The smartphone and Instagram era has forced camera makers to up their game, and the result is much more advanced and compelling options for shoppers. We’ve picked our 9 favorite new models in a range of categories to suit every type of photographer, including a compact camera with a whopping 60x zoom and a waterproof shooter that works up to 45 feet below the surface. Whether you’re looking for a small but powerful pocket camera or a high quality, full-frame digital SLR, here are the best options for the shutterbugs on your list.
Want to capture close-ups from far away, but don't want to be weighed down by a big DSLR and lens? Check out the 18-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9500, which features a long, 22x (25-550mm equivalent) zoom in a compact body. The S9500 also has built-in Wi-Fi for wirelessly sharing your photos, and in-camera GPS to geotag your shots as you snap them.
There's a gorgeous 3-inch, 614,000-dot organic LED (OLED) display on the back of the camera, letting you show off photos to friends from a variety of viewing angles. Other highlights include 1080p HD video recording, a fast continuous shooting speed of 7.5 frames per second, and a self-stitching Panorama mode. Despite all of these features, the slim and snazzy S9500 will still slide into your pocket for easy transport.