As more people take photos specifically to share with family, friends and their social media network, major camera manufactures have begun integrating sharing functionality into their latest offerings. Dubbed "smart cameras," these devices have a wide range of capabilities -- from mere WiFi connectivity to complete synchronizations with users' smartphones and tablets -- all aimed at helping users instantly share the photos and videos they take. Now that summer has arrived and vacations are approaching, we take a look at some of the smart cameras currently available at all price points.
The Panasonic Pen E-P5 camera is the company's first digital SLR to feature WiFi capabilities for transferring images and video to smart devices. The 16 megapixel DSLR is expected to ship in July and comes with a 17mm f/1.8 lens for $1,449.99.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1W features 12.1 megapixel resolution and a 7x zoom, while also allowing users to transfer photos and video via WiFi to your smartphone or tablet or by touching your devices together via Near Field Communication technology. Smartphones and tablets can also be used as remote shutters with a monitor for your camera. The LUMIX DMC-LF1W retails for $499.99.
The only camcorder on the list, the Panasonic X920 Video Camcorder allows users to upload HD videos via the Panasonic Image Connect app. The camera also allows you to stream events live on Ustream. The X920 features a 25x zoom, shoots in 20.4 megapixels, and retails for $999.99.
The Sony Alpha Nex-6 Smart camera features 16.1 megapixel resolution and comes with a 16-50mm interchangeable lens. Along with the ability to send photos to smart devices via WiFi and downloadable photo editing apps, the Nex-6 also has several features normally found on digital SLR cameras, such as a control dial for easy mode changing. The Nex-6 retails for $799.99.
The 16.1megapixel Sony Alpha NEX-5R features WiFi connectivity for transferring photos and videos to smart devices and also allows the user to download photo editing apps. The NEX-5R comes with an interchangeable 18-55mm lens and retails for $599.99.
The Polaroid iM1836 is the brand's first smart camera and is the only compact interchangeable-lens camera to feature an Android operating system, the company said. The camera comes with a 10-30mm lens and has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for sharing photos between devices and uploading to social media. Polaroid has yet to announce the release date or price of its new smart camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Smart Camera features a 21x optical zoom, 16 megapixel resolution, a 4.8 inch HD touch screen, and has full internet connectivity via WiFi. The camera also features a full Android operating system which allows users to surf the web, watch videos, and download games and apps via Samsung's app store. The camera retails for $449.99 and is also available in a 4G LTE model.
The Samsung NX1100 smart camera is a hybrid point and shoot/digital SLR camera with a removable 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and a mount for an external flash. The NX1100 has an impressive 20.3 megapixel resolution and is WiFi enabled, allowing you to send your photos and videos to tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. It carries a $599.99 price tag.
The Samsung ST150F is one of the cheapest point and shoot cameras on the market to feature smart functionality. The ST150F features a 16.2 megapixel sensor with 5x optical zoom and automatically adjusts the camera's settings via smart auto technology for the best picture quality. The ST150F is available on the Samsung website for $89.99
The Coolpix S9500 is one of Nikon's most powerful WiFi enabled cameras, with a 22x zoom and 18.1 megapixel resolution. The S9500 also features GPS functionality which instantly uploads the location of each photo you take when you send it to your smartphone or tablet and retails for $349.95.
The S5200 is Nikon's most affordable WiFi enabled camera available, and features built in WiFi connectivity to allow users to send photos and videos to their smartphone or tablet. The S5200 has a 6x zoom and 16 megapixel resolution in addition to a number of smart features like Scene Auto Selector and Subject Tracking. The Coolpix S5200 retails for $179.95.
For slightly more money than Nikon's entry-level smart camera, the Coolpix S6500 features a 12x zoom and 16 megapixel resolution with the ability to upload photos and videos instantly to smartphones or tablets. The S6500 also shoots video in full 1080p HD for crisp image quality and retails for 219.95
The Powershot ELPH 130 IS is one of the most affordable smart cameras available from Canon. Retailing at just $199.99, this WiFi enabled camera features 16 megapixel resolution and an 8x optical zoom, and is able to instantly upload images to social media or to Canon Image Gateway, which stores photos and videos in the cloud. The Powershot ELPH also features Smart AUTO technology which automatically adjusts the camera using 32 preset modes.
The Canon Rebel T5i, while impressive as a digital SLR camera, really can't be considered a smart camera due to its lack of WiFi capabilities. The T5i has an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and comes with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The only functions that could make the T5i comparable to a smart camera is its selection of creative filters and special scene mode. The T5i retails for $899.99.
The Nikon AW110 not only is WiFi enabled for instant photo and video uploading to your tablet, smartphone or WiFi device, but it is also waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof for those looking to shoot in extreme weather conditions. The AW110 has a 5x zoom and features 16 megapixel resolution along with a 3 inch screen. The AW110 retails for $349.95.
Unlike similar canon smart cameras, the Nikon Coolpix S800c comes equipped with an Android operating system in addition to WiFi capabilities, meaning you can download apps from GooglePlay to your phone as well as share your images across social media sites. The S800c features a 3.5 inch touchscreen,10x optical zoom, and 16 megapixel sensor for $349.95.
According to Canon, the Rebel SL1 is the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR camera available, but it can't really be considered a smart camera. The SL1 features several special scene modes and creative filters but does have built-in WiFi for photo sharing. The SL1 features a 3 inch LED touchscreen, 18 megapixel resolution, and all of the functionality of a regular-sized digital SLR camera. The SL1 retails for $799.99 and comes with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.66 lens.
The Canon Powershot SX280 is a 12.1 megapixels point and shoot camera with built in WiFi capabilities which allows the user to upload photos to social media instantly. The camera also sports a 20x optical zoom and smart settings which automatically focus on faces. The Powershot retails for $329.99
The Nikon Wu-1a and Wu-1b are wireless mobile adapters that connect to a variety of high-end Nikon products and transform them into smart devices capable of communicating with smartphones through a free application. The adapters cost $59.95 each.