Great Camera Gifts For Dad
We all know a camera dad. Some of them love showing off their film cameras and talking about the glory days of film photography, while some of them are really into the latest tech. Some camera dads just love taking family photos when everybody is together.
We've put together this quick list of ideas for whenever you're looking for a gift for this guy. They're perfect for Father's Day, Birthdays, Holidays, retirements or even just because.
Maybe the guy receiving this gift is a seasoned professional. Maybe he's never had a camera before but loves taking snapshots on his smartphone. Whatever the case, one of these products is sure to be right up his alley.
For Tech Dads
Fixed-Lens Digital Compacts
For the future-focused camera dad who loves gadgets and pocketable tech.
This point-and-shoot camera crams a 20-megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens into a camera that easily fits into your pocket. It's an easy way to start taking photos on something other than a smartphone. Did I mention it's only around $50?
If you think all compact cameras are lacking in features and quality, let the RX100 prove you wrong. A Zeiss lens with a variable maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8 means you can get a shallow depth of field in nearly any scenario. The RX100 line also provides stunning video capabilities & more. Coming in between $360-$500, the RX100 IV is definitely worth spending a little extra.
A rugged & tactical-looking premium compact from industry giant Canon. This easy-to-pocket camera features great low-light image quality, optical stabilization, a pop-up flash & many more pro-quality features for a little over $400.
Mirrorless Digital Kits
Great for a first interchangeable-lens camera, these mirrorless kits are a super-affordable way to inspire that camera dad to look forward
Show him what the big deal is with these newfangled mirrorless digital cameras. Bundled with a versatile starter lens, this kit sends your camera dad into the future of digital photography with 24-megapixel stills, HD Video & more for under $400.
If he's more into classic style and film-color renditions, consider this Fuji X mirrorless kit. With an impressive feature set and ergonomics designed for classic shooters, this 24mp bundle is a wonderful way to jump into the world of mirrorless without any fuss. A refurbished Like New Minus can currently be had for $525.
Mirrorless Camera Suggestions
If you've got some extra cash in your pocket, you may want to spring for one of these camera bodies and change the way he looks at his old DSLR
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
Featuring 4k video capture, this weather-sealed body provides comfortable ergonomics with a design that's familiar to previous camera owners. This high performance Micro Four Thirds camera is currently available for around $460. Pair it with a $240 Lumix 14-140mm f/4-5.8 G lens for a versatile photo-making machine in nearly any situation.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
This compact & lightweight mirrorless camera comes equipped with 5-axis sensor stabilization which makes it ideal for travel and capturing everyday life. Coming with an external flash specifically designed for this model, this camera costs just over $400. Extraordinary 16mp resolution and accurate color rendition. Pair with an Olympus Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 for just under $200 and you've got a stellar walkaround kit.
Fujifilm does it again with a weatherproof 24.3megapixel body. Dual card slots and accurate autofocus (even in low light) makes this one a winner for digital dads who love the art of photography. This body can be picked up for around $575-700 depending on the grade. If you want to go all-out, pair it with the ultimate Fuji X-mount telephoto zoom, the Fujinon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 which can be had for around $1250. His nature & sports photos will never be the same.
The DSLR isn't dead. In fact now is a greater time than ever to grab a DSLR camera and lenses without breaking the bank.
For a budget choice that won't disappoint, pick up this Nikon DSLR and a lens or two. Since this camera can be found for around $230 on our site, it makes for a potent digital starter package. Easily build up a full camera kit to cover all the bases with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and a 55-200mm f/4-5.6 for about $70 per lens. Or just grab the extremely popular 35mm f/1.8 for around $140 and get great picture quality from just a single prime lens.
For Classic Film Dads
Depending on how old your camera dad is, maybe he started on film, or maybe right now is the perfect opportunity to get him started on the art of film photography
Bring your dad back to the days of film with one of the most popular classic 35mm film cameras for under $200. Pair it with the popular standard Pentax 50mm f/2 for a knockout combo worth way more than what you'll pay.
Canon AE-1 Program
Another classic favorite 35mm film body from the 80s. This is a popular camera for photography students and may have been your camera dad's first. Bring back some memories and hear some old stories for $130-180.
Nikon F3HP 35mm Cam body
The F3 carries a well-deserved great reputation for being a must-have film camera. With a no-nonsense design and pro-grade performance, this rugged and fun camera can be had for around $470 EX or as low as $287 for BGN grades.
