Photography gift ideas for outdoor lovers, travel bugs & more

6 December 2023

Does your girlfriend love hiking? Is your dad a massive foodie? Is your husband a total travel bug? Does your little sister love making TikToks? If you’re looking for gift ideas for your friends and family members with specific interests, Ted’s has got a range of instant cameras, DSLRs, GoPros, ring lights and monopods to match a range of hobbies, from the great outdoors to cooking to vlogging. 

Check out our pick of the top photography gift ideas for the hobbyists in your life below:


Photography gift ideas for the travel bug:

Canon Powershot SX70HS

Tiny but mighty. The Canon Powershot SX70HS packs the power and reach of a high-end kit inside a compact stature for a well-rounded, easy shooting experience that won’t break the bank. Ideal for anyone wanting to try their hand at travel photography, you can get up close and personal thanks to its 65X optical zoom lens that covers an equivalent range of 21-1365mm! And thanks to the in-built image stabilisation, you’ll be able to explore the entire zoom range without camera shake spoiling your view, even in low light conditions. 

Combine that with 10 frames per second continuous shooting for capturing fast-moving objects and 4K UHD video recording, you can capture every last detail with crystal clarity, whether you’re shooting ancient ruins or seaside vistas. 

Sweetening the deal even more is built-in WiFi and Bluetooth for premium levels of remote control, image sharing, and so much more.

Canon EOS 200D MKII

Say hello to Canon’s smallest and most competent Digital SLR camera yet. Perfect for beginner photographers and those looking to save a few coins without compromising quality, the second iteration of the Canon EOS 200D is a workhorse DSLR designed to make your journey into photography fun and easy.

Starting with the simple control layout and self-explanatory interface, the 200D MKII uses Canon's guided display mode to help novice users understand essential camera functions while also introducing more in-depth camera tricks.

Aiming to achieve a more eye-catching collection of images, the Canon EOS 200D MKII features a 24.1MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor for crystal clear images and lightning-fast operating speeds. You can capture up to 5 frames per second in continuous shooting and record 4K video.

Bundle that all together with its 3-inch tilting LCD screen, built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, it’s a match made in heaven for anyone looking to upgrade from their smartphone camera. 

Photography gift ideas for the foodie:

Sony ZV-1

The Sony Z-V1 is an advanced compact camera with a large 20.1MP 1-inch sensor, which can produce high-quality photos and videos in any lighting conditions, such as a romantic and dimly-lit restaurant. Sony’s advanced SteadyShot image stabilisation assures photos are free from blur, while the 4K resolution allows for smooth footage and cinematic cooking videos.

Ideal for content creators on-the-go, the Sony Z-V1 features a versatile side-tilting LCD screen, which also happens to be touch-sensitive, and a high-quality directional microphone for producing premium audio to match your video. This full-featured compact camera from Sony can be customised for an even better user experience, with an accessory shoe, external microphone input, and compatibility with the vlogging-friendly VPT2BT grip.

Phottix Nuada 10 LED Ring Light

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The Phottix Nuada 10 LED ring light provides soft and even light, which is perfect for capturing detailed close-up shots. Smartphone users will be able to bring out the full potential of their cameras, for live-streams, TikToks, vlogs and macro photography shots of the mouth watering foods that they are devouring.

Lightweight and portable, the Phottix Nuada LED ring light is foldable so it can easily be stowed away in your backpack or handbag as you travel between cafes. The 10 LED lights provide good illumination, which is dimmable for creative purposes. Included in this kit are a table-top light stand, mini tripod, and a cold shoe adaptor for using microphones and other accessories in your vlogging kit.

Photography gift ideas for the hiker:

Pentax SP 10x50

For surveying the stunning views on the horizon, all hikers need a suitable pair of Binoculars in their kit. The Pentax SP 10x50 Binos provides users with the tools for clear and detailed viewing in various conditions. Housed in a portable, travel-friendly package, the 10x50 S Binos do away with the unnecessary to minimise weight and maximise performance. 

Focusing heavily on the glass, the Porro prism design and multi-coated optics provide bright and clear viewing in a wide range of conditions.

Featuring a substantial grip for safe and comfortable use, no matter what environment you’re exploring, the Pentax SP 10x50 Binoculars are one of the best pairs out there.

