The end of the year is the best time to flood social media with your vibrant photos. When it comes to capturing the colors of the fall foliage or the serenity of December’s first snowfall, sometimes the right camera isn’t the one on your cell phone. Here are four cameras that will record your scenic adventure with the crisp clarity of a perfect afternoon.
Nikon D5300 Digital SLR
The Nikon D5300 Digital SLR offers ultra-high-resolution, Wi-Fi connectivity, and GPS to tag your photo locations. It offers support for interchangeable lenses, and it can connect with your smartphone—so you’ll be able to share vivid photos with family and friends while you’re out taking them. Photos from this camera will light up on your loved ones’ high-resolution tablets and smartphones even when they can’t be there with you to share the moment in person.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has built-in color metering to capture all those rich reds, oranges, and golds just as your eyes see them. And while it may not have Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, it is compact and lightweight, so it’s easy to store in your pocket when you’re on the go. You’ll always have that camera ready when the perfect scene presents itself.
Nikon Coolpix S33
It can get damp and rainy outside when you’re out scouting fall foliage, so a waterproof camera might be a good choice. Not only can the Nikon Coolpix S33 deal with wind, cold, rain, and snow, it can also withstand five-foot drops, and even operate underwater (which will come in handy during your winter escape to the Caribbean!). Most importantly, its CMOS sensor improves image quality, even when you’re shooting on a gray day or at sunset. Even the weather can’t ruin that perfect shot.
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
The Canon PowerShot SX410 IS has a wide-angle lens that features 40X optical zoom capability. This means you can capture crisp, clear images without the patterns or static produced by digital zoom. The camera is also easy to hold, with built-in hand grips to help steady your shot, and image stabilization in case you’re in motion. This also helps reduce jitters when you’re taking panoramic shots of snow-capped mountains and landscapes. Can your smartphone do that?