The Aspiring Photographer

With its Phantom 2 Vision+ ($1,159), DJI created a quadcopter that even novice UAV pilots can fly. New software stabilizes the four spinning blades, while an onboard GPS enables the drone to hover in place when you aren’t steering it. Looking pro has never been so easy. (Nick Kelley)
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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone

With its Phantom 2 Vision+ ($1,159), DJI created a quadcopter that even novice UAV pilots can fly. New software stabilizes the four spinning blades, while an onboard GPS enables the drone to hover in place when you aren’t steering it. Looking pro has never been so easy.

Kodak PixPro SP360 action camera

The Kodak PixPro SP360 (from $349) is part of a new generation of action cams capable of capturing 360-degree HD video. Note: The camera is splashproof, not waterproof, so don’t expect it to come swimming with you.

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Incase Sling Pack camera bag

Throw your GoPro in a cavernous bag and you’ve suddenly relinquished your ability to capture the action quickly. Enter the Incase Sling Pack ($150), which gives you on-the-fly access to your action cam thanks to a smart canister that accommodates two GoPros and accessories. This 12.5-liter pack was built from 1680-denier nylon; it’s as tough as the little camera it carries.

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Peak Design Slide and Clutch camera straps

Initially funded on Kickstarter, this camera strap system is the most versatile we’ve seen. The two burly adjustment points on Peak Design’s Slide ($60) let us easily adjust the sling strap from 39 to 54 inches long. Clutch ($40, PeakDesign.com), the accompanying quick-adjusting hand strap made from burly materials and inspired by climbing gear, allowed instant access to our DSLR’s controls.

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Polaroid Cube action camera

As action cameras become increasingly high-tech, we love the simplicity of the Polaroid Cube ($99). The camera has two moving parts—a button on top and a microSD card slot—but it’s still capable of shooting 1080 HD video. A magnet on the base lets you stick the Cube to most metal surfaces; you can purchase burlier mounts and waterproof housing separately.

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Ona Prince Street Camera Messenger Bag

If you own fancy camera gear but don’t want to look like a techie photographer while exploring the city, check out Ona’s Prince Street ($389) Italian leather bag. The 3.3-pound messenger bag accommodates an 11-inch laptop or tablet, a DSLR camera, two lenses, and a few small odds and ends.

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Ricoh WG-4 GPS

You’d be hard-pressed to break the Ricoh WG-4 GPS ($300), which is waterproof to 46 feet, shockproof from heights below seven feet, and capable of withstanding 220-pound impacts. With a 4X optical zoom, this is a solid point-and-shoot for capturing all your outdoor adventures. Throw in functional GPS capabilities that orient you in the sticks and you have a perfect eight-ounce backcountry companion.

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