There’s arguably no better way to learn how a camera works than by building one yourself. That’s exactly what Bigshot offers: a kit for constructing a 3MP digital camera from scratch—that’s easy enough for anyone over the age eight. There’s a flash and an LCD display, but most fascinating of all is the lens turn-wheel allowing for panoramic shots and even 3D imagery.
With Light’s googly-eyed, multi-lensed camera—the L16—quantity and quality exist simultaneously. When taking a photo, the camera’s whopping 16 different lenses fire a once, piecing together a massive 52-megapixel image, and it’s all controlled through a user-friendly operating system and touchscreen. The first-of-its-kind camera is now available for pre-order, with plans to deliver during the summer of 2016.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hubble Telescope’s launch into low-Earth orbit, “Expanding Universe” (published by Taschen) is 255 pages of super high-resolution images taken from the telescope. The mesmerizing colors, shapes and textures within only add to our already palpable fascination with outer-space, and makes for a beautiful dose of perspective on days you need it most.
The DxO One digital camera sits somewhere between a point-and-shoot and a smartphone camera. The powerful, portable attachment snaps into iPhones via lighting connection, transforming them into sharp, capable shooters thanks to a 1” BSI-CMOS sensor, 11.9mm f/1.8 lens and a dedicated mobile app interface. So if you—or someone you know—is looking to attract more Instagram followers, the DxO One is here to help.
Photographers know the burden of carrying around two or more cameras in order to never miss that perfect moment. Lightening the load is Oklahoma-based Matthew Swaggart, whose sturdy, handmade leather multi-camera harness (dubbed the “MoneyMaker”) lets you shoot with speed, comfort—and style. He’s now created an alternate version—to the delight of his vegan friends—made from cotton canvas, making the straps even lighter and also affordable. Available in four colors.
Offering a beautiful way to remember this summer’s adventures many years into the future is Artifact Uprising’s Layflat Photo Album. Preserve your digital photos in timeless book form, made from professional quality papers and a minimalist fabric cover. It makes a particularly thoughtful gift for that one friend or relative who’s impossible to shop for.
Born out of the basement of a UC Berkeley robotics lab, Lily is a radio controller-free camera that starts recording as soon as you throw it in the air. Whether you’re snowboarding or surfing, the waterproof quadcopter follows (and films) you around via a small GPS tracker you wear, and uses computer vision technology to keep you center of the shot. More robot than drone, Lily is a camera of the future—literally, as orders won’t ship until February 2016, but to reward your patience, they’re offering a hefty $500 discount.
Captivated by the vivacity of Neapolitan families frolicking in Italy’s warm summer waters, photographer Brett Lloyd began snapping images of them, hoping to capture the carefree scenes playing out in front of him. Dashwood Books took notice of Lloyd’s work and commissioned him to further document his experiences, resulting in Scugnizzi, a photobook dedicated to the playful children found throughout the streets of Naples.
SIGMA continues to revolutionize photography with the dp2 Quattro camera, which offers a perspective close to human vision. The camera incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 image sensor that processes photos in three pixel layers, resulting in 3D-like photographs with rich colorful detail.
An exciting new pictorial tome, “Madonna NYC 83” presents previously unreleased images from photographer Richard Corman’s extensive shoot with the Material Girl early on in both of their careers. The photos capture her singular energy as well as street life in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and feel as fresh as the day they were taken.
For picture takers of all kinds, from city adventurers to party-goers, looking at your photos instantly is great. But what’s better than a tangible print? Fujifilm Instax makes it happen, in a wonderfully easy size. The Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera’s photos are as fun to hang up as mnemonic art as they are to give away instantly.
Ideal for the traveling photographer, this waterproof camera bag from Lowepro is specially designed with a removable internal case for fast access. Whether it’s a surprise rain storm or rowdy set, the roll-top closure seals in your precious equipment and keeps the elements out.
Killspencer’s Black Bridal Leather and Paracord Camera Strap will hold its own next to even the most sophisticated of cameras. Master craftsmen hand-braid each cord in the company’s Los Angeles workshop from waxed linen thread, which is both tangle-free and highly durable, before it’s finished with hand-threaded leather trim. The result is a mixture of classic craftsmanship and modern minimalism that will keep ready to capture the next great snapshot in style.
From UK creative Kelly Angood, Videre is a flat-packed, DIY camera kit which visually mimics classic twin-lens reflex cameras. Made in England, the medium-format pinhole camera is screen printed by hand and individually die-cut, and shipped flat-packed for you to easily assemble.
A clever app that allows you to choose twenty of your favorite iPhone photos to fill a book that can be ordered right from your handset and delivered to your doorstep in just a few days.
Sir Paul Smith has decked out the X2 in orange, yellow, and British racing green. This ultra-classy camera features an engraved lightbulb on the flash cover and a calfskin camera strap and case. Price in Euros.