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Top 5 Gift Ideas Series: Part 7 - DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Top 5 Interchangeable Lens Cameras Ideas This Christmas

An interchangeable lens camera such as a DSLR or Mirrorless represents the cream of the crop in the world of camera technology. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner looking to step up from your smartphone or compact, or an experienced shooter seeking the right tool to break through your creative boundaries, this Christmas we’ve got suggestions across all photographic levels. 

The Canon EOS Twin Lens Kit represents the perfect platform for students and those new to photography. Its 24 Megapixel sensor and dual pixel AF technology ensure it’s capable at both stills and video. The twin lenses ensure zoom coverage up to 250mm, perfect for that next overseas holiday or family vacation – Save $235. Limited Time only. 

  • 24 Megapixel CMOS Sensor 
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF + DIGIC 7 Processor 
  • 3.0” Clear View Vari-Angle LCD Touch Screen 
  • Full HD Video Recording 
  • Guided Display Mode 
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + NFC Connectivity 
  • Compact and Lightweight Design 
  • Includes Canon 18-55mm + 55-250mm IS STM Lenses 

2- Olympus OM-D E-M10 III Twin Lens Kit

The Olympus E-M10 III twin kit is the perfect travelling companion. Its lightweight retro styled design is a delicate fusion of fashion and function. With a 5-axis in-body image stabiliser and 4K video recording capabilities, it can handle a broad range of shooting scenarios, while maintaining a discreet profile – Includes $150 Visa Giftcard. Ending Soon. 

  • 16.3 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor 
  • Fast TruPic VIII Image Processor 
  • 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilisation 
  • 4K Video Recording 
  • High Speed 121-Point Autofocus 
  • 3-Inch Tilting Touchscreen 
  • Built-In WiFi for Wireless Camera Control 
  • Includes M.Zuiko 14-42mm III EZ + 40-150mm R Lens 

3- Canon EOS R Body with Control Ring Mount Adapter

The Canon EOS R was one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2018. Combining a compact, lightweight mirrorless body with their Dual Pixel autofocus technology, plus excellent backwards compatibility with their EF range of lenses has ensured early success for this popular release. 

30.3 Megapixel Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
DIGIC8 Image Processor
4K Video Recording at 30fps
Dual Pixel AF with 5655 AF Points
Dual Pixel RAW Image File Compatibility
Top Mount LCD Panel
Intuitive Multi-Function Touch Bar
Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity
Includes Canon Lens Control Ring Mount Adapter - EF-EOSR

The Sony A7 III ticked enough boxes for enough people for it to win the coveted EISA 2018-2019 Camera Of The Year award. So popular was its debut that there was a global shortage while manufacturing worked to keep up with demand. With a 24 Megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, 4K video recording and an amazing 693 autofocus points, it’s easy to see why. We’ve secured limited stock for Christmas, so get in quick to avoid disappointment. 

24.2 Megapixel Back-Illuminated Full Frame CMOS Sensor
5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilisation
2.36 Million-dot OLED EVF and Tilt Touchscreen
10 fps Burst Shooting with Silent or Mechanical Shutter
693 Phase Detection AF Points & Eye AF
Dust/Moisture Resistant Body Construction
4K HDR Video & Full HD 120p
High Capacity Battery, Joystick Control and Dual SD Slots

5- Fujifilm GFX 50R + GF 32-64mm f/4 Lens

The Fujifilm GFX 50R is revolutionising the medium format category. The 50R crams a massive 51.4 Megapixel medium format sensor into a rangefinder style body, enticing photographers who would not traditionally consider medium format because of its size to make the switch. To sweeten the deal this Christmas, we’re offering a $1000 discount with all GFX 50R Camera and Lens combos, plus claim up to $750 Cashback from Fujifilm via redemption. 

  • 51.4 Megapixel Medium Format CMOS Sensor 
  • X-Processor Pro Image Processor 
  • 14-Bit RAW with 14 Stops of Dynamic Range 
  • Rangefinder-style 3.69M OLED EVF 
  • Lightweight Mirrorless System Design 
  • Weather Resistant Body 
  • 2-Direction Tilting 2.36M-Dot Rear LCD 
  • Dual UHS-II SD Card Slots & Bluetooth Connectivity 

Top 5 Gift Ideas Series: Part 6 - Drones

Top 5 Drone Christmas Gift Ideas 

What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it superman? Nope, it’s a drone. Drones have really taken off in popularity in the last couple of years and there are now hundreds of different types to choose from.

