Buying a Digital Camera for Christmas

There are so many different digital camera models out there that picking one can easily become a nightmare if you don’t know what you’re looking for. In order to help you find the perfect gift for Christmas, we’ve decided to give you a list of our favorite cameras for this year and some tips to help you choose ‘the one’.

random number day 9Congratulations to Rebby! You just won a Canon Powershot Camera. Thanks to all the participants and don’t forget to enter the competition for today’s giveaway!

Digital Cameras Gifts Ideas

You can find digital cameras starting for less than $100 but if you want to get a good one that will last you longer, then you might want to spend more time shopping for it. Find below our top recommendations for cameras.

Point and Click

Canon Powershot

Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 – Silver, $139.99 at Sears.ca, Buy it Now

Both Stephen and Marc-André love their Powershot cameras (and Stephen has had and used a bucket load of cameras in his lifetime) and said that this would be their first choice for a new camera. So we’ve decided to pick this camera as today’s giveaway.

Polaroid

Polaroid

Polaroid Z340 Instant Digital Camera, $299.95 at Amazon.ca, Buy it Now

I couldn’t believe that Polaroid cameras still exist, but it looks like they do. This wouldn’t be my first choice, due to their really high price tag, but if some of you want to get your pictures instantly, this is the model to go for.

Waterproof

Panasonic Lumix

Panasonic 12.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera (DMCTS3A) – Blue, $299.99 at Futureshop.ca, Buy it Now

When buying a waterproof digital camera, the first thing you want to check is how solid it feels, so that it’s not going to leak or break and what waterproof depth it can support. There are not that many waterproof cameras available just yet, but this one is among the best ones you can find.

Nikon Coolpix

Nikon Coolpix 16MP Waterproof Digital Camera (AW100) – Blue, $319.99 at Futureshop.ca, Buy it Now

Stephen (the incessant reviewer) was recently shopping for a waterproof camera and this is the one that got the best reviews. It’s supposed to be robust and doesn’t leak. It could explain why so many stores run out of stock. This really is the best point and shoot digital underwater and outdoor camera.

DSLR

Canon EOS Rebel

Canon EOS Rebel T2I D-SLR Camera-Canon EF 75-300MM F4-5.6 III U.S.M. Lens Bundle, $879.98 at Thesource.ca, Buy it Now

I own a Canon EOS Rebel and I love this camera. What I like about this bundle is that it comes with a pretty powerful lens so you should be able to shoot images from father away. Lenses are quite expensive so it’s also nice to buy a second one as part of a gift (bear this in mind if the person you are budding for is a budding photographer).

If you’re not concerned about the camera size and weight and you want to be able to change all the camera settings for more professional pictures, this is the camera to get.

What to Consider when Buying a Digital Camera?

The first thing to decide when buying a digital camera is what your needs are, or if it’s a gift what the other person’s needs? What are you going to do with the camera? Where are you going to use it? Are you going to carry it on you? Are you going to use only the automatic mode or you want to use the manual modes? What is your budget? Are you an experienced photographer or not? Once you’ve answered these questions, you probably have a better idea of what kind of camera you want to get.

The number of megapixels in a camera used to be an important factor in the process of buying a camera, but it is no longer as important today. If you only plan to print your pictures in a standard format, then any camera that has more than 5MP should be o.k. I even think that cameras with a lot of MP make your picture size so wide that it can sometimes be a real hassle if you want to share them.

Among the different features that you wan to look for, the type of zoom, digital or optical is an important specification. An optical zoom is what you are looking for because a digital one only enlarges the pixels in your shot which makes the picture noisier and pixelated. In other words it doesn’t zoom on what you want to photograph but in your picture. Good quality cameras all have an optical zoom these days.

Finally, before buying a specific camera, make sure to read the product’s reviews. You can always find some on the store’s website and I think that these are the best because they are done by users of the product (just make sure that are more of the unbiased kind, so to be sure the actual manufacture didn’t write them). Reading this page is an excellent first step, but checking more than one source of reviews is a good idea to make the most educated choice.

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Giveaway

Get a chance to win a digital camera, the; Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 (Silver) when entering our contest today. Just 3 more giveaways to come, stay posted for fantastic prizes.

Good luck bargains hunters!

77 Comments

  1. Anne says:

    Congratulations to Rebby!
    This giveaway is now closed, check the latest one! Good luck

  2. fokxxy says:

    Definitely could use this over the holiday season!

  3. Lyle O says:

    It would be a nice camera to win.

  4. Penny R says:

    It would be really nice to win a good reliable digital camera.

  5. JR says:

    awesome!

  6. Kevin L says:

    This camera is pretty as a picture! :)

  7. Diane52 says:

    I’d like to win the Canon PowerShot ELPH 100. And thank you for explaining the optical and digital zoom.

  8. Kate says:

    I would love to be able to give my brother a camera. He is so artistic it makes me jealous!

  9. Karyn says:

    This would be super for my “teacher camera” documenting all our learning in my Grade 1 class :)

  10. donna l. says:

    I’d love to win this

  11. Tina says:

    I would love to win this great camera.

  12. Belinda M says:

    I lost my camera last summer and could use a new one

  13. Beatrice Lawson says:

    I can hardly wait to see the winners of all the wonderful stuff being given away!

  14. lelalacc says:

    a new camera at this time of year is perfect for saving great holiday memories

  15. Jo says:

    I would like to win this camera so that I can take pictures of my grandchildren.
    Thanks for all the information about cameras.

