It’s never been easier to shoot great photos under all types of conditions—and in all manner of styles. The trick is choosing the right camera to best meet your needs, ability and budget. Take your photography to the next level with one of these recommended cameras for travellers, vintage lovers and aspiring pros.
FUJI FINEPIX XP90
Ideal for: Travellers who want to pack light
Ruggedness is this compact camera’s headlining feature. It’s waterproof to 15 metres, freeze proofs (to -10 C), shock proof and fully sealed against dust and sand. Naturally, it performs best when shooting outdoor scenes through its internal 5x optical-zoom lens. Another incentive for sightseers: one-touch Wi-Fi allows you to seamlessly transfer your pics to your smartphone, for easy sharing with friends and family back home.
CANON EOS REBEL T5i
Ideal for: Enthusiast photographers seeking bang for their buck
The standard bearer of Canon’s consumer-friendly Rebel line of DSLRs is a quality option for novice shooters who want more control over their images—be they portraits, landscapes, street scenes or anything in between. The relatively small (but sturdy) rig is easy to handle, and its comprehensive touchscreen interface ensures making operational adjustments is quick and intuitive.
FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8
Ideal for: Vintage lovers
The antithesis of today’s feature-packed, digitally enhanced cameras, this analogue point-and-shoot indulges nostalgic yearnings with its back-to-basics functionality and credit card-size instant film prints. A handful of brightness-adjustment options help you get the best lighting for a variety of situations, ensuring aesthetically pleasing “old-school” results.
DJI PHANTOM 4 QUADCOPTER
Ideal for: Gear heads and videographers looking for unique views
This sturdy and lightweight drone packs an advanced feature set to provide not only a fun and user-friendly piloting experience, but also high-quality imaging from above. The quadcopter’s automatic sense-and-avoid feature allows it to detect and evade any obstacles that come into its flight path—allowing you to focus on framing your 4K videos and 12-megapixel still photos. (A reinforced gimbal and dampers mitigate camera shake.) Connecting the Phantom 4 to the DJI Go app allows you to stream live video to YouTube, among other things.
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