But how do you know which one is perfect for someone looking to get into flying and which is the perfect upgrade for the pilot in the family looking to step up to the next model? We’ve got some suggestions for you below.

1 – DJI Tello Drone

This tiny little pocket-sized drone has a 5-megapixel camera and can perform acrobatic manoeuvres with the press of a button. The Tello can be controlled in real-time direct from a smartphone and launches from the palm of your hand.

  • Captures 5 Megapixel Stills and HD Video 
  • Performs Impressive Aerobatics 
  • Up to 100m Control Range with Smartphone App 
  • Built-in Electronic Image Stabilisation 
  • DJI Powered Flight Controller & Intel Processor 
  • Up to 13 Minutes Flying Time 
  • Programmable via Scratch Coding Tool 

2 – Parrot Mambo Mini Drone FPV
With impressive agility and speed the Parrot Mambo Mini-Drone includes a headset so you can see a first-person-view while flying the aircraft. Just connect your phone and use the controller to pilot your way around obstacles and perform acrobatic moves. The drone even allows you to replace the camera with extra accessories like the Mambo Cannon or Grabber tool. 

  • Streams 720p Video to Smartphone 
  • Immersive FPV with Cockpit Glasses 
  • 3 Progressive Flying Modes 
  • Ultra-Light, Agile and Fast 
  • Auto Pilot System for Easy Flying 
  • Control by Smartphone App or Flypad Remote Transmitter 
  • Up to 10 Minutes Flying Time 
  • Interchangeable Accessory System 

3 – DJI Spark Fly More Combo

One of DJI’s most popular drones to date is the Spark. Able to be controlled by simple hand gestures the Spark is available in a choice of colours and weighs only 300g. It has a 2-axis stabilised gimbal and records Full HD video, 12-megapixel stills and is available in a “Fly More Combo” pack that includes a controller, an extra battery, spare propellers, propeller guards, a charging hub and a shoulder bag. 

  • Ultra-Portable Mini Drone Design 
  • 2-Axis Stabilised Gimbal 
  • Full HD Video and 12-megapixel Still Images 
  • Easy Editing & Sharing via DJI GO 4 App 
  • TapFly, Active Track & Gesture Control 
  • Sensing System for Obstacle Avoidance 
  • 50kph Flying Speed in Sports Mode 
  • Up to 16 minutes of Flight Time 
  • Fly More Combo includes Remote Controller, Extra Battery, Extra Props, Prop Guards, Charging Hub, Shoulder Bag 

4 – DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo

Boasting a super-compact folding design, the DJI Mavic Air is the perfect upgrade for someone looking to start shooting 4K. It introduces intelligent flight modes like ActiveTrack and QuickShots that make it even easier to capture great looking aerial shots. It has a lightweight 3-axis gimbal, captures slow-motion Full HD video at 120fps and has a 3 directional Environment Sensing System that keeps it airborne and away from obstacles. 

  • 3-Axis Gimbal and 4K Camera 
  • 32 MP Sphere Panoramas 
  • SmartCapture Capability 
  • 3-Directional Environment Sensing Technology 
  • 21 Minute Flight Time 
  • Maximum 4km Transmission Distance 
  • 8GB Internal Drive and MicroSD Card Compatibility 
  • Foldable and Portable Design 
  • Includes extra propellers, batteries and a range of other accessories 

5 – DJI Mavic 2 Pro

One of the most sought-after drones to be released this year has to be the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. Built on the success of the hugely popular Mavic it offers a dramatically improved camera system designed in partnership with Hasselblad. With an adjustable aperture, 10-bit video and a flat colour profile the difference between the old and the new are very noticeable. It also delivers a massive 8km transmission range, Full HD live stream for piloting and an omni-directional obstacle detection not to mention a host of new flight modes to take your aerial film-making to new heights. 

  • Hasselblad Camera with a 3-Axis Gimbal 
  • 20-Megapixel 1-inch CMOS Sensor 
  • Adjustable Aperture Range of f/2.8- f/11 
  • 10 Bit DLog-M Colour Profile & HDR 
  • 72km/h Top Speed & 31min Flight Time 
  • OcuSync 2.0 System with 8km Transmission Range 
  • Omni-directional Obstacle Sensing 
  • Active Track & Waypoint 2.0, Asteroid Flight Modes + more 

This list is only a quick taste of some of the newest and most note-worthy drones available, but this list is by no means comprehensive. 

Check out the drone section on our website to see the whole range of drones that we carry and if you have any questions you can always contact the DCW team to find out more.

