Gift Guide 2014: Best Digital Cameras for Teenagers

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A new and modern digital camera makes a really great gift for teenagers as it is not so expensive and provides the younger tech savvy generation with incredible photos and videos they seem so addicted to. And while many of the kids today already have good quality cameras on their smartphones, there are still some brands that will surely outperform them. We’ve picked the best digital cameras for teenagers available on the market right now and you may compare their prices here.

Samsung NX1000 Smart Wi-Fi Digital Camera

This is probably the best gadget for the teen that doesn’t have a smart device yet – the NX1000 is a good camera, a media player and an Android device in one. The 16.3 MP (4603×3456 pixel) camera has 21x optical zoom, which is definitely better than any smartphone can offer – and this is what really matters when it comes to really detailed photos. Of course, it comes with lots of extra options and features such as built-in wireless connectivity, several image sensors, JPG continuous shooting, Full HD 1080p video recording, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, 20-50mm lens, SEF-8A flash unit, and many more. It will cost you at least $374, but it’s totally worth it.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH135 Digital Camera

The PowerShot line by Canon features some of the most popular cameras on the market because of their affordability (only $79 + free $10 gift card) compared to the quality of photos they make. They are easy to use and allow even first-timers to shoot clear, crisp pictures and video, even in low light conditions. What it has – 16.0 megapixels, 8x optical and 4x digital zoom, 720 p HD video, and features such as Smart AUTO, Scene modes, built-in flash, Eco Mode, and so on.

Canon PowerShot ELPH135 Digital Camera

Sony DSC-TX30P 18MP Digital Camera

This is a wonderful gift idea for teenage girls and not only for the camera’s obviously pink colour (it’s available in orange and black, as well. It comes in stylish, ultra-thin, rugged body, and it’s waterproof, so you can use it basically anywhere (although the touchscreen doesn’t work underwater). It has 18.2 megapixels, 5x optical zoom and 10x clear image digital zoom. It records 1080p video; it has lots of extras and special, really fun Picture and Beauty effects. And it’s $190 (almost 50% discount).

Sony DSC-TX30/P 18 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.3-Inch OLED (Pink)

Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom

This is the best camera you will find for that price ($236-$297) for teens and adults alike. The 16.0 megapixels combined with incredible 34 times optical zoom and 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom makes it superior to all the rest in this class. Moreover, it shoots stunning full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound. It has 18 scene modes, auto zoom, and it’s really simple to use. This is definitely the pro camera for every photography enthusiast.

Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Plum)

There are thousands of other models and brands out there. When buying a digital camera for a teen, there are several key things to consider – it needs to have greater optical zoom, it needs to shoot amazing videos, it should have some sharing options, and it needs to be relatively easy to use. The looks are also essential!

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