Overlook the ridiculous name and the equally ridiculous "Quad Proof" labeling on its side, and you'll find that the JVC Adixxion Camcorder ($350) is a quite capable rugged-cam. Sporting a five-megapixel CMOS sensor, it can capture full HD video at 30p, 720 video at 60p, and features a super-wide lens, a 1.5-inch LCD for playback, the ability to grab full-resolution stills, an SDXC card slot, a time-lapse mode, a mini-HDMI output, included goggle and flexible mounts, and a robust design that's shockproof, dustproof, freeze proof, and waterproof down to 15 feet. Arriving later this summer.
Photo purists will tell you that a prime lens trumps a zoom every time — and they're pretty much right. Problem is, carrying around a bag of lenses — never mind paying for them — isn't exactly convenient for the average shooter. Which is why they make the Nikon 18-300mm VR Super Zoom Lens ($1,000). Offering up an insane 16.7X zoom range, it can take your DX-format Nikon from wide-angle to super-telephoto in a flash, while VR II vibration reduction keeps those long shots sharp, and the f/3.5-5.6 aperture keeps things reasonable in low light. Looks like our 18-200s will be finding new homes.