TECH

Be­cause you could use a bet­ter cam­era in your life

Sharp - - CONTENTS - BY PETER SALTSMAN

Cam­eras so good they might just in­spire you to fill a cou­ple of photo frames.

IN THE AGE OF THE SMART PHONE,

it may sound ridicu­lous to own a sep­a­rate de­vice that does only one thing. But it shouldn’t. Es­pe­cially in the case of cam­eras, there are real ben­e­fits — namely, that they do that one thing re­ally, re­ally well. If your goal is to take pho­tos you might ac­tu­ally keep and not just scroll past, you need a dis­crete tool. Plus, in­sider tip: all those In­sta­gram stars whose lives you dream about? They’re all us­ing DSLRS and up­load­ing to their phones af­ter per­fect­ing the shot. With that in mind, here are the best new com­pact cam­eras you should con­sider right now.

Fu­ji­film X-A5 This mir­ror­less cam­era is ex­cep­tion­ally light and ca­pa­ble. It fea­tures 24.2 megapix­els, a pow­ered zoom, and Blue­tooth that lets you in­stantly send im­ages, as well as 4K video, to your phone or com­puter. And call us vain, but we es­pe­cially...

Has­sel­blad X1D It may cost as much as a used car, but for a very spe­cific group of ded­i­cated shoot­ers, it’s worth it: 50 megapix­els, Wifi, HD video, and an in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive medium-for­mat mir­ror­less setup. (If you don’t know what those words mean,...

Sony a7r III One of the fastest, most pre­cise cam­eras on the mar­ket, the a7r III boasts crazy-ef­fec­tive aut­o­fo­cus, a huge sen­sor, and 42.4 megapix­els. Pros will buy this for the stu­dio, but it’s small and ac­ces­si­ble enough to take on your next hol­i­day....

Le­ica CL This new­est en­try-level model is for any­one who wants in­ter­change­able lenses with­out the bulk and tech­ni­cal ex­ces­sive­ness of the brand’s big­ger mod­els. This is pure, unadul­ter­ated shoot­ing — which is what Le­ica has al­ways done best. $2,800

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