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Pentax Optio I-10

Been lusting after the SLR styling of a micro four-thirds camera but can't foot the sizable bill? The Pentax Optio I-10 ($300; February 2010) is a reasonable alternative. Available in black or white, it features retro SLR styling, including a leatherette front panel, Pentax logo front and center, and a decidedly old-school control layout, and while it lacks the interchangeable lenses of a micro four-thirds cam, it partially makes up for it with a 5x 28mm-140mm equivalent optical zoom lens, a mechanical sensor-shift shake reduction system, a 12.1-megapixel sensor, a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD, ISO up to 6400, and 720p HD video capture.

  • Kodak Slice Touchscreen Camera

    Ultra-thin with a price that puts it in decidedly more premium territory than the company's previous point-and-shoots, the Kodak Slice Touchscreen Camera ($350) isn't just Kodak's most ambitious pocket cam yet — it's also its most sexy. Sporting a large 3.5-inch, 16:9 touchscreen on the back, the Slice also features a 14 megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens, 720p/30fps HD video recording, optical image stabilization, an included rechargeable Li-Ion battery, and more.

  • Ion Twin Video

    Aiming to be the ultimate pocket cam for interviews, YouTube videos, and more, the Ion Twin Video ($TBA; Q2 2010) lets you record both what you see and your reaction to it. It pulls off this feat by packing two cameras — facing opposite directions — into its compact body, as well as a stereo microphone, live editing features that let you swap the picture being recorded, split the screen, or do PIP recording, and SDHC-compliant storage.