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.