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For most people, a smartphone is sufficient for capturing still or moving images, but taking professional-quality photos or videos requires specially designed equipment. Fortunately, although the camera industry as a whole has been beaten by new technology, camera makers still produce quality equipment. So if your giveaway is a photographer who needs a camera with a high megapixel count for printing, an artist who works with large-scale images, or a street scene videographer, consider giving them one. (or yourself!) five cameras. (Prices exact at time of posting.)
Sony Alpha 7C
Whether they’re taking photos, videos, or both, most artists will find that Sony’s relatively compact Alpha 7C mirrorless camera offers ample power and versatility. Framing photos is easy with its 3-inch swivel LCD screen or high-quality electronic viewfinder. Its ISO sensitivity range is 100 to 51,200, but you can expand it to 50 to 204,000 ISO. Its video resolution is 4K at 3840 x 2160 at 30/24 fps, which will cover most situations. The Alpha 7C Kit also comes with the new Sony FE 28-60mm f / 4-5.6 zoom lens, which would set you back around $ 500 if purchased separately.
Buy: Sony Alpha 7C full frame mirrorless camera with 28-60mm lens, $ 2,201.98 at B&H Photo Video
Canon EOS R5
If you are looking for a cutting edge camera, the EOS R5 is the perfect choice. When Canon announced this model, the company said it would be its most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera to date. What makes it so advanced? For starters, not only does its 45-megapixel image sensor produce high-resolution photos, it can shoot 8K resolution video as well. If you want to take advantage of the latter, you will need to purchase a CFexpress memory card. Other impressive features include a 5.76 million dot OLED viewfinder and shooting speed for full resolution images of 20 fps. Overall, this is one of the most impressive full frame mirrorless cameras to arrive in recent years, and since it comes from Canon, you will have your choice of Canon lenses.
Purchase: Canon EOS R5 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera, $ 3,899.00 at B&H Photo Video
Go Pro Hero10
For some vloggers, a non-GoPro camera is a non-starter, and even GoPro cynics might find themselves wanting the latest Hero model, which films in razor-sharp, ultra-smooth 5.3K resolution video and takes still photos. of 23 megapixels. It can also output 8x slow motion videos in Full HD or 1080p. While it lacks an optical image stabilizer, this model includes GoPro’s latest digital IS (HyperSmooth 4.0 sound), and voice activation means you can tell it when to start and stop.
Purchase: GoPro Hero10 Action Camera, $ 449.99 (was $ 499.99) at B&H Photo Video
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 VII
In a compact camera, one of the most important considerations for image quality is the size of the sensor. With the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII, Sony packs a full-frame 20.1 megapixel sensor into a relatively small body. It’s a robust performer, too: it borrows its autofocus and burst mode functions from Sony’s high-end full-frame mirrorless cameras, allowing it to focus faster and with more focus. precision and capture a series of fast shots, up to 90 fps, in JPEG format. or RAW files. The high-quality Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm lens offers a nice zoom range (8.3x optical zoom) to play with when composing photos, and the camera is also equipped with a Optical and digital image stabilization for crisp photos and jitter-free video.
Purchase: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 VII Camera, $ 1,298.00 at B&H Photo Video
Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The latest model in Fujifilm’s GFX medium format camera line, the GFX 50S II not only boasts a high megapixel count, but also a 44 x 33mm image sensor. What does this big and expensive camera do for you? For starters, its sensor and system help reduce noise in low-light environments. The camera also offers in-body image stabilization (for 6.5 EV of compensation) and comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen and 3.69 million dot OLED viewfinder. And Fujifilm’s high-resolution pixel-shifting features can produce 205-megapixel images. While it takes a lot of resolution, this is a great camera. (This price is for the body only, but you can buy it as a kit with the GF 35-70mm f4.5-5.6 WR lens for $ 4,499.)
Purchase: Fujifilm GFX 50S II Medium Format Mirrorless Camera (Body Only), $ 3,999.00 at B&H Photo Video