Food + Drink
To highlight the hues and textures of your favorite dish, or grapes hanging from vineyard vines, your camera should be equipped with a wide aperture that can handle the challenge of low light. A full-frame sensor—a component that means none of your image gets cropped automatically—allows for better resolution and ensures you get what you see. Entry-level NIKON COOLPIX A900
Blurry, nondescript images— Is that tomato soup? Panna cotta?—often stem from shaky hands and dim lighting. This compact choice combats both problems with vibration-reduction technology. Built-in Wi-Fi also makes the affordable model a solid pick for social media power users: they can send pics straight to their smartphones without a cord. nikon.com; from $509.
Mid-tier CANON EOS REBEL T7I
This next-level interchangeable-lens DSLR camera has a nine-point autofocus system—great for creating sharp, vivid photos of a heaping twirl of chilli oil-laced noodles or the shining scales of a slippery black marlin caught during a fishing trip in the Maldives. canon.com; body from $749, EF-S 18–55 mm from lens kit $899.
Investment CANON EOS 5D MARK IV
The pro-level pick offers superb image quality with 30.4mp, guaranteeing that your photos accurately reflect the cacophony of colors inside Istanbul's spice bazaar or the colorful layers of a towering Korean bingsu dessert. Its GPS geo-tags images, so you can easily identify all the different bowls of ramen you ate in Japan. canon.com; body from $3,499, with 24–70 mm lens kit from $4,399.
Smartphone SAMSUNG GALAXY S9+
An impressive dual-aperture lens intuitively switches between bright or dark lighting conditions, making it far easier to snap great pictures as you wander through places like Bangkok's indoor-outdoor Chatuchak market. Another standout feature: an augmented-reality setting that enables real-time text translation, especially useful for understanding menus in foreign languages. samsung. com; from $1,023.