Trying to keep faces in focus on autofocus camcorders can be a challenge. Unless, that is, you happen to have the Sony HDR-SR12 HD Camcorder ($1400). Along with the ability to record video in 1080p, a 120GB internal drive, 10.2 megapixel still image capture, a 12X optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, and a slew of other features, the SR12 features advanced face recognition, which can keep up to eight faces in focus, and performs exposure and white balance adjustments automatically — making sure the subjects of your videos end up the stars.
While the first thing that pops in your head when you hear FX35 is probably "Infiniti," Panasonic is out to change that with the Panasonic Lumix FX35 ($350; March). It boasts a 25-mm ultra-wide Leica DC lens, a 4x optical zoom, a 10.1 megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, the ability to record HD video at 720p resolution, and the ability to take photos in 1920x1080. It's a pocket shooter for the HD-era. [via]