If it's good enough for David "Fight Club" Fincher, it's good enough for us. The Red Epic-M Monochrome Camera ($42,000) features a newly-developed 5K monochrome sensor that offers improved net resolution thanks to the removal of the debayer process, a new low-pass filter, a native ISO of 2,000, and a guaranteed free upgrade to a Dragon Monochrome Sensor next year. Fincher's already shooting his next project with it; you'll have to wait until October to get your hands on one.
Having trouble deciding between analog and digital photography? Get the best of both worlds with the Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera ($160). Sporting a 10 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD, and SD storage, it's a capable compact camera, but thanks to the built-in ZINK printer, it's much more — on-board editing tools let you crop images and add effects before printing them out in full color, giving you both a digital file and a 2x3, smudge-proof, water-resistant print with a sticky back for good measure. Arriving in August.
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.
A huge part of image quality in digital photography is the size of the sensor capturing the moment. Unfortunately, most point-and-shoots sport measly 1/2.3" sensors that don't let in a lot of light, making higher ISO values necessary and thus introducing more noise into your image. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Camera ($650) looks to overcome these limitations with a massive 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that promises to deliver images that belie the pocket-friendly size of the camera. Other features include a fast f/1.8, 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, a BIONZ image processor, ISO settings up to 25,600, 10 fps shooting, a 3-inch LCD display, and a built-in pop-up flash for those times when not even the larger sensor can conquer the darkness.