Gift guide part 3: A close-up on cameras

Gift guide part 3: A close-up on cameras

Know a few photography fans but know nothing about photography? Here's a gift list for everyone from the point-and-click snapper to the picture perfectionist
Looking for more gifts? Check out our green gift guide and Shanghai-made gift guide.

It seems that everyone becomes a photographer once they get a Shanghai address. And why not. Shanghai's visual appeal is one of the city's least publicized but most endearing features, and locals and visitors alike are starting to pay attention. 

Luckily, Shanghai is also an excellent place to buy the tools of a photographer's trade. High-quality cameras and accessories are easily available at reasonable prices around town, especially if you know how to bargain.

Here are nine gift items for the photographers in your life, from the aspiring to the accomplished.

Xacti waterproof photo/video camera
For Shanghai's wet winters or for trips down to tropical locales, a water-resistant camera is well worth its price tag. “Foreigners like these cameras (RMB 2,000) because they have good quality video and photo, and you can use them underwater,” says Zhao Zhen Xiang, an employee at Sanyo Professional Shop.
Sanyo Professional Shop, Caoxi Bei Lu, 2/F, No. 11 Bainaohui, Rm. 2H08 (Meiloucheng shopping center), tel: +86 150 0021 3707

 

 

Sony T900 mini digital camera
Shen Long advises, “Locals like the Sony T900 (RMB 2,000) a lot. They’re compact, a known brand, attractive and fashionable. And they’re pretty good cameras.”
Sanyo Professional Shop, Caoxi Bei Lu, 2/F, No. 11 Bainaohui, Rm. 2H08 (Meiloucheng shopping center), tel: +86 150 0021 3707

 

 

 

 

160 GB photo hard drive
“You can show your friends photos on your television, or have them on TV when you hang out,” says Yang Zhi Hui about this party-ready gadget. “Most people don’t know about these (RMB 300), but when they find out, they usually buy one.”
Sanyo Professional Shop, Caoxi Bei Lu, 2/F, No. 11 Bainaohui, Rm. 2H08 (Meiloucheng shopping center), tel: +86 150 0021 3707

 

 

 

 

Digital frame


Taken any recent vacations? Any little blessings in the family? Display thousands of photos on a single frame. Quality, screen size and memory size vary so frames can cost RMB 200-700.
Sanyo Professional Shop, Caoxi Bei Lu, 2/F, No. 11 Bainaohui, Rm. 2H08 (Meiloucheng shopping center), tel: +86 150 0021 3707

 

 

 

 

Xacti camera remote control
Getting snapped with the self-timer just as you throw a huge sneeze is now a thing of the past. This remote lets you stay in control from a distance. Set up your camera, get in the picture and only when you’re ready, click away. RMB 100-200 RMB depending on the camera.
Sanyo Professional Shop, Caoxi Bei Lu, 2/F, No. 11 Bainaohui, Rm. 2H08 (Meiloucheng shopping center), tel: +86 150 0021 3707

 

 


Fujifilm instant photo camera


Capture your Shanghai memories instantly (and in retro style) with a Polaroid picture (pai li zhaoxiangji). “The prices are based on size and color,” says Chen Jia Yuan. “Small blue and pink cameras are RMB 480, small white ones RMB 560 and the big cameras are RMB 600.”
Fujifilm, 2/F, Bai Nao Hui, 11 Caoxi Lu, Rm. 2D09, tel: +86 150 0093 8388

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikon Speedlight SB600
“Night is a great time to take pictures in Shanghai. At RMB 1,650, these speed flash camera lights are cheaper than the competitors, and still have a name brand and quality. They’re selling well,” says Zhu Wen Gang at Shanghai Timga Digital Image Co.
Shanghai Timga Digital Image Co., 11 Caoxi Bei Lu, Rm. 2-D03, tel +86 21 6426 8140, www.timga.com.cn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wide fish-eye lens
Called “wang jiao fu jia jing” in Chinese, these extra-wide fisheye lenses are popular locally and fit a variety of cameras. The Digital King DSW Pro costs RMB 1,100 and fits in any small case.
Shanghai Timga Digital Image Co., 11 Caoxi Bei Lu, Rm. 2-D03, tel +86 21 6426 8140, www.timga.com.cn

 

 

 

 


Nikon D90
“This is the kind of camera that you don’t stop using,” says Wu Fei. At a cost of 7,200 RMB, it's for those who "really start taking pictures of everything around in Shanghai,” he adds. 
Shanghai Qinjia Figures Information Technique Co., 2/F, Bai Nao Hui, 11 Caoxi Bei Lu, Rm. 2G02, tel +86 21 6426 8984, www.digex.com.cn

 

 

 

 

 

Lomography fish-eye camera
If you're looking to give a Shanghai hipster the perfect gift this year, it has to be this cult-classic 35 mm fisheye camera (RMB 585). It has multiple exposure settings and creates a 170-degree image on a standard photograph.
Lomography Gallery Store Shanghai, 126 Jinxian Lu, tel: +86 21 6256 1054, www.lomography.cn