Christmas Gadget Countdown Day 2: Photo gear

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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! 

About Nigel Harris

Nigel Harris

I'm a partner with Burton Sweet, chartered accountants & business advisers, and run the Shepton Mallet office down in beautiful Somerset. Despite the name, Shepton Mallet is actually the home of Glastonbury Festival! I trained in audit and corporate tax with Grant Thornton and came to my current position in 1991 via small local practices and a stint with a training consortium.

I have the distinction of being one of the original members of the AccountingWEB editorial team, having been a freelance writer here for a year or so before John Stockdyk joined!



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07th Dec 2012 09:36

My photographic device, down to sheer handiness at the moment, is my iPhone 4s 8GB camera - and then upload straight to Instagram. 

Diverting somewhat from mainstream devices however, I do have a Canon 550d hibernating at home - while not this year's camera, it's certainly an oldie but a goodie from the last few years. 

I really want a Flip Mino HD though and I wouldn't mind some Final Cut Pro X software to go with it! 

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07th Dec 2012 18:53

2,600 mm lens

As a keen photographer I think the following is the bargain of the century. A lens that if made by Nikon or Cannon would cost thousands, all for £200.

I bought an Opteka fish eye lens last year for £35 and the quality is excellent. OK its not a Nikon, but its not a Nikon price either. 




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