In the 19th century, the majority of photos were shot with an extremely popular lens called the Petzval. Photos using this lens were known for their crispness, strong color saturation, terrific swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes, and narrow depth of field. Those same qualities are front and center for a new generation of photogs now, thanks to the Lomography Petzval Lens ($500). The reimagined gem will work with Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras and might just be your new favorite portrait lens.
Most situations that call for a full-featured camera are also the situations where it's too inconvenient to bring along a bulky DSLR — hiking, concerts, parties, weekend trips. The Fujifilm X-M1 Camera ($800) packs all the features you'd look for in a camera into a size that can go anywhere. It features a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, a three-inch tilting LCD screen, and supports most Fujifilm lenses. Wireless image transfer lets you to download up to 30 images at a time to your iOS or Android device. At less than one pound, and under five inches by three inches by two inches, it's half the size of a typical DSLR.
Regardless of how good of photos you can shoot on your iPhone, there are some situations that just call for a DSLR. The Pentax Q7 Camera ($500) presents a great compromise between size and features for when all you want to do is shoot great photos on the move. It's the smallest interchangeable-lens camera, and comes packed with everything you would expect from a full-sized camera — adjustable aperture and shutter speed, manual and auto focus, a three inch LCD screen, and a 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. You can also customize the body and grip in 120 different combinations, letting you really make it your own.