Holiday Gift Guide – Cameras John P. November 23, 2012 Episodes 3 Comments 29 Shares Google+ 2 Twitter 19 Facebook 8 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 29 Shares × Olympus XZ-1 – $315 For a point-and-shoot at a great price, the Olympus XZ-1 won’t disappoint. Nikon P7100 – $369 If you can only own one camera/camcorder, the Nikon P7100 is it, because of the external mic input! Sony DSC-RX100 – $650 The 20MP 1″ sensor in the Sony DSC-RX100 makes it a formidable pocket camera if shooting stills is your primary concern. Canon T4i – $799 If you want a solid dSLR on a budget, the Canon T4i is a great choice and it does nice video work as well. Add in the awesome little 50mm f1.8 lens for another $100 and you have a full-featured dSLR for $900. Canon 5D Mark II – $1,800 The Canon 5D Mark II is a great workhorse of a camera, shooting fantastic photos and video, and recent price drops make it a great bargain. Nikon D800 – $3,000 If you’re not heavily invested in Canon lenses, you should give serious consideration to the Nikon D800. It pretty much matches the Canon 5D Mk III feature for feature, and has a MUCH higher resolution sensor. GoPro Hero 2 – $300 We use these little GoPro Hero HD cameras all the time at GeekBeat. They’re great for getting point of view shots in tight spaces (like cars). Note: We originally recommended the GoPro Hero3, but have changed that to the Hero2 due to stability issues we’ve experienced with the Hero3. Canon VIXIA HF M500 – $400 The Canon VIXIA HF M500 will give you great HD recording with image stabilization, at a price that’s hard to beat. Canon XF100 Professional Camcorder – $3,000 With the Canon XF100 you’ve got a workhorse of a camera with professional XLR mic inputs, 4-2-2 50Mbps recording, dual compact flash card slots, an 8 blade iris, and a 1/3” sensor. You can see all our gift suggestions throughout the season at geekbeat.tv/gifts! 3 Responses Doug Jackson November 24, 2012 Your review of the Nikon P7100 says it shoots 1080p video. The amazon site says it shoots 730p. Am I missing something? John P. November 24, 2012 Oops! My bad Doug! It shoots 720p. I was thinking they upgraded it to 1080! But they didn’t. It does however have an articulating screen, faster processing and some other things that the P7000 doesn’t have. Thanks for catching that! John P. Jamie November 26, 2012 John - How do you compare the P7000 to the new P7700?