1 Canon EOS M3
$999 (usual price $1,278); freebies include $200 cashback for online warranty, 16GB SD card and Mild Enthusiast Crumpler Bag
Using a small and portable camera does not mean substandard photos - not when the camera is the Canon EOS M3.
This 24.2-megapixel sharpshooter, coupled with Canon's latest DIGIC 6 image processor, offers fast autofocus speeds, allowing you to capture details that will make any Instagram shot look inadequate.
Taking angled shots is made easy with the tiltable LCD touchscreen. The interchangeable lens camera comes with a standard 18-55mm kit lens. Canon's wide range of EF lenses will work with this camera if you use a mount adaptor.
2 Curve Xtreme 200 Action Cam
$179 (usual price $299); freebies include 32GB Class 10 MicroSD Card (worth $39.90) and 20,000mAh Battery Bank (worth $89)
Before you embark on an adventure or a new sport, choosing a suitable action camera is of utmost importance.
This makes the Curve Xtreme 200 Action Cam practically a must-have accessory for a ski trip or any extreme sporting activity.
Its wide, wide-angle (170 degrees) lens will capture the action from a first-person perspective. Go for broke with its 4K ultra HD recording function or bring it down to full HD recording if that is good enough for your full HD TV.
You can even record the action in slow motion to create an epic video. Attach the camera to your helmet and control the camera remotely using the bundled wrist band.
3 Fujifilm X-T2
$2,599 (body only)
The Fujifilm X-T2 is a dream come true for photography enthusiasts.
Updated with a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, the interchangeable lens camera uses X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing to reproduce colours accurately and deliver clear images with a minimum of noise, even at high ISO settings.
Focusing on moving subjects is made easier by the new AF-C Custom Settings. These let you tweak the focus settings according to the type of movements.
Peer into the electronic viewfinder, which comes with a magnification ratio of 0.77, and you will feel as if you are taking photos the old-fashioned way - except with up-to-date technology such as 4K video recording.
4 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4
$498; freebies include an additional battery, Tough Sport Holder Case, $60 Courts Voucher and 16GB SD card (worth a total of $251 )
True to its name, the hardy Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 can survive a swim in waters up to 15m deep. If you happen to drop it, the camera should survive if it has not been allowed to fall from a height of no more than 2.1m.
It can survive harsh cold temperatures down to -10 deg C, perhaps even better than you can.
It is, however, first and foremost a camera, one with a bright f/2 lens. This 16.7-megapixel shooter even lets you shoot from afar thanks to a 4x optical zoom lens.
It is loaded with features, including Wi-Fi, to allow you to transfer photos easily and remotely to your smartphones or tablets.
5 Samsung Gear 360
Two can be better than one, as is the case with the Samsung Gear 360 and its dual 15-megapixel fisheye lens setup.
Capturing both videos and still images in 360 degrees, the Gear 360 also lets you shoot with just one of the lenses.
The f/2 lenses deliver photos and videos that look bright, even if there is little available light.
Showcasing your 360-degree work of art is no problem since you can upload it to Facebook, YouTube and even Google Street View.
The Gear 360's light weight and spherical design makes it a useful and portable companion. It is also quite resilient, thanks to its IP53 rating that makes the camera both dust- and splash-resistant.
• Seow Tein Hee is a freeelance writer