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The Best Cameras of 2016

The Best Cameras of 2016

Lucky you, Instagrammers: your epic shots no longer require bulky DSLRs. These six point-and-shoots are sharp and adventure ready. Best of all? They fit in your pocket.

Nikon 1 J5 camera
  Photo: Nikon

Nikon 1 J5

Best For: Aspiring Pros

The lightning-fast 1 J5 can reel off an astonishing 60 frames per second in high definition. A touchscreen makes it easy to adjust settings on the fly, and it flips and twists for more angles. Even better, the camera works with more than 12 lenses and transfers files to your phone or desktop via Wi-Fi. 

Price $500 

Moment lens and case
  Photo: Moment

Moment Case and Lens

Best For: Instagram Heroes

The sturdy Case, for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, makes you a better smartphone photographer by serving as a mount for Moment’s superb glass lenses. The sleek cover offers a sturdy grip and has its own shutter button, which depresses with satisfying heft. 

Price $70 and $100

  Photo: Canon

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Best For: Zooming In 

Not many shooters this small pack a 30x zoom capable of capturing wide angles and distant objects with binocular-like sharpness. Even fewer come with a high-res 20.3-megapixel sensor. But these impressive specs belie the camera’s amateur-friendly features, including a single ring to control zoom and intuitive graphics in manual mode.  

Price $350

GoPro Hero 4 Session camera
  Photo: GoPro

GoPro Hero4 Session

Best For: Mounting Anywhere

At less than three ounces and just over a cubic inch, the Session is GoPro’s smallest action cam to date. It’s also the simplest to use, with a single button that turns the video (a decent 1080p at 60 frames per second) on and off. The camera housing is waterproof, so no additional case is required. 

Price $400

Garmin Virb XE camera
  Photo: Garmin

Garmin Virb XE

Best For: Fitness Addicts

The Virb XE captures HD footage, then, with an app’s help, overlays it with data such as power, heart rate, and speed. The desktop software makes editing a breeze, and there’s even a mobile app for compiling quick social-media clips on your phone. 

Price $400

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4
  Photo: Olympus

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

Best For: Playing Rough

Lots of rugged cameras can withstand a beating, but few take good photos. The TG-4—which captures 16-megapixel images in RAW rather than JPEG for better depth and easier editing—does both. It also handles low-light conditions like a champ, thanks to 6,400 ISO and a fast, light-sensitive aperture. 

Price $380

The Best Tech Tools of 2016

Make the most of your memories with these six gadgets to protect and power up your photo gear.    Photo: Brunton Brunton All Day 2.0 Power Bank With a massive lithium battery, the All Day quintuples the energy stores of your GoPro—just leave the camera’s battery in, replace the back housing with the All Day, and lock up. You can even simultaneously recharge your phone via a side port and the included two-in-one cord (Lightning and micro USB).  Price $70   Photo: Optrix Optrix by Body Glove Pro Kit Made of clear polycarbonate, this case adventure-proofs your iPhone 6 so it can survive being

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The Best Fitness Trackers of 2016

The key to hitting peak performance? As in life, so in fitness: know thyself. Play hard and study your stats with these four fitness trackers.   Photo: Garmin Garmin Vivoactive Best For: Ditching Your Phone This slim, attractive unit has sport-specific functions for activity tracking and an onboard GPS to measure distance and elevation. It works with both Bluetooth and ANT+ devices—like a heart-rate monitor ($50) or cadence sensor—and (swimmers, take note) is water-resistant down to 164 feet. The Garmin Connect Mobile app archives your data and can sync with various health platforms, including Garmin Connect and Apple Health.   Price $250  

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The Best Running Tech of 2016

Whether you want a simple training companion or the sophisticated tracker of the true wired athlete, we've got your wrist—and your feet—covered.   Photo: Timex Timex Ironman Run x20 GPS Best For: MinimalistsLike its more expensive siblings, the x20 accurately tracks pace and distance, counts laps, and sets intervals. And that’s it. It can’t sync with a heart-rate monitor or third-party apps. But what it lacks in bells and whistles it more than makes up for with its attractive, comfortable design and easy-to-read display.  Price $103   Photo: Polar Polar M400 Best For: NewbiesThis is the most intuitive running watch here. The GPS tracks flawlessly, the

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