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This gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for your favorite shutterbug this holiday season. From the latest and greatest cameras, all the way to cool, yet essential accessories and software, we've rounded up our favorite gear for beginner and advanced photographers of the year.
The Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 VI by Sony is the best point-and-shoot camera money can buy, as well as a great gift for photographers who like to travel light. The ultra fast camera fits in a jacket pocket, yet it can shoot 4K video and capture images whose quality rivals that of a pro-grade DSLR on more than one occasion, thanks to its 1-inch sensor.
The DSC-RX100 VI is also beautifully crafted and easy to use. Despite its compact size, the camera has an impressive zoom range that's more versatile than any past RX100 iterations.
This gift set by Olloclip is a great gift for iPhone photographers. Designed to work with the iPhone X, it includes a trio of snap-on lenses, which will take the phone's already excellent camera to a whole new level.
The set of lenses includes a fisheye, a super-wide, and a macro. Olloclip offers an optional slim protective case that's compatible with them.
This variant of the Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless headphones has been designed in collaboration with Leica. It pays homage to the German manufacturer's legendary Noctilux-M 5-millimeter, f/0.95 ASPH — the fastest aspherical lens in the world.
The headphones deliver heavenly sound, coupled with industry leading craftsmanship and tactility. Like all Leica-branded products, they carry the brand's iconic font, as well as its signature red dot. Anyone who's even remotely interested in photography will love them as a gift.
Every photographer, regardless of their skill level, will tell you there's no such thing as having too many memory cards, so you can't go wrong with such a gift. This 64 GB Sony offering is one of the best you can buy, offering the fastest data read-and-write speeds in the business. Higher-capacity options are also available.
The HERO7 Black by GoPro is a great gift for photographers in your life who love action sports. It's sleek, compact, easy to operate, and better-connected than any of its competitors. It can capture 4K video at a barely believable 60 frames per second — a tall task for any DSLR out there. Most importantly, the HERO7 Black has the best stabilization tech in its class, ensuring that all your adventures will be captured with amazing detail.
It also has the capability to shoot bursts of 12 MP images. The HERO7 Black can go up to 33 feet underwater without a housing.
The Canon EOS R is the camera manufacturer's first ever full-frame mirrorless camera, and a great gift for photographers who are fans of the brand. The splurge-worthy camera packs an all-new 30 MP sensor, a cutting-edge image processor, a fully articulating touchscreen, and a sharp electronic viewfinder, among many other features.
Canon's latest full-frame camera can also capture 4K video. It comes with an all-new lens ecosystem, but, thanks to a dedicated adapter, it's fully compatible with all of the tech giant's older full-frame lenses.
Available for macOS and Windows 10, Affinity Photo is a sleek and incredibly capable image editor that's a great alternative to Photoshop. Unlike its rival, the software suite doesn't require a monthly subscription to deliver its full functionality. At $50, it's reasonably priced, too.
The photo editor is a great gift for both beginner and advanced photographers. Consider pairing the software with this beautifully designed, 488-page tutorial workbook.
The Vanguard VEO 2 is an attractively priced carbon fiber camera tripod that can hold a rather impressive 13 pounds of gear. A great gift for both beginning and advanced photographers, it has an impressive height range (between 7 and 57 inches), as well as a trio of leg angles for added versatility.
This accessory organizer by Incase will help a photographer you care about rein in all their chargers, cables, memory cards, battery packs, and other small gadgets. Crafted from sturdy nylon, the organizer is brimming with pockets and compartments, thus ensuring that every small accessory is safely and securely stored. There are two colors to pick from — olive and mulberry.
The Osmo Mobile 2 handheld gimbal by DJI is great gift for avid smartphone videographers. The lightweight gadget is designed to help the attached smartphone capture superbly stabilized video, using both its front-facing or main camera.
In addition to helping users capture smooth video, the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 has a dedicated mode for timelapse videos, as well as immersive panoramic photos via intuitively placed controls. The device is compatible with most popular smartphones.
The Everyday Backpack by Peak Design is one of the best gifts you can give to a photographer or a commuting gearhead. It's tough and incredibly stylish, yet capable of fitting a 15-inch laptop, a tablet, two DSLR bodies with lenses, and any other essential tech one needs to carry.
The interior storage of the backpack has a customizable layout, ensuring that everyone can arrange it to their liking. There are four colors to choose from — black, brown, ash, and charcoal.
The Leica M10-P full-frame mirrorless camera is great money-is-no-object gift for a photographer who already has everything. Meticulously handcrafted in Germany, the camera is not only an incredibly capable imaging tool, but also a gorgeous object to marvel at.
The camera is equipped with a 24 MP, full-frame sensor that can capture images with amazing quality. Despite its decidedly retro looks, it packs modern-day goodies such as Wi-Fi connectivity and a high-resolution touchscreen.
The affordable LensPen UltraPro lens cleaner deserves a spot in every camera bag. A great gift for both beginner and advanced photographers, the accessory has a carbon-based tip for cleaning lenses on one side, and a soft brush for removing debris and particles on the other. It is rated to be good for up to 500 cleaning sessions.
This multiport adapter is an excellent gift for photographers who are using a MacBook Pro from late 2016 onwards. The accessory features both a microSD and a full SD card reader, thus allowing photographers to easily transfer images to their Mac.
The rest of the hub's connectivity options include three USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C connector for charging, an HDMI input, and a gigabit ethernet port. The gadget is available in MacBook Pro-matching silver or space gray.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone is a great gift for those who love capturing aerial photography and video. The flying gadget can capture stunning 20 MP photos and 4K video via a large 1-inch camera sensor tuned by Hasselblad.
The drone is a true technological powerhouse. Its key features include the ability to deliver up to 31 minutes of flight time, omni-directional obstacle sensing, and precise object-tracking capabilities, among many others.
The Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-5 waterproof camera is a great gift for adventurous personalities. It's also freezeproof, shockproof, dustproof, and crushproof. Its high-quality image sensor can capture 12 MP stills in up to a whopping 20 frames per second, as well as 4K video via a versatile zoom lens with f/2.0 aperture.
Microscope mode for ultra close-up shooting, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a built-in eCompass are also part of the camera's key features. The camera is available in black or red.
The Lowepro Santiago 30 II camera case is a thoughtful gift for point-and-shoot or GoPro camera users you care about. It has a hard external shell, soft padding, and compartments for storing a spare battery and a memory card.
A great gift for photographers of any skill level, this camera strap by Peak Design is tough, stylish, and lightweight. Designed to work equally great with a compact point-and-shoot snapper or a pro-grade DSLR, the Leash camera strap is easy to remove when it's not needed, thanks to a proprietary detachment system dubbed Anchor Link.
The Sony Alpha a6500 is the best compact mirrorless camera out there. The surprisingly compact camera has a 24.2 MP sensor with a cutting-edge image processor, a superb set of manual controls, a tilting touchscreen, the ability to capture 4K video, and a weatherproof body. It is a fantastic upgrade for Sony fans who are already invested in its E-mount ecosystem.
The Manfrotto PIXI is a lightweight tripod that's a perfect gift for smartphone photographers. It's ideal for capturing long-exposure photos and time-lapse footage, as well as videos.
With its legs folded, the PIXI is also an excellent grip. The gadget's universal mount makes it a futureproof gift that'll serve users even after they upgrade their phone.