IN A PERFECT WORLD, great cameras would be Internet-connected or smartphones would take better pictures. The Samsung Galaxy Camera—which looks like a point-and-shoot with a smartphone fused to the back—takes a step closer to that ideal. It connects to a cellular data network, so you can email and share photos anywhere you have wireless coverage. The Galaxy runs Google's Jellybean Android mobile operating system, which gives you access to powerful photo editing apps (for cropping, reducing red-eye and adding vintage effects right on the camera) and a touch-screen keyboard for typing captions when sharing photos on social networks. The Galaxy also has a handy voice-control function: step into the frame and, when you're ready, snap the shutter by saying "Cheese."
The Galaxy isn't quite small enough to sit comfortably in a pocket, but unlike a smartphone, it has a 21X optical zoom and can take photos that don't look grainy and fuzzy in less-than-ideal light. When you're not shooting, you can use the Galaxy to check email, browse websites, make Skype voice calls using the built-in microphone—or look up directions on how to use the camera's advanced features. $499, samsung.com