It's not too late to pick up a great gift for your digital-camera-loving dad, though you may have to hit (heaven forbid) a brick-and-mortar store to get it by Sunday. Here are some great, affordable picks that you can snap up at your local Best Buy, Target, Walmart, RadioShack or other electronics or camera store.
Sony DPF-D70 Digital Photo Frame He may have already shared all the family photos via Flickr, Facebook or the like, but a digital photo frame is a great way for Dad to show off his favorite shots in the office or at home. I like the Sony DPF-D70 for its ease-of-use, sleek lines, vibrant wide-screen display, and relatively affordable price. You can pick it up this weekend for just $99.99 at Target, Best Buy, or Walmart.
HP Photosmart Compact Photo Printer If your dad prefers to show off snapshots the old-school way in print, then consider getting him a dedicated photo printer. I like the no-brainer aspect of compact snapshot printers like the HP Photosmart Compact Photo Printer A630 series. With USB and PictBridge connectors plus four memory-card slots, the HP printer lets you skip the computer and print directly from your camera or memory card. A huge 4.8-inch color touchscreen makes it easy to select and preview your photos as well as use a slew of in-printer editing features. The printer can generate 4x6-, 4x8-, 4x12- (panorama), and 5x7-inch borderless photos to boot.
Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripod This is a great little gift for camera-loving dads that you can snag even if you're on a tight budget. The Joby Gorillapod is one of my favorite portable tripods, because it not only stabilizes your camera on flat surfaces like tabletops, but its flexible design also lets you wrap it around poles, railings, tree branches--you name it. In addition to the original Gorillapod for compact cameras, there are heavy-duty versions for digital SLRs as well as a lightweight version for ultracompacts, cell phones, or other tiny devices.
Lowepro Flipside 200 Backpack I've loved this little backpack that's perfect for stowing small, entry-level dSLRs since I first spotted it at PMA 2008. Designed with hiking backpacks in mind, the LowePro Flipside 200 distributes camera weight comfortably while maintaining a low profile. The main compartment is designed to fit a consumer DSLR with an 80-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, plus up to three additional lenses. You access the compartment via a zipper around the panel of the pack that’s against your back -- so no one can get into it while it’s on your back -- and you can grab your camera without even putting the pack down (with the waistband attached, just drop the shoulder straps, slide the bag around in front of you, and unzip). It even includes a hideaway tripod holder, mesh water bottle pocket, and a removable accessory pouch for cables, chargers etc.
Dynex 5-in-1 USB 2.0 Mini Memory Card Reader Finally, if the recession has you in a panic and you really don't want to spend much, you can even find dear old dad a present for under $20. The Dynex 5-in-1 USB 2.0 Mini Memory Card Reader is a slick little USB card reader that uses high-speed USB 2.0 for fast transfers. It's compatible with SD, miniSD, MultiMediaCard, Reduced Size-MultiMediaCard and microSD memory formats. I saw one selling at BestBuy for just $18.99.