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 Fans of German Precision and Design
Leica C

A collaboration with Audi Design, the Leica C is the stylish result of the meeting of two classic German brands. Packing a plethora of features and functions into its pocket-size form, this is the first Leica to include integrated Wi-Fi/NFC to make transferring images and video even easier. Add to that an electronic viewfinder tweaked for shooting in bright light, full-HD movie recording, and included Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 software for expert photo manipulation, and you'll be shouting wunderbar! before you know it. It's available in either a light-gold or a dark-red finish, and Leica also offers matching accessories, including a line of bags and cases in both colors.

Photos courtesy of respective brands.
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