Holiday Gift Guide – Cameras

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.

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  1. Doug Jackson says

    Your review of the Nikon P7100 says it shoots 1080p video. The amazon site says it shoots 730p. Am I missing something?

    • Profile photo of John P. says

      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.