Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer
Summer means vacations and the need to capture special once-in-a-lifetime moments in vivid color. These days, cameras are built into everything from cell phones to tablets -- and by all accounts, there’re pretty good. But which ones are the best? Read on to find out.
Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer
BlackBerry PlayBook

The PlayBook does everything but keep your finger off the shutter button. It has a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. Plus, it can shoot in 1080p and stream your high-def media on a Micro HDMI port.

Cost: $500

Link: US.BlackBerry.com 

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer

Samsung Captivate

This baby lets you fine-tune the resolution it uses to capture photos. Opt for the standard 4:3 settings at 5, 3.2, 2 and 0.3 megapixels; or the 16:9 widescreen settings at 4, 2.4, 1.5 and 0.4 megapixels.

Cost: $99

Link: Samsung.com

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer

Apple iPhone 4

This 5-megapixel camera’s built-in LED flash illuminates low-light scenes, and the 5x digital zoom gets you closer to the action. Another camera built into the front of the phone allows you to conveniently shoot self-portraits.

Cost: $199

Link: Apple.com

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Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer

Motorola XOOM

This 5-megapixel rear-facing tablet camera scores in the exposure-quality department. It also features a powerful dual-core processor, an Android platform, and a 10.1-inch screen with sharp video display.

Cost: $599

Link: Motorola.com

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer

Apple iPod Touch

Photos max out at 960 by 720 pixels with this front-facing camera. It also has HD video-recording capability and offers an onscreen slide control that toggles between still and video modes.

Cost: $229

Link: Apple.com

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer

Apple iPad 2

Apple’s new thinner and lighter tablet features a 0.69-megapixel camera that shoots photos and HD video. Pictures look great on the display screen, but they do tend to look a bit unclear when printed out.

Cost: From $499

Link: Apple.com

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The front-facing camera allows you to video chat, and the rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with LED flash captures still images and video that can be edited, uploaded and shared.

Cost: From $499

Link: Samsung.com

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer
Motorola DROID X

This 4.3-inch touchscreen phone features an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, HDMI output and DLNA support. It can also be used as a mobile hot spot.

Cost: $149

Link: Motorola.com 

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer
HTC Droid Incredible 2

This phone’s 8-megapixel camera delivers crisp photos with autofocus and dual LED flash. It also offers 3,264 by 2,448 pixels for extra sharpness, geotagging, face-detection settings, and image stabilization.

Cost: From $200

Link: HTC.com 

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer
Nokia E72

With 5 megapixels, an LED flash, a sharpness sensor, autofocus, and 5x digital zoom, this camera phone also offers settings for image quality and resets for various shooting modes.

Cost: $300

Link: NokiaUSA.com

Top 11 Ways to Document Your Summer
Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot

The 8.1-megapixel camera phone can take pictures in four different resolutions, two quality settings, five color effects, five white-balance choices, and GPS geolocation. You can also drag and drop your media files between your phone and PC.

Cost: $229

Link: SonyEricsson.com 

Brian O’Connor is a print and online journalist. He is a former contributing editor at Men’s Fitness and executive editor at Genre. He has also written for Slate, San Francisco Weekly and the New York Daily News, among other publications. Brian is a frequent contributor to Style and Tech for Men.