This year I finally upgraded to a smart camera. A smart camera is a camera that takes high quality pictures but also has access to the internet. I cannot tell you how great it is to be able to take great pictures and share them with social media, email them to colleagues or just transfer them to my smartphone with in the blink of an eye. I recommend everyone to get a camera like this.
A great place to try out these cameras is Best Buy. You can get some hands-on time, compare and get a feel for which smart camera is right for you or your giftee. Check out some honorable mentions:
Nikon D5300 DSLR
The Nikon D300 DSLR comes with a 18-55mm VR Lens. VR stands for Vibration Reduction which is a form of image stabilization to limit the effects of camera shake and vibration. The Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) will give you sharp, crystal clear images.The 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers high quality images. You can share these stunning images since the D5300 DSLR has built-in wifi. It is available in black, red, or gray.
Starts at 799.99 and up
Learn more about the Nikon D5300 DSLR HERE
Sony Alpha A6000 Mirrorless Camera
If you’r into the new mirrorless cameras, the Sony Alpha A6000 mirrorless camera might be the choice for you. The Alpha A6000 has a retractable 16-50mm lens. You will get clear images, since the A6000 has a 24 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and OIS that reduces blurring. It also has built-in Wifi along with NFC (Near Field Communication) to get you connected to the internet and allow sharing of your photos instantly. You can get the Sony Alpha A6000 in black, white, or silver.
Starts at $599.99
Learn more about the Sony Alpha Mirrorless Camera HERE
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
If you want a camera that allows you to share high quality images quickly, but are not comfortable with the interface of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, you might enjoy the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. You might be able to manage the Galaxy Camera 2 a bit easier since it runs Android JellyBean 4.3
The 4.8 touch-screen viewfinder makes the Galaxy Camera 2 easy to navigate and it’s also a clear way to review the pics you’ve taken. And those pics will be great ones since the Galaxy Camera 2 has a 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor which records in HD as well. It also has built-in memory (8GB) and Face-Detection to help you get clear shots.
Starts at $347.99
Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 HERE
These prices may be higher or lower depending at what time season you decide to purchase, but if you need help with features or different pricing you can check out more cameras at the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center
Which camera suits you for making and sharing memories quickly? Let us know what features you like best!
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free