Top 5 Gift Ideas Series: Part 5 - Backpacks

Top 5 Camera Backpack Christmas Gift Ideas 

In this Top 5, we’re breaking down some of our favourite camera backpacks. Bag shopping is a tricky subject, especially if you’re doing it for someone else. But fear not! We’re here to help. 
Below, you’ll find a range of different sizes and price points to suit your gifting needs. We’ve also listed why we think they’re great, and what kind of photographer they might work for.

1 – After the Fact Diaz Backpack

Kicking things off is the super-affordable ATF Diaz backpack. Its well-padded, customisable interior can hold a DSLR or mirrorless camera with 3-4 lenses. There’s accessory pockets too, including one for a 12-inch tablet and even an external tripod carry strap. It makes an excellent first camera bag. 

  • Fits DSLR or Mirrorless Camera and 3-4 Lenses 
  • Adjustable Padded Dividers 
  • Dedicated 12-Inch Tablet Sleeve 
  • Accessory Pockets 
  • External Tripod Carry Strap 
  • Comfortable, Adjustable Shoulder Straps 
  • Water-Resistant and Durable Nylon Exterior 
  • Waterproof Rain Cover Included 

2 – LowePro Tahoe 150 Backpack

The LowePro Tahoe 150 backpack is another small, lightweight backpack with an ultra-customisable interior. It’s ideal for a mirrorless kit with 3-4 lenses, plus accessories. Accessory pockets keep all your small bits and pieces organised, making it a great daypack option. 
  • Fits Small DSLR or Mirrorless with 3-4 Lenses 
  • Customisable Internal Padded Dividers 
  • Expandable Internal Compartment 
  • Accessory and Organiser Pockets 
  • Comfortable, Adjustable Shoulder Pads 
  • Dedicated Tablet Storage 
  • Weather-Resistant Material Construction 
  • Ultra-Lightweight Design, Ideal Daypack 

3 – Manfrotto Advanced Tri Backpack

Starting to get into more serious territory is the Manfrotto Advanced Tri Backpack. It fits a camera and up to 5 lenses along with accessories and personal items. You can also carry a 15-inch laptop and a tripod externally. With 3 different ways to wear the bag, it’s perfect for active photographers. 

  • Fits DSLR or Mirrorless with up to 5 Lenses 
  • 3 Carrying Styles - Backpack, Sling and X-Position 
  • Separate Compartments for Photo & Personal Gear 
  • Customisable Padded Interior 
  • Rigid Padded Dividers for Protection 
  • 15 Inch Padded Laptop Pocket 
  • Tripod Attachment Loops 
  • Rain Cover Included 

4 – Tenba Axis 20L Backpack

Tenba’s Axis 20L backpack has a very tactical look that might appeal to more urban or outdoorsy shooters. There’s plenty of ways to attach more storage or other accessories to the outside of the bag. It’s also super-durable, so it’s a great choice for getting out into nature or just everyday life. 

  • Fits 1-2 Cameras and 4-7 Lenses 
  • 3 Openings for Easy Gear Access 
  • Dedicated 15-Inch Laptop Storage 
  • Accessory Pockets and Organisation 
  • Additional Attachment Loops 
  • External Tripod Carry 
  • Adjustable Shoulder Harness 
  • Durable and Weather Resistant 

5 – Peak Design 20L Everyday Backpack

The Peak Design Everyday backpack sits at the premium end of this category, combining function and good looks, something a lot of photographers desire. It doesn’t look like a photo bag, which is a more inconspicuous for travelling, but also means you can use it every day. Just like the name says. 

  • Holds DSLR or Mirrorless Camera and 4-6 
  • Built-in Expansion with MagLatch Locking Mechanism 
  • Customisable Interiors with FlexFold Dividers 
  • Three Side Access to Main Compartment 
  • Quick Adjustment Shoulder Straps 
  • Top Handle & Briefcase Style Side Handle 
  • Versatile External Carrying Options 
  • Durable and Water Resistant Shell 

If you’re still having difficulties, just give us a call or drop us an email or comment! The team at DCW is always happy to have a chat about gifts and gear!

Also, be sure to check out our ‘Gift Shopping for Photographers Cheat Sheet’ from last year! It’s still full of great shopping tips and ideas.

Top 5 Gift Ideas Series: Part 4 - Compact Cameras

Top 5 Compact Camera Christmas Gifts

Compact cameras make a popular gift at Christmas. With so much going on at this time of the year - family get togethers, dinner parties, school holidays, overseas adventures, it’s natural to think about the best way to capture those memories and turn them into stories that you can relive forever.

