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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H5

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H5

This editor has been totally in love with his Sony DSC-H1 for nearly a year now. Its 12x zoom lens, 5-megapixel CCD imager and huge LCD have made using the camera a real joy — and made me look like a pro when it comes to taking the family snapshots. So I'm really stoked to hear that Sony has just announced the camera's successor — the DSC-H5 ($500; May). It's a great update, packing a 7.2-megapixel CCD, 3-inch LCD screen, and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 12x optical zoom lens. The H5 also comes in a more professional-looking black casing and incorporates Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization and high-light sensitivity settings up to IS0 1000. Our H1 is going on eBay like yesterday.

  • Kodak EasyShare Z612

    Kodak's new EasyShare Z612 ($400; May) fits nicely in our favorite digital camera group -- the superzooms. The 6.1 megapixel camera boasts a 12x Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon optical zoom lens with image stabilization, a 2.5-inch color display, and can record TV-quality video, up to 30 frames per second using MPEG-4 compression. All in all, a really nice device for those looking to add a touch of zoom power to their snapshots.

  • Canon DC40 Widescreen Camcorder

    While there are plenty of camcorders that claim to have widescreen recording, most don't utilize the full sensor to get them, resulting in a slightly lower resolution image. The Canon DC40 ($TBD; March) fixes this problem by using a 4.3 megapixel CCD. The DC40 also records straight to DVD with Dolby Digtal Stereo audio, takes great still images thanks to Canon's DIGIC DV processor, and doesn't take up a lot of space in the camera bag.