One of the more expensive cameras on my list, the Fujifilm X100F is the best model yet of the popular series of fixed-lens cameras with APS-C-size sensors. It's got a wide-angle lens and a relatively compact design, and if you need a gift for a street-shooting dad who likes physical manual controls -- and who you're willing to spend the bucks on -- this is a great choice.
For the outdoorsy dad, this tiny and light drone shoots 1080p video, can fly up to 31mph, can be controlled by hand gestures and weighs under a pound.
The Sony RX100 V makes my list now that its price has been reduced. If you want to gift the most feature-packed compact available today for someone who wants to carry a camera all the time, this is the one.
One of my perennial general-purpose go-to recommendations, the Panasonic ZS100 delivers the upgrade in image quality afforded by a 1-inch sensor with enough of a zoom lens for a lot of framing flexibility, and it's sufficiently fast to capture life in action. Plus, it supports 4K video for the sharpest capture possible. And it's cheaper than the RX100 V. There's a newer model with a longer zoom lens, the ZS200, but it's more expensive and the lens has a more limited aperture range.
This older compact, with a large-ish Four Thirds size sensor, is still one of the best you can get without breaking the bank.
Any newbie downsizing from a dSLR or upgrading from a compact will find this a great interchangeable-lens model. With the image quality and performance of a dSLR, the A6000 is a few generations old, but that just means it's inexpensive enough to make an affordable yet terrific gift. If you can spend more, the latest-successor A6500 is better, but it's also a budget-buster with a basic kit lens.
A small dSLR alternative, one of the best things about an Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens camera 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. The company recently rolled out the Mark III, but most of the changes were in the interface, so performance and photo quality should be identical if you want something newer.
A nice general-purpose camera that's a step up from a phone or compact -- not to mention much improved over its predecessor for the same price -- the T7i is sure to please the dSLR newbie.
This is on the high side for our gift recommendations, but if you know someone serious about drone photography, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the de facto standard -- and easier to fly than ever.
You can find this excellent general-purpose dSLR reasonably priced for the body, which makes the Canon EOS 80D a nice gift for any dad who's done with his cheap dSLR and looking for faster focus and continuous shooting.
The new entry-level GoPro Hero 2018 strips out some of the frills from its upscale Hero siblings, providing all the basics for a more palatable price.