If you are looking for a last minute idea for a nice stocking filling, you cannot go wrong with getting a camera. The tricky part is matching the right camera with the right person. Here are a few options for cameras as stocking ideas to pick and choose from.
If you want to recreate a nostalgic experience, then go with the Polaroid Z2300. Even though the camera can store the photos digitally on a SD card, it can still offer the 1-minute-to-be-ready experience, when you wait for the device to print the photos on spot. The camera can be acquired for $159.
For a more high-tech, 21 century feeling, choose the Samsung Galaxy, which is a camera that can connect to the internet. The device is equipped with a 16-megapixel camera with a very good zooming capability and an Android 3G Internet connectivity. With a mere touch of the screen you can take photos, edit and upload them on your favorite social media outlet. The camera can be purchased with an AT&T plan for $500.
The Lytro Light-Field is a funny looking camera that provides a feature best suited for those who want to worry more about what they will be shooting than how to get the device to focus best. The light-field technology allows the user to take the photo and focuses the image after it was shot, thus no more auto-focus or shutter lag issues. The device is available for purchase for $399 and up.
For your friends who love to capture their adventures on film, you can opt for the Pentax K-30, which is a suitable camera to have around for scuba diving, ski trips or taking photos in the rain. The weather friendly device survives if used in the pouring rain or exposed to very high temperatures. The $849.99 worth device features a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor and provides 1080 HD video capture.
If you are looking for a professional experience and wonderful recording capabilities, then the Canon EOS 6D is the way to go. The camera captures videos in full-HD mode and has a 20.2-megapixel DSLR. The user is still in charge of the exposure and audio levels. The device costs $2.099.