With all the advances in DSLR technology we've seen on the market lately, camera makers run the risk of losing touch with where they came from. The Nikon Df Camera ($3,000) is deeply in touch with its roots, bringing us a camera that's aesthetically inspired by classic 35mm film cameras, but packed with professionally-focused digital tech. Wrapped in leather and chrome and covered in dials and knobs galore, this full-frame camera features a 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon's Expeed 3 processor. It ships with a 50mm f/1.8 lens, and is priced for professional photographers who want a slightly smaller body that doesn't sacrifice features (save, of course, its hard-to-ignore lack of video capability).
When you're packing to head out on a quick weekend trip, space can be tight, especially if you want to avoid checking your bags — so when you need a compact semi-professional camera that doesn't sacrifice image quality, you need the Olympus Stylus 1 Camera ($700). It features a single built-in f/2.8 10.7x 28-300 millimeter lens that retracts fully into the camera body, so you get great zoom without the bulk of a full telephoto lens. A 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combined with the TruePicVI image processor gives you great images with fast response times. Additional features include an electronic viewfinder, three-inch LCD screen, WiFi connectivity, and a range of shooting modes.