The first Polaroid came way before the internet existed. No surprise that the latter contributed to the former’s extinction. The latest, though — the Polaroid Pop Instant Camera — is built for internet age, though without forgetting its origins. The Pop snaps and prints full color photos using a ZINK Zero Ink printer with Polaroid’s signature border around the image. But it doesn’t have to print each one: the camera also saves its images, shot with a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, to a microSD card up to 128GB in size, viewable on the cam’s 4-inch LCD touchscreen. It’s also equipped with both WiFi and Bluetooth for linking to your Android or iOS device to share images — or to double as a printer for your images captured on other devices. Other features include a dual LED flash, image stabilization, and a self-timer. And with its simple interface it’s as easy and inviting to use as the classic Polaroid once was, only way more functional.
Learn more at Polaroid – $TBA
Like a Polaroid for the modern age, the Prynt iPhone Case turns your iPhone into an instant camera all while utilizing its superior camera and screen to snap photos. Prynt itself functions as a larger, more ergonomic camera body and boasts an interchangeable adapter system that works with every iPhone from the 5 all the way to the 7, Plus or not. Snap a shot and the integrated printer, which uses Zink zero-ink technology, puts out a photo right in a few seconds — or just print existing photos from your camera roll. Plus holding a photo in front of your phone running the Prynt app it brings it to life in augmented reality, unlocking a video shot by the camera right after the picture was snapped.
Grab one at Amazon – $130
The iPhone 7 Plus has two lenses, so why settle for a zoom or macro lens that works with just one of the two? Kamerar’s iPhone 7 Plus Dual Lens Zoom Kit features Ztylus optics on each dual-lens unit, which slides into a slot on the included case and can then be retracted or positioned in front of your device’s cameras with the flick of your thumb. The lens sets comes with both a Macro Zoom which allow for shooting extreme closeups and a Fisheye/Telephoto lens that adds a fisheye effect over the standard camera and boosts the zoom on the iPhone’s existing telephoto camera.
Learn more at Kamerar – $45
Forget selfie sticks. AirSelfie is smaller than your smartphone and captures images from further back than any normal-sized selfie stick could dream of attaining (or close by). To launch, remove it from its cover, launch it using your smartphone, with its app as a controller, and snap away. The miniature drone flies in three modes: selfie, which points to you and moves either further or closer; flying, which lets you position it in the air and then hovers in place; and a motion control mode for more complex maneuvers. All images captured are sent immediately to your smartphone via WiFi for your perusal. It’s otherwise made completely of aluminum and has a decent flight time as well, running for 20 consecutive minutes and recharging in its case, which doubles as a power bank.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $190
While it’s outer shell remains nearly unchanged, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro takes the brand’s already stellar flagship model and improves it further. The Pro adds in a longer 30 minute flight time, a couple of extra stereoscopic and new infrared sensors around the drone, and a better camera equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled to a custom lens. One thing this means for the pilot is better obstacle avoidance: notably, you can now enable this while flying faster, up to 31 mph, and it’ll detect objects in almost every direction while moving to avoid them. Moreover it now shoots 4K video at a super smooth 60fps, snaps 20-megapixel stills, and optionally comes with a remote that’s got a built-in 5.5-inch touchscreen display (though the standard smartphone-dependent remote is available at the base price). It’s also loaded with more modes and features, including Draw that lets you draw a route on the screen to have the drone follow that path plus ActiveTrack image recognition algorithms to follow and record subjects without a tracker and from various angles.
Hit up DJI to learn more – $1,500
Babysitting our camera’s lens cap is probably the thing we like the least about shooting, even with the thousands of accessories that promise to safeguard it while it’s off the lens. Leica compact D-Lux with Explorer Kit, on the other hand, lets you spontaneously snap away without having to worry about a cap thanks to its clever lens cover that splits and opens up as the camera is turned on. The camera itself comes equipped with a big Four Thirds sensor and a fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH zoom lens that complement its spirit of quickness. Also included is a rugged red cotton carrying strap for securing the compact cam around your wrist. Though if you’ve already got a D-Lux just grab the Auto Lens Cap ($60) and call it a day.
Learn more at Leica – $1,145
Your Apple Watch straps a tiny, surprisingly functional computer to your wrist, but it’s always been deprived of a camera. Here to fill that void is Glide’s CMRA Apple Watch Camera Band. It’s a flexible elastomer strap that’s equipped with not one but two cameras: a 2-megapixel self-facing cam and an 8-megapixel outward-facing one, both with Sony sensors to shoot quality photos and crisp HD video. The strap has a single button that’s used as a shutter, 8GB of memory to store it all, and a battery that’s good for snapping hundreds of photos on a charge or about 30 minutes of video. Thanks to WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity it integrates right in with your watch and even allows for video conferencing using Glide’s watchOS app. Conveniently included is a dock that charges both strap and watch simultaneously.
Find it at CMRA – $150
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+