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.
It looks like no other camera, because it is like no other camera. The Lytro Immerge VR Camera is the latest creative tool from the light field specialists and uses a globe-like array to capture immersive video. Because the camera captures both depth data and light ray data, it's able to recreate the scene from a number of angles, letting viewers move side to side, up and down, and forwards and backwards as they watch, and lets editors seamlessly blend in CG elements with pinpoint precision. This pro-level technology requires a pro-level rig, so the camera comes with a dedicated server to process and manage footage, its own editing software, and playback software that works with most VR headsets.
It's not the first full-frame mirrorless camera on the market. But it might be the best. The new Leica SL Camera has the fastest autofocus of any professional camera, including DSLRs, making it easy to snap detailed 24 megapixel shots of fast action. Its EyeRes electronic viewfinder has imperceptibly low latency, 4.4 million pixels resolution, and lets you see how the final image will look, its Maestro II processor allows for burst shooting of up to 11 fps and 4K video capture, and the lens mount is compatible with both SL and T/TL lenses. All of this is housed in a rock-solid, weather-sealed aluminum body that is built to meet the demands of the most discerning pro shooters.
Borrowing some tricks from its little brother, the RX100, the Sony Cyber-Shot RX1R II Camera fixes our biggest complaint with the high-powered portable shooter: the lack of a viewfinder. In addition to the retractable 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder, the camera also has a 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R sensor, a high-speed 399 point AF system, the world's first variable low-pass filter that lets you choose whether or not to enable it, and the model's signature, tack-sharp ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens.
Sometimes bigger really is better. The Lomo'Instant Wide Camera combines the convenience of instant prints with a size that's suitable for more than just passing among friends. Using a fully programmatic shutter, the camera lets you shoot automatically when needed, yet still take control when you want, and offers a 35mm equivalent lens with optional attachments. The built-in flash keeps things lit, three zone focusing areas let you keep the spotlight on your subject, and a long exposure mode lets you release your creativity. Takes Fujifilm Instax Wide film and runs on 4 AA batteries.
Classic looks, a compact body, and high-end components combine to make the Canon PowerShot G5 X Camera a solid choice for both a pro backup or as a walk-around cam for amateurs. At its heart is a 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that works together with the fast f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x zoom lens and intelligent image stabilization to deliver quality images in a variety of conditions. You can frame your shots via the high-res OLED viewfinder or multi-angle 3-inch LCD touchscreen, take great shots of the night sky using Star Mode, and get your favorites off the SD card and onto your favorite social sites quickly and easily with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.
Plenty of cameras can take pictures of the night sky, but very few were actually built specifically for it. The Tiny1 Astronomy Camera pairs a sensor that's particularly good in low-light with advanced image processing to create striking images of stars, whole constellations, and planets in far less time than a traditional DSLR. It can also take time-lapse videos in 2.5K resolution, and should you have trouble finding a subject, it can show you up-to-date star charts right in live preview mode.
Sure, we've ditched film, but the basics of photography remain much the same as they were decades ago. The Light L16 Camera is out to revolutionize the industry by ditching the traditional DSLR form factor altogether. Dubbed a "multi-aperture computational camera", it fires up to 10 small cameras out of 16 simultaneously, using a powerful processor and proprietary algorithms to stitch together the results into a single high-quality 52 megapixel image. This unique approach lets you choose your focus and depth of field after you've taken your photo, and gives you all this capability in a device that's able to fit in your pocket.
One of the GoPro's biggest features is its ability to be mounted nearly anywhere. It's also one of its biggest drawbacks, resulting in choppy, nearly unwatchable video. The Aeon GoPro Stabilizer can put an end to all that, thanks to a a three axis accelerometer that takes over 1,000 measurements per second, and works together with a Cortex CPU and three brushless motors to provide buttery-smooth, shake-free video automatically. It also offers an LCD screen for framing your shot, a joystick for controlling the pan and tilt of the camera, a GoPro accessory mount, and an ergonomic grip.
The company's smallest, most affordable body yet, the Red Raven Camera is still highly capable, thanks to an 8.8 megapixel Red Dragon sensor that lets it record raw 4K video at 120 fps or 2K video at 240 fps. It weighs just 3.5 lbs., uses the company's signature modular design to let you easily swap out accessories as needed, and the integrated Canon EF mount means you have access to a huge family of lenses suitable for nearly any shooting situation.
