Are you ready to get creative? Although most of us rely on our delicate smartphones for taking photos and videos, there are other cameras out there to investigate. Whether it’s a 360 degree camera that create virtual reality grade video, cameras with the kind of super zoom your smartphone can only dream of, action cameras that allow more adventurous photography, these gadgets allow you to record your adventures in new ways. Ricoh Theta Z1 After creating the 360 degree camera market a few years back with the lightweight but low-resolution Theta S, Ricoh is returning with this ultra high resolution attempt. Fitted with two one inch sensors and three-axis image stabilisation, the 182g Z1 (US$999) captures 22-megapixel photos, and while 360 degree video resolution is merely 4K, the Z1 has more capable cameras than any other 360 degree camera; its three aperture settings (f/2.1, f/3.5 and f/5.6), maximum shutter speed of 1/25,000sec. and an extended ISO 6,300 makes the Z1 all about quality. Insta360 Evo Just announced is the Insta360 Evo (US$419.99), which shoots 5.7K resolution for both 180 degree 3D and 360 degree modes, but adds a novel naked eye playback mode. Using a customised ‘HoloFrame’ cover for a smartphone (made by South Korea-based company Mopic), plus eye tracking tech, it creates a 3D image in the eye of the beholder. While that directly solves the playback issue, it still smacks of novelty. However, Insta360 has a new app for virtual reality (VR) headsets that allows an Evo to wirelessly stream 3D content directly to an Oculus Go, HTC VIVE Focus and Samsung Gear VR. Sony RX0 II Can anyone challenge the GoPro? Sony thinks it can with this new version of what is describes as “the world’s smallest and lightest premium ultra-compact camera”. Again it’s all about high quality and high cost, with the RX0 II (US$700) building in a Zeiss Tessar T* 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens and a one-inch 15.3-megapixel image sensor. Capable of 4K video and both waterproof and shockproof, the selfie friendly flip-up screen (it focuses at just 20cm) differentiates it from a GoPro. It’s aimed at travel photographers and vloggers. Canon PowerShot SX70 HS The camera industry is pinning its hopes on expensive compact mirrorless cameras, but super zooms are surely more important for the mass market. Canon has the PowerShot SX70 HS (US$550) – an upgrade of its SX60. The reason to buy is a massive 65x optical fixed lens zoom equivalent to a 21 to 1,365mm focal length, which is backed up by a DIGIC 8 processor and a 20.3 megapixel sensor. As well as capturing images in raw, it shoots 4K video.