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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.

  • Panasonic Pro Twin-Lens 3D Camera

    Shoot your own interplanetary human-like Smurf epic with the Panasonic Pro Twin-Lens 3D Camera (approx. $20,000). Capable of 30fps, 1080p 3D recording, the Pro Twin uses the AVCHD Pro video format, recorded in sync onto two SDHC memory cards, with other features like automatic left-eye/right-eye image deviation correction, a weight of roughly 6 lbs., a 3.2-inch side-mounted LCD, HDMI 1.4 and HD-SDI outputs, a built-in stereo microphone, an XLR audio input, a remote terminal, and an auto record function for control of an external recorder. Okay, so you might not have the effects budget for a CGI-filled extravaganza, but at least your kid's tee-ball games will look better than ever.

  • Sony Alpha NEX-5 Camera

    Never one to accept common formats, Sony has taken a popular idea (micro four-thirds cameras) and made it its own with the new Sony Alpha NEX-5 Camera ($700). Sporting an 14.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and a new E-mount lens system, the NEX-5 is currently the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera, offering a ton of high-end features like 1080p video recording, ISO 12,800 sensitivity, 25-point autofocus, a tiltable 3-inch LCD screen, and some tricks borrowed from the company's point-and-shoots, like hand-held twilight mode, auto HDR, and the awesome sweep panorama. Best of all, it takes standard SD cards (yay!) as well as Memory Stick Pro Duo cards, so you can finally use all those relics you have lying around from before your iPhone replaced your PSP.