax, while subtle, makes the already solid black and white performance even better. Combined with the lack of metamerism, this printer should be at the top of your list in the 13x19 size."
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Software

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7
"It's long been my feeling that Elements does everything that 80% of the users need. With this latest release, I think even more people will find that Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 is the only image editing program they need to consider."
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Nik Silver Efex Pro

Nik Silver Efex Pro
"Silver Efex Pro is the most powerful and intuitive plug-in I've ever worked with for black and white imaging. The Grain Engine does an excellent job of providing a natural look to the image, and the selection of film types is good."
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Lightroom 2 Lightroom 2
"Lightroom 2 is a solid upgrade to this popular workflow program. The addition of localized adjustments in particular will keep many people from needing to make a trip to Photoshop."
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