  16. Mary says:

    I desperately need a new camera for our 15th Wedding Anniv this Dec. 26.

  17. Ermias says:

    kool prize….. would like to win!!!

  18. Glenda says:

    gimme gimme gimme!!!! I love contests!

  19. Alex C says:

    I could really use a new camera for Christmas!!! Ahhhh I hope I can win :)

  20. Yi-Chen S says:

    I hope I win this!!!! :)

  21. Francine says:

    Canon makes great products – I had a very reliable printer for years!

  22. Maria Kyriopoulos says:

    Memories frozen in time
    From a past but not forgotten era
    Smiles evoked from pictures so sublime
    Taken from a digital camera!

  23. Holly says:

    Two of my friends just got the shock, freeze and waterproof digital point and shoot cameras. They take AMAZING pics. My type of camera!

  24. Judy says:

    I would love a new camera.

  25. Andrej says:

    Well, my camera still works, but it’s so old it’s due for a replacement.

  26. Meek says:

    I would love to win this prize.

  27. Julien H. says:

    Hope it zooms on me ;))

  28. Wonn says:

    Great gift for my daughter.

  29. Ernie M. says:

    Great info on cameras. Found some very helpful tips!

  30. Rebby says:

    Oh wow! I haven’t seen a polaroid camera for ages!! Thanks for the great gift ideas, and great giveaways!!

  31. spamgirl says:

    I’ve always loved my coolpix :) thanks!

  32. Cheryl Morreale says:

    I would use this camera to take photos of my 2 year old son! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  33. Debbie Paisley says:

    Great contest would love to win…

  34. theresa mayville says:

    Nice camera would like to win…

  35. Claudia says:

    Justement, notre caméra a brisé lors de notre dernier voyage!!!

  36. nm says:

    I need a new camera badly!

  37. Athena says:

    Would love a new camera! Mine is no longer working…

  38. ZAK says:

    I hope I get it for Christmas :)

  39. Leslie says:

    nice camera, would love to win.

  40. J-J Roy says:

    Just what I need to take a picture of Santa!

  41. Amy M says:

    Nice camera! Your info on what to consider when buying a digital camera is helpful.

  42. MARY says:

    love to win a digital camera i still am using my old model from 25 years ago

  43. angela m says:

    Would love a new camera!

  44. veronika says:

    I love canon cameras! Never had this model though, i would like to try it

  45. Cathy M says:

    I really could use a new cmera

  46. Fila says:

    Omg!I was looking at this camera for weeks that I would love to have it! I would so appreciate it!!!

  47. joKing says:

    What a great gift!!! for me :)

  48. Onika Thornhill says:

    I’d love to win this great camera!

  49. George Burton says:

    A great way to keep those memories alive. Please let me win!

  50. Grace says:

    Great thing to win. Have a special person I would like to give it to if I do> It is almost Christmas!

  51. Sunshine G says:

    I’d love a new camara!

  52. Ben says:

    CHEEEEEEEEZE :-)
    j’en veux une !

  53. Donnas says:

    I’d love to win this giveaway.

  54. MARYSE BÉGIN says:

    I would love to win this camera to take beautiful pictures if my gorgeous baby girl!

  55. Lynne B says:

    I’d love to win this camera!

  56. Jennifer Harding says:

    I would love a new camera!

  57. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I would LOVE to win this camera for my husband as he has wanted one for a long while…thank you!

  58. Colleen C says:

    I love my Canon Digital Elph, but it is about 6 or 7 years old now…time to get a new one! Wish me luck!

  59. Lisa Belisle says:

    “you would like to win the giveaway of the day”

    Yes! I would like to win the giveaway of the day!!

  60. Torrance Ho says:

    I would like to win!

  61. Karen T says:

    Please Please Please!!! I would love this!

  62. I visited a website called voucher codes,
    12 Days Of Christmas with loads and loads,
    If only I could win,
    I’d smile with the hugest grin,
    Would so love a new camera,
    Maybe I’d be the first to snap a shot of the mystical chimera,
    So by the end of the day,
    I’ll hear “HEY”
    Debbie you won,
    And I’ll buy you a cream bun.

    • Anne says:

      Debbie, if the winner wouldn’t be pick randomly in the contest, I would pick you as the winner for this cool comment! Hope you’ll win!
      Good luck!

  63. Lolita says:

    Cameras are always a most, especially during Christmas. I would be super chuffed to win this prize. Good luck to all!

  64. Amy Johnson says:

    Would love to win this !!

  65. Margaret Imecs says:

    I really need a camera! Thanks for the chance! :)

  66. FOKXXY says:

    I could really use this!! Thank you!

  67. Corrina says:

    I’d love to win a Canon Powershot Camera! Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. Marsha says:

    A great camera

  69. angela b says:

    I could use a new camera!! I love taking pictures of my family!

  70. Angela Griffin says:

    Thanks for the contest – I’d love to win this!

  71. Bob Grier says:

    Hi, I havent had a decent camera in a while. This would be much better than using my phone.

  72. Mike Gismondi says:

    I could use this since my camera broke!

  73. Stephanie Mac Isaac says:

    I was trying to take some pics of my sons Christmas concert last night and they didnt come out very well so please let me win

  74. ChristineB says:

    Cameras are always a great gift. Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. Kim S says:

    great looking camera

  76. Nic says:

    This is a good camera for such a low price. Seems like a really good deal!