Fujifilm FinePix S1

A big bridge camera with a crazy-long zoom len, the FinePix S1 is a good choice for anyone who wants the look and feel of a dSLR, but not the expense or weight. It's the only one that has a dust- and weather-resistant body, perfect for whatever post-grad adventures are to come.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

The Android-powered Galaxy Camera 2 is a great way to shoot and share and it can do double duty as a media player, so it's like getting two gifts in one.

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Drift Ghost S

GoPro might have the name recognition, but the Ghost S is just as capable and instead of having to pay for additional accessories and features, this waterproof action cam is ready to go out of the box.

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Monoprice MHD Sport Wifi

A good bang-for-your-buck action cam. You can record all your daring feats, but you won't go broke doing it.

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2

A great choice for those who want the control of a dSLR, but not the size. The pricing jumps around for this model, though, so only consider it if you can get it for less than its $600 full price.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

A great overall compact camera that is a lovely reward for the years of hard work just completed by your favorite photography enthusiast.

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Nikon D5200

If you don't want to break the bank on your graduate's gift but want a camera for someone who does more than dabble, this is a nice choice.

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4 stars Excellent
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