Like most action cams, it's shockproof, dustproof, waterproof (down to 100 feet), and generally tiny. But the Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera has something going for it most competitors don't: decades of photographic experience. The venerable camera maker's first foray into the action market, it uses dual Nikkor lenses and image sensors to record immersive, 360-degree 4K UHD video and sharp still images. Built-in Vibration Reduction helps smooth out any bumps in the road, and a trifecta of NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi make it easy to review, transfer, edit, and share footage right from your phone.
You'll note there's no "digital" in that title. That's because the Kodak Super 8 Camera shoots on film. Designed by Yves Behar, the camera is modern-looking, yet recalls the design of the original Kodak Super 8 from 1965. It uses 15m film cartridges good for several minutes of shooting, and buying the film covers your processing, too, with both a digital scan and developed film returned at the end. It has a fixed Ricoh 6mm lens, an angled handle on top that also incorporates a microphone, and is built for manual operation, including the focus, aperture, and speed. It's not totally analog — there's a 3.5-inch swiveling viewfinder, an SD slot, USB, and HDMI on board — but for any aspiring (or aging) filmmaker, it'll offer an experience no digital camera can match.
Megapixels are far from the most important aspect of a camera, but they sure can come in handy. Thanks to a full-frame medium format CMOS sensor that's 2.5 times the size of the ones you'll find in typical DSLRs, the Phase One XF 100MP Camera offers an incredible 100 megapixels of resolution without sacrificing image quality. It does so by packing in 16-bit color depth, 15 stops of dynamic range, an ISO range of 50 - 12,800, and the ability to shoot long exposures of up to 60 minutes. All those pixels also mean high sensitivity to movement, so the system builds in vibration tracking and detection as well as an electronic first curtain shutter to help keep the shakes at bay.
Streaming video is nothing new. Being able to live stream video that doesn't look like it was shot by someone holding a phone, however, is new. The Movi Live Streaming Camera lets you do exactly that by using a compact, capable standalone camera and a powerful companion app. The camera itself uses a 150º glass lens, built-in stereo microphones, and a 4K sensor to capture pro-quality HD video, while the app lets you take a single frame and create multiple shots, make cuts between shots, pan across the screen, use filters to adjust the look, or just activate the automated editing and relax. The standard kit comes with a tripod mount, charger, and microSD card for saving your shoots, while a Pro bundle includes a battery booster with Ethernet and support for USB LTE modems, and a sleek stand made by Konig and Meyer.
The Typhoon ActionCam shoots 4K video. It's fairly likely your smartphone does too — but it's not attached to a gimbal. Thanks to the aforementioned 3-axis gimbal camera, the ActionCam shoots stable, professional-looking handheld footage at 4K or 120fps slow-mo 1080p. Its distortion-free lens offers a 115-degree field of view, the camera also captures 12 megapixel stills, offers 90 minutes of runtime per charge, and holds phones up to 6.4 inches in size, giving you app-based control and a huge viewfinder.