Point and shoot has never been so easy. Prices have gone down while quality has gone up. Here are some tips to help you find the right gift for the shutterbug in your family.
Key : $ —gifts costing between $0 and $30; $$ —gifts costing between $31 and $200; $$$ —gifts costing more than $200.
The family that adjusts histograms together… $$$
$449 to $3,792 per person; Geek Cruises
You want to go to a Photoshop conference. The rest of your family wants to escape winter on a sunny beach. You’ve got only a one-week vacation window for the whole gang. The solution: the Photoshop Fling 3 & MacMania IV Geek Cruise . Leaving San Diego, California, in early February, your ship heads to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta—and returns on February 11. En route, you’ll get to listen to Photoshop experts explain special effects, color management, and more. And your family will get to sit by the pool and explore sunny Mexico. (Note: Macworld is a coproducer of the MacMania IV Geek Cruise.)—Jennifer Berger
Cut the camera cords $$$
The 5-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P2 makes it a snap to transfer pictures from a camera to a Mac. It’s the first consumer camera with built-in Wi-Fi to hit the market. (Kodak is working on a Wi-Fi digital camera of its own, but its wireless connections will require a special card.) Connecting the P2 to your wireless network is easy: you build a network profile for your camera on your Mac and then sync it with the camera. The P2 can access that network any time you’re within range. Once you’re within range of the network, your snapshots can go directly from the camera to your Mac; otherwise, the P2 will store them on a memory card and then upload them when you are in range. Oh, yeah, the P2 is also a decent point-and-shoot, with a responsive 2.5-inch screen and a 3.5x optical zoom.—Kelly Turner
Swag for shutterbugs $-$$
$10 to $100; Shutterfly
If you have friends who are hooked on digital photography, you can help them feed their habit with a gift certificate from online photo service Shutterfly . The gift certificates are available in $10, $25, $50, $75, and $100 denominations (in electronic form or on paper), and they can cover any of Shutterfly’s services, including photo storage, printing, and putting snapshots on note cards, mugs, T-shirts, calendars, and tons of other items.—Jennifer Berger
Camera? What camera? $$
$45 to $115; Crumpler
You want to carry your photo gear in a protective bag, but you don’t like the look of those boring black cases that scream, “Hey, I’m carrying around really expensive photo equipment!” Crumpler’s idiosyncratically named camera bags are a nice alternative. They provide lots of padding, many pockets for memory cards and other extras, and a removable divider that lets you customize the interior. The bags come in a wide range of sizes. The 4 Million Dollar Home model, for example, comfortably fits an SLR camera body and a lens ($75).—Kelly Turner