Life doesn't just happen within the confines of a rectangular frame — plenty happens on the periphery as well — and that's where normal video cameras fall short. But with the 360Fly Camera you're not just limited to what's in front of you, it films in 360 degrees horizontally, and 240 degrees vertically, capturing the entirety of life around you. With the ability to attach to helmets, tripods, bikes, boards, and more, it's the perfect way to preserve all of life's memories. And since it's compatible with both iOS and Android, and works with apps for both, you can view video as it's captured, instantly edit it, and share it on the web with your friends.
Most action cams only let you adjust the angle at which you're capturing your video by moving the camera itself — which can make for some mighty unwieldy mounting solutions. The Socam overcomes this problem with a 330º rotatable lens that provides viewing orientation and mounting options. Other features include a built-in gyro-assisted image stabilizer to keep your footage looking smooth, built-in Wi-Fi for hassle-free sharing, simple operation with only two buttons and colored LED indicators, the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30fps, WVGA slo-mo at 120 fps, and 16 megapixel stills, and an optional splashproof case with room for extra batteries or sensor modules.
Not every moment you witness that really calls for a photograph is necessarily the best moment to actually take a picture — so you need a camera that not only takes great pictures, but takes them in nearly every scenario imaginable. The Nikon Coolpix AW120 Camo Camera is ready for some abuse, thanks to its water-proof, shock-proof, and freeze-proof construction. So, go ahead and take it with you underwater, drop it off a ledge, or take it out in the cold, because beautiful pictures don't always happen at the most opportune moments (or in the most accommodating conditions). And with a 16-megapixel sensor, built-in WiFi, GPS, and full 1080p HD video capability, as well as a camo colorway that will help you blend in with your surroundings, it's ready for pretty much anything.
If you think the Sigma DP2 Quattro Camera looks unconventional from the outside, wait until you hear what's underneath. The DP2's new Quattro sensor captures light vertically instead of horizontally (like traditional sensors), by using three layers that grab luminance and color information separately, resulting in 19.6MP images offering fantastic detail. Other features include the new True III image processing engine, a 3-inch 920k-dot LCD display, and a fixed 30mm f2.8 lens that's the equivalent of 45mm glass attached to a full-frame body.
Continuing the renaissance of old-school camera design, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Camera combines retro looks with modern tech. At its heart is a 16MP Live MOS sensor with built-in image stabilization, which gets paired with a TruePic VII for outstanding color rendition, 8fps shooting, and fast AF. You can compose your images using the tilting touch screen or the built-in EVF, control your settings via the dedicated dials, and, once you're done, transfer the finished product over to your phone/tablet/computer using built-in Wi-Fi. And thanks to its Micro 4/3 compatibility you'll have a host of lenses at your disposal.
As it has evolved, Fujifilm's mirrorless X-Series range has become more and more popular with professional shooters — and now they have an X-Series camera that's just as powerful as they're used to. The Fujifilm X-T1 Camera takes the interchangeable lens series to new heights, with a 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder that has a lag time of just 0.005sec, an EXR Processor II and X-Trans CMOS II sensor with built-in phase detection AF that deliver best-in-class autofocus performance and burst speeds of up to 8 frames per second, a weather-resistant body, and a host of mechanical dials that offer complete control without ever diving into a menu.
We all know the dilemma: you're heading out on a trip, and want some good photos to remember it by. But you also don't want to lug around several pounds of camera equipment. Well, the Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Travel Zoom Camera was designed to solve this problem. It packs an 18.1-megapixel sensor, GPS, Full-HD video recording, Wi-Fi, NFC, manual shooting modes, and a 3-inch screen into a pocket-friendly design. But the real draw here is the 24-720mm equivalent, 30x optical zoom lens from Leica that ensures you'll be able to get the right shot in nearly any situation. Or you could just carry a whole satchel of lenses and an SLR. Up to you.
Some of us are obsessed with sharing — perhaps to a fault — knowing that every photo we take is going to end up on some social medium, whether it's Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or otherwise. The Polaroid Socialmatic Camera ($TBA) is made with that in mind, with Android installed and a 4.5-inch touchscreen, so you can load it up with all your favorite apps for photo sharing. Throw in WiFi connectivity, and it's never been easier to post your favorite shots to the web to share with your friends. And for those of you who still prefer to share the analog way, the camera features a built-in printer that prints two- by three-inch snaps to distribute by hand.
So you went out and bought yourself a brand new 4K TV — congratulations, take a moment to sit back and admire all those pixels. Though at this point you've probably come to the realization that there just isn't much video out there to let you take advantage of it (at least until Netflix starts streaming their original content in Ultra HD). Instead of waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with you, you might as well just make your own with the Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Camcorder ($2,000). This remarkable little video camera is capable of capturing video far in excess of normal HD resolution, with a 14 megapixel sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens, and a BIONZ X processor. And once you've shot a few videos worth being proud of, go ahead and use the built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity to pair it with your phone, and share with any of your friends lucky enough to be able to watch them — we're sure they'll thank you for it.
One of the biggest drawbacks to carrying a camera with you everywhere is no doubt the bulk — that's probably why most opt to just use the one they already have on them, their smartphone. But with the Sony A5000 Camera ($600), you get all the capabilities of most DSLR cameras, at about half the size and weight. So there's really no excuse. This tiny interchangeable lens mirrorless camera sports a powerful 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, and the very fast BIONZ X processor, while accommodating the range of E-mount lenses. It also features Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, a 180-degree tilting LCD screen, a built-in flash, full HD video capability, and includes a 16-50mm zoom lens. Not bad for a shooter weighing in at under a half pound.
While dash-mounted cameras haven't quite caught on at home like they have in Russia, that doesn't make them any less useful. They're a great way to document a road trip, capture the kind of events you never would have seen coming, or just provide a good eyewitness in case of an accident. The Garmin Dash Cam 20 ($250) gives you everything you could ever need in any of these scenarios, with functionality to start and stop when you turn on your engine, a gravity sensor that knows when you've been in an accident, and built-in GPS to log the location of every bit of footage. It records in full HD onto an expandable microSD card, features a 2.3-inch display, and is pretty easy to install — so you'll always have video evidence of everything that happens on the road.
If you've been waiting around for Fujifilm to release their excellent X100S Camera ($1,300) in black, you can stop, because the wait is over. This camera — already a favorite for street photographers thanks to its retro styling, compact size, fixed large aperture lens (23mm at f2), and powerful 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and EXR processor — is now even better for discrete photography with its new stealthy colorway. Additional features include easy-to-use manual controls for aperture and shutter speed, an intelligent hybrid autofocus, full HD video capability, and excellent color quality for some of the best portraits you've ever taken.