Today's digital cameras offer tons of features. So many, in fact, that they can distract from what's most important: your photos. The Leica M-D Camera packs high-tech components in a no-nonsense throwback body that eschews menus for manual control. It's so spartan, in fact, that the entire back screen and menu system has been replaced by a single control — an ISO ring — that joins the shutter speed dial and on-lens aperture and focus controls for a pure photographic experience. It has a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, and lets you make the most of it with a subdued, red dot logo-less black body and a nearly silent shutter for discrete snapping.
No, Facebook isn't suddenly getting into the electronics business. It's just giving it a boost. The Facebook Surround 360 Camera is an "open" 360-degree, 3D-capable video production system that uses specialized stitching technology to weave the output of its 17 cameras together into one VR-ready stream, letting producers focus on the thing that's most important — the content. Expect to see it on Github later this summer, where anyone can take the plans, build their own, or offer up improvements.
You won't be using it to film your kid's next tee-ball game. But if you find yourself working on a film or hit TV show, the Lytro Cinema Camera needs to be on your radar. Using the company's innovative Light Field technology, it captures not just images, but the position of each object in the scene in 3D space. As a result, you can adjust both the focus point and depth of field in post, change shutter angles and frame rates after the fact, and ditch the green screen for good. Of course, it takes a lot of data to make this all possible — up to 400 gigabytes per second — so the camera comes with its own dedicated server and processing unit.
Get all the joy of instant prints with the features you expect from a modern product with the Impossible I-1 Instant Camera. A reimagining of Polaroid's classic cameras, the camera body itself is extremely simple, providing only rudimentary control. But with a companion app, you can do things like adjust aperture and shutter speed, select a pre-set for effects like light painting and double exposures, control the flash, and remotely trigger the shutter. And since it uses they company's type 600 film, the results look just like the ones that come out of your vintage Polaroid — only better.
As VR headsets become more and more commonplace, there's more and more demand for VR content. The GoPro Omni Camera is a VR-ready rig for action entusiasts. Its a cube-like array of six Hero4 Black cameras that uses proprietary hardware to synchronize all six signals into one. It uses GoPro Kolor software to optimize color, lessening the burden in post production and making it a near plug-and-play solution for 360º video.
Lomography, champions of retro photography, have reached all the way back to the beginning of the art form with the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens. Inspired by the lens created by Charles Chevalier and Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre that took the first photo of a human in Paris in 1838, this handcrafted lens lets you capture images with a unique quality modern lenses can't match. Using a achromat optic design, it creates a soft glow at large apertures and offers surprising precision as you stop down. It's fixed at a 64mm, can use Lumière and Aquarelle Aperture Plates for added effects, and is available for both Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, with your choice of black or historically-inspired brass finish.
Great photos can come and go in an instant when you're out adventuring, so you don't want your camera stuck in a bag. But leaving it exposed as you climb over boulders, logs, and other obstacles isn't wise, either. The Matador Camera Base Layer strikes a happy balance between the two. With a down-padded technical shell and integrated rain fly, it protects against bumps, bangs, scrapes, and weather. Yet it removes in under a second, making it ideal for spur-of-the-moment shots, and weighs only 68 grams, making it virtually unnoticeable compared to the heft of a quality DSLR and lens combo.
Pairing 5-axis image stabilization with a filterless Micro Four Thirds sensor, the Panasonic Lumix GX85 Camera achieves DSLR-rivaling results with a body roughly half the size. Its 16 megapixel sensor comes without a low pass filter, letting it capture greater detail — something that comes in handy when you're shooting 4K video. The Post Focus feature lets you adjust focus after the fact, Lytro-style, using the tilting LCD touchscreen, while purists will appreciate the speedy traditional AF and high-res electronic viewfinder. Available in black or silver.
Packing more zoom than a rocketship into a surprisingly compact body, the Sony RX10 III Camera might be the ultimate walk-around shooter. It pairs a backside-illuminated, stacked 1-inch Exmor RS sensor with a ZEISS lens that stretches from 24mm all the way out to 600mm, a 25x zoom range that lets you get as close to your subjects as you want. The lens is fast, too, with a maximum aperture of f/2.4-f/4.0, and has serious image stabilization that helps get the most out of all 20.1 megapixels when you're zoomed in. Thanks to the stacked sensor, it's also plenty speedy, with a 14 fps burst mode, 960 fps slow-mo, a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000 that also eliminates the typical "rolling shutter" effect, and 4K video capture.