Optimized for Google's Jump virtual reality platform, the new GoPro Odyssey VR Camera Rig is ready to help you grab 360-degree 3D footage straight out of the box. To do so, it uses an array of 16 Hero4 Black cameras, each loaded with custom firmware and attached to a dedicated Array BacPac. They all arrive installed in a special capture rig, accompanied by a custom-built ruggedized Pelican case, 16 microSD cards, and all the cables and accessories you need to get started.
The Polaroids of old were popular not because they were great photographic tools, but because they were fun. The Polaroid Snap Instant Camera offers a similar feeling of casual spontaneity, updated for modern times. Each time you snap a photo, you can use the integrated ZINK printer to spit out a 2" x 3" print that you can share IRL, instantly. Of course, being a digital camera, it also stores the 10 megapixel shots on a Micro SD card, and gives you several different shooting modes, including color, black and white, a vintage Polaroid filtered, and "photo booth", which snaps six quick images in ten seconds.
Our phones are filled with apps that attempt to recreate the casual, random style of toy camera photos. Now you can get the real thing with the Holga Digital Camera. Using original Holga optics — and compatible with Holga lenses — this new digital camera gives you a low-fi shooting experience, with manual controls for aperture (f/2.8 or f/8.0), shutter (Blub or 1/60 sec), and image ratio (4:3 or 1:1). It comes in four colors, captures 8 megapixel shots, and supports Wi-Fi SD cards, so you don't even need a cord to post your artsy, heavily vignetted snaps to Instagram.
Classic looks meet the convenience of instant in the Lomo'Instant Montenegro Camera. Inspired by the picturesque Balkan country, it's clad in genuine black leather complemented by a silver finish, lending it a formality most instants lack. Like its stablemates, it uses readily-available Fujifilm Instax Mini film, and offers rock-solid reliability. It ships with three add-on lenses — fisheye, portrait, and close-up — to extend the built-in, 27mm wide-angle lens' capabilities, as well as several color gels and a "splitzer for even greater creative freedom.
Medium format quality meets 35mm-like versatility in the Leica S Type 007 Camera. Its 30x45mm Leica Max CMOS sensor is 50 percent larger than a typical full-frame 35mm-format sensor, delivering exceptionally detailed, low-noise 37.5 megapixel images, while still offering burst shooting of up to 3.5 frames per second and 4K video recording in Super 35 format. Other improvements over its predecessor include faster, more reliable autofocus, integrated GPS and Wi-Fi, a new transflective display on the top plate, and USB 3.0 for faster image transfers.
It doesn't shoot in 4K or super slow-mo, but unlike the footage you capture with most wearable cams, the video you shoot with the Graava Action Camera won't end up collecting dust on an external drive. That's because it uses a combination of sensors and intelligent software to detect the most exciting portions of your video, then automatically edits it down into something that's instantly shareable. It can even edit video shot with more than one camera, so you can get different angles in the same clip — all you need to do is drop it on the wireless charger stand and let it go to work.
Some cameras aim to capture images that are as close as possible to what we see with our own eyes. The Fujifilm X-T1 IR Camera aims to capture images that show more than the naked eye. By doing away with the standard infrared filter, this specialized shooter can capture light at wavelengths of 380nm - 1,000nm, or portions of both the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum. For comparison, the human eye can only see between 390nm - 700nm. And while it's being billed as ideal for forensic specialists and medical researchers, it can also be used to take fine art photographs, as well as for astrophotography.
With a compact, modular body and insane low light capability, the Canon ME20F-SH Camera is likely to become your go-to rig for filming anything after dark. Thanks to a special 2.2MP full-frame sensor with 19 μm pixels and proprietary readout circuitry, it can shoot full-color 1080p video in lighting of less than 0.0005 lux, or at a sensitivity equivalent to over ISO 4,000,000 (no, that's not a typo). It's compatible with the same lenses you use on your Canon DSLR, and offers a host of pro-level inputs and outputs to support a variety of setups and shooting styles.
It looks like an orb from the future. And in some ways, it is. Built to capture virtual reality-ready video, the Nokia Ozo isn't actually round — it has a handle around back so you can hold it or set it on a tripod. But you wouldn't know it from the video it captures. Using eight synchronized global shutter image sensors and eight integrated microphones, it shoots stereoscopic 3D video, with software for real-time viewing and playback without the need to pre-assemble the image. It's your Oculus Rift's new best friend.