It's full frame fever season, and it looks like Leica is the latest company to catch the bug. The new Leica M Camera ($7,000) boasts an all-new, 35mm format 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, the blazing fast Maestro image processor, Live View and Live View Focusing on the 3-inch, Gorilla Glass-covered display, 1080p video recording, a splash-proof magnesium alloy body, and compatibility with both M- and R-mount lenses. Arriving early next year, so start saving your Benjamins now.
Sure, if you've bought a DSLR in the last couple of years, odds are it can record video. But thanks to its built-in video compression, the results might not be what you're looking for — and if so, you might want to try the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($3,000). Sporting a compact design, it features a high-resolution 2.5K sensor, a built-in SSD with RAW video recording capability, 13 stops of dynamic range, Thunderbolt in/out capability, a large LCD touchscreen display, and compatibility with Canon EF and Zeiss ZF lenses. If you're in, you can start scheduling your shoots for July.
Nevermind the fact that no one has a screen for you to watch it on — if you're looking to future-proof your footage, you want to be shooting in 4K. Which is why you might want the Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera ($15,000). Based on the EOS-1D X, the 1D C provides a DSLR-style body, an 18.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor capable of 4096 x 2160 video recording, ISO 25,600 sensitivity for outstanding low light performance, dual DIGIC 5+ image processors, compatibility with over 60 interchangeable Canon EF and EF Cinema lenses, and — of course — all the still-image chops of the 1D X.
D800 not living up to your low-light performance standards? You could always jump ship and pick up the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($3,500) instead. At its heart lies an all-new 22.3-megapixel full-frame sensor that delivers stellar images up to ISO 102,400, and it's augmented by the new, blazing fast DIGIC 5+ processor for 6 fps shooting, a 61-point AF system, Oscar-worthy 1080p video recording, a built-in HDR mode, and a rugged magnesium alloy body with a stainless steel mount — all of which ensure that you get the shot you need, no matter the time of day, weather, or situation.
Just because Kodak's filed for bankruptcy doesn't mean analog photography is dead. The Lomo LC-A+ Silver Lake Camera ($400) is a classy way to indulge your old-school photographic desires. Previously available in Japan and Korea, the Silver Lake features a chrome body wrapped in genuine brown leather, a Russian-made Minitar 1 lens, an included cable release, and arrives in a special wooden box. Limited to just 1000 units, if you purchase it before March 4, you'll also get an Actionsampler Flash, Sidekick Canvas Bag, Colorsplash, and Kodak Gold Film for free.