Sporting an eyeball-like design and a camera on either side, the Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera makes capturing 360-degree footage and stills a snap. It connects to the S7 and S7 Edge over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, letting them serve as both viewfinders and editors, the latter necessary to make anything out of what it captures. And it captures a surprising amount, thanks to 15 megapixel sensors with f/2.0 lenses that provide 195-degree fields of view, giving the stitching algorithm 15 degrees of overlap to play with. The result is 3840 x 1920 video and 30 megapixel stills that look solid on your phone, in a browser, or, ideally, inside a VR headset.
Every photographer has their own style. It's only fitting they should have their own compact camera to match. That's the idea behind the lineup of Nikon DL Cameras. All three are powered by a 20.8MP 1.0-inch type backside illumination CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 6A image-processing engine for continuous shooting speed of 20 frames per second. They also share a speedy hybrid AF system combining both phase-detection AF and Contrast-detect AF, 4K video capture, and 3-inch OLED touch screens. But it's there the similarities end, as each camera has a different zoom lens. There's an 18-50 f/1.8-2.8 for versatility and excellent low-light performance, a 24-85 f/1.8-2.8 that great for macro and portraits, and a 24-500 f/2.8-5.6 that offers both wide-angle and super-telephoto in the same body.
Created in celebration of the brand's 80th anniversary, the Ricoh GR II Silver Edition Camera is a subtle alternative to the compact's signature all-black look. Apart from the silver finish on the camera body, this edition also features a silver shutter button and ring cap, a white "GR" logo, a special power-down screen, and an included black leather case. Otherwise the specs are the same as its standard edition twin, including a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, fixed 18.3mm f/2.8 lens, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. Limited to just 3,200 units worldwide.
Selfies aren't going anywhere, no matter whether you love or hate them. The Panasonic Lumix GF8 is designed to make yours better. Its flip-up screen lets you get your framing perfect, while new retouching tools let you fix wrinkles, blackheads, and other imperfections with softening, defocusing, and slimming effects. It's also good for taking real photographs, with a 16 megapixel micro four-thirds sensor, speedy AF, and 25,600 maximum ISO. Available in silver, brown, pink, or orange, it has built-in Wi-Fi, and comes with 100GB of Google Drive space for storing all those self-portraits.
As the direct replacement for the beloved a6000, the Sony a6300 Camera has some high expectations to meet. And it does so with ease. Most notably, it has what Sony claims is the "world's fastest autofocus", with an acquisition time as little as 0.05 seconds. The speed is made possible by a ridiculous 425 phase detection AF points packed densely across its 24.2 megapixel sensor. It has a large sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 51,200, and thanks to the BIONZ X image processor, it can shoot at speeds up to 11 fps and record 4K video in Super 35mm format.
Hot on the heels of Nikon's latest pro flagship comes the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Camera. It has a new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and dual Digic 6+ processors, enabling boost shooting up to 14 fps, a maximum ISO of 409,600, and high-resolution DCI 4K video recording at up to 60 fps. The improved 61-point AF system ensures consistent, reliable focus, while features like CFast 2.0 support, built-in GPS, and a built-in headphone jack give professionals the extra versatility they need.
One of only 50 ever produced — number 23, to be exact — this Leica M9-P White Edition Camera is as exclusive yet stylish a shooter as you'll find. Amazingly, it's prior owner only shot 360 photos with it, so there's basically zero wear on its 18 megapixel full-frame sensor and shutter. The rest of the set, including the body, Noctilux lens, metal body cap, rear lens cap, and matching white leather strap, is in similarly pristine condition, with only a nick in the front lens cap providing a hint of its used nature. Not to worry though, as they're throwing in a brand new one at no extra charge.
Based on the original half-frame PEN-F SLR from 1963, the new Olympus Pen-F Camera takes this classic design and updates it for the digital age. It has a 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, thus retaining compatibility with the company's impressive range of lenses while features like 5-axis image stabilization and the TruePic VII processor provide sharp images and quick focusing. There's also a 2.36 million-dot OLED viewfinder with 100% field of view and manual controls, so you can use it like a vintage rangefinder, built-in Wi-Fi, and a 3-inch articulating monitor that hides away when you're not using it, yet works as an AF targeting pad when you are. All of this is housed in a classic body with magnesium top and front covers, joined by the aluminum dials and bottom plate.
You're not going to mistake it for one of the company's vintage rangefinders, but the Leica X-U Camera can do several things those can't — like shoot underwater. Developed in collaboration with Audi Design, this 16.5 megapixel APS-C shooter is waterproof down to 49 feet, and is also shockproof and sealed against dust. It achieves this by pairing its CMOS sensor with a fixed f/1.7 23mm lens, and by placing the rear buttons underneath the anti-slip thermoplastic elastomer coating that covers the majority of the body. Other features include a 3-inch monitor, built-in flash, and a dedicated underwater mode.
