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Phantom HD Camera

Phantom HD Camera

Sure, it costs as much as 47 Canon 5D MK IIs, but you'd need nearly that many — configured in some sort of crazy, Matrix-like setup — to match the unbelievable 1,052 fps high-speed 1080p recording of the Phantom HD Camera ($118,000). Other jaw-dropping specs include ISO 640 sensitivity, the ability to achieve 35mm depth-of-field, up to 32GB of in-camera memory with hot-swappable CineMag flash memory magazines up to 512GB, compatibility with 35mm accessories, an 11-stop dynamic range, 14-bit sensor depth, a maximum resolution of 2048x2048, and the ability to capture slow-motion gems like this and this.

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    Perhaps designed to be a Canon S90 killer, the Samsung TL500 ($450) is the latest point-and-shoot to adopt several DSLR-level features. Among these are a 24mm, 3x optical zoom, f/1.8 Schneider lens, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Manual shooting modes, dual image stabilization, RAW support, a 10 megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CCD, and a front control wheel. Unfortunately video shooting is limited to 640x480, but the gorgeous, swiveling 3-inch AMOLED LCD should more than make up for it.

  • Sony Cyber-shot TX5

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