DJI Ronin 2 DSLR Gimbal

Stabilizing a flying camera isn’t easy. DJI’s been doing it for awhile on their drones, and they’ve transposed this know-how into handheld gimbals as well. And the DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal is by far the most capable of the latter so far. Equipped with an enlarged camera cage and high torque motors, this gimbal can handle a variety of rigs — including some by RED and Black Magic — up to 30 pounds in weight, stabilizing them in high winds and even at speeds of up to 75 mph such as when mounted to a car. Ease of use is crucial so an integrated touchscreen accelerates setup and controls, while the intuitive Gimbal Assistant app lets you plan out timelapses and panorama shots easier than ever. The Ronin 2 also has dual hot-swappable batteries (that also run in temperatures as low as -4°F) for uninterrupted shooting, a carbon fiber build for low weight and high strength, and integrated GPS that’s necessary for maintaining the camera’s positioning and angle while moving at high speeds. Good thing, too, considering it’s highly mountable, attaching to cable cams, Steadicams, drones, vehicles, and cranes, amongst others.

All we’re missing is the price. Learn more at DJI – $TBA



Sony A9 Camera

Sony’s been holding it’s own and even outdoing, on several occasions, both of its main rivals in the camera world: Canon & Nikon. And the Sony A9 Camera charges on with features that’ll make Canon’s already fast 1D fluster. The A9 boasts a 24.2 megapixel full-frame stacked CMOS sensor behind both a traditional mechanical shutter as well as an electronic one. Using the latter means no blackouts on the viewfinder, silent operation devoid of vibrations (imagine a future of televised golf devoid of clicking), and of course very high speeds, shooting at up to 20fps with a max shutter speed of 1/32,000 of a second while never losing sight of your subject. Sony’s 4D Focus system is also worth noting, which is fast, operates uninterrupted even with the shutter released, and uses 693 phase-detection AF points that cover nearly the entirety of the image. And with a huge battery, dual memory card slots, and likely the best viewfinder ever fitted on a camera at Quad-VGA, the A9 isn’t lacking when it comes to important details that make or break your shooting, either.

Learn more at Sony – $4,500

GET IT: $4,500


Lab-Box Daylight Film Developing Kit

Like vinyl records, analog photography is picking back up. So it follows that developing is as well. The Lab-Box Daylight Film Developing Kit makes it simple to develop your own 135 or 120 film photos without the need for a red light nor a darkroom. To load, trim a bit off the end of your exposed film, then insert it into the module slot, hook the film to the spool, and place the lid on. Then turn the knob until the film is completely rolled onto the spool and, when it’s fully unrolled, press the cutting lever to separate the film from the cartridge (note: the 120 format film works a little differently but is just as simple). At that point, pour in the appropriate liquids for the chosen developing process and turn the knob to agitate and evenly expose the film to the chemicals as directed. Switching between 135 and 120 format films is as simple as swapping in the appropriate module on the tank, and it’s small enough to carry with you if you’d like to develop your shots on-site.

Find it at Kickstarter – $110

GET IT: $110


DJI Matrice 200 Series Drones

Drones are delicate, hovering contraptions. DJI’s lineup of Matrice 200 Series Drones makes it a point not to be. These large drones stay afloat even in strong winds thanks to equally large 17-inch props and have enclosed shells that endure extreme weather including rain, snow, and sub-zero temperatures. The latter in particular is aided by a dual-battery power system that keeps the batteries warmed up in freezing weather. The basic 200 model features a single traditional downwards gimbal while the 210 and 210 RKT offer an upward gimbal option as well as a dual downward gimbal option for two cameras. It’s also got a 4.3 mile transmission range, 38 minute flight time, obstacle avoidance using multiple infrared, vision, and ultrasonic sensors, plus several intelligent flight modes. And despite its size it folds down quick for transportation.

Learn more at DJI – $TBA



Croz DIY Digital Camera

The Croz DIY Digital Camera is the photography equivalent of a Raspberry Pi. Sort of. Despite its simplicity and size the Croz boasts a changeable lens — with wide-angle and fisheye included — and has but two buttons: one is the shutter and the other is a switch that toggles through photo effects. Its acrylic casing means you won’t need to build or 3D print your own and it runs on two AAA batteries, simply storing snaps to an SD card. Oh and there’s no digital screen to preview or review; instead it’s got a rectangular viewfinder to frame your shots, and the next time you’ll see them is on the device they’re uploaded to.

Grab one at the MoMA Store – $140

GET IT: $140


Fujifilm GF670 Rangefinder Folding Camera

Discontinued a few years back, if you’ve ever wanted to scoop the a medium format Fujifilm GF670 Rangefinder Folding Camera now’s the time. Production hasn’t resumed but a few crates of immaculate, brand-new GF670 cameras were uncovered in B&H’s warehouse. The dual-medium format camera accepts either 120 or 220 roll films and can be switched to 6x7cm or 6x6cm formats, albeit only when changing rolls. Its 35mm-equivalent 80mm f/3.5 Fujinon lens is also built in to the end of a collapsing bellows system which both protects the lens and reduces the size of the camera when not in use.

Grab one at B&H Photo Video – $2,000

GET IT: $2,000


Polaroid Pop Instant Camera

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



Prynt iPhone Case

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

GET IT: $130


Kamerar iPhone 7 Plus Dual Lens Zoom Kit

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

GET IT: $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

GET IT: ~$190


DJI Phantom 4 Pro

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

GET IT: $1,500


Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit

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

GET IT: $1,145


CMRA Apple Watch Camera Band

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

GET IT: $150