Here’s the cheat sheet to our best Compact Camera deals and hottest products this Christmas.

1- Nikon Coolpix W100 Family Bundle

The Nikon W100 is a popular camera for active families. Designed to withstand the rough and tumble play of young kids and teenagers it’s waterproof and shock proof design encourage kids to take charge of capturing that next family adventure – Includes Family Backpack 

  • 13.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor 
  • 3x optical zoom and 6x Dynamic Fine Zoom 
  • Full HD Video Recording 
  • Vibration Reduction for Videos/Images 
  • Seamless Sharing via SnapBridge 
  • Auto Focus and Various Modes 
  • Simple Buttons and Interface 
  • 2.7-inch LCD Monitor Measuring 

2- Canon IXUS 185 Christmas Gift Pack
The Canon IXUS series is synonymous with affordable, easy to use cameras that deliver high image quality in a pocket-sized form factor. The IXUS 185 follows this tried and tested formula with a 20 Megapixel sensor, 8x optical zoom and 2.7-inch LCD screen. Our exclusive Christmas Gift Pack comes with a memory card, mini tripod and carry case to equip you with everything you need to make memories this Christmas – Save $20.00 + Bonus Tote Bag! 

  • 20 Megapixel CCD Sensor 
  • 8x Optical Zoom 
  • 2.7 Inch Bright LCD Screen 
  • One-Touch Video Recording 
  • Image Stabilisation 
  • Smart Auto Mode 
  • Super Slim Form Factor 
  • Built-in Creative Filters 

3- Panasonic TZ90

The TZ90 set a new standard for compact travel cameras. Despite its pocket-sized design, it hides an 20.3 Megapixel sensor and impressive 30x optical zoom with 5-axis image stabilisation. Add 4K video recording, Wi-Fi for instant image transfer, plus a large 3-inch LCD touch-screen and you’ve got a camera that can truly capture those unforgettable stories from your next holiday – Save $30! Be Quick! 

  • 20.3 Megapixel Sensor 
  • 3-inch Tilting LCD Touch-screen 
  • 30x Optical Zoom Lens 
  • 5-Axis Optical Image Stabiliser 
  • 4K Video Recording 
  • 4K Photo & Post-Focus Modes 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity 
  • 1166k-dot Electronic View Finder 

4- Olympus TG-5

Do you prefer the sun, sand or snow over the sights and sounds of a big city? The Olympus Tough TG-5 is designed for holidaymakers that seek the path less travelled. Its waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and freezeproof design allows it to go anywhere your adventure takes you. A 4x zoom lens with a bright f/2 aperture captures your best moments, while built-in GPS makes it easy to retrace your steps and relive journey one photo at a time. 

  • Updated Back-lit CMOS Image Sensor 
  • TruePic VIII Advanced Image Processor 
  • 4x Zoom Lens with a Bright f/2.0 Aperture 
  • 15m Waterproof, 2.1m Shockproof, Freezeproof to -10°C 
  • 4K Video and Ultra-Fast 240fps HD Recording 
  • GPS, Temperature, Compass, Manometer 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and RAW Format Recording 
  • Variable Macro System

5- Sony RX100 VI
The Sony RX100VI is the definition of a premium compact. Ideally suited to vloggers, travel junkies or as a secondary camera for professionals, it houses an impressive 24-200mm telephoto zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 4K video recording and a handy pop-up EVF for better usability when shooting in bright daylight conditions. We’ve sweetened the deal by throwing in a bonus genuine Sony battery worth $66 and a remote shooting grip worth $215. But be quick, this bonus items are while stocks last. 

  • 20.1 Megapixel EXMOR Stacked Sensor 
  • Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 Vario-Sonnar T* Lens 
  • 4 Stop Optical Image Stabilisation 
  • 4K Ultra-HD Video Recording with Full Pixel Readout 
  • Ultra-Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points 
  • 24fps Full Resolution Burst Mode 
  • 3-inch Touchscreen LCD with 180° Tilt Function 
  • Redesigned Pop-up 2.36M-Dot OLED EVF 

Bonus Idea! Ricoh Theta V

Capture everything around you with the Ricoh Theta V 360° camera. Capable of shooting immersive 360° stills and video, it’s a great option for anyone looking to add something unique to their creative toolkit. Create photos and video that are compatible with Virtual Reality headsets, or live stream 4K 360° video via your smartphone and the YouTube Live platform. 

