BUYER'S GUIDE

Canon Christmas gift guide

From fun portable printers to full-frame mirrorless cameras, here are some great ideas for gifts for everyone you know who wants to get creative!
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Need some Christmas gift ideas for all the creative people in your life? Whether you're looking to surprise a loved one with an instant camera or treat a photography enthusiast to a full-frame upgrade, the Canon catalogue has something for everyone.

In this festive buyer's guide, we've pulled together some suggestions for the best Canon gifts for everyone who loves to be creative, no matter the budget. From fun portable printers to mirrorless cameras, you'll find some top ideas for the perfect Christmas present!

For vloggers, bloggers and content creators: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

YouTube star and vlogger Mike Gray presses the Record button on the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III's touchscreen.

The ideal Christmas gift for someone interested in getting started in vlogging, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is capable of recording detailed 4K footage, and is fitted with a 3.5mm microphone jack.

Filming a cat with the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III.

As one of Canon's most advanced compact cameras, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a significant upgrade over a phone camera or a basic point-and-shoot. Portable and packed with creative features, it also makes a great companion for a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III's large 20.1MP CMOS sensor and sharp f/1.8-2.8 wide-angle zoom lens deliver superb image quality, whether you're shooting photos or 4K movies. Its tilting LCD touchscreen makes it simple to shoot from creative angles, and the screen can be flipped forwards to help compose the perfect selfie too. Pair the camera with the lightweight Canon Tripod Grip HG-100TBR for the versatility of shooting handheld with the comfortable handle or using the tripod for super-steady selfies. The PowerShot G7 X Mark III also features always-on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which automatically transfers images to your phone so you can share them quickly while you're on the go.

Video recording is a highlight of the PowerShot G7 X Mark III. It's capable of recording detailed 4K footage, and is fitted with a 3.5mm microphone input for equally crisp audio too. You can also record Full HD movies at 120fps (frames per second) for smooth slow-motion playback, and always-on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enable you to pair the PowerShot G7 X Mark III with your smartphone or tablet to make sharing content online easy.

For family video makers: Canon EOS M50

Vlogger Stef Michalak filming his young son as he rides a balance bike.

For those looking to transition into shooting video, the EOS M50 would make the perfect present.

The Canon EOS M50 camera.

The EOS M50 produces incredible high-resolution video footage with a unique look and feel.

Offering DSLR-like handling and a DSLR-sized sensor in a small body, the Canon EOS M50 gives you full control over your photography without the weight of a full-sized camera. It features a mirrorless design, so it's slimmer and quieter in operation than a DSLR. It also has a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder, so you can see the effects of creative filters and any exposure adjustments before you shoot.

The EOS M50 punches above its weight in terms of performance. With a continuous shooting speed of 10fps, it's able to capture the perfect moment on its 24.1MP CMOS sensor. Canon's renowned Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides fast and accurate autofocus tracking, while its 3.0-inch Vari-Angle touchscreen makes it a breeze to select a focus point and adjust settings.

EOS M cameras have a dedicated range of lightweight EF-M lenses to choose from – as well as EF and EF-S lenses when using a compatible adapter. A wide zoom such as the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is the perfect choice for exploring winter landscapes or shooting family portraits indoors. Its smooth and quiet STM focusing motor and Dynamic Image Stabilization make it easy to record professional-looking 4K UHD movies as well.

For an affordable entry into DSLR photography: Canon EOS 850D

The Canon EOS 850D.

Discover your creativity and take control with the Canon EOS 850D, an all-rounder DSLR for filmmaking and photography.

A small brown and white dog running through woodland.

Compatible with a range of EF and EF-S lenses, the EOS 850D can take your photography to the next level. Taken on a Canon EOS 850D with a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM lens at f/2.8, 1/2700 sec and ISO800.

The Canon EOS 850D is an advanced all-rounder, capable of producing incredibly detailed 24.1MP stills and crisp 4K video. With its compact and lightweight design, it's a camera that's made to be taken everywhere. A Vari-Angle touchscreen for composing shots from high and low angles adds to its versatility.

Brimming with creative features, the EOS 850D is a great choice for those who want to take their photography to the next level. It's larger than the EOS M50 but has a longer battery life and features an optical rather than an electronic viewfinder, which is more comfortable for the eye when you need to look through the viewfinder for a long time. The control layout includes a top dial and rear dial for quick adjustment of shooting settings, and the 45 freely selectable cross-type AF points enable you to bring precise details into sharp focus.

The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM makes an excellent first lens for the EOS 850D, offering a wide zoom range that enables you to fill the frame with scenics and city views, and push in closer to capture action. Its Nano USM technology provides smooth, quiet focusing that's fantastic for video, and a 4-stop Optical Image Stabilizer helps to keep things sharp when you're shooting in low light or zooming in.

For a step up to next-generation full-frame mirrorless tech: Canon EOS RP

A Canon EOS RP being used to shoot a landscape of a city lit up at night.

The Canon EOS RP's RF lens mount means you can take advantage of the range of next-generation Canon RF lenses.

The Canon EOS RP.

This versatile full-frame mirrorless camera is ideal for shooting both portraits and landscapes.

Looking to take the step up to full-frame photography? The 26.2MP Canon EOS RP is the entry-level model in the Canon EOS R System of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It weighs roughly the same as an APS-C model, proving that full-frame doesn't have to mean heavy, and is great for anyone wanting to develop their skills or those interested in the latest technologies. It doesn't skimp on advanced features, either, so you can explore as your experience grows.