Big capabilities. Pocket-friendly size. The new Fujifilm X70 Camera offers an advanced sensor the size of most DSLRs in a package that you can take with you anywhere. At 16.3 megapixels, the X-Trans CMOS II sensor captures outstanding detail even in low light, and is paired with a Fujinon 18.5mm, f/2.8 lens, the 35mm equivalent of 28mm glass. There's a speedy AF system with 77 points for tracking movement, a silent electronic shutter capable of 1/32,000 second exposures, built-in Wi-Fi for instant sharing or printing via an Instax Printer, and a 3-inch touchscreen display that rotates up to 180 degrees, making shots from different angles — including selfies — a breeze.
If you have a family, you likely take a lot of pictures of them. Unfortunately, that also means you're missing out on the moment, stuck behind the camera (or phone). The Kiba Family Camera lets you enjoy those moments with your family while still getting the shot. It takes 13 megapixels stills and shoots 1080p video, and uses a custom "Joy Ranking Algorithm" to pick the best shots and clips from each day, uploading them automatically to the cloud. You can also start the camera via voice command or schedule a time for recording, but most of the time it just works on its own — exactly how you'd want it.
It's not for amateurs. It's not even for most professionals. But if you need a DSLR you can push to the absolute limit, the Nikon D5 Camera has you covered. The company's latest flagship is built around a new 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor delivering a native ISO of 100 to 102,400, extendable to 50-3,280,000 (not a typo). The sensor is paired with an all-new AF system that has 153 focus points as well as its own dedicated processor, a new metering and scene recognition system, and the ability to focus in near complete darkness. Powering all these advancements — in addition to the 3.2-inch XGA LCD touchscreen and 4K video capture — is the EXPEED 5 image processing engine, delivering 12 fps performance with full AE and AF activated. Available in two models, one utilizing speedy XQD storage, and one using the more widespread CF standard.
Like most action cams, it's shockproof, dustproof, waterproof (down to 100 feet), and generally tiny. But the Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera has something going for it most competitors don't: decades of photographic experience. The venerable camera maker's first foray into the action market, it uses dual Nikkor lenses and image sensors to record immersive, 360-degree 4K UHD video and sharp still images. Built-in Vibration Reduction helps smooth out any bumps in the road, and a trifecta of NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi make it easy to review, transfer, edit, and share footage right from your phone.
You'll note there's no "digital" in that title. That's because the Kodak Super 8 Camera shoots on film. Designed by Yves Behar, the camera is modern-looking, yet recalls the design of the original Kodak Super 8 from 1965. It uses 15m film cartridges good for several minutes of shooting, and buying the film covers your processing, too, with both a digital scan and developed film returned at the end. It has a fixed Ricoh 6mm lens, an angled handle on top that also incorporates a microphone, and is built for manual operation, including the focus, aperture, and speed. It's not totally analog — there's a 3.5-inch swiveling viewfinder, an SD slot, USB, and HDMI on board — but for any aspiring (or aging) filmmaker, it'll offer an experience no digital camera can match.
Megapixels are far from the most important aspect of a camera, but they sure can come in handy. Thanks to a full-frame medium format CMOS sensor that's 2.5 times the size of the ones you'll find in typical DSLRs, the Phase One XF 100MP Camera offers an incredible 100 megapixels of resolution without sacrificing image quality. It does so by packing in 16-bit color depth, 15 stops of dynamic range, an ISO range of 50 - 12,800, and the ability to shoot long exposures of up to 60 minutes. All those pixels also mean high sensitivity to movement, so the system builds in vibration tracking and detection as well as an electronic first curtain shutter to help keep the shakes at bay.
Streaming video is nothing new. Being able to live stream video that doesn't look like it was shot by someone holding a phone, however, is new. The Movi Live Streaming Camera lets you do exactly that by using a compact, capable standalone camera and a powerful companion app. The camera itself uses a 150º glass lens, built-in stereo microphones, and a 4K sensor to capture pro-quality HD video, while the app lets you take a single frame and create multiple shots, make cuts between shots, pan across the screen, use filters to adjust the look, or just activate the automated editing and relax. The standard kit comes with a tripod mount, charger, and microSD card for saving your shoots, while a Pro bundle includes a battery booster with Ethernet and support for USB LTE modems, and a sleek stand made by Konig and Meyer.
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.