Samsung W200 Shoots underwater (as deep as 10 feet) and, of course, on land. It’s incredibly comfortable to hold, and it’s tough—both shock-resistant and sandproof (hooray!). High-def; built-in USB (no cord needed for uploading).
Digital Harinezumi 2+++ Shaped like a 70s-era Instamatic, it creates grainy silent footage reminiscent of Super 8 film. Not your primary camera, but a charming, quirky extra—and a great gift for budding hipsters.
JVC Everio GZ-HM440 Top shelf all the way, it contains two memory-card slots to store 22 hours of video (most cameras hold about 11). Crystal-clear optical zoom means you can shoot from a distance and still capture close-up smiles.
Kodak Playfull At about half an inch thick, it slips easily into a pocket. A Share button allows you to tag videos for delivery straight to Facebook or e-mail when you upload. You can also edit footage right on the camera. High-def; built-in USB.