Panasonic Lumix ZS100

The ZS100 delivers the upgrade in image quality compared with a phone that you'd expect from a camera with a 1-inch sensor, has enough of a zoom lens for a lot of framing flexibility and is sufficiently fast to capture life in action. Plus it supports 4K video for the sharpest capture possible.

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Nikon D3400

The replacement for the D3300 doesn't add much, but it remains a solid pick for a first dSLR.

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Fujifilm X70

For your favorite street photographer, the X70 has a relatively large APS-C size sensor for the best images in a compact under $800. It has a fixed focal-length lens, though, which is why cameras with smaller sensors may have the same price.

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Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon usually has aggressive discounts around the holidays, and its Rebel series tends to get cheaper than competitors. If you're looking for a dSLR bargain gift, this one will probably be well received as a first dSLR.

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Sony A6300

The A6300 is a really good, fast mirrorless interchangeable camera. Sony announced new model, the A6500, which should be available in time for the holidays, and which fixes some of the complaints we had about the A6300. So look for the A6300's price to drop, making it an attractive gift, and if it doesn't or if it disappears, check out the A6500.

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Panasonic Lumix FZ300

This camera's high-speed performance, 4K movie capabilities and lens that lets in more light than other megazooms make it a strong choice for sports and birds.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

A small dSLR alternative, one of the best things about the Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens cameras is that the lenses are tiny -- you can throw five in your bag and barely feel them. The E-M10 Mark II is fast, with solid photo quality and a useful feature set, plus Olympus' policy of adding features via firmware upgrades makes this one a long-term choice.

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Panasonic Lumix GX85

The GX85 is an excellent, feature-packed interchangeable-lens camera for the money; the compact body and small lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds system make this camera an excellent choice as a gift for travellers.

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Nikon D7200

It can be a bit expensive as a gift -- because you might need to supply a lens as well -- but it's a good camera for people who shoot a lot of action.

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

The perfect camera for a person who wants an entry-level dSLR, but doesn't want the weight and expense of interchangeable lenses.

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Sony Action Cam X3000

Three words: optical image stabilization. The 4K-resolution X3000 is the only Action Cam to have it. Well, aside from its full HD-resolution linemate the AS300 that is.

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GoPro Hero5 Black

GoPro's latest highest-end camera is undeniably cool thanks to an all-new waterproof design, voice control and a built-in touchscreen. The video quality is top-notch, too.

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Panasonic Lumix LX100

This compact is one of the best general-purpose models you can get without breaking the bank.

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YI 4K

High-performance on the cheap, Yi's 4K-resolution camera packs a lot of features into its tiny body.

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Ricoh Theta S

Ricoh's Theta S is a pocket-size camera that can record 360-degree stills or videos you can easily share with your phone.

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360fly 4K

The 360fly 4K's excellent mobile app lets you quickly share immersive video with your phone and even live-stream your adventures with this water-resistant and shock- and dustproof camera.

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Nikon D5500

Nikon's current just-above-entry dSLR is great for everything the family photographer wants; the only significant downside is that it's got a smaller grip than many other dSLRs, so you may want to make sure your giftee has relatively small hands.

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Livestream Mevo

Got a podcaster or garage rockstar on your list? The 4K-resolution Livestream Mevo and its intuitive iOS app allow you to replicate the look of a multicamera shoot using just one camera and your iPhone.

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