Cameras are kind of funny — no matter how many megapixels your pocket shooter has, if you want professional results, you need a professional-style camera. The Canon EOS-1D Mark III ($TBA) is definitely professional. Designed from the ground-up, this 10.1 megapixel beast can shoot up to ten frames per second thanks to the new Dual DIGIC III image processor, and also sports a Live View shooting mode, letting you use the LCD to frame shots just like a point-and-shoot. Add in an integrated cleaning system, a 45-point auto focus system, and an extra-large CMOS sensor, and you've got everything you need to take great photographs.
We're not always excited about pocket-sized cams, but when they come with Nikon's optical VR image stabilization, you'd best believe we'll take notice. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 ($400; March 2007) boasts features such as a 10 megapixel resolution, a 2.5 LCD monitor, and a new image processing engine that optimizes for both low light and color reproduction. A built-in hot shoe, SDHC compatibility, and a new Face-priority AF mode round out the offering, but for those with shaky hands, the VR stabilization alone is worth the price.