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Budget-friendly camera and camcorder gifts

Just because you don't have a lot to spend doesn't mean you can't get someone a great photo or video gift.

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Kodak PlaySport Zx5

The feature-to-price ratio for the PlaySport is outstanding and it performs well, too.
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Canon PowerShot A1200

You'd be hard-pressed to find another point-and-shoot this cheap that takes better photos. It's not short on features, either; it includes an optical viewfinder, wide-angle lens, and power from AA-size batteries.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27

If you want more zoom without the bulk or high price of a compact megazoom, the simple-to-use FH27 and its 8x zoom lens is a smart choice.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570

An inexpensive way to step up from your smartphone's camera, the lightweight W570 is a very good take-everywhere ultracompact featuring a bright, ultrawide-angle lens with a 5x zoom.
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX130

It's not the best HD camcorder, but it's the best value--a solid model that won't make you break open a second piggy bank--and easy to use.

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