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There’s nothing worse than spending a ton on that “perfect” gift only to find out that you purchased the almost correct version. This is especially true with all things tech. Unless you’re reading blogs (like ours) every day, you may be entering the holidays a little cold-footed.  You’ve only got a few weeks left to wrap up your presents, but don’t worry! Renting gear with Lumoid for the holidays lets your loved ones test the gear themselves before anyone makes hasty, costly decisions. The editors at Lumoid have tried nearly every piece of gear under the sun and we know what’s best and what’s worth skipping. With so many pieces of technology out there, we’re here to help you find the very best for the photographer, fitness nut, or audiophile in your life. All of Lumoid’s gear comes with a prepaid shipping label and is easily returned. Test it out. Return it. Try another.

The best part? Once you’ve found the perfect gift, you can apply credits you’ve earned from renting gear to your purchase. Lumoid will handle it all and you’ll have given a gift they know they’ll love.

Essential Photo

Smartphones are making everyone a decent shot these days, but to be a pro, you’ll need professional gear. Lumoid’s got you covered – and so do your rentals. You’ll accrue credits from all of your rentals to apply towards purchasing your favorite at the end of the year. You can check out all of our photo gear from lenses to camera bodies and everything in between here, but here are our favorites.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: The Best All Around

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This camera is one the most well-rounded DSLR’s out there. If you bring this camera to your next shoot, no one is going to ask any questions. It’s simply one of the best cameras you can get. With WiFI connectivity for mobile editing / uploads and 4K video, this camera body would just be bells and whistles if it weren’t for its stunning CMOS sensor at 30.4MP. This body may be one the most expensive out there, but you won’t need to replace it any time soon.

The Details

  • 30.4 Megapixel, Full-Frame Sensor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K Video at 30 Frames Per Second; 8.8 Megapixel Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular Auto Focus
  • 32000 ISO (Native); Extend to ISO 102400
  • 7 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • Built-In WiFi, GPS, and NFC

Nikon D500: Fantastic Freeze Frames

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Nikon lover instead? No worries at all. The Nikon D500 holds its own against – and in – the field. With auto white balancing that tempts veterans to more automatic shooting and 10 frames per second continuous shooting for stunning sports photography, the D500 is practically begging to capture motion. Pair it with a super sharp telephoto lens and you’re going to be the envy of any sporting event or wildlife photography competition.

The Details

  • 20.9 Megapixel Full Frame Sensor
  • 3.2″ 2.539m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K Video at 30 Frames Per Second
  • 153-Point Auto Focus System
  • 51200 ISO (Native); Extend to 1640000
  • 10 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • Built-In WiFi, GPS, and NFC

Sony Alpha a7RII: The Worthiest Mirrorless Shooter

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With fewer moving parts to worry about, mirrorless cameras are able to be much smaller than your standard DSLR. The Sony Alpha a7RII is one of the few that’s able to deliver on the promise of professional grade shots. If you’re looking to carry around a camera that can fit in your bag an be inconspicuous on the street, this camera is the one to grab. Despite its small form factor, it’s a full frame shooter. Only thing to worry about? There’s not quite as many lenses to choose from as you’d might hope.

The Details

  • 42 Megapixel Full Frame Sensor
  • 3″ 1,228.8k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 4K Video
  • 399 Phase-Detect Auto Focus Points
  • 102,400 ISO
  • 5 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • Silent Shutter Mode
  • Built-In WiFi and NFC

Leica Q: No Compromise Compact

leciaqLeica is synonymous with quality in the photo world – and they prove why with their Leica Q point-and-shoot. Even smaller than the mirrorless Sony Alpha a7RII, the retro-chic Leica Q is set to be your next travel companion. But it wouldn’t be a Leica without one of the best tricks on the market: amazing depth of field. With a f/1.7 aspherical lens, you’ll be capturing crisp subject in stunning detail against dreamy backdrops without any effort at all.

The Details

  • 24.2 Megapixel Full Frame Sensor
  • Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processing
  • 1080p Full HD Video Up To 60 Frames Per Second
  • 50000 ISO (Native)
  • Contrast-Detect Auto Focus System
  • 10 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • Built-In WiFi and NFC

Weekend Photography Starter Kit: The Quickest Way To Go Pro

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This the perfect gift for the burgeoning photog in your life. Complete with a Canon EOS 80D (think smaller EOS 5D), pancake lens, tripod, and baton light, this package has everything you’d need before taking the plunge into the world of pricey camera gear.

