Your smartphone’s camera is good enough for Instagram, Snapchat, and even some very high-quality editing—after all, last year we used Nokia’s 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 model to shoot a special Men’s Fitness cover with Super Bowl–winning Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. But you’d be amazed by what your smartphone can do with the extra photographic punch packed into a new, high-quality lens appendage. Or, if you really want mega-quality from your megapixels, try a standard camera. Yes, they still exist!
We get it. You like your phone’s camera because it makes it really, really easy to take and share photos. So, if the allure of instant shareability is just too much to give up, check out the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens, which, through the magic of NFC and wi-fi, connects wirelessly to your smartphone, effectively turning the cell into a full-screen handheld viewfinder. With a 16-megapixel sensor and optical zoom up to 10x, the compact lens, which comes ready to shoot high-quality 1080p HD video, is fully equipped to capture any moment in vivid detail. And the PixPro app lets you edit and enhance photos in real time. Or just, you know, throw on an Instagram filter.
If you’re venturing off the beaten path, geographically speaking, juggling your only lifeline to civilization over cliffs and waterfalls probably isn’t the safest way to document your epic adventures. (How confident are you, really, with that “waterproof” case?) Instead, save your phone’s battery for, say, the phone, and spring for a dedicated camera that combines durability and pro picture quality.
Hitting the whitewater this weekend? Throw the waterproof Ion Air Pro 3 WiFi into the raft and shoot riveting 1080p HD video. It’s got all the customization options you’d expect from a top of the line action cam: a helmet mount to give your video a POV feel, a kit to attach your camera to a snowboard or skateboard, and protective skins. But its simple cylindrical design makes it lighter than all else in its category. Back on dry land, use the built in wifi to connect to your laptop and show YouTube what you’re made of.