There's no law stating that cameras have to be boring and black. From the luxurious Hermes models to the plastic-fantastic personality of theQ, manufacturers are releasing an array of new cameras and accessories with design and color at the forefront, intentionally conspicuous and playfully fashionable...
Just like vinyl records have made a comeback, so has instant film. And there's no brand which has embraced the love of point-shoot-and-print than FujiFilm (sorry Polaroid). The Instax Mini Instant Camera isn't completely analog: the camera offers a manual exposure controls with a built in light meter and digital control screen with light/dark exposure settings, and a landscape mode for distance shooting. Shots are developed in an instant at 4.6 x 4.7 X 2.7 inch size, making this truly an insta-gram to share with friends.
Leica, the iconic name in photography, released the M9-P Edition Hermès as a luxurious flagship model, adding to an already pedigreed brand. The $50,000 camera is highlighted by Hermès 'Beau Swift' calfskin and is designed in collaboration with Walter de'Silva of Audi fame.
More Leica love, with the ever fashionable English designer Paul Smith contributing his signature bright stripes to the Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith. As if the bright orange and fluorescent yellow trim with British racing green leather trim wasn't enough, this special edition comes with a taupe-colored calfskin camera protector and strap to stand out from the crowd.
Recognizing many have ditched a dedicated camera for a smartphone for photographic duties, here's an iPhone 5 case designed to add improved grip, alongside drape the iPhone with more colorful personality. Just note, this case doesn't add any additional lens features despite the prominent lens on the front.
Electronics customizer ColorWare offers yet another Leica, the D-Lux 6, but this time wrapped in a wild and diverse assortment of colors. It's only $399...for just the paint job. The price tag jumps to $1,199 when including a brand new colored camera in the total.
Colorful and fun, TheQ is available in 9 different colors and wears its fashionable intententions up front and center. TheQ adds a social element as well, automatically uploading your photos to the internet. TheQ's ring flash helps cope with poor lighting conditions and glows with TRON-like effect; additionally, the small camera offers a waterproof design, 5 megapixel resolution capture, 2GB storage, and a 2.7inch TFT screen on the back.
Sony offers a body grip accessory for its Alpha NEX-5T digital camera that adds a splash of color in an otherwise boring black or silver camera.
Similarly, there are an assortment of cases designed to protect and accessorize specific digital camera models on eBay for a modest price. This assortment is for the Nikon J3.
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