12 picture-perfect gifts for your photographer friends

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12 picture-perfect gifts for your photographer friends

Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub.

Photography is a habit that tends to attract passionate people who are very particular about their gear. Tech can help shutterbugs, but it can also hinder, which is why we have this list.

The gear included here is tried and tested by actual photographers, who actually love it. There’s a range of budgets addressed with these options, and hopefully there’s something here for everyone on your list who likes to take a picture or two.

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Instax SP-2 smartphone printer

Fujifilm’s Instax portable printers are great for on-the-go Polaroid-style instant prints from your smartphone. The second generation improves things in every way, and still connects to any mobile device that has Wi-Fi.

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DXO One camera attachment for iPhone

This small camera has a big sensor for great indoor and low-light image quality, and a flip-out Lightning connector to plug right into your iPhone. Plus it has Wi-Fi so you can use it remotely, and it also has a lot of accessories that can let you use it underwater, with filters and more.

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DJI Osmo Mobile

The DJI Osmo Mobile can turn ordinary smartphone videos into filmic clips worthy of much more expensive professional stabilizers and cameras. I have one and I love it, and DJI offers a host of accessories that can make it even more powerful.

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Ikan EC-1 Beholder gimbal

Looking to upgrade to something a little more professional? The Ikan EC-1 is more expensive than the DJI Osmo Mobile, but it can also handle camera and lens combos up to 4.5 lbs, which is great for shooting with a Canon 5D Mk IV, for instance.

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SpiderPro Camera Holster

Carrying big, heavy DSLRs is never that fun, but the SpiderPro makes it a lot easier. This shifts the weight burden off your shoulder and to your hips, distributing it easily. It can support multiple bodies, and I think it looks cool even if the rest of the TC team at CES says they don’t when I wear mine.

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Instax Mini 8 with accessory kit

Back to Fujifim’s Instax line for a second, the Instax Mini 8 is crazy cheap with an accessory kit at the moment, and well worth anyone’s time as a stocking stuffer or add-on gift. The film is available pretty much everywhere, too.

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DJI Inspire 2 aerial photography drone

Getting great aerial footage used to require chartering a helicopter, but the consumer drone revolution changed all that. The new DJI Inspire 2 is the pinnacle of the prosumer drone space, and while it’s as expensive as a nice DSLR, it’s the best big-ticket item for the true cinematographer in your life.

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edelkrone SliderONE and Motion Module

You can get oh-so-smooth panning shots anywhere with this lightweight and portable combo of accessories for your DSLR or mirrorless video rig. There’s even a timeless feature for amazing long-term capture, and it’s all automatic and controllable via smartphone. Again higher in the price range, but so cool.

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Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand PRO

This combo tripod adapter for smartphones and articulating GorillaPod flexible stand is great for getting awesome time-lapse and long-exposure shots. Tripods are good, but this is a lot more useful in a wider range of situations.

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Google's Daydream View

This seems like an odd choice, but Daydream View’s best feature might be the Google Photos app in VR, which lets you step into any panorama shots you have stored in Google’s cloud picture backup service. You need a phone that works with Daydream VR, but if you have one, this is a great gift to get for enjoying the pics you took in the past.

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Shotbox bundled with accessories

If you want the best ever Instagram or other product shots, using either smartphone, DSLR, mirrorless or any other camera, the Shotbox gives you a way to create a mobile studio in whatever space you have available, at a relatively low cost. Your Pinterest will never be the same.

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Insta360 Nanon 360 camera

There are now plenty of 360-degree cameras out there, but the Insta360 Nano strikes a great balance in terms of portability, performance, sharing options and compatibility with iPhone. It’s a great introduction to the world of both 360 photography and 360 video.

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