Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 20 gadget gift ideas for photographers

Spot-on gifts for happy-snapping camera fans

When it comes to camera kit it can be a real present-purchasing minefield. Don't know your prime from your telephoto? Baffled by bags? Confused by lens caps? Don't be.

Anything from this cracking compendium of trigger-happy tech will bring a smile to the face of photography fans - which, of course, they'll instantly be able to capture from several different angles, correctly exposed and beautifully-framed. 

Hey, who knows: maybe they'll do your next passport photo for free.

Impossible Project I-1 (£229)

About a thousand years ago in tech terms, Polaroid cameras were all the rage. You snapped your picture and a few seconds later out popped a print. The Impossible Project aims to rekindle those glory days, and the I-1 is its most powerful tool do so yet.

It looks great and will do everything an old-school Polaroid would - but the added ingredient here is app control, which lets you tweak exposure settings to a degree unheard of in the old days. 

Buy the Impossible Project I-1 here

Pixelstick (£329)

Given that it costs as much as some cameras, you’ll have to really love someone to buy them this. Assuming that a) you do and b) you’re feeling flush, Pixelstick is the perfect gift.

Don’t be deceived by the name: this is no selfie-shooting bit of tat. Rather, it’s a light-painting tool capable of conjuring up the most incredible of images.

It’s remarkably easy to use: just stick an SD card into the Pixelstick’s lightweight body and its 200 RGB LEDs will display the image of your choice. Then wave it around while your camera is set to long-exposure mode and prepare to be wowed.

Buy the Pixelstick here

HP Sprocket (£100)

You know how you’ve taken 6329 photos on your iPhone this year and uploaded 5731 of them to Instagram? Well, your dad, mum, gran, granddad, Aunt Mabel and your six-year-old niece aren’t on Instagram, so they’ve not seen most of them. And some are actually quite good.

So, take this little phone-sized printer, connect it via Bluetooth and print some off for them - it takes ZINK instant paper. Oh, and they’re sticky-backed, so Mabel can put one on her fridge.

Buy the HP Sprocket here

Weye Feye (£83)

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 cameras.

Buy the Weye Feye here

Olloclip Core Lens Set (€120)

Apple might have stuck its best ever camera on the iPhone 7, but sometimes you need to get physical to get funky. With three lenses for your new Apple baby, this versatile set will take iSnappers from new age novices to pro kit photogs in less time than it takes to snap a selfie.

Olloclip knows a thing or two about Apple add-ons and this nifty kit is one of its best to date. Comprising four parts, including an on-phone mount for quick swapping, the lenses offer fish-eye, super-wide and macro capacities - covering just about every eventuality. It's compatible with both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, too.

Buy the Olloclip Core Lens Set here

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