Best Digital Camera Holiday Guide

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Trying to pick out the best digital cameras for Holiday gifts? Whether you’re looking for a camera for your family, husband, wife, partner, friend or even for yourself (that’s ok with me), there’s a camera in our Best Digital Camera Holiday Guide that fits your needs. The list includes everything from powerful digital SLRs to simple point-and-shoot cameras and pretty much everything in-between. Even if I haven’t included a perfect camera match for you, browsing the top ten cameras will give you some direction. If you need some more basic camera guidance, read our Digital Camera Guide for Regular Folks to get an idea of what kind of camera you need and then come back to the Holiday camera list.

Best Digital Camera Holiday Guide

These cameras were chosen using a sophisticated formula that included top seller data, the most popular cameras on this site, and my own peerless camera knowledge and editorial judgment (i.e. – I picked them). Unfortunately, we only had room for ten. I had to make some tough decisions and there are definitely some cameras I would have liked to include on the list but didn’t. If you think I left out an important camera or you flat out disagree with one of my choices, please share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of each page. Your opinions and experience will only make this article better!

Each camera on the list has its own page with a short description, basic specs with price and a link to a full review or more detailed article. The cameras are in no particular order but the description will indicate why each camera is on the list and if it’s a class leader or just a plain good deal. So, with no further ado, let’s get to the cameras:


Canon PowerShotELPH 300 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera
Canon PowerShot
Fujifilm X10 Premium Compact Camera
Fujifilm X10
Nikon D7000 Digital SLR
Nikon D7000
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Superzoom Camera
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Digital SLR
Canon EOS Rebel
T3i / 600D
Kodak EasyShare Sport Waterproof Point-and-Shoot Camera
Kodak EasyShare Sport
Olympus E-P3 Pen Micro Four Thirds Camera
Olympus E-P3
Nikon Coolpix AW100 Rugged Waterproof Camera
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Canon PowerShot S100 Premium Pocket Camera
Canon PowerShot S100
Nikon Coolpix P7100 Premium Compact Camera
Nikon Coolpix P7100


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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • thien says:

    The Canon S100 is officially on my christmas list!

  • Photo-John says:

    Happy to help siphon some money out of your wallet and stimulate the economy, Thien! :-)

  • OllieK says:

    How on earth could you guys not include the Canon SX230HS with a 14x zoom, image stabilization, HD video with mini HDMI out, and many more great features all for under $200 street price. Your overall selection is pretty lame considering the truly fabulous cameras out there. A few of your selections are just plain pathetic. Who is paying you off??

  • Photo-John says:

    I can’t help laughing a bit at your comment, Ollie. Diplomacy is not one of your skills, I guess. Still, thanks for the comment and thanks for mentioning the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, which I actually own. And I agree with you – it is an awesome camera. That’s why I bought it. Pocket superzooms like the SX230 HS are actually my favorite kind of compact camera. I have been pushing them hard outside of this guide (my pocket superzoom camera guide) and I was disappointed I didn’t get to include one in this list. I did try to explain how I made my choices in the introduction. I only chose ten cameras and I based them on what was popular on the site and what is selling well on Amazon. No matter how I make a top cameras list I’m going to leave something out and someone is going to think its lame. That’s why I encouraged our readers – and you – to post their picks in the comments. That way you get to voice your opinion, tell me I’m lame and tell people what camera you think is best. So thanks for your contribution. And no – no one is paying us off :-)

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