Christmas is full of magical moments, and with so many parties, gatherings and memorable occasions coming up, it’s the perfect time to take some snaps of your family and friends. There are plenty of options on the market, but which kind of camera or camcorder do you need to have a picture-perfect Christmas?
Compact digital cameras are the best choice for most users and are popular for a reason. One of their biggest merits is their size and portability, so they can be taken out and about and easily slipped into a pocket or handbag. There are plenty of budget-friendly options, such as the Vivitar X020 for only £39, but advances in technology mean that you don’t compromise on quality of photos. Great for beginner and casual photographers, many of them also come in a range of colours like the funky pink Canon IXUS 230 or the festive red Nikon S330.
Often more expensive than a ‘point and shoot camera’, DSLR cameras are better suited for more advanced photographers because of their versatility and ability to provide a greater range of photographic styles. DSLRs can provide higher quality shots, ideal for blowing up and giving as Christmas presents. Buying a DSLR camera like the Canon EOS 110D or the Nikon D3100 is a great investment and will not only give you fantastic photos of your Christmas celebrations, but also a new hobby for the New Year.
Whether it’s for recording a Nativity play, or creating a heartfelt home movie of your Christmas celebrations, a good camcorder is an absolute must-have to ensure you get the best audio and visual quality on your home movies, even if your digital camera has a video recording option. Choose an HD camcorder like the Sony HDR-CX190E if you’ll be watching your videos back on an HD television, and if you’ll be filming at a distance then a camcorder with a large optical zoom range, such as the Panasonic V10, will give you a precise image. For those of you on a budget, the Vivitar DVR892 is ideal.