Are your indie film aspirations being held back by your DSLR's lack of videographic variety? Let the Lensbaby Movie Maker's Kit ($2,900) help add some much-needed spice to your shoots. The kit includes a variety of the lens house's most popular optics in mounts for both PL mount cameras and Canon DSLRs, along with a wide variety of interchangeable optics and accessories for a nearly infinite number of naturally-obtained effects. Not convinced? We'll let the video do the talking. [via]
Been waiting on one of the "big two" camera manufacturers to enter the compact interchangeable lens market? Here you go. The new Nikon 1 System Cameras ($650-$900) mix ideas from Micro Four Thirds, DSLRs, and compact cameras together into an intriguing blend of technology and style. Both models — the J1 and V1 — sport 10.1 megapixel High-Speed AF CMOS sensors capable of ISO 3200 shooting, 1080 30p/60i video recording, and insane 1200fps slow-mo recording, 3-inch LCD monitors, 12-bit RAW capture, SDXC storage, and electronic shutter speeds of 1/16,000 of a second. The J1 also offers an advanced 73-point hybrid AF system for the world's fastest autofocus and the world's fastest continuous shooting speed at 60fps, while the V1 is the world's smallest and lightest camera in the world with interchangeable lens versatility and an electronic viewfinder, and offers pro-oriented features like a mechanical shutter and compatibility with external flashes. Don't worry about choosing right now — they won't be available until October anyway.
Canon's celebrated S-series is back for more enthusiast point-and-shoot action with the Canon PowerShot S100 Camera ($430). Keeping the terrific control ring and shooting modes from its S95 predecessor, the S100 offers a 12.1-megapixel HS CMOS sensor, a new 24-120 f/2.0 wide-angle, 5x optical zoom lens, built-in GPS for effortless geotagging, ISO sensitivity to 6400, and your choice between stealthy black or shiny silver bodies. Hitting your photostream this November.
Say what you will about the pros and cons of social networking, but one thing's for sure — it has spawned an entire generation for whom the self portrait is essential. For this new band of self shooters, we present the Samsung MV800 Camera ($280). It packs plenty of the tech you'd expect — like a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p movie recording, a Schneider 5x optical zoom lens, dual-mode image stabilization, standard and live panorama 3D shooting modes, HDMI output, and microSD/SDHC storage, but also boasts a three-inch, flip-out touchscreen display, and, for those self portraits, a second shutter button on the rear. You've never made yourself look so good.
Like its big brother the X100, the Fujifilm FinePix X10 Camera ($TBA) looks more than a little retro — and that's a good thing. Powered by a large 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor paired to a f2.0, 4x manual optical zoom lens, the X10 takes serious photographs and 1080p video that you can view on the 2.8-inch monitor — and thanks to the optical viewfinder and physical controls for shooting mode, autofocus mode, and exposure compensation, it handles like a camera made for taking serious photographs as well. [Scouted by Sam]