11 Fascinating Cameras
Get trigger-happy with this selection of fun, flashy cameras, from the Lego Digi Cam to the eight-eyed monster Oktomat.
Fred Flare Pop Art
Channel your inner Andy Warhol with this four-inch plastic camera that shoots four images in one second using 35 mm film. The outcome is four primary-colored frames on one print. fredflare.com, $24.
Possibly the only thing with eight eyes that isn't scary, this supercute 35 mm camera produces trippy prints composed of eight tiny frames, taken in rapid succession with one click. The resulting image is like a lineup of pages from a flip book. usa.lomography.com, $40.
Classic Lego Digital Camera
This three-megapixel cam might look like a toy, but it's the real thing, complete with a 1.5-inch LCD screen, 4x zoom, and enough internal memory to store 80 photos. The camera comes preassembled, with space to snap on even more Legos. But don't worry: The look is strictly aesthetic—it can't be taken apart. store.digiblue.com, $50.
The U Turn
This smart design is geared toward kids ages 6 and up. With the U Turn, kids can swivel the body of the camera around so the viewfinder is facing them as they snap photos of themselves and friends. But the real fun happens afterward, when they can apply 12 different "morphs" that distort the image like a fun-house mirror would. store.digiblue.com, $50.
A smaller version of the '60s cult classic, the mini has retro style but serious capabilities, like multiple and long exposures for shooting with 35 mm film. Just under four inches long, the Diana even comes with a tiny tripod. momastore.org, $60.
Fisheye No. 2 Pink
Claiming to be the only 35 mm camera with a built-in fish-eye lens, this hotshot compresses foreground and background scenes into one focused image. Each unique picture has a sweeping 180-degree perspective. usa.lomography.com, $80.
The 8.1-megapixel Vivitar underwater ViviCam 8400 costs less than a basic plastic waterproof camera case, yet it shoots pictures and short videos at up to 30 feet underwater with an 8x digital zoom. The plastic coating ensures a tight grip and protection from sand and salt, and the 2.4-inch LCD screen means it's a cinch to carry around. vivitar.com, $89.
Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera
The beloved original gets a modern-day update with this portable digital camera that prints instantly. You can crop, edit, add borders, and more on the camera's screen, and then print the image in less than a minute. Feeling nostalgic yet? polaroid.com, $200.
GoPro HD Hero Naked
The folks at GoPro know that daredevils seldom have free hands. So the HD Hero Naked camera has an adhesive mount that sticks to just about anything—the front of a surfboard, a helmet, handlebars. Press the shutter once, and it shoots photos at a set number of intervals, capturing your entire adventure. The waterproof camera also records video in HD. goprocamera.com, $260.
Samsung DualView TL220
In the latest iteration of Samsung's high-tech digital cameras, LCD screens on the front and the back let you frame pictures like never before. The result? Self-portraits that are actually centered—and flattering. Plus, the back panel is a touch screen. samsung.com, $300.
Nikon Coolpix P6000
Here's one for true photophiles: Nikon's P6000 model comes with advanced features—auto red-eye fix, the ability to focus on up to 12 faces in one portrait, sharp enough resolution to print images up to 20 inches by 30 inches—plus a built-in GPS that automatically geotags each photo with the exact location of where it was captured. nikonusa.com, $500.
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