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Canon PowerShot N Camera

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.

  • GoPro Hero 3

    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.

  • Autographer

    Wouldn't it be great if you had a photographer following you around, documenting key moments in your life without ever noticing he/she was there? The Autographer ($450) is designed to do something similar. Meant to be worn, it features a host of sensors — a GPS, accelerometer, thermometer, and motion detector among them — that work together to decide when it's time to take a picture. 8GB of internal storage ensures that you won't be needing to offload your 5 megapixel memories too often, but just because you don't need to doesn't mean you won't — it's got built-in Bluetooth so you can check out your shots instantly, no wires required.