Top 5 Cameras to Gift this Christmas

Check out our list of the hottest digital cameras this Christmas.


If you've been looking for that perfect opportunity to get someone in your family or friends a digital camera, there's no better excuse than Christmas. But before you get out there and hunt around for the ideal gift camera, check out the five cameras that we think are hot this season.

 Top 5 Cameras to Gift this Christmas

Canon Powershot A640
Ah, the perfect blend of price and performance! A 10 megapixel camera resolution, enough manual options to impress even a pro photographer, and fun features that give you enough reason to keep it with you during every occasion make the Canon A640 perfect for just about anyone.

The A640 may not be as pretty or slim as some of the other compact digital cameras in its category, but its huge list of features and its sharp performance make it the most functional by far. The inclusion of the tilt-n-swivel screen and an excellent video recording mode are just the cherry on top. All that and a street price of Rs. 16,000—worth every paisa!

Click here for our comprehensive review of the Canon Powershot A640.

Dimensions

109x66x49 mm

Weight
315g
Type
Compact
Connectivity
Pict-Bridge/USB/Composite
Storage SD/MMC card
Battery Type

4xAA

LCD Type 2.5", 115,000 px
View Finder
Optical
Sensor CCD
Effective Pixels 10 Megapixels
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom
4x
Shutter Speed 15-1/2500 sec
Aperture F2.8 - F4.1
Format JPEG
Scene Modes
Auto, Snow, Beach, Indoor, Foliage, Fireworks, Landscape, Color swap, Underwater, Kids & pets, Night scene, Color accent, Portrait mode, Stitch assist, Night snapshot
White Balance 6 positions, plus manual
Flash Auto, On, Off, Manual (Red Eye On/Off)
Self Timer 2-10 secs
Video Resolution 640x480 @ 30fps

Video Format

AVI
Sound Yes
Street Price

Rs. 16,000/-

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Pentax Optio W20
A lot of consumer digital cameras these days have an underwater shooting mode, but most of them are not really waterproof. They need an additional housing unit that keeps the camera dry inside, for you to take the camera anywhere close to water. Nice as they may be, housing units are bulky, inconvenient and they make cameras look weird. The Pentax Optio W20 is an actual underwater camera.

The W20 is well protected by a glass-like casing, built into the body itself, which makes the camera completely functional in water without any risk of water-related damage. But it's not only underwater shooting where the camera excels. The w20 boasts a 7 megapixel resolution and gives excellent image quality, whether you're shooting in or out of water. So is the MRP of Rs. 18,500 really worth it? You decide.

Keep checking Tech2.com for our upcoming review on this one.

Dimensions 107 x 55 x 23mm
Weight
150g
Type
Ultra-Compact
Connectivity
Pict-Bridge/USB/Composite
Storage Internal/SD/MMC card
Battery Type

Li-Ion

LCD Type 2.5", 115,000 px
View Finder
N/A
Sensor CCD
Effective Pixels 7.1 Megapixel
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, (800 candle mode)
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom
4x
Shutter Speed 4-1/2000 sec
Aperture F3.3 - F4.0
Format JPEG
Scene Modes
Pet, Food, Kids, Soft, Text, Flower, Museum, Report, Fireworks, Landscape, Underwater, Night scene, Sports mode, Surf & snow, Portrait mode, Self-portrait, Frame composition, Natural skin tone
White Balance

5 positions, plus manual one-touch

Flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Self Timer 2 - 10 secs
Video Resolution 640x480 @ 30fps

Video Format

QuickTime Motion JPEG
Sound Yes
Street Price Rs. 18,500/-

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Kodak EasyShare V610
Compact build, two lenses, 10x optical zoom, Bluetooth connectivity and one of the best photo stitching (for panorama shots) we've ever seen from a consumer camera makes this an excellent gift option this Christmas.

Of course, the biggest draw on the V610 is its plethora of features and shooting modes in a relatively compact body, and it's dual lens system, which may be a bit gimmicky but it does add to the overall appeal. Maybe it's this appeal that has still kept it's price tag a bit high at Rs. 20,000.

