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HIGH-TECH INNOVATION FOCUSES ITS LENS ON THE POINT-AND-SHOOT

Technological advancements in photography have moved shutterbugs far beyond their smartphone cameras.

The six cameras below fit all lifestyles and skill sets—from the weekend enthusiast to the career professional.

Best for Travel: Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200

Hop a flight with Panasonic’s Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 tucked in your pocket for a versatile, durable point-and-shoot camera that provides a 15X zoom and a 20.1 megapixel resolution with a Leica DC lens. This camera is part of Panasonic’s popular travel-zoom series, making it ideal for traveling photographers of any skill level. It has an electronic viewfinder, 3-inch touchscreen, and 4K video, and costs just under $750.

Best in Versatility: Nikon Z6

Mirrorless cameras—which lack optical viewfinders and have replaced DSLR cameras—are the latest trend among big camera brands. The Nikon Z6 takes the mirrorless track with a lightweight, weather-resistant camera that can be taken anywhere.

The Z6 features 24.5 megapixels and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder with a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, ideal for professional-quality results. The Z6 grabs 12 frames a second and has interchangeable lens options. The price starts at $1,999.95, but the Z7—its pricier, higher-end sister—comes in at $3,399.95. Both versions are equipped with 4K video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and in-body stabilization.

The Sony A9 captures quick movements in sports and action photography.
The Sony A9 captures quick movements in sports and action photography.

Best in Innovation: Light L16

Imagine a camera with 16 lenses that combine 10 different images—captured at different exposures—into one high-quality photo. With a resolution of 52 megapixels, the L16’s compact, sleek design with a 5-inch, high-definition touchscreen provides ultimate creative freedom when it comes to on-camera photo editing for zooming, cropping, focusing, and enlarging.

The innovative technology of the L16 also includes a 5X optical zoom. The L16 retails for $1,950.

Best in Action: Sony A9

In order to capture the quick movements in sports or action photography, a camera must be fast-focusing and have a high frame rate. Sony’s full-frame A9 mirrorless camera has that, starting at $3,998. The A9 captures 20 frames a second with a 24.2 megapixel resolution and an electronic, high-speed, anti-distortion shutter. It’s equipped with 4K video and impeccable autofocus, so it’s easy to keep an eye on the action.

Best in Style: Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm created the X100F for the photographer looking for style points with the authentic feel of an old camera. The retro look of this compact camera isn’t its only attribute, however. The X100F has a hybrid viewfinder (optical or electronic), is Wi-Fi-enabled, and offers 91 focus points as well as six autofocus modes. With prices starting at $1,299, the camera also comes with a 24.3 megapixel resolution, records HD video in six frame rates, and has a 3-inch fixed display screen.

Best in Professionalism: Leica S

Starting at $15,995, the rugged DSLR Leica S (TYP 007) isn’t for the hobby photographer. This camera, with 37.5 megapixels and a capture rate of 3.5 frames a second, was created for the professional willing to brave the elements for that perfect shot, thanks to its dust- and weather-resistant engineering.

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