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Ion Twin Video

Ion Twin Video

Aiming to be the ultimate pocket cam for interviews, YouTube videos, and more, the Ion Twin Video ($TBA; Q2 2010) lets you record both what you see and your reaction to it. It pulls off this feat by packing two cameras — facing opposite directions — into its compact body, as well as a stereo microphone, live editing features that let you swap the picture being recorded, split the screen, or do PIP recording, and SDHC-compliant storage.

  • Canon PowerShot S90

    Looking for SLR-like control on a pocket-friendly cam? Check out the Canon PowerShot S90 ($400). Packing a high sensitivity 10-megapixel sensor, the DIGIC 4 image processor, and a customizable control ring, the S90 segues nicely from a beginner-level auto mode to full manual control, complete with aperture and shutter priority modes. A bright f/2.0, 3.8x optical zoom lens, RAW + JPEG support, and a 3-inch LCD round out the spec sheet, making the S90 a good compromise between size and image quality for advanced amateur shooters, and a great secondary cam for dSLR owners.

  • Casio Exilim EX-G1

    Tough, but not bulky. That might be a good way to describe the Casio Exilim EX-G1 ($300; December 2009). The first camera of Casio's new G line, the EX-G1 is a 12.1-megapixel, .78-inch pocket cam with unusual resilience: it's waterproof down to 10 feet for up to 60 minutes straight, resists water penetration even when being directly sprayed, can handle temperatures down to 14 degrees, and can withstand multiple falls from seven feet. Other features include a 848 x 480 16:9 movie mode, microSD storage, intelligent autofocus, and a 3x zoom lens.