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Photo gifts for deserving dads

He's documented your entire childhood; he deserves an upgrade.

Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Joshua Goldman Managing Editor / Advice
Managing Editor Josh Goldman is a laptop expert and has been writing about and reviewing them since built-in Wi-Fi was an optional feature. He also covers almost anything connected to a PC, including keyboards, mice, USB-C docks and PC gaming accessories. In addition, he writes about cameras, including action cams and drones. And while he doesn't consider himself a gamer, he spends entirely too much time playing them.
Expertise Laptops, desktops and computer and PC gaming accessories including keyboards, mice and controllers, cameras, action cameras and drones Credentials
  • More than two decades experience writing about PCs and accessories, and 15 years writing about cameras of all kinds.
Lori Grunin
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Whether you're feeling the love this Father's Day or whether dad just wants to reward himself for years of hard work, there's a prize here for any photography-crazed father.

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GoPro Hero4 Silver

This is the GoPro to get your dad at the moment, thanks to its excellent video and photo quality and a built-in touchscreen that makes it easy to control the camera and frame your shots.

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

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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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

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.

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Parrot Bebop drone

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.

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Olloclip Photo Lenses for iPhone

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.

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Sony Action Cam Mini

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.

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Nikon D3300

If you'd like to give your dad a camera that's a satisfactory step up from point-and-shoots, the Nikon D3300 is an affordable choice and a great first dSLR.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Feeling generous? Have a dad whose photography deserves more than a phone camera? The LX100 is an excellent enthusiast compact with a fast lens that will let him kick his photos up a couple notches.

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Sony Alpha A6000

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.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

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.

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Samsung NX1

It may be pretty expensive as a gift from the kids, but if mom or dad's looking to gift him with a camera that can keep up with the best of his athletic progeny, the Samsung NX1 is a great choice.

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Nikon D750

This is another expensive one, but if dad's ready to step up to full-frame for amazing travel shots, the D750 is an all-around great choice.

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