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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.

  • Cloak Bag

    Never miss another shot because your camera was in the bag. The Cloak Bag ($50) is hailed as the "world's first shoot-through camera bag," and features a unique design that includes a custom camera strap, zip-open front, rear, and sides for access to the lens, screen, and zoom/manual focus controls, and a side slit to allow for access to the shutter button and control wheels. Great for keeping dust out of your camera, offering protection from bumps and drops, and for hiding the fact that you have a camera when necessary — such as shooting in North Korea.

  • Panasonic Lumix G2

    It's not quite as svelte as its GF1 cousin, but as the second-generation of the original Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic Lumix G2 ($TBA) offers one of the most complete packages available in the format. Its 12.1 megapixel sensor, 720p video recording, and new Venus Engine HD II image processor are all nice, but the big draw is its 3-inch LCD touchscreen that can rotate 180º and tilt 270º up-and-down, letting you take advantage of its slick tap-to-focus feature from nearly any angle. We wish they wouldn't bundle the thing with the 14-42mm lens, though — cameras this small beg for a proper pancake prime.