01.Gadget gift ideas
For the tech-savvy and the tech-curious gadgets always make fun and exciting Christmas presents. But buying the latest technologies doesn't always mean forking out the highest price, as many of our test results show.
We've put together a selection of some of CHOICE's latest-reviewed gadgets and gizmos, including smartphones, eBook readers, and compact digital cameras. Products have been broken down into these categories:
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Compact digital cameras
The festive season and the summer months are often the most social and active, so there are usually plenty of opportunities to get the camera out and take some happy snaps. Buying a compact digital camera for someone can be a daunting exercise — there are literally hundreds of models on the market and a bewildering array of specifications and features. To make the task easier for you, CHOICE has reviewed 99 models, including the Canon Ixus 1000HS, and the Nikon Coolpix P500. Take a look at our Compact digital cameras review to see which one comes out on top, and also see the CHOICE Digital cameras buying guide to find out which camera will suit your needs best.
DSLRs may be much larger than their compact counterparts but once you've enjoyed their benefits, it's hard to settle for anything less. There are several makes to choose from, with camera and lens kits for well under $1000. We've tested and reviewed popular models such as the Canon EOS 60D, and the Nikon D7000 to find out which cameras are the best. Take a look at our DSLRs review for more information. You might also want to read our article on digital SLR zoom lenses. See also our brand reliability survey 2010 to see how our members rate the reliability of the key brands over time.
These days you can buy a HD camcorder that will work well in all lighting situations for well under $1000. And if you are looking for a point and shoot that will capture your memories in HD, you can pay as little as $500 for a model that will perform well in most situations. However, some of the top-performing models are priced at well over the $1000 mark. The best camcorders are easy to use, have very good sound and picture quality, and have very good autofocus capabilities. Some models also have wind filters, and remote controls. For more information, take a look at our Camcorders review.
Pocket camcorders are a good option for anyone who wants to capture good quality HD video and play it on a large screen TV, or share it over the internet, without having to pay $1000 for the privilege. CHOICE tested 15 pocket camcorders (also known as multimedia cameras), including the Sony Bloggie, and the Panasonic HM-TA2, to see which deliver the best combination of video and audio quality, and which are easiest to use. We also compared the video quality of the pocket camcorders on test with a variety of other devices that claim to capture video including Smartphone. For more information take a look at our Pocket camcorders review.