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8 Digital Cameras for the Hobbyist

Looking for a camera for someone in your family?  Check out this great list!  Cameras like the Canon 70D or Nikon D5300 make great backup cameras as well.  

#1 - Canon PowerShot G16 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video - $499 With performance and creative expression approaching that of an SLR camera, the new PowerShot G16 camera makes unlimited imaging portable and wireless. You'll be eager to share the spectacular images you create with the 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor. Upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android device with free download of the Canon Camera Window app. This camera has received 4.5 out of 5 star ratings.

#2 - Nikon COOLPIX P7800 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Optical†Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD - $546.95 Amaze yourself over and over again with breathtaking photos and Full HD 1080p videos with the COOLPIX P7800. Its superb 7.1x Zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens gives you both wide-angle and telephoto capabilties and is engineered to match its extra-large 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. You can even connect to Wi-Fi with an optional WU-1a adapter. †The COOLPIX P7800 is so easy to use, anyone can take great photos and videos with it. Just turn the camera on, point, shoot and marvel at the results.

#3 - Canon PowerShot S120 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video - $449 The PowerShot S120 camera puts the world in your pocket with superb imaging, easy wireless sharing and touch-screen convenience. Step up to a new level of image quality with a 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor that deliver rich natural color and beautiful clarity even in low light. Built-in Wi-Fi technology allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, and upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android device with free download of the Canon Camera Window app. This camera has received 4.5 out of 5 star reviews.



#4 - Nikon COOLPIX P340 12.2 MP Wi-Fi CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) - $346.95 (Reg. $375.95) Small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket but powerful enough to inspire the most demanding shooters, the COOLPIX P340 truly shines in low-light and fast-action moments. Its ultra-fast f/1.8 lens is paired with a large CMOS image sensor for exciting low-light capabilities and blazing fast shooting speeds up to 10 frames per second. Built-in WiFi allows you to share your photos instantly, which is great for traveling.

#5 - Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm STM Lens - $1,149 (Reg. $1,349) Changing the way users capture still images and video with a DSLR camera, the EOS 70D features a revolutionary autofocus technology that unlocks the potential of Live View: Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This game-changing technology allows the EOS 70D to capture video in Live View with smooth and precise autofocus similar to that of a camcorder. This camera has received the DPReview Gold Award and is suggested for almost any semi-pro shooting situation, from sports and action to portraits and video.

#6 - Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black) - $1,046.95 (Reg. $1,299.95) The D5300 features built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing to your smartphone or tablet, GPS and mapping, a cutting edge 24.2-megapixel image sensor, an extra-large swiveling Vari-angle LCD and more. The D5300 brings an outstanding new level of image quality and capabilities in a compact, ergonomic design. It won a Silver Award from the DPReview and is suggested for photographers wanting high-res image quality.

#7 - Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens - $699 (Reg. $849) The incredible image quality and performance of the EOS Rebel T5i starts with an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon's superb DIGIC 5 image processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i provides crisp, detailed images, even in low-light situations. It won a Silver Award from the DPReview. While it is not the best for users requiring fast AF performance in live view, it is excellent for those looking for the manual control and image quality of a DSLR but appreciate the option to use a touchscreen.

#8 - Fujifilm X-E2 16.3 MP Compact System Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm Lens (Silver) - $1,099 Recipient of a DPReview Gold Award, this camera is excellent for most types of photography, whether you're looking for raw or JPEG files. The X-E2 is a highly capable enthusiast-focused camera capable of producing excellent images. Direct control dials and plenty of customization make for an engaging shooting experience, and its output is impressive. Wi-Fi and in-camera raw conversion make it easy to share images.

#9 - Canon 270EX II Speedlite Flash for Canon SLR Cameras (Black) - $139 (Reg. $169) The Canon Speedlite 270EX II is a compact, high-performance flash unit designed for the evolving EOS enthusiast. Developed for fun and easy flash shooting, when used with select Canon EOS DSLR cameras that have a master function, the Speedlite 270EX II can be used as a versatile wireless slave flash.

#10 - Rokinon M71 71 Inch Pro Photo/Video Monopod with Footstand and Carrying Case (Black) - $21.82 (Reg. $29.95) Made of strong, lightweight aluminum, this Rokinon 71-inch monopod can be used for all of your photo and video needs. It features a full three-way panhead and a foot stand to help you anchor it to the ground. It has a maximum weight capacity of 6.7 lbs.



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