Moving ever so slightly away from office essentials, today’s category is everything photographic-related – both still and moving.
Stuff magazine’s top compact digital camera for 2012 is the Fujifilm Finepix X10 (£530), a retro-styled to look like a 1950s 35m camera, but 12 megapixels and a 4x optical zoom. If old school isn’t your thing, then the latest Nikon Coolpix and Canon IXUS models come in bright funky colours, and take a decent picture too.
For moving pictures you’ll need one of the latest HD camcorders such as the Canon LEGRIA (£1200) or the more affordable Panasonic HDC-SD60 (£400). For video on the move, you’ll probably find that your smartphone will do a reasonably decent job, otherwise the market leader is the Flip Mino HD, one of the world’s smallest HC camcorders. The added bonus is that you can record 60 minutes of HD video onto its 4GB internal memory rather than draining your phone battery.
For the photographer in your life you could consider a portable photo printer, something like a Canon SELPHY ES30 or 40, or for instant gratification how about the good old Polaroid camera? The latest incarnation is available from Amazon for £60, but bear in mind that the special photo paper works out at £1 a shot.
For real old-fashioned photography with a twist, why not try one of the cute Lomography 35mm cameras, the latest cult craze for analogue photography inspired by clunky old Russian Lomo cameras. La Sardina models really are based on sardine cans!
Let us know what photographic device you favour!