One of my personal favorites, the X-700 was Minolta's final and most sophisticated non-autofocus SLR film camera. Multiple shooting modes allow you to choose aperture-priority, shutter-priority, manual or Program modes. Grab an EX+ for around $180 and pair with a 50mm MD f/2 for around $40 to make a stylish and slick analog kit.
Some camera dads are more like smartphone dads, always snapping photos and videos on their mobile device.
DJI OSMO Mobile Gimbal
For around $50, this stabilizing handle works much like a bionic arm and can easily make any smartphone video look like it was filmed by a pro. This one is perfect for any camera dad with shaky hands who loves showing off vacation videos.
Joby Griptight Pro Telepod Tripod w/ smartphone clamp
Maybe your camera dad just needs something to set his phone in while you video chat. This miniature tripod doubles as a short selfie stick, complete with a bluetooth shutter release button and hotshoe for accessories. This one can also be picked up for around $50.
Adding some extra lighting options can open up a ton of new possibilities.
Metz 44 AF-2 Digital Flash
For the Fuji X dad who has all of the cameras and lenses he needs, this is the next step. This powerful, bright flash from Metz allows you to bounce light from a ton of new angles and give your photos some pizazz. Like New grades are currently available for just over $80.
Canon 430 EX II Speedlite
For around $100, give your camera dad's photography another level of versatility. This flash can be used indoors or outdoors as a primary light source or a fill. With a fast recharge time and a quick-locking mechanism, this flash belongs in nearly every Canon kit.
Manfrotto Lumimuse 3-LED light
This LED Panel works as an on-camera light for video, an off-camera constant light for mood, or a source to illuminate your face while video chatting. I mean, there's no reason why you couldn't use it as a work light, either. This one's a no-brainer under $20.
If you're new to the photo world, you might be surprised how much photographers love having the perfect camera bag.
Manfrotto Windsor Explorer Backpack
Heather grey and brown faux leather details brings a hit of handsome manly style to this camera & gear bag. Easily holding a medium DSLR with 3 lenses and a tripod strapped to the bottom, this $40 backpack is both functional and stylish.
Manfrotto Bumblebee M-30 Pro Light
This messenger-style bag works well for the more business-casual look. With shoulder, cross-body or grab handle carry options, this versatile stash bag also has room for a laptop, water bottle, and other small electronics. This durable bag will run you around $120 for a New grade.
Often overlooked, these other accessories can help them perfect their craft.
Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod with Pistol Grip Head
It's easy to make quick-fire adjustments on this slim, light & compact tripod. Perfect for smaller digital cameras, this innovative & ergonomic head just makes sense in the hand. For around $30, your camera dad can set a self-timer and jump into those family photos with you!
Bowens Reflector Disc Silver/Gold
Is your dad the family portrait master? Have him bring one of these to the next family reunion to bounce the light just right. You'll actually look forward to the framed photos this year. Shed some light for only $22.
Sekonic L-358 Light Meter
For camera dads who obsess over every tiny detail, a light meter is perfect. This allows him to precisely measure light levels and make adjustments of both ambient and flash lighting, down to 1/10th of a stop. This master tool can be picked up for around $240.
Finally, a few more options for both collector-type camera dads and fun-type camera dads.
Minox B Subminiature Camera
James Bond obsessed? $100 can nab this tiny subminiature spy camera. The miniscule film can be difficult to track down these days, but this finger-sized wonder is a great addition to a photo collection.
GoPro Hero 6 Black
Great for dads who love boats, fishing, or just sitting on the dock. The biggest name in waterproof action cameras can capture some impressive stills and HD video. This $200 camera is almost a must-have for trips to the lake.
Sawyer's Mark IV Twin Lens Camera
We admit it's not a Rolleiflex. It shoots on hard-to-find 127 film. But it's got a great, classic twin-lens look that would make any office look much more worldly and traveled. At around $150, it's worth buying just to set up on a shelf and admire.
Leica Minilux Zoom 35mm Pocket Camera
For the guy who really has everything--we'll bet he doesn't have one of these. A luxury compact fixed-lens film camera from what many photographers consider the most distinguished camera manufacturer around. This compact camera can currently be found for around $470.
Fuji Instax Mini LiPlay
An instant camera may not be your first thought for the camera dad in your life, but this digital-instant hybrid is perfect for making lasting memories. Add color filters, record custom soundbytes and print off multiple copies of your favorite snapshots. If his favorite camera back in the day was a Polaroid, he'll likely love this. Pick up a New one from us for around $150.
* Our prices fluctuate with market demand and availability. All prices named here are based on the date this article was published.