Summer isn’t done yet. Whether you’re soaking up the rays poolside, exploring an exotic locale, or just hanging out with friends, having the right camera with you is all-important. A cell phone can provide stopgap service in a pinch, but it’s not the camera you want on hand as you stand atop the Empire State Building or Eiffel Tower. And it’s certainly not your best choice in low-light situations—as anyone who’s tried to record video or capture stills with an iPhone in poor light can attest.
With that in mind, we’ve picked six products to help you take the perfect photos—whether you’ll later enjoy them in all their glory on your 50-inch HDTV or share them on Instagram.
Olympus Tough TG-4
A pocket-size camera that works in and out of the water, the $380 Olympus Tough TG-4 is fairly slim and compact, with a traditional rectangular digital camera design and an integrated loop for attaching it to a lanyard or hand strap.This 16-megapixel camera’s appeal lies in its flexible handling at depths as great as 50 feet underwater. With modes that help you achieve optimal images regardless of the environment—including long exposures and HDR above-ground and underwater shooting, macro modes, and an adequate 25-100mm lens—the Tough TG-4 has plenty of flexibility for everyone. It weighs about half a pound, and its hardware includes both Wi-Fi and GPS, so you can use the camera with your smartphone, so you’ll always know exactly where you captured that underwater shot of a sea star.