Best Bet: Sun & Cloud Camera

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Photo: Victor Prado/New York Magazine

You could document your summer escapades with a newfangled HD/3-D/LCD camcorder. Or you could take the more novel approach with the palm-size, retro-look Sun & Cloud camera ($200 at AC Gears, 69 E. 8th St., at Greene St.; 212-260-2269). The arty three-megapixel button box charges via solar panel or retractable hand crank—meaning endless juice for shooting and filming your next camping or road trip (twelve hours of sun exposure buys 45 minutes of video time). And yet analog this camera is not: It comes with a USB port and nighttime LED flash, as well as a choice of fifteen Instagram-style filters.