One of the highlights of the Canon EOS RP is the RF lens mount, which offers high-speed communication between the camera and the lens. As well as enabling faster autofocus, it brings enhanced image stabilisation and next-level image quality, thanks to the growing range of next-generation RF lenses.

Pair the camera with a standard RF zoom lens such as the Canon RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM or the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM, or a compact and affordable prime such as the new Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens, and you'll be ready to take on everything, from landscapes to portraits. Thanks to a range of optional EF-EOS R Mount Adapters, the EOS RP is also fully compatible with your EF and EF-S lenses, with no loss of quality.

The Canon EOS RP's highly sensitive Dual Pixel CMOS AF system offers up to 4,779 selectable AF positions, with the rear screen acting like an AF point touchpad even when you're using the electronic viewfinder. With Eye AF engaged, the camera can automatically detect and continuously track a person's eye for super-sharp portraits too.

For instant memories and mementoes: Canon Zoemini S and Canon Zoemini C

A woman holding a Canon Zoemini S in one hand and a Canon Zoemini C in the other.

Canon's 2-in-1 instant cameras would make a fun gift for anyone who wants a compact device capable of producing group selfies, prints and more.

The Canon Zoemini S in Rose Gold.

The pocket-sized 8MP Canon Zoemini S features a built-in ring light for sure-fire selfies and comes in three colours, including Rose Gold.

Canon's 2-in-1 instant cameras enable budding photographers to shoot and print from the same pocket-sized device. The Canon Zoemini C and the Canon Zoemini S both feature front-mounted mirrors for composing perfect selfies and group photos. They each hold 10 sheets of 2x3-inch sticky-backed Canon ZINK™ photo paper – and there's no messing around with inks, as each smudge-proof, tear-proof and water-resistant image is made from a layer of micro crystals that react when heated. Simply point, shoot, print and stick.

The Canon Zoemini S also has a built-in ring light for flattering results and comes with Bluetooth connectivity, so the camera and printing options – including printing direct from your camera roll – can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet via the free Canon Mini Print app.

The fun, lightweight Canon Zoemini instant cameras are available in a range of colours. Kids will love the vibrant hues of the Canon Zoemini C – choose from Bumble Bee Yellow, Mint Green, Seaside Blue or Bubble Gum Pink. While style-conscious teens might prefer the Rose Gold, Pearl White or Matte Black options available for the Canon Zoemini S.

For printing and sharing anywhere: Canon SELPHY Square QX10 and SELPHY CP1300

Four Canon SELPHY Square QX10 printers, each in a different colour.

A Canon SELPHY Square QX10 printer is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to print their smartphone images while on the move – and it comes in four different colours.

A Canon SELPHY CP1300.

The Canon SELPHY CP1300 is a fast Wi-Fi photo printer ideal for creating unique prints from compatible smart devices, cameras and more.

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers are stylish and portable devices that produce high-quality prints even when you're on the move.

Compact, convenient and available in four cool colours, the Wi-Fi enabled Canon SELPHY Square QX10 lets you print detailed 68x68mm square photos direct from your smartphone. This battery-powered printer is built to go everywhere with you, and can easily be recharged using a USB cable. The SELPHY Square QX10 uses dye-sub technology, which means your pictures will last for up to 100 years when stored in an album. The vibrant printed stickers are made on high-quality paper, complete with a caption-ready border, and you can even add creative stamps and filters using Canon's free SELPHY Photo Layout app.

If you want more control over the printing process, then the Canon SELPHY CP1300 is for you. Capable of delivering a lab-quality 10x15cm (4x6-inch) print in just 47 seconds, this Wi-Fi printer features a large tilt-up screen for ease of use. The Canon SELPHY CP1300 gives you a choice of four print finishes, and comes loaded with a range of layout and 'shuffle' options via the free SELPHY Photo Layout app, including photo-booth strips and ID print.

For a go-anywhere outdoor activity camera: Canon IVY REC

A Canon IVY REC activity camera in blue.

Its simple design and powerful camera make the Canon IVY REC the perfect companion for outdoor adventures.

A young woman looking through the viewfinder of a Canon IVY REC activity camera.

The clip on the Canon IVY REC doubles as a handy viewfinder to help you compose your shots.

Outdoor explorers and extreme sports fans will love the Canon IVY REC – a fun and affordable outdoor activity camera that's built for a life of adventure. Whether it's mountain biking through rugged terrain or splashing about on a river, the Canon IVY REC is shockproof1 and waterproof2.

With its large clip, which doubles as a viewfinder to help you frame your shots, this small camera can be attached to a bag or belt so it's ready to go when you are. The Canon IVY REC's simple controls mean you won't be fumbling to get the shot or video either.

The Canon IVY REC shoots 13MP photos and Full HD movies at 60fps, and packs Electronic Image Stabilisation for sharp shots in tough shooting conditions. It also connects wirelessly to a mobile device, so the camera can be controlled remotely via the free Canon Mini Cam app, and photos and videos can be viewed and shared online.


Written by Marcus Hawkins


1 Shockproof up to two metres. The shock resistant testing methods are unique to this product and do not guarantee against damage or malfunction of the product.
2 Waterproof up to 30 minutes at a depth of two metres. Tested in freshwater only. If exposed to non-freshwater, rinsing immediately with freshwater is recommended.

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