Discover With Drones

Drones have burst onto the photography scene in a big, big way in 2016. Once a pipe dream for the aspiring adventurer, aerial photography has been made mainstream. Despite their popularity, if there’s any one gift category this year that you’re most unfamiliar with, it’s probably drones. Hopefully this collection will help you out. And don’t forget: you accrue credits from drone rentals to apply to a purchase at the end of the year.

DJI Phantom 4: The Obvious Choice

phantom-4-action-5Hands down, the Phantom 4 is the best consumer drone you can get this year. With rave reviews from urbanites, cinematographers, and amateurs alike, the Phantom 4 succeeds in every aspect. Sweet features (like visual tracking, avoidance, and 1080p video at 120fps) meet a stable, sleek design that you’ll feel totally in control of. If you’re serious about drone photography, we’re serious that this one won’t let you down.

The Details

  • Gimbal Stabilized Videos: 4K (30 Frames Per Second), 1080p (120 Frames Per Second)
  • 12 Megapixel Still Photos
  • Up To 28 Minutes Flying Time
  • Activetrack
  • Tapfly
  • Sense And Avoid

AirDog: Autonomous Action Achiever

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If you’re looking for a gift for the outdoorsy, adrenaline junky in your life, the AirDog is the drone to pick. The AirDog may look a little cheap online, but this capable, pricey drone is anything but. What’s special about this drone in particular is that it has automated modes for nearly every sport you can think of  with more being added all the time. Windsurfing? Check. Mountain biking? Check. Snowboarding? Wakeboarding? Windsurfing? All check. A small, waterproof controller called the Airleash communicates with the drone to keep it by your side. One note: you’ll need to provide your own camera for this setup. We recommend a GoPro Hero 4.

The Details

  • 44MPH Top Speed
  • Autonomous Flight Modes
  • Wind Resistance Of 28 Knots
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Airleash: Wireless, Waterproof Controller
  • Camera Not Included

The Navigator: Getting Into The Action

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As the world’s smartest professional drone, the 3DR Solo is very likely also the easiest to fly. Lumoid makes this one even easier: rentals come with an iPad Mini to control it with, extra battery, and a GoPro Hero 4. Complete with anti-collision features, this is a straightforward drone and obvious choice for first time pilots. Bonus go to its simple ‘Follow’ and ‘Selfie’ modes.

The Details

  • ‘Safety Net’ Anti Collision
  • ‘Pause’ Feautre
  • Live HD Video On Mobile Device
  • Smart Shots: Cablecam, Orbit, Follow, Selfie
  • Solo Kit Rental Includes Extra Battery, iPad Mini, And GoPro

DJI Inspire 1: A No-Guilt Investment

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DJI’s flagship drone the Inspire 1 is futuristic, fancy, and unforgettable. With retractable landing gear for unobstructed 360 degree views and a killer on-board camera, this is one investment that any professional would not regret. You’d expect a drone aimed so clearly at professionals would be a bit of a hassle to learn to fly, but you’d be wrong. Reviews all across the web rave that this particular drone is easy to control, thanks, in large part, to its stellar stabilization.

The Details

  • 4K Video With 12 Megapixel Stills
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilization
  • Retractable Carbon Fiber Arms
  • Unobstructed 360 Degree Shooting

Wearable Tech

One of tech’s hottest 2015 trends – wearables – hasn’t slowed down at all this year. Whether you’re looking to track your latest jog or view your texts at a glance, wearables continue to sell like crazy. Those sales mean that there are more options than just FitBit and the Apple Watch. To help you choice the best for you, Lumoid will allow you to try three at a time. Just like Warby Parker, send them all back if they weren’t the right fit, or apply credits from you rental to the one you’d like to keep.

Fitness Resolutions Kit: Kick It Into High Gear

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After all those big family dinners we love so much about the holidays, the New Year is always the time we start thinking about our beach bodies again. The three wearables included in this kit will all keep you on track to healthier living. For the detail oriented, the Garmin Vivoactive HR has all the stats you’ll need. If you’re looking for a stylish tracker that stays out of your way, the inconspicuous Bellabeat LEAF clips to your clothing. For those looking to specifically shed pounds, the QardioBase has the unique feature of tracking your BMI and can be shared between multiple users.

