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Give 'em an upgrade from their phone's camera this holiday season

Know someone yearning to do more than a phone's camera can handle? These shooters will give them the control and quality they're after.

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Joshua Goldman
Managing Editor Josh Goldman is a laptop expert and has been writing about and reviewing them since built-in Wi-Fi was an optional feature. He also covers almost anything connected to a PC, including keyboards, mice, USB-C docks and PC gaming accessories. In addition, he writes about cameras, including action cams and drones. And while he doesn't consider himself a gamer, he spends entirely too much time playing them.
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I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
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The next step

These cameras should please anyone you know who's getting frustrated with their phone.

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Miss having a zoom lens and you want better photo and video quality? The FZ1000 is a fantastic option.

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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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DxO One

Know a photographer who insists that all they need is their iPhone, despite the fact that they're not happy with a lot of the photos that come out of it? Get them the DxO One, a camera that attaches to any modern iPhone or iPad (the one with the Lightning connector) and let them take their photography up a notch.

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Olympus PEN E-PL7

Retro-attractive, compact and full featured but friendly, the E-PL7 makes a solid choice as a gift for a first-timer who wants to move straight to an interchangeable-lens model.

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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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Samsung NX500

When the phone isn't enough because it can't capture kids in action or decent bar and restaurant shots, the interchangeable-lens NX500 is an excellent gift for an upgrader who wants to jump past basic and into all-around-powerful without sacrificing the phone-like operation.

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