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Digital camera and camcorder holiday gift picks

CNET rounds up the best digital camera and camcorder gift choices for the holidays with everything from budget-friendly point-and-shoots to high-end options for hobbyists and enthusiasts.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is the perfect next step for point-and-shoot users looking to upgrade. Lori Grunin/CNET

The number of cameras available this holiday season is ridiculous.

Even if you have a price point in mind there are probably a dozen or more models to pick from with different features and body sizes. Fortunately for you, we've tested and reviewed many of them, so you don't end up getting a camera that's a poor fit for your gift recipient.

Whether you're shopping for someone's first camera, looking for something for the whole family, or eyeing a model for your favorite creative photographer, we've rounded up your best bets.

If you're not sure where to start, check out our four steps to the perfect camera purchase or any of the other links below. And as we always say, if possible, let the gift recipient try before you buy.