The proliferation of decent smartphone cameras and social media has turned us all into photographers. But there are still those among us who stand out, either though sheer dedication to capturing every single moment of their lives or simply because, well, they’re really good at taking pictures.
If you’re shopping for gifts for one such shutterbug, peruse our collection of gear below – you’re sure to snap up the ideal present.
Weye Feye (£200)
XSories’ nifty product transforms a computer or Android or iOS device into a wireless remote control for DSLRs. Once connected, Weye Feye allows users to remotely adjust the camera’s ISO, white balance, aperture and focus from up to 80 metres away, as well as take photos and video clips. Shots and footage captured can then be directly stored in the cloud, shared on social networks or moved to a mobile device or computer. It’s compatible with most Nikon and Canon.
Polaroid Impulse AF 600 (US$90)
Available from The Impossible Project, a company dedicated to keeping instant analogue photography from extinction, this original Polaroid Impulse camera will educate smartphone-toting whippersnapper snappers about the true origins of ‘social sharing’ and selfies. One pack of colour film comes in the box, so your recipient can get shooting straight away.
Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens (£60)
This brand new edition of the tiny iPhone lens add-on adds an extra macro lens to the 3-in-1 line-up, meaning there’s now a fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro and 15 x macro in your smartphone shooting arsenal – and that means a massive increase in the types of photos the phone can take. Available from the Apple Store for both the iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 4/4S, with a version that will fit the iPhone 5C launching very soon.
ThinkTank Retrospective 5 (£110)
Don’t be fooled by the Retrospective 5’s handsome old-fashioned looks – it’s every bit the modern camera bag. Able to accommodate a DSLR and one to three extra lenses, or a compact system camera and four to six lenses, it sports a hook-and-loop front flap that can be opened soundlessly: ideal for anyone shooting in places where noise isn’t wanted (concert halls or the outdoors when skittish animals are about). It also rocks a removeable rain cover, which’ll doubtless come in handy all the year round.