Not content to live life as an Android-powered point-and-shoot, the Polaroid iM1836 Android Camera ($400) combines the power of a smartphone with the flexibility and optical quality of an interchangeable lens camera. It comes standard with a 10-30mm zoom lens, and offers compatibility with all Micro Four Thirds lenses via an adapter. Specs include an 18 megapixel sensor, Android 4.1, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 1080p video recording, a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, and one-button sharing to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo. The countdown to the first Android-powered DSLR starts... now.
Bored with the same old point-and-shoot designs? The Canon PowerShot N Camera ($300) should pique your interest. Sporting an unusual squarish shape, the PowerShot N eschews the typical top-mounted zoom ring and shutter combination by moving both controls to rings around the lens. A 2.8-inch tilting touchscreen LCD comprises the rear of the device, letting you shoot photos at nearly any angle, while a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens with 8x optical zoom, and a DIGIC 5 Image Processor provide superb images. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi for convenient sharing, a new Creative Shot mode that automatically creates a series of five "artistic" shots with varying composition, lighting, and color from each photo, and 1080p video recording.
Want a photo record of your life, but want to actually enjoy your life instead of taking pictures? Meet the Memoto Lifelogging Camera ($250). This roughly inch and a half square box clips onto your clothes using a sturdy stainless steel clip, and shoots one 5 megapixel, geotagged photo every 30 seconds, storing it on built-in memory that holds up to 4,000 pictures. A built-in accelerometer keeps it from nabbing shots of your desk or nightstand when you take it off, and when you plug it in all your photos are automatically uploaded and securely stored on Memoto's cloud servers for easy viewing via app or browser.
When Nikon's first 1 series cameras launched, they looked nice enough, but there also wasn't a ton of differentiation between them. That ends with the Nikon 1 V2 Camera ($900). Sporting a completely redesigned body, the V2 features a 14.2-megapixel sensor, an ergonomic grip, a new Command Mode Dial, a built-in flash, up to 15 fps still shooting thanks to the new Expeed 3A image processing engine, and 1080p video recording. Just remember: it's what the results look like, not the camera that took them.
Want the best action camera yet? You're looking at it. The new GoPro Hero 3 ($200-$400) continues the legendary line with three new models. While the base White Edition — 5MP still capture with 3 fps burst, 30fps 1080p video — and mid-range Silver — 11MP stills with 10 fps burst — are nice, the really exciting one is the Black Edition. While it's not actually black, it does offer the ability to record 4K footage — albeit at a paltry 15 fps — 60 fps 1080p recording, 120 fps at 720p quality, 12MP stills with 30 fps burst, and pro-level low-light performance. In addition, all three models come with a waterproof housing and offer built-in Wi-Fi and compatibility with the GoPro App — but only the Black Edition includes a dedicated Wi-Fi remote.