Olloclip iPhone 7 Lens Set

All it takes is a smartphone redesign to make all your previous accessories incompatible. And while its form factor hasn’t changed much, the cameras on the iPhone 7 and especially the 7 Plus, are quite different than those on their predecessors. Luckily the Olloclip iPhone 7 Lens Set is already good to go on the new phones, slipping over both rear and front cameras and even over thick screen protectors (though not over standard cases, but Olloclip does make compatible ones) to enhance your shots and selfies. All three new models feature Olloclip’s Connect Lens system, letting you swap the lenses on either side with others in the series to mix and match the pair to your liking, and boast a hinged base that lets the camera move to work with the 7 as well as either of the 7 Plus’ cameras. Lenses include fisheye, 120° super-wide, 2x telephoto, 155° ultra wide, and several macro lenses up to 21x, paired up across the current three sets: Core, Active, and Macro Pro.

Learn more at Olloclip – $80+

GET IT: $110+

Sports & Outdoors

Aer For GoPro

Your GoPro is fairly rugged. Definitely not rugged enough to throw it several dozen feet in the air and let it crash back down bare, though. But pop it in an Aer and you can do just that. This giant Nerf-like foam dart fits your action camera in its head, working nicely with the GoPro HERO 3, 4, and 5 (this last one with an insert to make up for its smaller size). A hefty foam bumper protects the cam from eventual impact while a large hole keeps its wide-angle view unobstructed. Its large fins keep the frame very stable and, importantly, it’s both very portable and completely waterproof, floating if it lands in a body of water. Check out some of the shots and videos they’ve taken with it.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $55

GET IT: ~$55


DJI Mavic Pro Drone

Theoretically, drones don’t need to be big to be capable, but so far these two attributes have been tightly correlated. DJI’s Mavic Pro breaks the mold by being small enough to fit in your hand while lacking few features of the drone brand’s far larger flagship machines. Folded, the Mavic could fit into the tightest of handbags and murses. Once it takes to the skies you’d hardly know it considering its got a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized 4K camera, about 27 minutes of battery life, and a 4.3 mile range thanks to a new OcuSync transmission system that pipes back a 1080p live feed. Its most impressive features? We’d have to go for two: Precision Hover, which uses GPS as usual to avoid drifting outdoors but that also uses a slew of cameras and sensors to compensate for drift indoors where satellite positioning is not available; and FlightAutonomy, which uses 5 cameras, 2 ultrasonic range finders, a bunch more sensors and 24 computing cores to sense and avoid obstacles even when you’re piloting the thing from many miles away. Plus it boasts compatibility with the company’s new DJI goggles which put two 1080p screens right in front of your eyes by way of a VR headset.

Learn more at Amazon – $1,000

GET IT: $1,000


Snap Spectacles

Snapchat, the company behind the app, is now known simply as Snap. With this moniker change comes their first relevant non-software release: Spectacles, pairing perfectly with the app. These slightly crazy-looking sunglasses put a 115-degree lens-equipped video camera beside your right eye and a small circle of LEDs beside your left. Tap a button on the left arm to record a 10 second snap from your perspective, letting others know you’re recording by illuminating the circle of LEDS to downplay the creep factor (while simultaneously letting you know thanks to a small light inside the glasses). Uploading videos is done wirelessly via Bluetooth so you can share them just as quick, and the wide-ange video is shot circularly to make it seamlessly viewable in both portrait and landscape orientations with no dead zone. An included case recharges Spectacles when you’re not wearing them so running out of juice at any point is rather unlikely.

Coming soon. Learn more at Spectacles – $130

GET IT: $130


SureFire FirePak

Small smartphone lenses aren’t so great at shooting or filming in low-light situations. SureFire’s FirePak ensures you’ll rarely, if ever, have to shoot in the dark. It’s ludicrously powerful, emitting up to 1,500 lumens of light at a 50 foot range by the use of two high-performance LEDs and that, thanks to cleverly designed reflectors, create a seamlessly blended beam that’s shaped to fully illuminate a typical 16:9 video frame. A switch on the side controls brightness, although so does its free Bluetooth app, and it’s equally useful for snapping photos. Plus its battery is beefy enough recharge most smartphones twice and rails on the back attach it to your smartphone wrapped in one of SureFire’s cases.

Learn more at SureFire – $300

GET IT: $300


GoPro Karma Drone

Plenty of other drones are built around GoPros as their primary cameras. It only made sense that GoPro would want to get in on the action themselves with the Karma Drone. It’s one of the most compact drones yet, folding into a relatively slim case that can be worn as a backpack. The included Karma controller boasts a flip up touchscreen display and dual joystick controls, and since others crowding around for a view of the screen can get annoying the GoPro Passenger App, installable on smartphones, lets friends see what you’re seeing or even control the camera itself while you take care of the flying. The drone also has a stabilizer gimbal (which can also be removed for use with the handheld Karma Grip) for smooth shooting, replaceable arms — not just props — in case something goes wrong, one-button take off and landing, as well as built-in No-Fly Zones, which may sound like its at your detriment but really it’s not.

