Welcome to the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide! The team here is well aware of the heartbreaking difficulties of the seasonal shopping experience, and we want to help you sort through the trash and come up with the treasures this year. Below is today's bevy of hand curated picks, and you can head back to the Gift Guide hub to see the rest of the product guides as they're added throughout the holiday season.
A new digital camera is a solid go-to gadget present for almost anyone on your list, since everyone loves taking and sharing photos. But pairing the right camera to the right person at the right price can be challenging -- with thousands of camera choices spanning every shape, size, and price tag, picking the right camera can be overwhelming. You're in luck, though -- we've looked through all of 2010's holiday camera offerings and narrowed things down for you. Read on!
For just over a hundred bucks, Canon's baby PowerShot offers stellar image quality, a decent 4x zoom, an optical image stabilizer, and face detection. No, it's not the most tech'd out cam on our list, but it'll take great photos and it comes in a bunch of colors -- and isn't that what matters most?
Samsung TL205 - $149
Pentax Optio H90- $99
Oh, you shouldn't have
The mid-range compact market is packed to the gills with great options, but the Coolpix S8100 offers some of the most cutting-edge tech available at a terrific price. A backlit CMOS sensor allows for great low-light performance, there's a 10x zoom and 1080p video, and hey -- it's just a tick over $200 at Walmart and Best Buy right now.
Pentax Optio W90 - $250
Canon S95 - $369
We can't afford the rent now, can we?
Nikon's newest entry-level DSLR is the perfect blend of easy-to-use and feature-packed: it has a number of hand-holding auto modes, but still packs a 14.2 megapixel DX sensor with a max (boosted) ISO of 12,800, a 1080p/24 video mode with continuous autofocus, face detection, and subject tracking, and all the usual manual controls you'd expect. For the money it's hard to beat -- there's not much else you could ask for.
Sony NEX-5 - $699
Canon 60D - $1,298 with 18-135 IS kit lens