Top camera picks for the holidays

With a couple of budget-blowing exceptions, we try to keep our list of gift suggestions well under $1,000.

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Leica Q

Is there a photographer you love? Love so much that you're willing to spend $4,300 on a gift? Then give the gift of great-quality photos to your favorite landscape or street photographer in the form of the Leica Q. (Or alternatively, $1,000 less on the Sony RX1R II, which should be shipping in time for the holidays.)

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

This compact ain't cheap, but if you know someone who takes video as seriously as photography, and you want to get them an all-purpose camera that can fit in a pocket, this is it.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100

It's a bit old, but this veteran compact camera was top-of-the-line when it came out and at its current price makes a great gift for someone who wants to graduate from their phone's camera.

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Panasonic Lumix LX100

A well-designed compact that's as nice to shoot with as the photos and videos it produces, the LX100 is a great gift for an enthusiast photographer who wants something better than a point-and-shoot but smaller than a dSLR or mirrorless.

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

If you're considering an entry-level digital SLR, but don't want to hassle with lenses, this is your camera. Plus, it can do double duty as a video camera.

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Fujifilm XQ2

It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other enthusiast compacts, but the XQ2 also isn't as expensive. If you want better image quality than your phone, but still want a simple point-and-shoot experience, this is a safe bet for the money.

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DJI Inspire 1

This is the ultimate ready-to-fly drone for photo and video enthusiasts. The Inspire 1 is incredibly easy to set up and fly, it's stable and safe, and the camera is upgradable.

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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

This is our current go-to drone for those who want to have a painless experience getting started in the world of flying cameras.

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Ricoh Theta S

While other 360-degree camera makers are just getting started in the category, the Theta S is Ricoh's third -- and best -- camera for capturing immersive spherical images with a single button press. It'll shoot video, too!

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GoPro Hero4 Silver

GoPro has spent the past year building up its camera line, but none of them are better than the Hero4 Silver, which combines excellent photo and video quality, a big set of shooting options and the convenience of a built-in touchscreen.

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THIS SMART IRON COST $1000

How much do you hate wrinkled clothes?

A Swedish company known for its high-end ironing systems will soon begin to sell a smart iron that costs more than $1,000.

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