Finding great Valentine's Day gifts can be difficult. Do you go with something practical or something related to Valentine's Day itself?
Since Valentine's Day is often an "over-the-top" type of holiday, why not do both?
New digital cameras always make great gifts, and you can give your Valentine's Day gift a holiday theme by choosing a red or pink camera. Look through this list to find the best red and pink cameras for Valentine's Day gifts.
Like most low-priced cameras, the PowerShot A495 from Canon doesn't provide many high-end features that will appeal to intermediate and advanced photographers, but it's a nice beginner-level camera that's available in red, blue, and silver camera bodies with black trim.
The A495's macro mode is especially good, and it shoots bright, sharp photos in outdoor lighting.
Canon's PowerShot A2200 digital camera isn't going to provide features that will overly impress you, but it does have a nice set of basic features that compare well to other cameras in its price range. The A2200 includes several easy-to-use features, including what Canon calls "Smart Auto," which attempts to simplify photography, while improving the camera's accuracy in automatic mode.
With this camera, you'll find 14.1 megapixels of resolution, a 2.7-inch LCD, 720p HD video capabilities, and a 4X optical zoom lens. The PowerShot A2200 is available in four body colors: Blue, black, red, or silver.
Colorful sub-$200 cameras have been a staple of Canon PowerShot cameras for quite a few years, and the recently announced PowerShot ELPH 100 HS camera follows that formula. The ELPH 100 is part of Canon's new "HS System," short for high sensitivity. Canon designed its HS cameras to work well in low light.
For a camera in its price range, the ELPH 100 includes some nice features, including a 3-inch LCD screen and full 1080p video capabilities. You'll find a 12.1MP CMOS image sensor with the ELPH 100, further improving low light performance. It would be nice if the ELPH 100 had a larger optical zoom lens than 4X, though.
Canon is offering the ELPH 100 in five body colors -- blue, gray, pink, orange, and silver.
Fujifilm's FinePix XP10 picked up more than its share of a stylish and colorful look, offering an interesting non-symmetrical camera body that's available in five colors: Black, blue, green, pink, and silver. The lens is off center and the left side is rounded, giving the XP10 a unique look.
The XP10, which is called the XP11 in some parts of the world and which is one of my best cameras in 2010, measures only 0.9 inches in thickness. It also offers some "tough" features, including the ability to survive up to 10 feet of water, a 3-foot drop, and 14-degree Fahrenheit temperatures.
The P500 carries a 36X optical zoom lens. In addition, Nikon has given the P500 strong wide angle capabilities with a zoom range of 22.5mm to 810mm, and Nikon says the P500 is a strong macro performer, thanks to its powerful lens.
You'll find 12.1 megapixels of resolution in the P500's CMOS image sensor, a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen, and 1080p HD video capabilities. The P500 carries a strong list of specifications ... and, not surprisingly, it carries a high price tag, too (MSRP $399.95). The Coolpix P500 is available in either red or black.
The Nikon J1 DIL camera, which is available in a red, pink, silver, or black camera body and interchangeable lens combinations, showcases many desirable features in a small camera body.
The Nikon J1 makes use of a 10.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor, a fast 73-point autofocus system, 10 frames per second shooting speed, 1080p HD video, and a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen. This is Nikon's first DIL camera.
The E-PL3, which sometimes is called the PEN Lite, includes a tiltable 3-inch LCD, which is handy for shooting odd-angle photos. It offers 12.3 megapixels of resolution with a CMOS image sensor, and it can shoot at up to five frames per second. The PEN Lite will be available in a variety of body colors, depending on where it's sold in the world.
Olympus has created what it calls the world's smallest and lightest PEN camera, which, considering the history of the PEN family of cameras, makes it one of the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras from any manufacturer. The PEN E-PM1 is a fun camera, and it may be the most colorful DIL camera, too, as Olympus is offering it in brown, black, pink, purple, white, or silver camera bodies.
The PEN E-PM1 offers some really nice features, too, including 12.3 megapixels of resolution with a CMOS image sensor, full 1080p HD video, and a 3.0-inch LCD. It measures only 1.33 inches in thickness (before you attach the lens) and it weighs only 7.65 ounces for the camera body.
Panasonic has touted the Lumix DMC-FH7 -- called the Lumix FS22 in some parts of the world -- as a great point and shoot camera for portrait photography and, thanks to this camera's "cosmetic" modes, it does work well for portraits of people.
In addition, you'll find a touch screen LCD with the FH7, which isn't common in the sub-$200 price range. These two features alone make the FH7 a pretty good camera.
I found in my FH7 review that this camera's image quality in indoor photos isn't as good as it could be, as images are a bit flat, but this thin camera compares well versus others in this price point.
It's pretty rare to find a DSLR camera in red, but that's what Pentax has created with its K-x model, which is an entry-level DSLR. The K-x offers 12.4 megapixels of resolution, a 2.7-inch LCD, and the ability to shoot HD video. Beyond its colorful camera body -- the K-x is available in red, navy blue, black, and white -- this model also differs from most DSLR cameras because it offers many automatic shooting features and because it runs from four AA batteries.
Look for the Pentax K-x to cost $550-$650 with a starter lens.
A couple of years ago, a slim, stylish camera, such as the Samsung PL200, would be just that -- slim and stylish -- without many desirable photography features.
However, times have changed.
The PL200 measures just 0.82 inches in thickness, it has a nice-looking curved body, and it's available in red, silver, and black. Samsung included plenty of nice photography features in the PL200, too, though. The PL200 has a 7X optical zoom lens, can shoot 720p HD video, and features dual IS technology. It also has a 3.0-inch LCD, and Samsung cameras typically offer high-quality LCD screens.