Shopping for an Ansel Adams wannabe this holiday season? Congratulations! You’ve got plenty of gift options to sort through. The challenge, however, is finding something that’s neither tacky (like a lens-shaped thermos) nor budget-busting (like an honest-to-goodness DSLR).
If you need a push in the right direction, just keep reading. Below, we’ve rounded up five great gift ideas for aspiring photographers that are currently on sale.
First-person view (FPV) is a rad filming technique, but it’s difficult to do if you don’t have the right equipment. An affordable alternative to GoPros, XtremePro’s waterproof HD Action Cam can be mounted on your bike, helmet, car, or wrist so you can record action-packed footage in 4K quality. Normally $499.99, you can snag one for just $69.99 in the Mashable Shop.
Shaky, nausea-inducing footage is a thing of the past with the MOZA Mini-MI, a compact gimbal that charges your phone wirelessly while stabilizing it. It’s jam-packed with eight different follow modes and comes with four 1/4 accessory mounts to help you capture the perfect shot. A $109.99 value, it’s on sale for a limited time for only $94.99.
Full 360-degree video is the new frontier of photography, and with the Insta360 Nano S, you can turn any iPhone into a VR camera capable of taking impressively immersive shots in 4K. Use it to video chat or live-stream your surroundings in real time, or take a panoramic shot and share it on social media with a single touch. It’s usually sold for $239, but Mashable readers can score one for just $199.
Featured in Wired and Tom’s Guide, the 360fly is the world’s widest single-lens camera. Designed with storage for up to three hours of footage, OnePush functionality, a shockproof, water-resistant structure, and a companion app with editing capabilities, this device is your ticket to gorgeous 360-degree shots and mind-boggling VR-compatible footage. Valued at $299.99, we normally offer the 360fly for $109.99. Act quickly, however, and you can pick one up for only $69.99.
Equipped with wide angle, fisheye, and macro lenses, an adjustable, detachable LED light, and a selfie mirror, the RevolCam is multifunctionality concretized. Just attach it to any smartphone, and bam — you’ve got a feature-packed camera at your fingertips just waiting to be harnessed for your creative exploits. We usually offer the kit for $34.99 (a $59 value), but you can buy one right now for an even better price: just $29.99.
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