Digital Cameras on the Hot Holiday Gift Wish List

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One of the biggest categories of savings is in digital SLR cameras.

According to USA Today, electronics are sure to be at the top of nearly everyone's holiday gift list this year. MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones are expected to be among the most popular items. Digital SLR's are quickly becoming the fastest moving segment of the digital camera market and according to a PriceRunner report this category offers some of the biggest savings this holiday season. Here are some best picks from Samy's Camera.

The new 10.2 megapixel D200 is Nikon's latest DSLR. Let’s Go Digital says “Occasionally there is a product that you definitely cannot wait to get your hands on.” The D200 is compact like its predecessor the D100, but it shares many of the more advanced programming features with its big brother, the D2X as well as the sturdy sealed construction in a magnesium alloy body, while offering numerous improvements, most notable 10.2 million effective megapixels. Although it’s only going to be available mid December, if this camera is on your wish list, now’s the time to place an order. Samy’s price is $1699.95

For photographers who need the latest in full-frame digital photography, Samy recommends the Canon D5. Unlike any previous digital SLR it combines a full-frame (35 mm sized) high-resolution sensor (12.8 megapixels) with a relatively light and compact body. “Photographers who have yearned for a full-frame digital SLR that won't break the bank—or their backs—just got their wish,” says Canon.

The Nikon D50 is the ‘best bang for the buck” choice at Samys this year because it loaded with great features at a really affordable price. It’s especially good for taking shots of kids, sports and action. It's easy to use, works fast, focuses fast, responds immediately to your inputs and the image quality is fantastic. Samy’s holiday price is $699.95. If you mention this article in the comment field of the order form you’ll get a $50 gift card to be used on future purchases from Samy’s Camera.

If you’re planning a vacation at the beach or the lake, the water-resistant Pentax WPi point and shoot model is the answer. With six megapixels, it’s perfect for the active photographer - 30 minutes of continuous operation at an underwater depth of 1.5 meters and dustproof performance make it ideal for use when skiing, taking part in marine sports, going fishing or enjoying other outdoor events.

The camera a serious photographer would most like to find under the tree this year is the Leica D-Lux 2, a new eight megapixel camera with built-in image stabilization, a decently large 2.5-inch LCD, a wide-aspect ratio 16:9 CCD sensor, and a 4x optical zoom lens. “Leica has that retrolicious styling we can’t help but love,” says Engadget and “This could well become a classic digital camera,” comments the Digital Photography blog. Get your order in early for this

digital camera at just $795.

Whichever model you choose, these digital cameras will make your holiday gift giving a breeze.


Michelle Ryther


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