Click here for our comprehensive review of the Kodak Easyshare V610.

Type Ultra Compact/Dual Lens
Connectivity Bluetooth/USB/Composite (TV)
Storage 32MB Internal + SD/MMC
Battery Li-Ion
Body Metal
LCD Screen 2.8", 230,000px
Alt. View Finder N/A
Sensor CCD
Resolution 6.1 Megapixel
ISO Modes Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800
Optical Zoom 10x
Digital Zoom 4x
Shutter Speeds 8-1/1200 sec
Aperture F3.9 - 4.4/F4.8
Image Format JPEG
Modes Automatic/Custom
Scene Modes Auto, Portrait, Panorama left-right, Panorama right-left, Sport, Landscape, Snow, Beach, Text, Fireworks, Flower, Manner/Museum, Self portrait, Party, Children, Back light, Panning shot, Candlelight, Sunset, Custom
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Open shade
Flash Auto, Fill, Red-eye reduction, On/Off
Self-Timer 2-10secs
Video Res. 640x480 @ 30FPS
Video Format MPEG4 (QT)
Sound Yes
Price Rs. 20,000/-

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
If you want a superzoom that's truly your bridge to the realm of SLR cameras, it's got to be this one. With options like true manual focus, 12x optical zoom and excellent image stabilization is what makes this camera the best buy in its category.

Rs. 36,000 may put its price point at the same league as starter-level SLRs, but then, not everyone is open to high maintenance SLRs, when a superzoom like this one does everything with a lot more ease.

Dimensions 140.75x85.5x142mm
Weight
734g with Battery and SD Memory Card
Type
SLR-Like
Connectivity
Pict-Bridge/USB/Composite
Storage SD/MMC/SDHC
Battery Type

Li-Ion

Body
Plastic
LCD Type 2.0", Vari-angle, 207,000 pixels
View Finder
Electronic Viewfinder
Sensor CCD
Effective Pixels 10.0 Megapixels
Resolutions Supported 3648 x 2736, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x1200
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, (3200 boost)
Optical Zoom 12x
Digital Zoom
4x
Shutter Speed 60-1/2000 sec
Aperture F2.8 - F3.7 / F11
Format RAW/JPEG
Scene Modes
Auto, Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Panning, Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Snow, Starry Sky, Baby1, Baby2, Snow, High sensitivity
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Flash, White Set1/2, Manual
Flash Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2)
Self Timer 2-10 secs
Video Resolution 848x480 @ 30FPS (16:9) 640x480 @ 30FPS (4:3)

Video Format

MPEG4 (QT)
Sound Yes
Street Price Rs. 37,000/-

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Pentax K100D
When money's no object and the person you're gifting is really passionate about photography, then this one's definitely the hottest camera you can gift this Christmas. The Pentax K100D is one of the most user friendly digital SLR cameras in the market today, which makes it an excellent gift option for prosumers and casual users alike.

At 6 megapixels it may be a bit short on the resolution, but make no mistake--this camera absolutely rocks when it comes to things that really matter like image quality, speed and overall performance. If you don't mind the Rs. 46,000 price tag, then the K100D wont let you down.

Click here for our comprehensive review of the Pentax K100D.

Dimensions

129x93x70 mm

Weight
660g
Type
D-SLR
Connectivity
Pict-Bridge/USB/Composite
Storage SD/MMC card
Battery Type

4xAA

LCD Type 2.5", 220,000 px
View Finder
Optical
Sensor CCD
Effective Pixels 6 Megapixels
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom
N/A
Shutter Speed 30-1/4000 sec + Bulb
Aperture N/A
Format RAW, JPEG
Scene Modes
Kids, Text, Action, Sunset, Landscape, Night scene, Surf & snow, Portrait mode, Night portrait
White Balance 8 positions, plus manual
Flash Auto, On, Off, Red Eye Reduction
Self Timer 2-12 secs
Video Resolution N/A

Video Format

N/A
Sound N/A
Street Price

Rs. 46,000/-

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