Thanks to an impressive 20.3-megapixel sensor, a 25,600 ISO range and a special 45mm lens kit (sold separately), this retro-style compact is the first one-lens camera package that can shoot stills at nine frames per second as well as crispy 1080p HD video in 3-D. There’s also a slew of creative settings (landscape, light trace, action freeze, i-Depth) that instantly tweak aperture, range of depth and shutter speeds. And with smartphone Wi-Fi connectivity, you can send photos to your mobile device, which can be made to function as a remote viewfinder through Samsung’s Smart Camera app.
$750 (45mm 2-D/3-D lens sold separately)
Available in black or white and not much larger than a smartphone, this 16.1-megapixel, interchangeable-lens camera combines Sony’s low-light-friendly, noise-reducing Exmor sensor with anti-motion and twilight modes (not to mention 15 photo effects and six creative settings) in a single snapper that’s ideal for those impromptu Facebook photo shoots. Plus, with its anti-slip grip, an LCD screen that tilts 180 degrees and an auto-cropping, object-framing feature, you’ll never have reason to sweat those selfies again.
Developed by a Stanford-trained computer scientist, this anodized aluminum canon (available in five colors) is the first commercial camera that captures all the light fields in any one scene. The result is a square 1080p-by-1080p image that, when imported to Lytro’s software, allows users to scroll over different areas to focus, shift perspective and refocus pictures after you take them. With a sliding 8x zoom on the user-friendly silicone grip, a creative mode on the touch screen that preadjusts blur levels and a set of Living Filter apps, it’s the perfect tool for detail-oriented shooters who have an editor’s eye.
$400 to $500