HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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It's probably the most hated phrase at any family gathering: "Smile!" But c'mon, you know it's a necessary evil, so you might as well snag someone a camera that won't break when three generations of you all smile while wearing those hand-knit sweaters.

Casio EX-S200 - $152

This lovely compact comes with a Single Frame SR Zoom that extends the 4X optical zoom range to 6X purportedly without any discernible loss of picture quality. It also has a14.1MP sensor as well as a host of other specs. According to Casio, the EX-S200 is a card-sized camera that measures a scant 0.6-inches at its thinnest part. Stocking stuffer delight!

Sony Bloggie MHS-TS20 - $218

The Bloggie Touch features a 3-inch capacitive touch screen as well as “touch and flick” recording controls and three simplified buttons for control. Sony’s Bloggie Touch cameras come with a F2.8 wide angle lens and an Exmor CMOS sensor.  For easy sharing of your photos and videos, the Bloggie Touch offers USB and HDMI connectivity as well as direct upload to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, and YouTube. 

Canon PowerShot G12 - $481

The PowerShot G12 will offer HD video recording capabilities (720p) as well as the HS (High Sensitivity) SYSTEM for low-light conditions. The PowerShot G12 is a 10 megapixel camera with a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD and a 5X-Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization. The G12 also features a High Dynamic Range (HDR) scene mode.

Sony a560 DSLR - $589

Sony expanded its α (alpha) line of DSLR cameras with the introduction of the new SLR-a560. This DSLR uses Sony's Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and is one of the few models in Sony's line to offer Multi-frame Noise Reduction, Sweep Panorama mode, 3D Sweep Panorama, and Full HD 1920x1080 60i video capture. This 14.2 megapixel camera also features Quick AF Live View, 7fps continuous shooting capabilities, and Auto HDR. 

Samsung NX100 - $599

The new Samsung NX100 is the mirrorless camera to beat, with a 14.6MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3" VGA AMOLED display, ISO 100-3200, a 720p movie mode, SD/SDHC card slot, optional geo-tagging with an additional dongle, and a Smart Filter feature that acts as an in-camera editing suite.

Nikon D7000 DSLR kit - $1499

The D7000 DSLR creates a new class of Nikon camera by delivering exceptional quality, control, and an innovative feature set; this is a camera that enables DSLR users to achieve a true expression of their creative vision, while concentrating primarily on image quality above all else.

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3vi1 4 years ago

>> Have you been naughty or nice?


Oh sure... throw that in my face.


I have the Samsung SyncMaster P2770 (not FH), and highly recommend it.  Even with 2ms time (same contrast ratio), I never notice ghosting or blurring.  The FH model sounds like an awesome gift.

amdcrankitup 4 years ago

Very nice gift guide for sure. If I had some deeeeeeeeep pockets I would have a great time going through that list and would come up with a real kick ass Rig.

Thats terrible temptation and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old I need a rich uncle or something!!! Or one good lottery ticket!

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old[/quote]

I turned 57 today,...........

BTW: good list of bling,.....I like too much of it for my own good.

The ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver is especially tempting to me.

fat78 4 years ago

Now i need to find some one with a wallet big enough to buy me those gaming desktops

InfinityzeN1 4 years ago

I'm actually happy that I already have several things on the list.

Something to add in, for those people like I was with six (yes SIX) remotes on my coffee table is the Logitech Harmony series of remotes.  The Harmony One for those who don't need RF, the Harmony 900 (which I picked up) for those who do.

I fell in love with the remote less than an hour after opening it.  Replaced all my remotes, actually handles all the I/O and on/off for any activities you use it for, full color touch screen.  Review it guys!

rapid1 4 years ago

Nice gift list really like the list. Specifically the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5is an awesome 1366 socket board which I have used on one rig for close to a year now with no issues at all. The NZXT Phantom and Corsair Cases are awesome, as are the headphones (of which I need a new pair of, just because I want some )). I could personally really use a flat screen monitor as well 22.5" or bigger (as it is always better) will do, just hit me up for my address when you wanna send me one.

der meister 4 years ago

I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="Der Meister"]I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...[/quote]

I wouldn't mind a T-Rex to keep my neighbor's dog from crapping on my lawn,............


mentaldisorder 4 years ago

Might I add that the 40gb agility 2 is on sale and with rebate will cost you $96.  The Vertex 2 costs $84.99 after rebate.

ed007 4 years ago

print- hand wifey... go shopping woman! :)

Specjre 4 years ago

Great list I will have to look at a few of these to put under the tree.  Just wonder if I will be able to resist the urge to put my name on them.

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