Fathers Day Gift Ideas: Digital Cameras

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Best Cameras for Fathers Day under $500
Best Cameras for Fathers Day under $500

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

One question I get asked a lot is what camera is a good one?  In this article I will briefly try and cover this — here are my top Fathers Day Gift Ideas for any dad, or for any graduate.  These cameras are all better than your standard point and shoot and offer something extra without breaking the bank.

The best thing is EACH of these cameras are under $500. This is by no means the end all list of cameras, but if you are looking for excellent Fathers Day Gift Ideas – this is an excellent starting point.

Sony NEX-3NL/B Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit (Black)

This Sony is incredibly light and offers a must have feature – interchangeable lens! 16 megapixels is plenty for almost any photo, perfect for dad!  This camera doesn’t go out and replace the Canon 5D or Nikon D800, but the draw is this camera’s ease and usefulness from portraits, parties, to hiking and traveling.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black)

Similar to Nikon, this Canon may not offer the highest megapixels but what you will get is a solid build with tons of potential. Starting out with a Rebel is very popular due to the smooth transition of lenses and upgrading over time as a photographer. The Rebel is built for everyday use with an added element of HD video capability.  Canon always offers excellent Fathers Day Gift Ideas in case you want to upgrade to a higher model.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model)

Sony is making a push in the camera world, and while this handy camera packs a little higher megapixels (18 mp) – if you are looking for a long term camera to be able to change lenses this may not be the right fit. The lens on this Sony is a beautiful Carl Zeiss lens and will do a magnificent job.

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

The Nikon D3100 is an excellent starting camera with options for the aspiring photographer on a budget. The lens on this kit may not be ideal, but with Nikon you know you are getting a few things: a solid manufacturer’s warranty and good quality lenses. Don’t be caught up on the 14 megapixels as this camera packs plenty of punch for what you are looking for.  Nikon’s are similar to Canon’s as excellent Fathers Day Gift Ideas because you can use your lenses over time as you upgrade bodies and know you are still working with top notch quality.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 12 MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and 14-42mm Lens (Black)

This last camera may not typically top camera lists, but it’s lightweight build – combined with this interchangeable lens feature and the doable price give this up and coming camera a chance. I may not rate it at the top, but if budget is a concern take a long hard look at this one.


  1. mares says: on June 22, 2013  4:04 am Reply

    So glad I found this wonderful information, thanks

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