The rise of smartphone photography is a blessing and a curse. Now anyone can snap and post from his pocket. Then again, anyone can snap and post from his pocket. Our feeds are bombarded with blurry and blown-out images—there has to be a better way. Thankfully some cameras, real cameras, now have onboard wireless connections, so uploading well-framed, in-focus photos can finally become the norm.
Equal parts nostalgia and tech, the Polaroid Socialmatic lets you have your photos and share them too. Connected to a wi-fi network or a smartphone via Bluetooth, images from either the 14-megapixel front-facing or two-megapixel rear-facing camera upload in seconds. Plus there’s an onboard printer to share snaps the old-fashioned way.
SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA 2
Think of the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 as the love child of one of the world’s most popular smartphone lines and a 16-megapixel, 21x-zoom shooter. On top of features such as image stabilization and shooting modes (there’s one specifically for selfies), you get embedded wi-fi and Android apps, including Facebook and Instagram.
NIKON 1 J5
Shooting action requires serious speed, and the Nikon 1 J5 has that in spades. It can capture 20 20.8-megapixel shots per second (faster than many high-end digital SLRs), focusing continuously on darting objects such as cars, football players or an energetic Labrador. A wi-fi connection sends finished work to a phone or tablet for lickety-split uploads.
CANON EOS REBEL T6I
Pairing a Canon EOS Rebel T6i ($900, usa.canon.com) with your phone over wi-fi does more than transfer pics onto an internet-ready vessel; it also turns your phone into a remote control for the 24.2-megapixel digital SLR. From there, you can check the viewfinder, adjust the ISO, aperture and other settings, and trigger the shutter. An ultra-fast hybrid autofocus ensures subjects are always sharp.
BONUS: INSTANT UPGRADE
EYEFI MOBI MEMORY CARD
$30 to $100, eyefi.com
If you’re happy with your shooter but still want an easier way to let your photos loose online, consider an Eyefi Mobi memory card The SD cards, which range from eight to 32 gigs, have their own wi-fi radios, so shots can sync with a smartphone, a tablet or the cloud.