1. Limited-Edition: Lomo LC-A+ Silver Lake
Style: With only 1,000 produced, this film camera features a chic chrome-coated-and-goat-leather body. It's a revamp of 1984's original LC-A—the camera that made imperfect exposures cool long before Instagram.
Substance: Outfitted with a Minitar 1 lens, the Silver Lake is high on lo-fi delights: winding 35mm film, shooting multiple exposures with the flip of a switch, and taking portraits with that arty halo effect around the edges.
$400; lomography.com

2. Classic: Olympus OM-D EM-5
Style: Recall your dad's solid 35mm? The OM-D resurrects Yoshihisa Maitani's 1970s-era design, with a magnesium-alloy frame and multiple manual dials that produce satisfying clicks.
Substance: With its electronic viewfinder, the 16-MP camera achieves the image quality of a DSLR in a smaller size, while a ground-breaking image-stabilization feature prevents blurry pics.
$1,000; getolympus.com

3. Custom-Made: Leica D-Lux 5 by ColorWare
Style: With trillions of possible color combos, the world's first "bespoke" camera lets you match it to your favorite pocket square via the same scratch-resistant liquid-plastic coating ColorWare has used to personalize Macs.
Substance: Its super-fast lens allows for sharp shooting in dark places, while its 24mm-to-90mm focal length snaps impressively wide angles for such a compact camera.
$1,125; colorware.com
Handmade leather camera strap. $82; tannergoods.com

4. Designer: Pentax K-01
Style: The round-edged aluminum body and vibrant rubberized grips come courtesy of Marc Newson, who's worked his aesthetic wonders on everything from G-Star hoodies to Dom Perignon bottles.
Substance: Besides shooting full-HD video, the K-01 is equipped with a no-fuss pop-up flash and the world's thinnest interchangeable lens.
$900; pentaximaging.com



iPhone Add-Ons For the Photo-Obsessed:

Lens Filter Kit by Holga
Modeled after the novelty camera with the cult following, the plastic dial slips onto your iPhone to apply nine special effects and color filters to your photos—no app required.
$25; shop.holgadirect.com

RainBallet Case by The Joy Factory
The airtight plastic case transforms your iPhone into a rugged all-weather camera that's shock-resistant and submergible for up to 30 minutes—yet still lets you take calls.
$50; thejoyfactory.com

iFlash by Cyanics
The LED-powered device plugs directly into your iPhone's (or iPad's) docking port to supersize its shooting range and brightness. Bonus: Use it as a flashlight between shots.
$25; gadgetsandgear.com

LiveAction Camera Grip by Belkin
Give your iPhone a point-and-shoot feel with an easy-to-hold soft rubber frame that includes two shutter buttons for taking stills and videos and a built-in tripod mount.
$50; belkin.com