If your vacations are a little on the wild side, you need a camera that won't die after the first splash of water or the first drop to the ground. Called "the toughest point-and-shoot camera in the world," the 10.1-megapixel Olympus Stylus 1030 SW ($400) is shockproof (can withstand a 6.6 ft. drop), waterproof (up to 33 ft.), freezeproof (down to 14°F), crushproof (up to 220 lbs. of pressure) and dustproof (air-tight seal impervious to dust). Niceties include a 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD, and Face Detection.
Damn, son. The Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm f/5.6L EF USM Autofocus Lens ($120,000) is the King Kong of lenses. Measuring 33-inches long and weighing a hefty 36lbs, the rare lens was built-to-order by Canon from 1993 to 2005 — and only at a rate of about two a year. Even though this one is slightly used, it's still going to cost you about the same as two Land Rovers. And good luck trying to find a tripod that will hold up this beast.
Trying to keep faces in focus on autofocus camcorders can be a challenge. Unless, that is, you happen to have the Sony HDR-SR12 HD Camcorder ($1400). Along with the ability to record video in 1080p, a 120GB internal drive, 10.2 megapixel still image capture, a 12X optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, and a slew of other features, the SR12 features advanced face recognition, which can keep up to eight faces in focus, and performs exposure and white balance adjustments automatically — making sure the subjects of your videos end up the stars.
While the first thing that pops in your head when you hear FX35 is probably "Infiniti," Panasonic is out to change that with the Panasonic Lumix FX35 ($350; March). It boasts a 25-mm ultra-wide Leica DC lens, a 4x optical zoom, a 10.1 megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, the ability to record HD video at 720p resolution, and the ability to take photos in 1920x1080. It's a pocket shooter for the HD-era. [via]
Lots of zoom in a little package. The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd ($250) is the world's smallest 12x optical zoom digital camera. The SLR-style 10-megapixel shooter features Fujifilm's face detection technology with automatic red eye removal, and a new panoramic shooting mode. The FinePix S1000fd also packs a large 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD, full manual photo control, VGA/30fps movie recording, and ISO levels of up to ISO 1600 at full resolution and ISO 3200 at 3-megapixel resolution.