Polaroid Z340: While instant cameras may seem like a reverse step for Baby Boomers, Gen Ys view film as an attractive novelty. Without fully abandoning the practicality of digital photography, the Polaroid Z340 marries the convenience of a point-and-shoot with the functionality of the classic instant camera. This isn’t the first time Polaroid has attempted to re-introduce instant photography to a mass audience, but with a built-in color printer and throwback design, the Z340 may be the brand’s most authentic reinvention of its original analog models. Modern features include an LCD screen for pre-print viewing, digital sharing capabilities, and the option to print with or without the signature white border.
Lytro: Don’t be deceived by Lytro’s diminutive appearance; this innovative device, one of the first consumer light field cameras, is re-imagining photography at its core. With its sleek and simple design, the micro lens captures light from every direction. Not only does this significantly improve photo quality but the instant shutter also alleviates the frustration of missing a fleeting moment while waiting for the camera to focus. What really sets Lytro apart, however, is its ability to re-focus after a photo’s been shot, turning each image into a “living picture.” Once photos are uploaded and shared, viewers can interact with snapshots and experiment with alternative focal points.
Samsung MV800: Most people have had the awkward experience of trying to photograph oneself with a camera held at arm’s length. Destined for being used for Facebook photos, Samsung MV800’s DualView camera features a flip-up, front-facing LCD screen that allows users to preview themselves while they shoot, while the built in Pose Guide offers line drawing suggestions for flattering framing. Those who are less comfortable being the center of attention will appreciate the Live Panorama function, which captures large groups in one frame. Finally, building off photo apps like Instagram, photos can be altered on the go with the Old Film or Water Paint Smart Filters. This may just eradicate the teen-favored mirror pic.