  • 360 Degree 4K Videos & 12 Megapixel Photos 
  • Live Streaming in 4K Compatible 
  • High ISO6400 Sensitivity 
  • 4-channel 360° Spatial Audio 
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor 
  • Advanced Gyroscopic Sensor 
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity 
  • 19GB of Internal Flash Memory

Top 5 Gift Ideas Series: Part 3 - Smartphone Accessories

Top 5 Smartphone Accessories Christmas Gift Ideas

Many of us are using Smartphones in one way or another, but especially for taking pictures. Phone photography is just about everywhere these days and, with how great the cameras are getting, it’s safe to say it’ll be part of our future for a good long time.
Still, there’s easy ways to make it look even better. We’ve collected a few cool gift ideas and specials that can help make a difference to Smartphone image and video quality. Check them out below! 

1 – Joby GorillaPod Mini Magnetic + Phone Holder

This cute little Joby GorillaPod Mini Magnetic tripod’s feet stick to almost any metal surface, giving you even more options for framing the perfect picture. It comes with a phone holder so you can either watch videos or make them! It’s small and portable, making it a great stocking-stuffer.

  • Ideal for Smartphones or Smaller Cameras 
  • Flexible Legs with Strong Magnetic Feet 
  • Includes Adjustable Mobile Phone Holder 
  • Universal 1/4-Inch Mount for Cameras 
  • Compact and Portable Design 
  • Ideal for Group Shots, Selfies, or Time-Lapse

2 – NiSi P1 Mobile Phone Filter Kit

As if NiSi filters couldn’t get any cooler, they go ahead and make the P1 Prosories mobile phone filter kit. It clips onto most smartphones and adds a more creative edge to your photos and video, even before editing. This kit perfectly complements newer flagship mobiles with high-end cameras.

  • Fits Most Mobile Smartphones 
  • GND8 Filter with 3 Stops Light Reduction 
  • HD Polariser Cuts Reflections and Glare 
  • Easy to Install Clip-On Design 
  • 360° Rotating Holder for Polariser 
  • High Quality Glass and Aluminium Build 
  • Soft, Protective Storage Pouch

3 – Feiyu Vimble 2 Smartphone Gimbal

The Feiyu Vimble 2 is a lightweight smartphone gimbal that will help you shoot awesome, steady video straight out of your phone. It’s also got a built-in extension pole so your selfies will always be on point. It fits most smartphones and would make a perfect gift for a budding videographer.

  • 18cm Extending Selfie Pole 
  • Trigger and Focus Buttons 
  • Auto-Rotation Mode for Time-Lapse 
  • Smartphone Companion App 
  • Bluetooth Shutter Control 
  • 5-hour Runtime 
  • Smartphone Charging 
  • Holder Fits Smartphones between 57-84mm

4 – AquaTech AxisGO Underwater Smartphone Housing

Some smartphones say they’re waterproof, but who really wants to risk it? That’s why the AquaTech AxisGO waterproof smartphone housing is such a great idea for the beach-lover in your life. With a 10m depth rating, adventurous smartphone photographers will rejoice at finding this under the tree!

  • Underwater Housing for iPhones 7/7+, 8/8+, and X 
  • 10m Depth Rating 
  • Full Touchscreen Control 
  • Stainless Steel External Volume Controls 
  • Works with Native iPhone Apps 
  • Optical Glass with Anti-Reflective and Hydrophobic Coating 
  • Interchangeable Lens Port 
  • Tough, Corrosion-Proof Polycarbonate Body

5 – Fujifilm Instax SHARE SP-2 Printer

The Fuji Instax SHARE SP-2 printer is a really special gift idea. It gives you the freedom to use your phone to take and edit photos, then print a sweet little keepsake you can give to family and friends. Making memories is what the holidays is all about, with printed photos adding a nice personal touch.

  • Print Photos from Smartphone 
  • Connect and Transfer Photos Over Wi-Fi 
  • Creates Prints in Just 10 Seconds 
  • High Quality 320 dpi Resolution Printing 
  • SHARE App with Photo Editing Templates 
  • Rechargeable Battery and LED Indicator 
  • Handy Reprint Button for Multiple Prints 
  • Uses Fujifilm Instax Mini Film

If you’re still having difficulties, just give us a call or drop us an email or comment! The team at DCW is always happy to have a chat about gifts and gear!

Also, be sure to check out our ‘Gift Shopping for Photographers Cheat Sheet’ from last year! It’s still full of great shopping tips and ideas.

Top 5 Gift Ideas Series: Part 2 - Action & Tough Cameras

Top 5 Action Camera Gift Ideas

Action cameras and the Australian summer. Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait. The Christmas holidays are a great time to get out and explore Australia’s natural beauty. If you’re surfing, swimming, hiking, climbing, riding or driving, you’ll need an action camera to relive the moment.

