People + Wildlife
It’s tough to predict when the opportunity for an evocative candid or portrait might arise during your travels, but you’ll be ready for a range of circumstances with gear that excels in low light, has a fast shutter speed, and focuses with precision in both auto and manual modes. Entry-level CANON POWERSHOT SX730
Ideal for casual photographers, this sleek point-and-shoot has an adjustable screen that pivots up to 180 degrees, making it easier to take closeups. But a powerful optical 40x zoom framing assist means it's just as easy to nab faraway shots. Self-portrait and smooth-skin modes adjust hues and brightness levels to save you editing time. canon.com; from $399.
Mid-tier FUJIFILM X-T2
The latest update to this top mirrorless option includes face-detection technology, ensuring that any humans or animals in your image are automatically in focus, properly exposed, and white-balanced— and that you don't miss textural details like fur and eyelashes. A max ISO of 51,200 improves your chances of obtaining a great shot in low-light situations. A bonus: the design is dust- and water-resistant and can withstand temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees, making it a good bet for a oncein-a-lifetime polar expedition or a more low-key ski trip close to home. fujifilm.com; body from $1,099.
Investment NIKON D500 DX-FORMAT DIGITAL SLR WITH 16–80 MM LENS
A go-to model for many travel photographers, this lightweight and long-lasting investment works seamlessly with the types of telephoto lenses you'll need to snap wildlife from a safari vehicle. Having an impressive 153 points of focus is useful for moments when your subject occupies a tiny area within the frame (think: a pride of lions amid a vast savanna), as well as when your subject is on the move and you're shooting multiple frames at once to get the shot. nikon. com; from $2,096.
Smartphone APPLE IPHONE XS
It's received a fair amount of flak for its eye-watering price, but the newest model from this smartphone giant is built with selfies in mind. Behind the 5.8-inch all-screen design is a powerful A12 Bionic chip and 12mp dual camera with Smart HDR and advanced depth segmentation. This means even beginners can achieve sophisticated-level portraits with that creamy bokeh that professionals aim for. Larger pixels and a faster sensor improve low-light shots and video stabilization. apple.com; from $1,200.