Here are six easy-to-use tools for turning out pretty pictures.


Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Don’t let the low price fool you: the PowerShot SX620 is packed with goodies. A clever stabilization system removes shake and supports an impressive 25x zoom, while Smart Auto mode selects aperture and shutter speed based on light conditions. It snaps off detailed 20.2-megapixel stills that can be shared through built-in Wi-Fi.

Price $279

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Leica Q

Picky shooters need look no further than Leica’s Q. The German brand nestled a 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor behind a Summilux 28-millimeter lens. That supersharp glass also allows for stunning depth of field at speeds up to ten frames per second, while manual settings afford total control.

Price $4,250

Olympus Pen-F

The Pen-F has many of the features (pocketability, customizable controls) that made the 1963 original so popular. But the 2016 version boasts modern-day upgrades like a bright OLED viewfinder (think LCD, just more accurate and faster). It’s also crisper, capturing super-detailed landscapes in its high-res 50-megapixel mode.

Price $1,200
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Moondog Labs 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter Lens

Check this: the film Tangerine, which debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was shot on an iPhone 5s mounted with Moondog’s anamorphic adapter. The lens slides onto your phone’s camera and gives whatever you’re shooting a Hollywood look. Download an app like Filmakr ($2; iOS) to stretch your footage into widescreen.

Price $175

Fujifilm X70

The X70’s autofocus outpaces other point-and-shoots, and the camera captures up to eight frames per second—plenty quick for nailing shots of your buddy’s massive air. Big control wheels permit on-the-fly adjustments. And the large APS-C sensor behind the 18.5-millimeter lens gives a wide field of view, handy when your subject’s moving fast.

Price $699

Sony a7R II

Building a pro setup? This is your rig. The mirrorless a7R II boasts a 42-megapixel full-frame sensor, which allows for the kind of binocular-sharp clarity typically ­reserved for cameras twice as heavy. Combine that with an über-light-sensitive max ISO of 102,400 (double most competitors) and 4K video capability, and you have one of the best all-around camera systems ever.

Price $3,200

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The Best Socks and Boot Heaters of 2017

If your dogs are cold, you're doing it wrong. (Intuition) Intuition Luxury Boot Liners Step one for ski-boot comfort: get ’em fitted and punched. Step two: slip in a pair of aftermarket heat-moldable Intuition liners. They’ll ensure your feet are snug and add an impor­tant layer of warmth.  Price $198 Buy Now (Hotronic) Hotronic Footwarmer S4 Universal Hotronic’s warmers have been the go-to in the U.S. for a ­decade, and the batteries in the S4 Universal have been updated for all-day use. They sit on the outside of your boots and attach to thin cords that run to heated footbed pads. Price $259 Buy Now

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The Best Watches of 2017

Groundbreaking designs and updated classics for every wrist. (Tissot) Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Here’s something new under the sun: the first solar-powered touchscreen watch. The Expert Solar’s spare, Euro-cool design and titanium case conceal a wealth of useful digital gadgetry behind its analog face, like an altimeter, a weather monitor, and a compass that swings into action with one touch.  Price $1,150 Buy Now (CT Scuderia) CT Scuderia Fibra di Carbonio 10131 Scuderia is known in Europe for its Italian-designed, racing-inspired timepieces. This model is all about its namesake carbon ­fiber, which lends eye-catching texture to the face as well as lightness. But what stand out

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The Best Fitness Trackers of 2017

The newest crop of wearables are cleverer than ever. (Spire) Spire The Spire won’t measure heart rate or really anything beyond the number of steps you’ve taken. But it will analyze your breathing, providing a constant record of your stress levels. When the pebble-size sensor notices you’ve gone awhile without taking a deep breath, it vibrates and prompts you to open the app. From there, it walks you through either a breathing or meditation exercise. Price $99.95 Buy Now (Polar) Polar M600 The M600 is a souped-up Apple Watch for athletes. It’s got built-in GPS, can put together training plans, and, because it

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