Whether it’s to market your business and yourself via social media or just capture good times with family and friends, it’s important to have a good camera. Luckily, there’s never been a better time, or more ways, to become a shutterbug. These diverse cameras are our picks to click.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
For the serious photographer in need of a smaller weapon, the DSC-RX1 is the first compact full-frame digital camera, with image quality rivaling that of bulky professional models. It’s not cheap at $2,798, but with 24-megapixel resolution and a 35mm Carl Zeiss lens in such a minute frame, it’s a trailblazer.
Olympus Stylus TG-2
Shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and freeze-proof, this $379 gem is perfect for those who vacation hard. The Stylus TG-2 is ideal for snorkeling and diving, and there are a ton of add-on accessories, such as an underwater flash for shooting video.
It would blend in on the set of Mad Men, but its 16-megapixel images look as stunning as the $1,299.99 X100S itself, and lest you think the retro look is just for show, there’s an optical viewfinder for shooting the old-fashioned way as well as a rear-panel LCD screen.
Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS
Looking for better quality than the camera in your smartphone, but want to stay pocket-sized and affordable? The $199 Elph 330 HS is your best bet. It’s super-slim, with 10x zoom range for faraway subjects, and has built-in Wi-Fi. Immediately share your shots and full HD videos on social media—and even comment on them.
So yeah, most of us are already carrying around cameras of reasonable quality by way of our smartphones. The iPhone 5, priced at $199 and up, happens to stand out from the crowd. It does quite well in low-light scenarios, and its color accuracy is solid. Extra features such as a panorama effect and front-facing camera for video-chats add to the fun.