The 16 best Christmas gifts for photographers

11. Fujifilm X-A10 and 16-50mm lens

One of the most affordable mirrorless cameras around also happens to be one of the most handsome

Highlight specs: 16MP APS-C sensor, X-series lens mount, Full HD video, 180degree tilting LCD screen, Wi-Fi

Excellent value for money
Useful selfie-friendly LCD
Lacks Fujifilm's X-Trans technology
No built-in viewfinder

A Fujifilm X-series mirrorless camera and lens for less than £300? Yep, you're not imaging it: this really is the easiest way into one of the most popular systems right now.

For your money you get a 16.3MP APS-C sensor, a flip-up LCD screen and wireless control, together with the same lens mount used by all of Fujifilm's other interchangeable-lens, X-series models.

While you don't get a viewfinder nor the luxury of the X-Trans CMOS III sensor technology in more senior models, if you want to take advantage of Fujfilm's excellent lenses and popular Film Simulation options, the X-A10's low price is currently the most tempting way to do so.

12. Rotolight NEO 2

With an 85,000-flash battery life and no recycling times, the NEO 2 is a genuine game-changer for portraiture

Highlight specs: Bi-colour LED panel, 3150-6300 Kelvin colour range, built-in Skyport flash receiver, High Speed Sync flash, 6 x AA batteries

85,000-shot battery life
Zero recycling times
Large for a hotshoe-mounted unit
Not cheap if you just need flash

One of the most interesting announcements of the year, the Rotolight NEO 2 is perhaps the biggest threat we've seen to the traditional hotshoe-mounted flashgun we've seen in recent times.

By using an energy-efficient, bi-colour LED panel instead of the standard flash tubes, the panel can last for an astonishing 85,000 frames per battery charge, with zero recycling times and High Speed Sync flash capabilities. The use of LEDs also means it can be used as a permanent modelling light, which means you can view its effects as you frame up your shot.

It's designed with video and portrait photographers in mind, but it's easy to think of many applications beyond this where it could equally come handy. Furthermore, the fact that it's priced lower than the typical flagship flashgun should also give the big camera manufacturers something to think about.

13. Manfrotto Elements Carbon Fibre Big Traveller Tripod Kit

A great-value tripod kit that includes an aluminium ballhead

Holds: DSLR and mirrorless camera kits weighing up to 8kg

Great price for a carbon-fiber kit
Detachable monopod
Some may prefer pan-and-tilt head
Twist-lock legs not to everyone's taste

Another bargain combo, this legs-and-ballhead kit is very attractively priced when you consider that the principal material of the legs isn't aluminium but carbon fiber. 

Carbon fiber tripods are typically lighter than aluminium types, and better at absorbing vibrations too, so you get convenience and performance all rolled into one package here. 

The 8kg payload is more than enough for most camera-and-lens setups and you can even remove one leg and use it as a monopod if you need to. This in itself is great for those occasions where a tripod isn't convenient, or for more mobile types of photography, such as panning action scenes.