Here are our favourite action camera options this Christmas.

1 - GoPro HERO7 White

The GoPro HERO7 White is the most affordable of GoPro latest releases. Waterproof to 10m without a bulky housing, the Hero7 White is still compatible with all the standard GoPro mounts, it features better than Full HD video recording, a 2x slow-motion mode, 15fps burst mode photography and Wi-Fi connectivity. The perfect stocking stuffer for adrenaline addicted teens and adults.

  • 1440 & Full HD 60fps Video Quality 
  • Waterproof to 10m 
  • Built-in Video Stabilisation 
  • Hands-Free Voice Control 
  • 2x Microphones with Wind Reduction 
  • 15fps Photo Burst Mode 
  • Rear Touch Screen Interface 
  • Built-in Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Connectivity 

2 - Fujifilm XP130

The Fujifilm XP130 is a natural choice for adventure lovers and active families. Its rugged design is shockproof and waterproof to 20 meters making it suitable for a broad range of outdoor activities this summer. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to share your story with friends and family anywhere in the world. Available in 5 fetching colours! 

  • 16.4 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor 
  • 5x Optical Zoom (28-140mm in 35mm equiv.) 
  • Full HD 60 Video Recording 
  • Optical Image Stabilisation 
  • Versatile Shooting Modes 
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with Remote Shooting Capability 
  • 3-inch LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating 
  • Rugged Body - Water, Shock, Freeze, and Dustproof 

3 - Sony 4K Action Camera FDR-X3000

The Sony Action Camera includes a rugged waterproof housing that is ideal for snorkelers and SCUBA enthusiasts. Rated at a massive 60m waterproof ensures suitability for even the most seasoned divers, straight of the box. With 4K video recording and optical image stabilisation, the Sony Action Cam is well suited for virtually any outdoor activity you have planned this holiday season. Buy for Christmas and receive a $100 EFTPOS gift card via redemption!

  • 1/2.5-Inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor for 12 Megapixel Stills 
  • Zeiss Tessar Lens with Reduced Distortion 
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot2 Image Stabilisation 
  • 4K UHD Video at 30p with 100Mb/s in MP4 and XAVCS 
  • BIONZ X Image Processor and Dedicated Video Features 
  • Includes Rugged Waterproof and Dustproof Housing 
  • Wi-Fi, and built in GPS 
  • 64GB or Larger Class10/UHS-I MicroSD Card Required for XAVCS Recording 

4 - Panasonic Lumix FT30 Christmas Gift Pack

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 is a rugged and easy-to-use compact camera that’s perfect for outdoor adventures this Christmas. Our bundle includes a 16GB SanDisk SD card and floating wrist strap for extra safety when shooting in the water. With a versatile 4x optical zoom range, and excellent proofing against all elements, this camera is always ready to capture your most treasured moments this festive season.

  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD Sensor 
  • 2.7-inch LCD Screen 
  • 4x Optical Zoom with Wide-Angle 25mm Equivalent 
  • Built-in Torch 
  • Optical Image Stabilisation 
  • Waterproof up to 8 Metres 
  • Shockproof, Dustproof and Freezeproof 
  • HD Video 

5 - GoPro HERO7 Black

Probably the gift that everyone wants under the tree this Christmas - the GoPro HERO7 Black is the most powerful GoPro ever. GoPro’s latest flagship model is equipped with the ability to record crystal clear 4K video footage, 240fps Ultra slow motion, HDR Photos and Hyperlapse video. Take it on your next holiday and turn your regular travel adventure into an epic story.

  • 4K60, 2.7K120, 1080p240 Video Recording 
  • HyperSmooth Video Stabilisation 
  • HyperLapse Video Mode 
  • SuperPhoto Auto Photo Mode 
  • Vertical Video Mode 
  • Live Streaming Support 
  • Built-in WiFi, Bluetooth & GPS Connectivity 
  • Waterproof to 10m 

Top 5 Gifts Ideas Series: Part 1 - Gimbals

Top 5 Gimbals for Christmas Gift Ideas

For this Top 5 gift guide, we’re focusing on that special person who loves all things video. Our recommendation for someone who delights in filming and editing would be to consider getting them one of the latest and greatest video accessories, the 3-axis gimbal.
But hold up! What is a gimbal and what’s the big deal? Okay, picture a handle with a camera perfectly balanced at the top. Sounds simple enough right? Now imagine that handle also has three carefully positioned motors that absorb bumps and shakes so you can record smooth video footage.

