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Holiday Guide: Our Picks for Best Camera
by Laura Hicks -  11/7/2012

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Looking for a new camera to give or receive this holiday season? With a huge selection of digital cameras, knowing where to begin can seem overwhelming. But don't worry. Whether buying a slim line point and shoot that fits neatly in your pocket, an ultrazoom for those amazing travel images, a new mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses or a workhorse DSLR for professional use, this guide will give you the confidence you need to purchase a camera that's just right.

In this guide, we cover four types of digital cameras--point and shoot, compact interchangeable lens, ultrazoom, and DSLR. We will explain the uses for the cameras and help you decide which class is best for you.  Our guide contains camera recommendations at various price points to fit your budget. Purchasing a new camera can be easier than you think with the 2012 Holiday Guide from Digital Camera Review.




Point and Shoot Cameras

Sometimes a point and shoot is all you want. Being able to slip a sleek, slim line camera into your pocket for a night on the town or a family get together is convenient and easy. Where DSLR's can seem large and intimidating, point and shoots allow subjects to be relaxed and easily photographed. Also, more of the point and shoots are equipped with Wi-Fi technology making it easy to post your pictures to social media and image hosting websites. Check out our selection of top point and shoot cameras for this holiday season.

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Compact Interchangeable Lens Cameras

The newest class of digital cameras to the holiday guide is mirrorless compact interchangeable lens cameras. This class of cameras has given the user the flexibility of interchangeable lenses like the DSLR photographers, but the convenience of a smaller size due to a mirrorless design. Whether you are a budding photographer or an amateur shooter, this type of camera is designed for the creative person who loves the flexibility of multiple lenses. Find our top choices for mirrorless cameras in the link below.

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Ultrazoom Cameras

While the mirrorless cameras have taken over the forums and chat rooms, the ultrazooms have not been sitting idly by. Designed for the casual photographer, ultrazooms boast a large range of focal distances. These cameras are used for photographing anything from your child's soccer game to your family vacation in Europe. Their mega zoom lenses can reach a whopping 1000mm equivalent. If versatility is what you are looking for, check out our list of great ultrazoom cameras.

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DSLR Cameras

Always known as the workhorse of the photography world, DSLR cameras have become increasingly more affordable and more popular than ever before. This has created a new brand of buyers called "prosumers." These buyers are looking for a camera with maximum flexibility, creativity and rugged design. In a class of cameras that has generally been reserved for the professional photographer, all of the major manufacturers have released DSLR cameras that are affordable to the budding amateur photographer. Check our top picks this season for DSLR cameras to fit varied budgets.   

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Looking for the best product buys in desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and cameras?  Go to our Holiday Guide 2012 main page to link to additional top choices for the holidays!

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