I've admittedly become one of those people who use their phone as their main photography device. However, when I notice someone pull out a camera, I'm still always curious what they're shooting with. At a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 event last year I got to check out the Galaxy Camera (an Android powered smart camera) and the experience reignited my desire to shoot with a dedicated camera. Here are five digital cameras on my wishlist... I still use my trusted Canon S95 for taking good quality photos, but I like keeping an eye out for new cameras with new technology and cameras with playful designs.
Galaxy Camera: A couple years ago I used to dream of a camera like the Galaxy camera. It's the perfect on-the-go point and shoot camera because it allows you to take quality photos and edit and share your photos without having to connect to a computer. Android users will recognize a familiar interface because the camera runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Polaroid Android Camera iM1836: Also announced at CES, Polaroid's Android camera is the first of its kind and is not yet available. It's an Android-powered compact camera with interchangeable lens options. Similar to the Galaxy camera, it has built-in peer-to-peer WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity so you can pair the camera with any Bluetooth enabled device to share photos. You can also share photos through social media with Polaroid photo sharing apps that come with the camera.
Nanoblock Camera: Perhaps a little less high tech than the first two smart cameras above, but not any less cool, Photojojo's Nanoblock camera is a wonderful toy camera that shoots stills and video. The plastic lens gives photos a nice lo-fi look that picks up colors well, making it a great camera to bring outdoors. It comes with a built-in USB connection so you can easily upload your photos into a computer when you get home.
Diana F+ Love Letters: I love the retro vibe I get from looking at Diana cameras. I have one for when I feel like experimenting with print photography and was delighted when I came across this one covered in printed fabric. It's a little early for Valentines Day but it'd definitely make a good present for February 14. The lens shoots photos that are lo-fi and dreamy. There are two shutter speeds - one for day and one for nighttime.
Nikon 1 J3: Another new edition that was announced at CES is the Nikon 1 J3. I had a friend who was using the J1 and loved it. She most admired her camera for the modern design and also the ability to capture photos in action. I haven't tried out the J3 model yet but imagine it packs all the great things about the J1 into it and more.