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HolidayBuyer's Guide

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Fujifilm XQ2

DxO One

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Samsung NX500

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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