The 16 best Christmas gifts for photographers

8. Canon PowerShot IXUS 185 HS

A Canon camera for under £100? That's right!

Highlight specs: 20MP CCD sensor, 28-224mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, 720p HD video, 2.7in LCD screen

Good zoom range
Tiny, handsome body
Video not Full HD
No viewfinder

This 20MP point-and-shoot camera from Canon is not only the slimmest offering in Canon's IXUS compact lineup, but it also offers a very reasonable feature set for its modest asking price.  

You get an 8x optical zoom that stretches from 28-224mm (in 35mm equivalent terms), together with HD video, Face Detection and Canon's High Sensitivity 'HS' system that promises better results in low light than would otherwise be the case.

Perfect for those who feel limited by their smartphone but don't want to lug around a bulky camera.

9. LEE Big Stopper

One of the most popular filters among landscapes and seascape photographers

Compatible with: LEE 100mm system (adapter ring and holder required)

Ideal for smoothing movement of clouds and water
Handmade for excellent quality
Adapter ring and holder required
Not quite the cheapest of its kind

There's no question that the Big Stopper is one of the most desirable filters around. In fact, for some time it was hard to get hold of one as LEE Filters just couldn't make them quickly enough to meet demand.  

With a ten-stop effect on images, clouds, water and anything else that might might move is reduced to a silky, ethereal blur, the type that contrasts beautifully against anything static in the scene.

This is a square filter that works with the LEE 100 system, and so you need to get a separate adaptor ring and holder to mount this on your camera's lens. If you need these, you can get the Foundation kit with the holder included here, then just grab whichever adapter ring you need for the lens on which it will be used.

10. Canon PIXMA TS6120 / TS6150

This attractively priced all-in-one unit boasts great photo quality

Highlight specs: Five inks (Pigment black, cyan, magenta, yellow, black), A4 maximum print size, 4800 x 1200dpi maximum resolution, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Great photo quality
Superb price
No card slots
Can't print directly to DVDs

In a recent group test, our friends over at PhotoPlus magazine concluded that the five-ink PIXMA TS6120, also known as the TS6150 in the UK, was the best value all-in-one printer/scanner/copier on test. 

With an LCD touchscreen on the front, a rear paper input tray around the back and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the inside, it's hard to argue with what it offers for the price. 

Crucially, photo quality is also top notch. "Excellent for colour photos and pretty good for black-and-white images" was how the review wrapped up, so if you regularly make prints and need an all-in-one, you'll probably be stuck finding something more capable at this price than the TS6150.