Doc­u­ment it with th­ese smart cam­eras

Popular Science - - CON­TENTS - by Stan Ho­raczek

FLIP THROUGH THE PHOTOS YOU’VE TAKEN OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR life, and you can watch your­self (and your waist­line) grow. For most of us, it’s a tale spun through strings of same-look­ing self­ies on smart­phone cam­era rolls. Bor-ing! A stand-alone cam­era—from any gen­er­a­tion—can cap­ture dis­tinc­tive mem­o­ries worth keep­ing.

The Po­laroid Orig­i­nals OneStep 2 works like its pre­de­ces­sors, so your photos will have the same vin­tage flare your el­ders’ snap­shots did. One pack of color film gets you eight 3.1-inch shots that in­stantly de­velop with the soft look that in­spired your fa­vorite In­sta fil­ters. Each snap costs roughly $2, so choose your shots with care.

Present

Pros still grav­i­tate to bulky DSLRs, but the Pana­sonic ZS200 will do for the rest of us. Its 15x zoom lens starts wide enough for group shots but can go long to catch ex­pres­sions at 50 yards. The 20.1-megapixel sen­sor is al­most dou­ble the res­o­lu­tion of a phone, so to­day’s pics could fill the huge screens our grand­kids will stare at.

Fu­ture

AI-pow­ered cam­eras such as Google Clips ab­solve you of your duty as fam­ily pho­tog­ra­pher. Set up the 2-inch box in the cor­ner of the play­room, and its face and smile recog­ni­tion ID big mo­ments. When the robo pa­parazzi spies a play­ful pup or grin­ning kiddo, it takes a 7-second photo burst, which later off­loads to an app.

/ pho­to­graph by Brian Klutch

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