The Canon IXUS 220 HS (also known as the ELPH 300) is one of the best little cameras you can buy. I’m not going to into tech specs, but I will say that I’ve been using this camera for a few weeks now and it’s fantastic. I’ve always been a fan of the IXUS/ELPH series, and the IXUS 220 HS ticks all the boxes. It has FULL HD 1080p video at 24fps, and 720p at 30fps – which makes it an ideal YouTube camera for making product reviews or vlogging.
It also has an incredibly clever image stabilization mode. I’ve never been a fan of stabilization, but it seems that technology has finally caught up with the concept, and on the IXUS 220 HS it works beautifully. One of the best things about the IXUS/ELPH cameras has always been their compatibility with the excellent CHDK firmware (which unlocks the camera and allow you to do LOTS more with it). Although CHDK isn’t running 100% on the IXUS 220 HS right now, there are plenty of people working on it, and it’s only a matter of time. That said, the IXUS 220 HS has just about every feature that I need in a compact HD camera. I bought it primarily for use as an HD video camera, and sometimes forget that it also takes great stills (and has a fantastic ultra wide lens)!
These are the best value keychain cameras I’ve ever seen. They record at a REAL 720p resolution, at a solid 30fps, and are small enough to stick on an RC plane, or a hat, or a dog, or a cat, or just about anything. If you’ve ever thought “wouldn’t it be cool to put a video camera on that”, you can now do it for a very affordable price (usually under $40).
If you like to have adventures, big or small, then you probably like to remember them – which means you need to take a serious look at the GoPro Hero HD camera. The GoPro Hero HD is shock proof, comes with a waterproof case, and most importantly has an incredible wide angle lens capable of capturing various formats including full 1080p movies at 30fps. You’d never guess by the size though. The GoPro Hero HD is small enough to be mounted on your helmet, surfboard, RC plane, or just about anywhere else that you’d be too scared to put any other camera. And it’s tough enough to deal with the bumps and scrapes when it all goes wrong – which often makes the best footage.
The GoPro Hero HD is available in several bundles, Helmet, Motorsports, Surf, and Naked – all with various mounts and accessories. The best part is the insanely low price. Just make sure you budget for a fast SD card, everything else is included (battery, cables, mounts, waterproof case).
If you’re interested in getting into macro photography, I can totally recommend the Raynox DCR-250 macro lens – of all the lenses and filters that I’ve bought over the years, this is the one that I simply couldn’t live without. It fits just about any camera – I use it on my Fujifilm S9500 and Canon 400D – and it gives superb results, for an incredibly nice price.
I had a Polaroid camera back in the mid eighties, and it was truly a wonderful piece of technology. Thankfully they’re still making them, and the new models are better than ever. The One600 brings back the nostalgia of shooting instant Polaroid photos when you were a kid – it has a super sexy folding design and has a focus free lens that can handle shots as close as three feet. These are the ultimate retro party/vacation camera, if you’ve never had Polaroid photos stuck all over your fridge, then now is the time to start.