THE BEST Cameras

Deal: Wi-Fi Endoscopic Camera

Deal: Wi-Fi Endoscopic Camera

If you’ve ever had to deal with a clogged drain or dryer vent, you know it’s tricky to figure out where the problem is. This nifty gadget has a tiny camera and LED lighting on its tip, so you can snake your way up to 10 feet into pipes, conduit, vents, and more to see what’s up.

NIkon Coolpix W300

NIkon Coolpix W300

Nikon matches Olympus with its own affordable, rugged and 4K-capable compact camera. The Coolpix W300 has a 16MP sensor that can shoot 4K at 30fps. It also has built-in telemetry sensors, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for sharing, and 5x optical zoom.

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Arsenal Camera Assistant

Arsenal Camera Assistant

So much more than just a camera remote control. Arsenal uses thousands of reference photos and its onboard sensors to automatically adjust your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s settings and help you get a great shot. You can of course tweak its settings on its app.

Garmin Virb 360

Garmin Virb 360

The Virb 360 action camera shoots true 4K 30fps 360º video, ready to be shared as soon as you stop recording. It can also output 5.7K, 5K and 3K unstitched raw footage. Its apps let you add stabilization and telemetry data. It also comes with a tripod-handgrip.

TriLens Holster

TriLens Holster

A clever gadget for photographers which offers easy access to lenses. The hip-mounted holster hangs onto lenses securely using their mounts, and spins into position for quick lens swaps. It also provides storage for lens caps. Available for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E lenses.

DJI Spark Drone

DJI Spark Drone

An easy-to-use personal photography drone from the masters of photography drones. The spark can take off from your hand, and follow you, and can be commanded with gestures. Its got a gimbal-stabilized 1080p camera, GPS tracking, and has cinematic flight-path presets.

Sigma sd Quattro H Camera

Sigma sd Quattro H Camera

At the heart of this mirrorless camera is an insanely precise APS-H Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor which produces an image equivalent to a 51mp traditional sensor. Its RAW DNG files offer a level of detail not seen in cameras at this price. Sample photos on DPReview.

Olympus Tough TG-5

Olympus Tough TG-5

The latest version of Olympus’ rugged compact camera has a new 12MP sensor that works better in low-light compared to the one in its predecessor. The TG-5 also adds 4K video recording, 1080p slow motion 120fps, up to 20fps sequential shooting and more.

Lomography Neptune Lenses

Lomography Neptune Lenses

The Neptune Art Lens System consists of three fixed focal length lenses – 3.5/35, 2.8/50 and 4.0/80 – a lens base and six drop-in plates. Their size and weight makes it easy to switch lenses on the go, while the handcrafted optics offer a myriad of creative options.

Gladius Submersible Drone

Gladius Submersible Drone

A remote-controlled underwater drone which allows you to capture full HD video (4K model also available) and 16 MP stills using its waterproof camera and LED lighting. It comes with a 30m (~98 ft.) tether, but can be upgraded to operate at depths up to 100m (~328 ft.).

Sony α9 Camera

Sony α9 Camera

The incredible new α9 sports a 35mm full-frame sensor stacked with memory, allowing for 20fps continuous shooting at 24.2 MP, 4K video, crazy fast exposure and focus tracking, a silent, distortion-free shutter, and an OLED viewfinder which doesn’t black out between shots.

SPI Color Night Vision Cameras

SPI Color Night Vision Cameras

When we think of night vision, dark and grainy monochrome footage comes to mind. But SPI shows us what modern technology can do. Believe it or not, these videos were taken in real-time at night. Give it a few years and we’ll be able to see John Cena.

Autel X-Star Premium Drone

Autel X-Star Premium Drone

Autel Robotics‘ top-rated X-Star drone matches the DJI Phantom 4 spec for spec, but for much less money. It packs a 4K/30 camera, a 3-axis gimbal, a 25m flight time, dual GPS/GLONASS navigation, and the ability to control and view flight from up to 1.2 miles away.

