We all have that one friend – the one that’s always taking pictures, posting artsy Instagrams and seems to live a life straight out of Tumblr. What better way to encourage that friend to start taking pictures of you (we all need to impress our followers once in awhile) than by buying her one of the many inventive cameras on the shelves this season? No need to do the research yourself, CM has gathered the comprehensive list of the toughest, coolest, most affordable and highest quality cameras for the photographer in your life.
1. THE NIKON D3300
Yeah yeah, we know it costs $500, but this is as professional as it gets and comes with every feature you never knew you needed. This camera works for everyone – both amateurs and photography veterans. Capture the joy of the holidays with crystal clear 24.2 megapixel photos and Full HD video capability. This kind of quality assures you nothing but sharp detail, vibrant color and even blurred background for effect. As if that wasn’t enough, the camera lets you shoot panoramas, shoot up to five frames per second or add artistic special effects and filters to photos. What sets this camera apart from the rest is its Wi-Fi capability; it allows you to wirelessly send your photos straight to your smartphone or tablet for simple sharing. Despite all these gadgets, you get a traditional looking camera with a point-and-shoot feel that’s small enough to carry around.