Learn more at GoPro – $800 (drone alone) to $1,100 (with Hero5 Black)

GET IT: $800+

Sports & Outdoors

GoPro Hero5

More camera for less money cements GoPro’s crown of dominance over the action cam market with the freshly revealed Hero5. Available in two versions including the Hero5 Black and the smaller Hero5 Session, both models top out with 4K video at 30 fps, are waterproof to 33 feet without a case, and come standard with voice command support for hands-free controls. If you do use your hands it’s not too difficult to get up and running since the cameras will turn on and start recording with the touch of a single button. They both also come with video stabilization, advanced wind noise reduction, as well as both a GPS and a touchscreen on the Hero5 Black — not to mention a small B&W screen up front. And should you go with a GoPro Plus subscription ($5/month) either Hero5, when plugged to charge, will automatically upload its photos and videos to the cloud for backup as well as on-the-go viewing and editing.

Learn more at GoPro – $300 to $400

GET IT: $300+


Leica Sofort Instant Camera

The Polaroid of old may be dead, but the Leica Sofort Instant Camera is a sign that somebody thinks this quick shooting, quick developing photography niche isn’t. It’s neither cheap nor unaffordable but dropping down three hundred on this compact camera nets you the ability to set the focusing distance manually and a variety of shooting modes that include automatic, sport, action, macro, and a self-timer with two different delays, with the chosen settings displayed on a narrow black & white LCD screen on the back. It’ll work with both color and monochrome Instax Mini instant films, includes a flash that can be set to on/off/auto, and sports a small rectangular mirror in front (directly above the lens) for properly framing selfies.

Learn more at Leica – $300

GET IT: $300


DJI Osmo+ Camera

DJI knows a thing or two about stabilizing a camera — it’s been doing it on its drones for years. DJI’s 4K/30fps Osmo+ Camera upgrades the original with a few new features including a 3.5x optical zoom that combines with digital for 7x total, advanced stabilization attained through its gimbal that keeps the camera flat through motion and shakes, and a Motion Timelapse mode that pans the camera while shooting for the simple creation of moving timelapses. The Osmo+ can also be leveraged to shoot moving selfies, wide landscape photos by blending together 9 photos, and long exposure shots without the need for a tripod thanks to the stillness of the lens.

Learn more at DJI – $650


Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Cam

It doesn’t look much different than modern GoPro cameras and is similarly featured, but the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Cam still packs along several interesting firsts for the category. It’ll shoot 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, and slow motion (240fps) at 720p and boasts a 1.75-inch touchscreen on the back for controlling or setting up your shot. Where it really stands apart though is in its 3-axis optical image stabilization that makes otherwise shaky footage watchable, voice command functionality to start/stop recording or snap a photo without touching it, and a unique waterproof case that lets both the touchscreen and microphone function completely unimpeded with it on. And the camera packs both GPS and integrated sensors to capture additional data — like speed, jump height, altitude, and the like — that can be shown off alongside your footage.

Grab one at Amazon – $500


Hard Graft Blend Camera Strap

Hard Graft’s Blend Camera Strap is likely to garner more attention than the camera strapped to it. It’s made of structured cotton webbing that’s oak colored and super comfortable, fitting basically any camera and holding onto it securely thanks to metal split rings on each end. A white leather patch with their subtle, embossed logo is all the branding there is — at least if you don’t count the red/white detailing on one side — serving as a reminder of the brand’s material of choice despite recent experimentation.

Learn more at Hard Graft – $113


Spivo Stick

The Spivo Stick is a selfie stick on steroids. While most cheap selfie sticks can technically be slowly manipulated to suit a variety of angles, the Spivo Stick is the only one that can rotate your camera 180 degrees on a whim — and at the push of a button. The mechanism that does this is fully mechanical and therefore doesn’t rely on batteries, creating a whip pan effect as your camera spins around to point to what you’re looking at and then back to you with another press. It’s lightweight, waterproof, comes in three sizes between 12 and 26 inches in length, and works with any GoPro as well as any other camera with a standard 1/4-inch tripod mount. Though we’d presume your DSLR is too heavy.

Find it at Spivo – $50


GoPro Omni

Sure, six GoPro HERO4 Black cameras don’t come cheap, nor does the GoPro Omni rig that brings them all together. But the end result is full 360 degree video that syncs and stitches up perfectly, resulting in footage otherwise unheard of at this sort of price. The rigid yet lightweight aluminum Omni links up the six cameras to make the synchronization possible with only one controller — a GoPro Smart Remote — needed to start and stop filming. Mounting hardware makes it as easy to rig up as a standalone camera, and the All Inclusive kit comes with video-stitching software, six cameras, a 7-port USB hub and 6 microSD card readers to upload all content at once, a Switronix Hypercore98S battery for up to 3 hours of extra longevity, and a suitcase to hold it all.

Grab one with ($5,000) or without ($1,500) six HERO4 Black cameras.