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Christmas gift suggestions for the photographer in your life

Shopping for something to pop under the tree for your favourite photographer?

We've got a range of cameras and camera accessories to suit every budget and skill level.

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Contour Roam 3

Waterproof and tough as nails, the Contour Roam remains a serious competitor to the GoPro and at a significantly lower price.

The Roam 3 improves upon the previous generation with 3.5 hours of battery life and the ability to head down 10m underwater without a case.

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Nikon D750

As the review says, the D750 might have you raising a wince when you see the price tag. But for the money, you're getting a camera with a well-rounded feature set and a solid combination of quality and performance.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

The second generation of Samsung's Android-powered camera.

The roughly AU$500 cost may seem high for a point and click, but the Galaxy Camera is far more than that, packing in Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC and a great range of apps, all easily controlled by the large touch screen.

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Nikon D5200

Shopping for someone just taking their first steps into the world of photography? Then have a look at the Nikon D5200.

Available for under AU$500 (if you hunt around online) this is a great beginner camera or even a solid all-rounder for the more experienced photographer.

Good video and image quality in a small frame, make this a solid Christmas option.


Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM

Definitely one for the very serious photographer in your life. The Sigma is a portrait lens which, according to our review, has a "premium-feeling build quality and excellent tension and tactile feedback on its focus ring, and it produces sharp, bright images with little distortion".

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Sony Alpha 6000

A very versatile camera that's probably better for the more advanced user on your Christmas list.

The Alpha 6000 builds upon its predecessor, offering improvements to autofocus, image quality and design, and delivering a great burst rate for the money.

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Canon Powershot SX700

A great travel camera with a massive 30x zoom. You've also got Wi-Fi built in, NFC and a high-res LCD that makes this a good camera for daytime shooting.

If you're shopping for a compact camera that goes a step beyond the norm, then this is a gift that'll keep on giving.

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Sony HDR-AS100V Action Cam

Action cams are big business and many manufacturers are trying to get the jump on the current leader, GoPro.

Sony's AS100V has image stabilisation and high bitrate recording making this a good gift choice for your 'extreme' relative who can't stop YouTubing their adventures.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens

With smartphones packing in more and more megapixels, there's no reason that phone-photography can't produce some good looking snaps.

A clip-on phone lens can help make these images even better, and while most on the market are made for Apple, Olloclip bucks the trend and works with the Galaxy S4 and S5.

So, if you're after a stocking-stuffer for the Android lover in your life, look no further!

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Nikon Coolpix L830

It won't cost you an arm and a leg, but the L830 will give you a quality tilting view screen, solid photo quality and a massive 34x zoom.

Another great option for the traveller in your life who loves sharing their globe-trotting experiences.

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