Gimbals can also react to the movements of the person holding it, which is where it starts to get really interesting. Turning the handle creates a panning movement while angling it forwards or backwards tilts the camera up and down, combine these together with some quick footwork and you can easily create some cinematic camera moves.

But gimbals aren’t just for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. They are also made for smartphones perfect for mobile filmmakers as well as for compact cameras for travel junkies who travel light.

1 – Zhiyun Smooth 4

Designed to support most smartphones the Smooth 4 holds up to 210g, making it a perfect starting point for someone looking to improve their video. When you have the “ZY Play” app open the large wheel on the side can control your phones focus or zoom and you can start and stop recording using the buttons on the handle.

With built-in time-lapse modes and object tracking the Smooth 4 is a jam packed with features to help take mobile film-making to new heights. It also includes a Mini-tripod and a compact carrying case.

  • 210g Payload 
  • Large Follow Focus/Zoom Wheel 
  • Brushless Motors 
  • 240° Roll and Tilt Movement 
  • Control Phone Camera Functionality 
  • Dolly/Zoom Vertigo Effect and POV Orbital Shot 
  • Rechargeable Batteries with 12 Hour Run Time 
  • Mini-Tripod and Carrying Case Included 

2 – Feiyu G6 Plus

For those who want something that can do it all, the Feiyu G6 Plus supports compact cameras as well as action cams too. Not only that but it holds small mirrorless cameras that weigh less than 800g.

An angled rear motor provides a clear view of your camera screen which, combined with a sizeable 12-hour battery life and a unique splash proof design make the G6 Plus a highly versatile gimbal.

  • For Cameras up to 800g 
  • Supports Smartphones with Optional Adapter 
  • Unique Elevation Angle for Clear LCD Viewing 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for Remote Control 
  • Modify Zoom and Focus Settings with Select Camera Models 
  • Integrated OLED Display 
  • 12 Hour Battery Life 
  • Splash-proof Design 

3 – Feiyu AK2000

If you’re looking for a gimbal than can handle a larger camera, the AK2000 might be more up your alley. Like the G6 Plus it has an angled rear motor, so you can see the rear LCD of your camera but unlike the G6 it can hold a whopping 2.8kg payload.

It is the only gimbal with a touchscreen control and it has a control ring that makes changing settings easy and quick. The AK2000 also introduces a new “space” mode that follows movements on the tilt axis, a real-time follow mode for filming fast paced action and a built-in time-lapse function.

  • Impressive 2.8kg Payload Capacity 
  • Elevated Rear Screen Design 
  • Touch Screen with Magic Ring Control Wheel 
  • Compatible with Manfrotto PL501 Quick Release Plate 
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity 
  • Unique 3-Axis Following Space Mode 
  • Auto-rotation and Automatic Shutter Control for Time-lapse 
  • Up to 12-hour Battery Life 

4 – Zhiyun Crane 2

Zhiyun’s Crane 2 is one of the most popular gimbals available for full size DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. With a hefty 3.2kg payload, a large follow focus wheel on the side of the handle and an impressive 18-hour battery life it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.

A removable quick release plate makes setting up easier and the gimbal features a gradual power down function for safe operation. The Crane 2 also includes a carry case, mini tripod stand and a mechanical follow focus controller.

  • 3-Axis Stabilisation with Real-time Follow focus 
  • Hefty 3.2kg Maximum Payload 
  • OLED Display with Intuitive Interface 
  • Quick Control Dial to Adjust Camera Settings 
  • 18 Hour Run Time with Camera Charging Function 
  • Quick Release Plate 
  • 1/4 and 3/8-inch Industry Standard Thread 
  • Includes EVA Carry Bag & Mechanical Follow Focus 

5 – Zhiyun WEEBILL LAB

Named after Australia’s smallest bird, the Zhiyun Weebill LAB is a powerful, but most importantly, a very portable gimbal. The arms are lockable to make balancing and transport easier, while the small size and weight of the unit makes it a breeze for travel.

An innovative design allows the grip to be moved between two points on the handle, making it easy to shoot in the popular underslung mode for those low perspectives. 

Combine that with a 10-hour battery life, a high-speed GO mode, and wireless image transmission for real-time monitoring and you’ve got a comprehensive little gimbal that can do it all.

