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 High-End Selfie Sharers
Olympus OM-D E-M1

A professional-style mirrorless 16-megapixel camera, the E-M1 packs a dizzying array of customizable features and settings into a relatively small and light, retro-looking package. Made of magnesium alloy, it's dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof, so you don't have to baby it. Highlights include a three-inch tilting OLED touch screen—perfect for those on the go—built-in Wi-Fi to transfer JPEG images and Quicktime videos to your phone, and a remote control for Android users, which is especially helpful for self-timed pics.

Photos courtesy of respective brands.
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