I spend a lot of time shooting photos, editing photos and researching what's new in the world of photography. Due to that, I have people ask me what is a good camera to start out with, that can get the job done, but still allows me to get into the world of photography.

With that in mind, I've decided to curate this list of gear for anyone looking for ideas for the holidays.


For the Starting Vlogger
CANON T6i Video Creator Kit
Price: $799 (at time of publication)

The T6i is a great camera to start out with, as it features a lens capable of landscape or portrait photos, a flip-out screen for self-recording and paired with one of Rode's plug-and-play microphones, makes it very easy to to get into making videos.

For the On-the-Go Filmmaker
Sony a6500 with 18-105mm f/4 Lens
Price: $1,996

The a6500 improves on its predecessors with improved battery life and overcoming its direct predecessor's overheating faults, offering 4K video recording and 5-axis image stabilization on its sensor, helping to create smoother videos and cleaner still shots. Paired with the 18-105mm f/4 G, a fixed aperture lens with excellent range, and you get a combination capable of getting excellent 4K video in it's various color profiles.

For the Power Shooter
Sony a7R II w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens
Price: $5,096

Take everything great about the above camera and crank it up to 11. With a full frame sensor to gather more light and a lens with a wider aperture at f/2.8, this a7r II combo can definitely get the job done. Not only does the 42 megapixel sensor mean that you're getting extremely high definition photos, but paired with this lens, means that it should be easier to get the shot you're looking for.

Tripods, SD Cards, and Other Accessories

At some point, you're going to want a tripod to take photos, either for more steady shots, or to get yourself in the shot. Manfrotto's BeFree tripod does the job with easy release clamps and a quick release plate for your camera, allowing you to show up and set your shot up in seconds.

Lexar made some of the most reliable memory cards. Unfortunately, they've been discontinued. But it's good news if you can get your hands on a pair of them, like these twin pack of 32GB SD cards. With a UHS-II certification, it means that you'll be able to get your photos off of your camera fast and get back to taking more shots that much sooner.

Peak has been making plenty of photography accessories, but the Everyday Backpack stands out among the rest. With smart design and plenty of room for your camera, a few lenses, a tripod, and even room for your tablet and laptop, its exemplary design leaves no base uncovered. 

Hopefully this helps you have a good idea for what to get for get for Christmas. If can think of anything else to add to the list, leave a comment.