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Nikon D3100

Uncrate's D90-toting editors are feeling more than a little envious at the release of the new Nikon D3100 ($700). As the company's new budget DSLR, the D3100 surpasses the aging D90 in several areas, including a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO of 12,800, 1080p H.264 video recording at 24 fps with full-time autofocus and a dedicated button, a D90-matching 11-point AF system with 3D Subject Tracking, a quiet shutter release mode, SDXC support, and the ultra-simple Guide Mode that can take even the most point-and-shoot dependent shooters from hack to D300-ready in just a few short clicks of the shutter.

  • Panasonic Lumix LX5

    The battle of SLR-like pocket cams rages on with the Panasonic Lumix LX5 ($500) This high-end point and shoot features a 10.1-megapixel CCD with sensitivity ranging up to ISO 12,800, which is paired with a new f2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24-90mm Leica lens that can shoot in 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9 ratios. Other features include a dial with dedicated manual, shutter, aperture, and programmed priority modes, 720p video recording, a 3-inch LCD, and a hotshoe for connecting flashes, view finders, and other unnecessary equipment.

  • Sony NEX-VG10 Handycam

    Not content to simply let its nearly pocket-sized NEX-5 Camera shoot 1080p video, Sony's taken the next step and built an actual camcorder around its 14.2 megapixel APS-C sensor. The result is the Sony NEX-VG10 Handycam ($2,000), which Sony claims is the "world's first consumer interchangeable lens camcorder." Powered by the aforementioned Exmor sensor, the VG10 sports a camcorder-like body, with a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone, 3-inch LCD, dual accessory shoes, a high-res traditional viewfinder, Memory Stick and SDXC storage, and an included E-Mount 18-200mm Optical SteadyShot lens that's augmented by compatibility with all E-Mount lenses, as well as most A-mount glass via an optional adapter. Oh, and it also shoots full 14-megapixel stills, just in case you're wondering.