HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2009

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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.
Nikon Coolpix L100 - $196

For those not ready to splurge on a DSLR, this mega zoom could be just what the doctor ordered. Packing a 3" LCD, image stabilization, a 15x zoom lens and a 13fps shooting mode, this is about as advanced as it gets before tossing in the phrase "interchangeable lenses."

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS - $259

The Digital Elph lineup has always stunned, and the SD940 IS includes some of the company's most cutting edge extras. Shipping in blue, black, silver, and brown, this pocket camera includes a 2.7" rear LCD, 12.1MP sensor, 4x optical zoom and even a 720p movie mode.

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 - $297

Granted, this one will only help the argonauts in your life, but if you've got a young one that just happens to break everything they have, this ultra-rugged cam will hopefully withstand those bumps and bruises. Underwater shooting? No problem. Drops? Won't hurt a thing. Extreme temperatures? Just another day at the park.

Nikon D90 - $779

With a 720p movie mode and low-light performance that can't be matched at this price point, the D90 is a perfect prosumer DSLR. It's powerful enough to handle professional settings, yet it's cheap enough for the budding amatuer to afford. Oh, and it does 720p movies--if you don't mind the manual focus.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i - $799

Another option is the Canon EOS Rebel T1i that we looked at here.  Though it is just a touch pricier with an MSRP of $899 (street prices are lower), it also earned our coveted Editor's Choice award.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II - $2349

With a 21.1MP sensor, true 1080p movie mode and a vast array of Canon lenses at the ready, the 5D Mark II is a notch above the rest at the high-end. We've seen movies shot entirely on this DSLR, so it's probably good enough for your best bud. 

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bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

$600 for a motherboardIck!

I am actually thinking about grabbing that $99 Phenom x4 for Jens PC.

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

I still think that Thermaltake case is so bizarre, impractical and ridiculously over priced.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Ridiculously over-priced yes, but I think it's cool!

realneil 5 years ago

I like the CoolerMaster Storm Sniper that my CyberPower PC came in.

As a matter of fact, I like the whole thing, and thanks again HotHardware, Dave, and Marco for changing my mind about Intel Based PC's, and giving me a whole new insight into PC Gaming.

I still have a moment when I head into the 'Computer Lair' and see it sitting there.


Thanksgiving indeed!!

ClemSnide 5 years ago

I considered the Thernaltake Level 10, but (1) it's more expensive than someone who shoves their case under their desk would want, (2) not really sure bout the airflow, and (c) it's too flagey. See, when your case gets dusty, you can just run a Clorox Wipe over it, taking about thirty seconds out of your busy day... if it's a traditional box case. This, you'd have to reach into all the nooks and crannies. That'd take far too much time out of our very important WoW levelling process. Same with the Aurora ALS ("Lou Gehrig's Disease") case, though it'd be amusing to watch the fins open and close like the machine was breathing.


It's also kinda troubling that only one item on the Guide overlaps with what I' using for my new rig. Oh well! I wasn't going to go $600 for a motherboard. Or anything, for that matter.


I should also mention that Micro Center has some great prices on processors; their i7 920 goes for under $200.

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