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.
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.
Canon has attempted to provide some advanced features in its ELPH series of stylish point-and-shoot cameras with the HS (high sensitivity) designation, and the latest in this family, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, follows along this line of thinking.
The ELPH 330 can shoot at up to 6.2 frames per second in burst mode at a full 12.2MP of resolution. It also should perform well in low light using the HS technology, and the ELPH 330 can shoot at an ISO setting up to 6400.
The ELPH 330, which is available in black, silver, or pink, also has a 10X optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video recording, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen.
With a 30X optical zoom lens, the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 provides ultra zoom capabilities in a camera with a sub-$200 price point.
The FinePix S4800 has a 3.0-inch LCD screen, 16MP of resolution, 720p HD video capbilities, and it can run from four AA batteries.
Most ultra zoom cameras don't offer a lot of color, but Fujifilm is offering the S4800 in red, black, or white body colors.
Even though the Nikon Coolpix P520 looks a bit like a DSLR camera, it doesn't quite have that level of high-end photographic features.
Still, the Coolpix P520 has enough advanced features that it'll be well worth considering. The P520 has a 42X optical zoom lens, 18.1MP of resolution, a 3.2-inch articulated LCD, a built-in GPS unit, and full 1080p HD video recording. Those are all above-average features in a fixed-lens camera.
Nikon is offering this model in black, red, or dark gray camera bodies.
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.
The latest "mini" camera from Olympus, the PEN E-PM2, should be another very nice DIL model to build upon the recent success of the Olympus Mini PEN E-PM1, which made my list of the best cameras in 2011 last year.
The E-PM2, which is now available in silver, black, white, or red camera bodies, features 16.1MP of resolution, interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lenses, a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, and full HD video. The PEN Mini 2 features a much larger resolution and a touch screen LCD as its primary improvements over the PEN Mini 1. An external flash is included as part of the E-PM2 starter kit.
The latest tough camera from Olympus, the TG-830, provides a nice mix of photographic features and "tough" features.
The TG-830 has 16 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video capabilities, and a 3.0-inch LCD. Olympus recently dropped the price on this camera. It's available in blue, red, silver, or black body colors.
It's pretty rare to find a DSLR camera in red, but that's what Ricoh/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.
Samsung has done a really nice job of late creating thin ultra zoom cameras that give you a variety of great features, including built-in Wi-Fi. The latest model, the WB250F, is another strong camera along this line.
The WB250F includes an 18X optical zoom lens, a 14MP CMOS image sensor, full 1080p HD video recording, Wi-Fi, and a 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD. You also can download a Remote Viewfinder app to allow your smartphone as a camera display.
Look for the WB250F to be available now in black, white, red, or gun metal gray.
If you like thin, small cameras, Sony's WX80 model is going to give you the size you want with some nice photography features.
The WX80 measures only 0.91 inches in thickness, but it offers an impressive 8X optical zoom lens. In addition, the WX80 has a 16.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor, a 2.7-inch LCD, built in Wi-Fi capabilities, and full HD video recording.
You'll find the WX80 in red, black, or white camera bodies.