Last Updated on January 13, 2019
Do you have a friend who works as a professional photographer? Or a family member who has recently completed an amateur photography class? If you do, you’re probably scratching your head over what to give them for Christmas. You’re not alone, though — for people who aren’t shutterbugs, shopping for the right presents for photographers can be a huge challenge.
To make this task easier, we’ve come up with a list of cameras and camcorders that have been tried and tested by hardcore photographers. Simply choose one of the items on this list to make your loved one happy this Christmas!
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
This mirrorless camera has become one of many photographers’ favorites simply because it does the job well. It comes with the TruePic VIII dual quad core processor, which is paired with a 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor — resulting to a powerful camera that takes clear and sharp pictures.
Your friend or family member will also love its three-inch touchscreen LCD rear monitor and 2.36M dot electric viewfinder.
Leica SL (TYP 601)
Even if you’re not a photographer, you’ve probably heard of Leica lens and know how they can help produce impressive images. Well, now you can give the gift of high image quality to your loved one by surprising him a Leica SL.
Designed with professional photographers in mind, it comes with a Leica Maestro II image processor and a 24MP 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor. It can take 4K videos at a maximum of 30 frames per second and works well in all types of conditions.
Sony RX100 V
If size is an important factor for your friend or family member, he’ll definitely love the Sony RX100 V. This compact camera can easily fit into a pocket, so carrying it around isn’t a problem. The best thing about it is that its size doesn’t impact its performance: the RX100 V has a 20.1 resolution, a 1.0″-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor, and a fast 0.05 second autofocus system.
These specs allow photographers to take clear and high-quality images with incredible detail. It can even take Full HD and 4K videos!
Sony FDR-AXP33 4K Handycam
This camcorder reflects Sony’s dedication to reducing the size of its products. The FDR-AXP33 is 20 percent lighter and 30 percent smaller than its predecessors, making it a great choice if your loved ones need a high-performance camcorder that can be easily brought anywhere.
The camcorder a 1/2.3 type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, which is paired with Zeiss Vario Sonnar T lens and 4K Ultra HD recording capability.
Canon VIXIA HF G40
This camcorder is targeted to prosumers, but it can be a great backup camera for professionals as well. It’s built with a 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro image sensor with a still image resolution of 2.91 megapixels, and it comes with a 20x high-def optical zoom lens and a 3.5-inch OLED viewscreen.
One of the best things about it is its low-light performance. It can shoot high-quality videos and photos even in the dark, making it an excellent companion for both amateur and professional photographers and videographers.
Canon XA20 Professional Camcorder
Another great product from Canon, the XA20 is a fantastic gift for people who need a compact camcorder that doesn’t weigh a lot but still has world-class performance. It has a 1/2.84” HD CMOS Pro sensor, an effective pixel count of around 2.91 megapixels, and Canon 20x HD Zoom Lens — all of which combine to create a powerful camcorder that has excellent image quality and performs well even in low light.
Its lightweight body, meanwhile, ensures that it’s easy to use even when recording videos at difficult angles or shooting for long periods.
These are just some of the models that are well-loved by many camera lovers. Choose from one of these cameras and camcorders to surprise the hardcore photographer in your life this Christmas!