Christmas Photo Guide: Over £200
- Tue, 6 Dec 2011
With the addition of a half-decent camera, as well as the plethora of apps already on offer, the iPad 2 is all the more photography-led. The 1024 x 768 screen is good enough to play back hi-res videos and show large images with impressive amounts of detail, and there's enough storage to keep plenty of images on board.
Although it may not be as portable as a number of other 1TB drives, the LaCie Little Big Disk still has plenty to offer. Not least of all is the RAID O disk standard which ensures a failed volume won't result in all your data being lost.
For videographers and photographers dealing with large file sizes, speed is everything. This 64GB SDXC card from Delkin, which has been further improved by the UHS-I standard, allows for a 45MB/s write speed and 95MB/s read speed, making it one of the fastest on the market.
A long photo holiday requires a large card capacity; this provides that in spades. With the extra speed afforded in the 600x version, a 90 MB/s sustained transfer speed is possible.
A hard drive may be useful for a one- stop backup, by an optical hard copy is useful for keeping away from any potential faults or power failures. The fact that this LaCie drive writes to Blu-ray discs of 25GB and above means it's capable of archiving a fair portion of your work in one push.
An all-in-one printer is often something of a misnomer, but the PX730WD truly is a one-stop imaging base. With the ability to scan, print at lab quality and send images to it via wi-fi, the PX730WD is something of a home hub, especially thanks to the free smartphone app.
A3+ printing may be a touch niche, but when you go that big it's worth opting for top quality. The Canon Pro9000 is in its second incarnation, offering 8 single ink tanks and 16bits per channel ensuring superior tonal range on your prints.
£200 (depending on size)
Get one of your images printed on a high-quality metallic surface by the experts, giving the impression of the image floating on the wall. From the front the image appears frameless, and is ready to hang as soon as it reaches your door.
Being able to take a decent telephoto image without sacrificing any image quality means the removal of the zoom aspect. The Tamron 180mm lens is a fixed focal length model, but adds macro into the mix to allow for far closer focusing.
For the sports photographer a 500mm lens is the epitome of high quality, missing out on the compromise of zoom for optimal optics. With a fixed f4.5 aperture and low dispersion glass the Sigma 500mm telephoto lens is a pro shooter's dream.
This wideangle lens is one of the best third-party options available, offering a bright fixed aperture of f2.8 and a focal length that landscape photographers will find incredibly useful. The optical quality is superb, and the end results show it.
By taking an already impressive construction and adding the lightweight, sturdy carbon fibre construction material into the mix Manfrotto has created a set of legs able to support a pro-level camera and long lens. Highly recommended for any serious user.
Where a number of bags are subtle, but still look a touch techy, the Pompidoo Cologne looks just like a handbag. Inside there's enough padding to keep your gear safe and space for a decent-sized DSLR and lens while the holder will still appear highly fashionable.
With capacity for two or three DSLR bodies, lenses and more, the PL-220 can also hold a laptop and keep it all warm thanks to a weatherproof cover. Comfortable to wear all day, this backpack is useful for a long hike or holiday.
Editing an image on a low-res, small monitor is akin to restoring a masterpiece with a crayon. Without adequate resolution the process is nigh-on impossible, which is where the NEC MultiSync PA241W LCD 24in Monitor, which offers 1920 x 1200 resolution, is a superb tool.
The best known, and arguably best-featured, photo-editing program currently on the market, Photoshop CS5 has such innovative extras as Content Aware Fill, which clones intelligently to fill space, and the ability to create HDR images quickly and comprehensively.