An all-around excellent megazoom camera, the SX60 HS has a 65x f3.4-6.5 21-1,365mm lens for capturing an entire soccer field or stage right down to an individual player or performer without Dad having to leave his seat. With fast performance and full HD movie capture, this camera can do double duty as dad's video camera, too.
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If your Dad is on the fence between a digital SLR and a compact camera with a long zoom lens, Panasonic's Lumix FZ1000 is the perfect mix of both. For $700, it has a larger sensor and high-quality lens that's better than what you'd find with your average point-and-shoot, but lighter and more compact than a dSLR. It also records 4K-resolution video and lets you grab 8-megapixel stills from your clips, so that perfect moment can be captured as both a movie and a picture.
The Bebop is small and light enough to slip into a backpack, but it still has big features. It can be completely controlled with an Android, iOS or Windows mobile device or you can get it with a controller so you can more easily grab the fantastic aerial shots you want.
Its foam body construction and prop guards make it a little safer to use around the kids, too.
If your dad loves his iPhone's camera but feels it could use some help in the lens department, consider some add-on lenses like those by Olloclip. The company has a full lineup for both old and new iPhones including a 2x telephoto lens paired with a circular polarizer lens, a three-in-one macro lens, and its mainstay four-in-one lens featuring fish-eye and wide-angle lenses as well as two macro lenses that focus at 0.7-inch (18mm) and 0.5-inch (12mm) from a subject.
The newest 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus fits over the top of the phone and centers a lens over the back camera and the other over the front camera.
Sony's Action Cam Mini packs fantastic features and video quality, but is small enough to mount where others won't fit -- even in its tough, waterproof housing. It's splashproof without a housing, too, something GoPro's cameras can't claim.
Once one of our top interchangeable-lens camera picks, the A6000's price has subsequently dropped into the range of an enthusiast compact, making it great budget choice for a dad who wants something smaller and more interesting than a dSLR.
A compromise between your dad-deserves-the-best camera and kids-can-afford budget, the RX100 was our top compact pick until unseated by its subsequent, more expensive sibling, the RX100 II. It's comfortably small and delivers excellent performance and photo quality.