2017 Unique Photo Holiday Gift Guide
Published: November 09 2017
When it comes to buying gifts for photographers, it can be easy to stress yourself out asking a never-ending list of questions. Do they shoot Nikon or Canon? Do they need a long-range or macro lens? This looks cool but do they already have it? Is there anything I can get that won't leave me penniless?
We've helped narrow down a list of the hottest items this year that would make the perfect gift for the special shutterbug in your life without breaking the bank.
Designed to produce consistent, quality images and work seamlessly with your smart phone, the 24.2 megapixel Nikon D3400 is a powerful starter DSLR catering to first-time DSLR owners. Including both an 18-55mm lens and a 70-300mm lens, this camera kit is ready to tackle any photographic need from close-range or a distance. Its powerful 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processor combine to produce notable detail, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light capabilities.
The D3400 even includes a helpful Guide Mode to help new users become acquainted with the camera through a series of step-by-step tutorials.
At $596.95 the Nikon D3400 is the perfect starting point for any aspiring photographer looking to begin their photographic journey.
Most commercial drones are weighed-down by their steep price investment and complex controls. The high up-front cost coupled with the risky nature of even taking the first steps in learning how to fly one can scare an aspiring drone pilot away.
With the release of this year's Spark, DJI addresses a few of these fears; bringing a more affordable, easy-to-fly drone option to the masses while continuing to supply excellent aerial photographic quality in a smaller package.
The small, light-weight Spark is able to lift off from your hand and hover in place within seconds of powering on. By reading your hand gestures, you can control the little drone & take pictures and video without the use of a remote controller. The Spark can also link up with your mobile phone & the DJI app for more precise controls, intelligent flight modes, & the ability to review your videos & edit them in-app to share with your friends and followers instantly.
At just $499 & available in 5 bright colors, the Spark makes an excellent gift option for any photographer or videographer looking for a new perspective.
The Fuji instax camera series has seen a rise in popularity, carrying the torch lit by Polaroid and offering instant analog film printing for a new generation in a cute, stylish package.
The delightfully adorable instax Mini 9 is small, retro, and comes in a variety of bright, fun colors. Like most other instax cameras, the Mini 9 uses credit-card-sized film that prints instantly in-camera. It's ease-of-use coupled with the Mini 9's selfie mirror to help frame the perfect shot makes this camera a fun unique addition to any party or get-together.
Furthermore, the Mini 9 introduces a clip-on lens attachment allowing the possibility for shooting up to 35 cm away.
Now get instax quality prints straight from your smart phone, or Fujifilm X-series camera, with the instax SP-3. Featuring high-speed photo prints in just 13 seconds, any photo from your phone can be printed and shared instantly.
Instax SHARE SP-3 Printer - $199 & uses retro style instax SQUARE film.
When it comes to capturing fast-paced action in gorgeous ultra-HD clarity, no camera comes close to the portability and power of GoPro. Their latest Hero6 Black action cam adds a beefier processor allowing full 4k ultra high-resolution video at a smooth 60 frames per second. The Hero6 Black can fit snugly in any bag or backpack, and makes the perfect companion to any outdoor enthusiast, mountain biker, skater, and even swimmer or diver. The camera integrates seamlessly with your smart phone allowing video playback, in-app editing, and sharing capabilities all from the palm of your hand.
Among it's new features, the GoPro Hero6 Black has underwater shooting capabilities down to 33ft, advanced image stabilization, voice & touch controls, & night modes makes shooting in low-light conditions a breeze.
Sony's RX100 Mark III is still one of the most desirable point and shoot cameras on the market. Small enough to fit in your pocket comfortably yet powerful enough to deliver spectacular photos that outperform other cameras in the same price class. Using a 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 equivalent lens, with a faster aperture than the lens on it's predecessors, the RX100 Mark III's speed combined with its large 1" 20.1 MP Exmor R® sensor is able to capture beautiful, crisp images and full HD video effortlessly.
The small camera even sports a pop-up electronic viewfinder all while retaining it's great pocketablility for photographers on the go and folks looking to upgrade from taking pictures on their phone.