Top 5 Best Christmas Gifts for Photography Fans

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Smile and say “Cheese!” These cameras and photography accessories make for the perfect Christmas gifts. Everything on this list will definitely put a smile on the face of your favorite photography fan. If you need Christmas gift advice, read this guide to see which cameras and accessories made our list of the best Christmas gifts.


1. Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens

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Does the amateur photographer in your life need a new camera? The Nikon D5300 has a sensor that clocks in at nearly 25MP. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to share images on social networking sites. The “i” button also makes it easy to access your favorite settings, rather than having to navigate through complex menus. This is a very user-friendly camera.

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Pros:
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Excellent menu shortcuts
  • Supports remote shooting
  • Pop-up flash
  • Internal GPS is great for geotagging

  • Cons:
  • Live View mode is slow
  • Wi-Fi functionality is somewhat limited
  • Slow RAW processing
  • Not ideal for fast-paced action shots
  • User reviews note that Sigma lenses may not be compatible

  • 2. PowerGen External Battery Pack

    Check out an unboxing and review of this battery pack in the video above.

    Not every photography fan uses a “real” camera to make their art. If your giftee is more interested in posting their photos to Instagram that posting them on the wall of a gallery, this battery pack could be the perfect gift.

    This PowerGen pack holds a whopping 6000mAh charge, allowing you to charge multiple phones, or recharge the average smartphone’s battery repeatedly. If you love your device but wish you had better battery life, this external battery pack is a smart buy. This accessory is a great backup in case you drain that big battery on your smartphone, which is likely if you are taking a lot of photos.

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    Pros:
  • Works with multiple phones from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and more
  • Large capacity: 6000mAh
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Embedded Micro-USB (no need for an extra cable)
  • Compliant with international safety standards

  • Cons:
  • PowerGen does have some other battery packs that have even larger capacities
  • Only offers 500 or so recharge cycles over the life of the battery
  • Power Pack only comes with a one-year limited replacement warranty
  • Takes at least 120 minutes to fully recharge
  • Doesn’t come with a dedicated wall plug charger (the USB-to-micro-USB cable can be plugged in to a computer to charge)

  • 3. Mobi-Lens Photography Combo Pack

    Check out a review of Mobi-Lens in the video above.

    Mobi-Lens is a camera accessory that works on multiple types of smartphones. The clothes pin-inspired design lets you place the lens over your existing camera lens. The combo pack includes both the Wide+Macro and Fisheye Mobi-Lens. If you want to take your smartphone’s camera to the next level, this little photography kit is a smart buy.

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    Pros:
  • Universal design
  • Easy to install
  • Multiple lens types available
  • Comes in four bold colors
  • Clippable design makes it easy to store on the go

  • Cons:
  • Some find the design ugly
  • Can be tricky to get aligned just right with your phone’s camera
  • If you have a thick case on your device, it can impact the look of your image
  • May not feel premium enough for serious photographers
  • Macro lens requires you to be quite close to the subject

  • 4. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition

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    There have been many GoPro models over the years, but the GoPro HERO 3+ is the perfect gift for Christmas 2014. True, it is a big of a splurge, but that extra dough buys you an extra-reliable camera. Even if you’re scrapped for cash, this model is worth saving up for. The GoPro HERO3+ offers a lighter housing, improved image sharpness, better battery life, and faster built-in Wi-Fi. Plus, with an even newer GoPro out there, the price on the Hero3+ has come down a bit.

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    Pros:
  • Great battery life
  • Lightweight design makes it a joy to lug around
  • Enhanced connectivity to the Wi-Fi Remote (included) and GoPro App
  • Arguably the most trusted name in outdoor photography
  • Automatically works better in low-light conditions

  • Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Nice image quality, but may not be up to some exacting standards
  • microSD card sold separately
  • Depending on your settings, you can only expect one or two hours of recording time
  • Content playback, sharing and access to the camera’s memory card is not available on Windows Phone

  • 5. GoPro Head Strap Camera Mount

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    If you need to go hands-free, this head mount for the GoPro is great for running, cycling, parkour, and other outdoor pursuits where you need full use of your hands. One of the best features of this one-size-fits-all mount is that you can wear it directly on your head, or wrapped around a bulky helmet. Plus, you can use it on Christmas morning to record all of your household mayhem.

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    Pros:
  • Compatible with all HERO3, HERO2, and HD HERO cameras
  • Fits around your head, or around a helmet
  • Also works for underwater dives
  • Sturdy materials
  • Made by GoPro

  • Cons:
  • Manufacturer does not recommend for use during high-impact sports
  • Newer model, while more expensive, has added benefit of Quick Clip
  • Can only be shipped within the US
  • Straps can be uncomfortable over long periods of usage
  • Too much movement with your head will impact image quality

  • Considering getting someone an electronics or technology gift? Check out our Gifts section for tons of great gift recommendations, or visit our ultimate guides to the best gifts for women and best gifts for men.