Playful cameras

Lightweight, portable, and decidedly low-tech, these two cameras go where more expensive ones can't, encouraging spontaneous, off-the-cuff photography.

The Lomographic Pop 9 (top right; $36; www.amazon.com) has nine lenses that snap at the same time. And the Lomo SuperSampler (top left; $35; www.amazon.com) takes a series of four shots over two seconds, capturing changes in movement. The best places to give them a try:

In the big city. Shoot skylines at night.

At the dog park. Snap Fido in hot pursuit of his favorite tennis ball.

At the beach. Capture kids jumping in the water.

En route. From your car or bike, click away at fleeting landscapes. ―Lisa Vollmer