The team at BYTE had the unique challenge of finding the top business-worthy consumer tech gifts for the holidays. There are lots of top 10 lists out there, but our challenge was finding cool consumer stuff that will also work well in the enterprise. Of course, many consumer products can be brought into the enterprise--that's the raison d'etre for BYTE--but there aren't a lot of them that also make great gifts. We skipped the obvious--the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire--because we bet whoever wants those gadgets has them already. Our goal: gifts that would surprise, yet also function at work.
If you're ready to make the leap from point-and-shoot cameras but not ready for the expense and bulk of a DSLR, the Olympus E-PM1 12.3MP
is a good choice. It produces photographs and video that rival a DSLR's yet it's as portable as a point-and-shoot. Dare we say it's nearly pocketable. The E-PM1 has a zippy autofocus and fast buffer clearing for rapid shooting, with a huge number of customizations available. The 5.5fps burst mode and art filter bracketing features are mondo cool. Olympus always has a large number of add-on lenses (micro four-thirds) and there's an available hot shoe to add an external flash. $499.99