Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Cameras

Back in the old days, like 10 or more years ago, having a decent camera was as essential to being a sophisticated man as having a good watch and a nice suit. Today, every bozo on the planet can snap a cell-phone pic and share it in seconds. In the process, we've lost a few things: (1) the rich details that only a truly well-made camera can provide, (2) the manual controls that are necessary for pro-grade pics (filters can do only so much), and (3) the sense of camera as a high-priced yet high-functioning piece of equipment. We think it's high time to reverse this trend. We've identified models for everyone from a beginners to serious enthusiasts—all of which take photos that beat the crap out of any cell phone. They're listed below, from least to most expensive, with a surprise at the very end.

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For Instagrammers Ready to Upgrade
Samsung Galaxy NX2000

The built-in Wi-Fi allows photographers to share images with a phone or a tablet, but it's the one-touch feature—sending shots to Facebook and Picasa—that we like best. The device also boasts a giant 3.7-inch touch screen display, a autofocus system with almost zero shutter lag, a mirrorless 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, and the ability to handle a stable of interchangeable lenses. Plus: The stylish white frame sets you apart in a crowd of black and silver.

Photos courtesy of respective brands.
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