  • Unique Design 
  • 3kg Maximum Payload 
  • Axis Locks for Easy Transport & Balance 
  • Multiple Handle Mounting Positions 
  • ViaTouch Control & Wireless Image Transmission 
  • 10 Hour Battery Life & OLED Display 
  • High Speed GO and POV Modes 

6 – Honourable Mention - DJI Ronin S

A list of the top 5 gimbals wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the DJI Ronin-S, which is so popular there is a global shortage. We currently have limited stock, but they won’t last long so it’s best to contact us to confirm availability.

DJI have built the Ronin-S for professional use with one of the largest payloads of 3.6kg, as well as 3 customisable speed settings and a super responsive sports mode. The gimbal also features a roll 360 mode for unique shots as well as support for follow focus control.

  • Maximum 3.6kg Payload 
  • Elevated Roll Arm Design for Clear LCD Viewing 
  • Push to Adjust, Axis Lock and Sport Mode 
  • 2 Customisable SmoothTrack Settings 
  • Professional Design and Construction 
  • Mobile App with Intelligent Shooting Modes 
  • Compatible with DJI Focus Command Unit 
  • Versatile Mounting Options 

Hopefully this helped to explain what a gimbal is and some of the different ones that are available and maybe even highlighted one or two that might be the perfect gift for someone you know.
Keep in mind that if you can’t convince enough friends or family members to chip in for a group present you can always grab a DCW gift voucher instead to contribute.

Mirrorless Moving Forward

If you’ve been following the mirrorless camera scene like we have, you’ll also know that Nikon, Canon, and Panasonic have officially hopped aboard the Full Frame Express Train, full steam ahead.

In the last couple of months, all three brands announced some pretty exciting full-frame products.

Panasonic is no stranger to the mirrorless game, but with Canon and Nikon joining the fray, the spotlight is back on how camera technology is evolving.

The new Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 full frame mirrorless cameras.

Fitting full frame sensors into mirrorless bodies had its own set of challenges. To be a viable option for photographers, said challenges had to be overcome fast to gain relevance amidst long-standing competition. This action seemed to catalyse the mirrorless market, no longer willing to be overlooked.

Electronic viewfinders were terrible, so manufacturers found ways to improve them. Autofocus wasn’t as good as DSLRs, so they built new algorithms to compensate.

The list goes on, but the point remains; these camera makers had to innovate.

Today, for the most part, the playing field is shockingly even. No matter who you are, or what style you want to achieve, the right camera for you is out there, whether it has a mirror or not.

For those who aren’t sure, here’s a quick recap on the difference between mirrorless and DSLRs.

It’s not a stretch to say mirrorless cameras paved the way for a myriad of technological improvements (from both camps) in a relatively short amount of time. Their design and functions have improved much faster than DSLRs over the last decade.

We’ve all heard the murmurs. “Mirrorless cameras are the future”. This doesn’t translate to mirrorless being the only way forward. More that innovation is back at the helm and steering our cameras toward imminent glory.

And honestly, that’s great for everyone, especially the consumer because we do love to buy things.

The 70-200mm f4 lens on this Sony a7RIII isn’t much smaller than its DSLR counterparts.

In the past, the big draw of mirrorless cameras was their smaller weight and size. Many of them also look more like cameras our parents or grandparents had, lending them a nostalgic appeal.

But full frame sensors mean the bodies are getting bigger. Size and weight are more similar. And we haven’t even mentioned that, with bigger sensors, come bigger lenses…

This trend isn’t new. Just look at your Smartphone. (Which has a mirrorless camera…)

Early mobiles were hideous, gigantic bricks. As technology advanced, phones got smaller. Style became a factor. It was an all-out race to cram the most tech into the smallest, prettiest device.

We’ve since come full circle: our flagship phones are sprawling glass monoliths with high-res screens no smaller than 5.5-inches. Ironic, no?

Based on what we’ve seen lately, full frame mirrorless cameras may be headed down a similar path, if only for the sake of better ergonomics.

The Mirrorless cameras are coming! Photo by Alexander Kustov

For a while, the camera world seemed stagnant, resting comfortably on the obvious differences between target markets, with only a few incremental improvements here and there. The arrival of full-frame mirrorless cameras rejuvenated the need for and importance of competition.

Technology is progressing rapidly and it feels like camera makers are listening to their customers and once again racing to squeeze the best performance they can into each new offering, no matter which side of the fence they’re on.

With all the ways we blaze through information and technology, they can no longer afford to be static in a newly refreshed and ever-changing landscape.

The Mirrorless Movement is in full swing and, if it has redirected the course of photography’s future, it’s for the better as we photographers only stand to gain from it.

Thinking of Moving Towards Mirrorless?

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