Camera Christmas Gift Guide

Whether you’re shopping for your grandfather who would love the opportunity to take snaps of his grandkids, or purchasing a camera for an aspiring professional, we have a recommendation to suit. Check out our top picks for every segment below, which are all 2013 releases, so you are assured the latest tech.

Compact camera

A compact or point-and-shoot camera is the perfect option for the typical consumer, who just wants to take snaps with ease. They offer picture quality that’s perfect for printing and framing, and are normally extremely simple to use – no expert photography skills are required.

You can purchase high-end compacts that professionals keep in their bags as a go-to on an everyday basis, but for holiday pictures and snaps of the family, the £80-£200 price range is appropriate. Our pick for 2013 comes in at around £180.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 takes our title for 2013’s best affordable compact camera, with its ability to pack plenty of features into a small, sleek body clinching the win. It boasts 18.2 megapixels, 10x optical zoom, and FHD video.

Using the camera is easy with auto focus, auto flash and auto white balance features, and it has a wide-angle lens so you can fit more into the frame. Those who love to share their pictures online will love its Wi-Fi connection capability. Find the Expert Reviews verdict here.

DSLR camera                                                     

DSLRs provide an outstanding image quality, and are a must for anyone who takes photography seriously. Our top pick from the 2013 releases is the Canon EOS 100D, which, weighing in at just 407g and measuring 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm, is one of the smallest and lightest of its type in the world.

Specifications include 18-megapixel resolution, a three-inch 3:2 LCD touchscreen, an ISO speed range of 100-25,600 and 1080p video capabilities. What Digital Camera awarded the product an overall score of 90 per cent.

The camera is a pretty serious investment, but Jessops is currently offering the Canon EOS 100D with interest-free finance, and there’s £40 cashback available until January 26th. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, explore the rest of the digital SLR cameras department – prices start from £279 at the time of writing, and Jessops only stocks quality brands.

Tough cameras

Want to buy a camera for someone who’s pretty adventurous? Whether you want your daughter to bring back snaps from her weekend hikes, or hope to give your friend the opportunity to take snaps on their scuba diving expeditions, you need a camera that’s super tough.

The camera that would work best depends on the exact needs of the user, but we’ve found a fantastic all-rounder in the Fuji XP200. This camera is waterproof to 50ft, shockproof to 6.6ft, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and dustproof.

It also offers fantastic grip with rubberised, ribbed edges; has wireless capabilities; and has a burst shot mode so you can always capture the action. Image and video quality aren’t compromised: the Fuji XP200 records 360fps at FHD resolution, and takes snaps at 16.4 megapixels with a 5x optical zoom lens. The product comes in at around £200. Find out more on the Fuji website.

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