Here’s how to make preserving all your holiday memories (like Grandma tossing back one too many cups of eggnog) a snap this merry season.


By Angela Chang

Tools of the Trade
Top cameras for any situation.

Canon PowerShot SD1000, $300
Best for: Basic point-and-shoot
Face-detection technology ensures that your pictures are sharp — and that your loved ones are in focus.

Fujifilm FinePix F30, $400
Best for: Low-light shots
The F30’s high sensitivity guarantees that all your pictures will turn out, even when taken in the dark.

Nikon D80, $1,000 (body only)
Best for: Action shots
It averages 2.4 shots per second in burst mode.

Olympus Stylus 770 SW, $380
Best for: Durability
Drench it, drop it, freeze it — the 770 SW can withstand a beating.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3, $350
Best for: Landscape shots
Its superzoom wide-angle lens lets you capture more of that gorgeous scenery.




Share and Share Alike
Five great sites for organizing and sharing photos with friends and family.

DotPhoto, www.dotphoto.com
It boasts great extras and an easy-to-use interface for managing photos.
Plus: Audio and video capabilities

Flickr, www.flickr.com
One of the most popular sites out there, Flickr offers fantastic organizational tools and interactive commenting.
Plus: A mapping feature

Phanfare, www.phanfare.com
Upload unlimited photos and video; perfect your pictures with the handy editing program.
Plus: Hassle-free photo viewing for friends

Shutterfly, www.shutterfly.com
It’s all about the prints, which you can personalize with messages and borders.
Plus: Free unlimited storage

Snapfish, www.snapfish.com
Uploading photos from your digital camera, phone, and even film is, well, a snap.
Plus: Cheap prints through various retailers




Framing 101
Once you’ve printed your pics, what do you do with them? Display them, of course!

Digital Photo Display, $250
This frame stores up to 150 pictures in its built-in memory and displays them in a slideshow format. www.store.philips.com

Brookstone Digital Photo Wallet, $59
This digital photo viewer fits snugly in Brookstone’s leather wallet and can store more than 50 pictures. www.brookstone.com

Custom Wallpaper from Design Your Wall, $6.50 per square foot
Never want to part with that Hawaiian beach? Use your vacation photos to customize wallpaper, and it’ll feel like you never left. www.designyourwall.com

Photo Lamp from Light Affection, $79 for 4" by 4"
Some pictures just glow — really. Turn your favorite photo into an illuminated display. www.lightaffection.com