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Nikon Sportstar EX 10x25 DCF Binoculars

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Nikon has truly outdone themselves with the simple and portable Sportstar EX 10x25 DCF Binoculars. Living up to its mantra of the perfect take-everywhere Binocular, its portable size makes it ideal for travellers and hikers alike, delivering bright and clear images thanks to the multi-coated optics, 10x magnification and 25mm objective lenses. Coupled with its rubbered armour coating, these Nikon Sportstar Binoculars assure comfortable slip-free performance even in the wet.

Photography gift ideas for the social butterfly:

Fujifilm Instax LiPlay Instant Camera

Even before you take a photo, the Fujifilm Instax LiPlay Mini Instant Camera is bound to spark your imagination as much as a conversation, thanks to its attractive and compact design. This travel-friendly instant camera will easily sneak into a handbag of any size, ready to be called upon later on when the party really gets going.

While operating this instant camera is simple, with a one-button design, the LiPlay still provides a range of more advanced functions so users can get creative, including Bluetooth connectivity that allows for remote shooting and much more.

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When it comes time to hit the shutter button, photographers will have access to numerous special effect filters and 30 frames to add the desired character to their work, while with compatibility with Fuji Instax Mini Film, a wide range of border options are also available for producing unique instant artworks.

Saving the most notable feature until last, the Fujifilm Instax LiPlay has the ability to record sound bytes, which are printed to instant images using a QR code; this makes for a more memorable viewing experience.

Sony ZV-E10

Vloggers rejoice for the all-new Mirrorless Sony ZV-E10, a camera that combines the content-creation-friendly features of that camera but with a versatile interchangeable lens, is here. Rocking a 24.2MP APS-C Image Sensor capable of capturing 4K Resolution Video, the ZV-E10 goes above and beyond, oversampling and capturing way more data than is required to create 4K results for a far more detailed and impressive image.

4K quality aside, the number one feature inside Sony’s Mirrorless ZV-E10 is its super-fast hybrid AF system. Utilising 425 phase-detection points that cover a massive 84% of the sensor, photographers can quickly lock focus on subjects positioned at any area of the frame. But that’s not all. Sony also includes Eye auto-focus that assures your subject’s eyes are the focal point of your images and videos.

Photography gift ideas for the adventurer:

GoPro Hero 10

No adventurer’s kit is complete without a GoPro, which can record evidence of the thrill-seeking action that they could previously only boast about - a popular release is this Hero 10 Black. This pocket-size action cam features a new 23MP image sensor and updated processor, with which it can capture pristine stills and 5.3K videos. Both stills and videos benefit from the camera’s smooth and steady HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilisation.

The GoPro Hero 10 is not just tough, but also versatile enough for modern content creation. It features dual LCD screens for framing the action both in-front of and behind the lens, and a wide lens that easily fits everything in. The GoPro Hero 10 can also function as a webcam, with the ability to Live Stream in Full HD 1080p.

DJI Osmo Action 3 Standard Combo

Avoid FOMO with the DJI Action 3 action camera. Always able to find the best position to capture all of your most exhilarating moments, this tiny piece of kit features a unique magnetic design allowing you to swap mounts on the fly. 

Capable of recording up to 4K 120FPS resolution, as well as high-quality 12MP RAW stills, you’ll be able to capture everything anywhere thanks to its wide-angle lens at the front, with a 155-degree field of view and a virtually indestructible design that is 16m waterproof, an improvement on the previous model, as well as being dust and crush-proof.

Inside its rugged exterior is a bevy of creative functions, from slow-motion video to time-lapse, all easily enabled from the touch-screen at the rear or through a series of voice commands. This new model includes increased battery life, so you can capture the action for a longer period, while vertical video recording is available; this is welcome news to those wanting to post frequently on social media platforms.

The DJI Action 3 features updated RockSteady 3.0 Image Stabilisation, which makes even the roughest of adventures seem like smooth sailing on playback.

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A present is always better when it’s personal. The next time you need to pick a gift for your favourite photographer, consider choosing something that complements their other hobbies, whether this is hiking, vlogging, or cooking.

For expert advice and to shop our wide range of cameras and photography gear, head into your local Ted’s store. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, explore our round up of the best affordable photography accessories now!

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