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Lomo’Instant Automat Glass

Lomo’Instant Automat Glass

Lomography’s latest camera has a wide-angle 38mm (21mm equiv) f/4.5 glass lens. It’s designed to offer the sharpest pics you can get with an instant, and can focus down to about a foot. It does multiple exposures, and comes with a remote shutter release and color gels.

Drinking Straw Photography

Drinking Straw Photography

Artists Cliff Haynes and the late Michael Farrell built a camera comprised of 32,000 drinking straws which act as light paths in front of a sheet of film. When exposed, they result in an ethereal pointillist image. The project is documented in the book Straw Camera.

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm’s compact mirrorless shooter has a big 24.3MP APS-C sensor, and a fixed 23mm f/2 prime lens for incredible image quality. It’s got a slick hybrid optical/digital rangefinder, and a precise and whip-fast new autofocus system. Available in classic silver or black.

Insta360 Nano iPhone VR Camera

Insta360 Nano iPhone VR Camera

Want to shoot 360° videos right on your iPhone? This handy gadget adds a pair of 210°, high resolution fisheye cameras and an app which can stitch them into a surround image in real time for sharing and streaming. It also works as a standalone VR camera.

Grip Gear Movie Maker Set

Grip Gear Movie Maker Set

A set of portable accessories for smartphones, GoPros and small digital cameras which lets you capture pro-quality motion shots. Includes a remote-controlled 8-speed motorized slider that works horizontally or vertically, or as a 360º head for time-lapse and panoramic shots.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

Panasonic Lumix GH5

Panasonic’s beast can shoot 4K video at 60fps or 1080p at 180fps, has 20.4 mp resolution, a 2.36m dot OLED viewfinder, 5-axis stabilization, 9fps continuous shooting with autofocus, dual SD slots, and a full-size HDMI port among other upgrades over its predecessor, the GH4.

SteadXP+

SteadXP+

This compact accessory adds sophisticated digital stabilization capabilities to any camera with a flash mount and a microphone input. As your camera captures video, it records motion information which is later used to remove shake. A GoPro version is also in the works.

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GoPro: Best of 2016

GoPro: Best of 2016

2016 wasn’t exactly a stellar year for GoPro. But the company still makes damn good cameras, and their brand is still synonymous with the action camera market. Here’s a sampling of the shots made possible by GoPro from this year alone.

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera

Looking for an interchangeable lens camera that won’t break the bank? YI’s digital camera has a Micro-4/3rds Sony sensor that shoots 20MP stills, and 4K video, has built-in Wi-Fi, and can currently be had with two lenses for just about 550 bucks. Available in black or silver.

Overhauling a Pentax

Overhauling a Pentax

Let’s observe Halifax, Nova Scotia shop Camera Repair Centre Ltd. delicately disassemble, clean, and reassemble the intricate mechanisms and delicate wires inside an old Pentax K1000 35mm camera. Isn’t everything better set to In the Hall of the Mountain King.

PureNight Photo Filter

PureNight Photo Filter

Shooting starlight photos can be a challenge. Even if you get the timing and exposure right, you can still get artifacts from light pollution. Lonely Speck’s filter cuts reflections and yellow and orange wavelengths, resulting in awesome shots straight from your camera.

Disk Based Cameras

Disk Based Cameras

The 8-Bit Guy shares four relics from the dawn of consumer digital photography. Sony’s Mavica line and Panasonic’s competing PalmCam used either floppy disks or mini discs for storage. They were slow and bulky, but already had the defining features of digital cameras.

Yuneec Breeze Drone

Yuneec Breeze Drone

The biggest challenge with most reasonably priced drones is that they’re hard to fly. Yuneec’s Breeze a 4K video quadcopter offers five automated flight modes to help you get the aerial shot you want without being an expert pilot. For a limited time save $100 at BestBuy.

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