Picture the Perfect Gift with Digital Cameras

Grace: One of those weird Asian genes I happened to inherit is my obsession with taking pictures of EVERYTHING! Before my camera completely died on me, I would literally take it anywhere and everywhere because you never knew when it would come in handy!

Now that my camera is officially dead, I’ve been on the lookout for a new one. I think a reliable yet fairly inexpensive digital camera is a great thing for everyone to have. I know how difficult it is to find the perfect digital camera (there are just too many!) but I think the best approach to buying one as a gift is to think of the person’s needs. For example, if I we’re buying a camera for someone who is not a professional photographer but still very dedicated, such as my dad, I would probably buy a more high end digital camera and a nice standard zoom lens too.

However, if you are shopping for someone younger, perhaps a college or high school student, something smaller and cheaper would be better, especially since cameras tend to get replaced every few years. Personally, I would want my digital camera to take clear pictures regardless of the situation (I hate when the pictures I take at night or at museums don’t turn out well), but I’d also want it to be small and easy to carry around. From what I’ve seen, the Canon PowerShot digital cameras take very nice pictures, but I find them to be a little bulky. I also like the Fujifilm FinePix because it takes quality pictures, but it’s slimmer than the PowerShot.

Whatever you decide on, don’t fret too much about it. I would make a list of what I know I want in a camera, and then do some research and read both professional and customer reviews. As long as the camera does its job, it’s sure to be a well loved and well used gift.

Dan: A digital camera is a great gift idea Grace! When we just went to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk my camera came in real handy. Digital cameras these days have unlimited capabilities, I was able to take A LOT of video and at least thirty pictures of frogs, fish and crazy toothed sharks. In the past I always hated people who walked around filming their lives on camera. I would think to myself, “enjoy the moment don’t record the moment”, but it really is wonderful to have the ability to reflect on great experiences. I also recommend taking lots of short films because they truly re-live the moment unlike photos.

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