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Today I am kicking off my first section of my holiday gift guide. Over the next couple days running up to whichever holiday you happen to celebrate, I will release a new post concentrating on a specific category of gifts with products that I recommend.
In each section I will be limiting the amount of products I recommend to only a select few. I only recommend products that I own, have used, or have significant knowledge about. Even though I am recommending these products, I still encourage you to shop around and pick gifts that fit your needs and are within your budget.
If you chose to purchase any of these gifts, then you can click on the link and purchase through Amazon. I have written before on my thoughts about Amazon and I still think they are one of the best option out there to get the products you need for a great price. Also if you purchase any of the products using the links provided below, then I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price, which will go into making TBone's Mind a better blog for all to enjoy.
Click the link to see the products that are selected for this post's category.
I am not a photography expert by any means, so I am not able to provide any recommendations for dSLRs since I haven't really used any or have much experience with them. However, I have listed some cameras below that will work well for folks both new to photography and also those who are more experienced. I know the options below are expensive, but I think you will get a lot of life out of these cameras.
Canon G12 10MP Digital Camera ($469.00)
This is probably the most advanced camera you can get before you start heading into the dSLR category. It has enough auto settings for those still new to photography, but you are also able to manually adjust just about anything for those who are more experienced.
Canon PowerShot S95 10MP Camera ($369.99)
The most powerful point and shoot camera on the market. It is small, compact, easy to use, and has a lot of settings that can be configured manually for the folks who have more experience. It is also one of the best performing low light cameras on the market. You can save a few bucks by going with last years model, the Canon S90. Some features are different but the performance is pretty much the same.
Now I know most folks have a phone on them that can record decent video. I even use my iPhone when I am in a pinch. But for those times when you need HD, or just better video and audio quality, you can't go wrong with a dedicated device.
Flip UltraHD 8GB ($170.99)
I stand by the Flip cameras. I know that there are a lot of imitators in this space, but I like the simplicity and quality of the Flip cameras.
Flip MinoHD 8GB ($199.00)
Same great Flip camera just in a smaller package.
There are a boat load of accessories for cameras ranging from cases, to bags, to memory cards and plenty of other things that you would be surprised even existed. But I think there is one accessory that everyone should have that is incredibly useful and works great.
Joby Gorillapod ($15.00)
The Joby Gorillapod is the only stand you will ever need. The flexible legs allow it to wrap around or cling to just about any surface you could think of. It works great for steady shots at night time or in low light conditions. It is also a great stand-in for another person if you would like to take some self portraits with your sweetie. There are a lot of different varieties of the Gorillapod so I encourage you to pick the one that works best with your device.