The Wellness Kit: Encourage Healthy Habits

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There’s more to healthy living than tracking your steps. The gear included in this kit all actively encourage better habits for your health. The Lumo Lift Posture Coach fits to your chair and gently reminds to you sit up straight if you slump. You’ll wake up on the right side of the bed every time with the Withings Auro Connected Alarm Clock that offers an invigorating and refreshing wake-up experience through light and sound. If blood pressure is a concern, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor automatically syncs results to your phone. Finally, the FitBit Aria Smart Scale is the perfect replacement for your “dumb” scale with body fat percentage and BMI features for long-term progress tracking.

Sleep Tracking Kit: Catch Those Z’s

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One of the most overlooked parts of our health is sleep. In order to keep fit, well, and mentally astute, you simply have to catch the right amount of high quality sleep every night. The four fitness trackers in this kit all clock, measure, and report your sleep through your smartphone. The Misfit Shine 2 is an attractive wearable that you can detach from the band and clip anywhere you’d like. The Garmin Vivosmart HR is for more serious fitness nuts while both the Fitbit Blaze and Jawbone UP2 are sleek, stylish accessories optimized for ease of use.

Super Mom Kit: Whatever She Wants

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We’ve all picked out a gift for our mothers before that wasn’t quite right. Of course she’ll tell she loves it, but the next time you see her your gift is nowhere to be found. Oops. Take the stress out of gifting a wearable to your mom by sending her this collection of advanced – yet easy to use – wearables. Inside, you’ll find four of the best fitness trackers available. The quintessential Fitbit Charge HR will take care of all her step-counting needs, as will the similar Jawbone UP3. The classy Pebble Time Round is unrecognizable as a fitness tracker, looking just like a high end watch thanks to its simple design. Lastly, the Lumo Lift Posture Coach is perfect for her desk at work.

‘Pick Three’: Ultimate Choice

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Can’t decide which of the kits above to pick? Like some from one kit and others from another? Don’t worry. You don’t have to listen to us. With the this kit, you can have your loved one pick any three wearables that they’d like to try. Once they choose their favorite, you can revel in not only giving a great present, but also in how easy it was.

Listen To This

Audio equipment has become increasingly tempting now that streaming music services not only offer us every song ever, but also high fidelity audio. Our mobile devices have the power to make high quality headphones worth it on the go while our homes become increasingly more connected. As with all our gear, your rentals accrue credits that can be redeemed when you find that perfect piece of gear to permanently make your own.

Sonos Gear: Affordable Quality

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If you think the Sonos brand is outside of your price range, think again. Sonos, after dominating the home theater market, has made serious strides in moderately priced personal speakers lately. The Play 1 and Play 3 are speakers that will fill your living spaces. The PlayBar is the perfect TV soundbar that will make your home feel like it has surround sound without having to spend thousands of dollars.

Harman Kardon Esquire Mini: Portable Power

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With real leather, brushed aluminum, and ceramics, this is one portable speaker you’re going to feel proud to bring out of your bag. With up to eight hours of battery life packed into its purse-sized form, the Esquire Mini is also powerful enough to fill a room with rich, deep sound. You’d expect something this petite to sound tinny, but it doesn’t at all thanks to two high performance drivers.

UE Roll: Stylish Sound

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With six color choices and overemphasized ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons, the UE Roll is an interestingly designed portable speaker that isn’t afraid to be out on the living room table or clipped to your hiking backpack. It’s circular design means loud, crisp sounds shouts through the air in every direction. Its affordable price tag of under $100 makes this an easy choice for just about anyone.

Audeze SINE: The Future Of Headphones

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Audeze has brought one of the biggest audio breakthroughs of late to on-ear headphones: planar magnetic technology. These magnetic drivers produce obscenely crisp dynamics and incredible frequency response making for sound that’s hard to bear. The SINE headphones are the most affordable headphones with this technology. Even laymen can agree that planar magnetic tech makes for sounds with hardly any distortion.

Bose QuietComfort 25 iOS: Ultimate Immersion

Bose is renowned for its noise-cancelling features, but the QuietComfort 25 go a step further with lightweight construction and portability. Complete with rotating earcups and a suede-like, cushy headband, you’ll likely forget you have headphones on at all. These headphones are the perfect travel companion or work companion.

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