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 Those Who Can't Put Down Their Cell Phone
Nokia Lumia 1020
We know we promised only serious cameras in this roundup, and this phone is no exception: It's got a super-charged 41-megapixel camera hidden in the back of the sleek, matte polycarbonate—something that no other camera phone can offer. A coating of Gorilla Glass over the supersensitive screen makes it extra tough while allowing you to use the 4.5-inch display with gloved hands—hallelujah. To make things even simpler, the included Nokia Pro Cam app will create not only a high-res image for storing and editing but also a low-res image for sharing and instant uploading to social media. Other goodies include an intuitive user interface with manual adjustment options like ISO and shutter speed, and a Smart Cam lens for taking a burst of quick action shots. Not bad for a phone . . . or a camera.