Somewhere between dSLR and pocket cam lies the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 ($TBA; November 2008). As the world's first camera to use the Micro Four Thirds standard, the G1 offers the interchangeable lenses and power of a dSLR, but in a more compact body. Features include a 3-inch flip-out LCD, contrast Autofocus, a 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, and a full complement of manual, semimanual, automatic, and semiautomatic shooting capabilities. Just give us a Leica Micro Four Thirds lens, and we'll be all set. [via]
Forget the plain ol' pocket cam — the new Sony Cyber-Shot T500 ($400; September 2008) shoots both pictures and 720p HD video. It packs a 10-megapixel sensor, a Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens, optical Steady Shot image stabilization, Memory Stick storage, and more. Big camera power in pocket-friendly form.