Landscape + Architecture
When you’re shooting scenic country vistas or towering skyscrapers, scale and detail can make the difference between decent photos and the truly memorable ones. Devices with wide apertures and wide-angle capabilities will increase your chances of getting the best shots. Entry-level NIKON COOLPIX W300
If you've ever been mesmerized by one of those vibrant 24-hoursin-30-seconds landscape videos, you'll quickly latch on to this durable pocket-size camera's 4K ultra-HD capabilities and intuitive timelapse setting. Its GPS includes a mapping feature called Points of Interest that suggests landmark photo ops, including scenic lookouts near you, and can tag even remote locations with precision. nikon.com; from $504.
Mid-tier SONY RX100 III
The key feature of this ultracompact point-and-shoot: a pop-up electronic viewfinder that provides a bright, clear platform for eye-level monitoring. Working in tandem with the camera's Bionz X processor and Carl Zeiss versatile lens, it helps users compose richly detailed images, especially in bright conditions, whether it's a beach scene in Thailand or the Hong Kong skyline on a sunny day. sony.com; from $648.
Smartphone GOOGLE PIXEL 2
The Internet giant's Pixel revamp arrived with great fanfare thanks to its camera, which many critics deemed the new best-in-class. If you're trying to nail exceptional details in dark situations—such as the stained-glass windows of a Gothic chapel—the phone's widened f/1.8 aperture and HDR+ algorithm will give you an advantage. store.google.com; from $649.
Investment LEICA TL2
Renowned for its craftsmanship, this German manufacturer merges longlasting hardware with essential modern features. In this mirrorless pick, Wi-Fi connectivity enables sharing of those boastworthy #nofilter sunsets via e-mail and social media on your preferred device, and those same smartphones and tablets can also control the TL2 and serve as remote electronic viewfinders—helpful on superbright days when the camera screen is hard to see or when the camera placement puts its viewfinder out of reach. leica-camera.com; from $2,195.