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Lytro Camera

By Conde Nast Traveler Friday, December 16 12:45 PM

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Think of a bustling street in Paris. You point your camera and shoot, knowing full well there's no way you'll do justice to that moment of your vacation. Unless, that is, you're toting the groundbreaking new Lytro camera (from $399).

This compact shooter (a lightweight 7.55 ounces) has no shutter delay and a sensor that captures 11 million rays of light to record the intensity of the scene, with the potential to do much more with the image afterward. The technology is complicated, but the low-down is that your image can be infinitely focused and refocused, shifted in perspective, and even viewed in 3-D. And the best bit of all? It's just a lens with a button. Head-scratching science wrapped in simplicity. We like it.

Photo: Courtesy of Lytro

Double Exposure Digi Cam

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, November 02 09:23 AM

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When you reminisce about a vacation, the atmospheric collage of sights you recall isn't always consistent with the true-to-life, megapixel-perfect scenes that your camera captured. But there is a tiny little thing that can change that.

Traveler, meet the Double Exposure Digi Cam ($130), a wee 1.1-ounce photographic magician that mashes up images, layering that Brazil beach nap with the clubbing that preceded it or a Central Park close-up with its skyscraper surroundings. Even single images get the dreamy treatment with saturated colors and soft-focus edges, making your photo album every bit as mellow as your memories.

Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo

Nikon 1 J1

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, October 12 10:51 AM

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A lion sprints across the savanna and you have to make a split-second decision: pictures or video? Well, thanks to the fine folks at Nikon, the answer can be both. The new Nikon 1 J1 ($649.95) can simultaneously shoot photos and HD movies, capture flip book-like moving images, and switch out lenses to suit your subject. Best of all, there's a new Smart Photo Selector option that shoots ten pics and singles out the sharpest.

The serious functionality is combined with slick simplicity--we dig the monochrome white, red, or silver color options. A camera that looks good and keeps you focused on documenting your vacation? That's worth a shot.

Photo: Courtesy of Nikon

Limited Edition Polaroid SX-70

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, September 12 10:52 AM

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Toting your SLR, tripod, and lenses up the Great Wall might seem like a good idea. But a trip to a Beijing chiropractor later? Not so much. How's a shutterbug like you going to lighten your load? Kick it old-school.

Behold the Polaroid SX-70, resurrected from a basement near you and restored to pristine working order by the fine folks at Mint. These lightweight instant cameras fold flat and pop open when you're ready to shoot. You'll get retro lo-fi images Hipstamatic can only dream of, and your back will thank you.

Limited Edition Polaroid SX-70, $350, available from Photojojo

Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo

ColorWare Leica Camera

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, August 24 11:26 AM

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Your vacation shots are always picture-perfect. But the camera you use to take them? Let's just say serious shooters rarely come in pretty packages. Until now. Thanks to the fine folks at gadget customization company ColorWare, your camera will be ready for its own close-up.

Frankenstein a Leica D-LUX 5 camera (a high-quality point-and-shoot with a 3.8x zoom and 10.1 megapixels) by choosing from 48 different colors and finishes for the back, front, lens, and lens cap. Pair Cobalt blue with Zest orange and a touch of Star Dust yellow, for example, and you've got a camera that's business on the inside, party on the outside.

ColorWare Leica Camera, from $1,200

Photo: Courtesy of ColorWare

Time-Lapse Camera

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, August 10 07:00 AM

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Ever wonder how to catch those time-lapse images of a growing flower or the changing seasons? It usually involves a few thousand dollars' worth of equipment and a whole lot of patience. But now those of us who prefer to spend our vacation in a hammock nursing a daiquiri rather than sitting patiently behind a camera can get in on that pro-style photography.

Just set up this sturdy new Time-Lapse Camera (available from Photojojo, $149), click a few buttons, and leave it to its work shooting frame after frame and stitching them together into a time-lapse video. So you can bring home footage of the changing light across a cityscape, the rise and fall of the equatorial sun, or a full day of your kids frolicking on the beach. All of the payoff with none of the effort? That's our idea of a vacation.

Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo

Minox Mini Digital Camera

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, July 07 07:00 AM

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The best travel images tend to be stealth shots. But unwieldy digital SLRs can make discreet photography difficult. That's why we'll be packing the new 3.88-ounce mini Minox ($179), brought to you by the creators of 1940s CIA spy cams.

The body, a 5/8th-scale replica of the Cold War-era Leica M3, is pure James Bond cool. But that pretty packaging also shoots with precision, thanks to a German-engineered glass lens and 5.1-megapixel resolution. Best of all, it fits in the palm of your hand.

Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo Store

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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