The Top Cameras on the Market: Point and Shoot, Mirrorless, DSLR

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Admit it: you want to buy a digital camera. Maybe it hit you last weekend, as you flipped through blurry vacation pics on your Galaxy S4. Or perhaps it was yesterday at work, when a colleague confused your iPhone concert shots for a semi-religious candlelit vigil. Still, it wasn’t until you turned over half the attic searching of your 2005 Canon PowerShot that you realized enough was enough. Good news, Ansel Adams. You’ve got options. Digital camera manufacturers continue to develop new technologies, with a variety of choices across a wide range of prices. So before you schedule an Amazon Drone delivery for that $3,000 DSLR, take a stroll through our quick guide to digital cameras. 1) Point and shoot Best for: smartphone owners who want better, more consistent photos Like Peyton Manning’s unsung offensive linemen, point and shoot digital cameras don’t always get the praise they deserve. Sure, they don’t feature detachable lenses or 20+ megapixel photos, but they’re built for durability and they shoot as reliably as Manning throws. While most come packed with extra features and shot types, you can typically keep these running in “auto” mode all day, and most of your photos will turn out just fine. A) Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS Inexpensive, compact, and rugged, you won’t regret dropping $150 on this entry-level point and shoot. Even better, modern Canon PowerShots are like Nokia flip phones or Nalgene water bottles—they rarely break. If you tend to treat new gadgets like loose change, start here. B) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 If you want a bit more quality, but without the price or pretentiousness of a professional camera, consider the Lumix DMC-FZ200. You get a slightly larger sensor size (7.7 mm) and notably, a 24x optical zoom, more than twice the zoom on the Elph 330 HS. C) Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS A compact, waterproof camera, the TG-2 iHS provides a nice middle option between the postcard-cheap Elph 330 HS and the $500+ DMC-FZ200. At 8.1 ounces, it’s a bit heavy for a modern point and

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