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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Bigger is usually better. Digital camera image sensors are no different — the bigger the imager, the better the image. Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Camera ($1,000; available in November) was built with an APS-class image sensor that's more than 12 times the size of the typical sensor, so you can imagine what kind of photos it can produce. The 10.3-megapixel camera features an ultra-wide Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 5x zoom lens (24mm-120mm) and the flexibility of live preview while shooting on the free-angle, two-inch LCD.

  • Sony HDR-FX1 HD Digital Camcorder

    Still running around shooting video of your kids with a miniDV camcorder, only to get everything edited and ready then realize it looks like ass on your 50” HDTV? We promise that won’t be a problem with this ‘corder, the Sony HDR-FX1 ($3700). It features true 1080i recording, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 12x optical zoom and super steadyshot image stabilization, and 3 1/3-Inch 16:9 Advanced HAD CCD Imagers to keep your video clean. Oh, and it records all this onto those miniDV tapes you already have.

  • Canon Powershot S80

    When stuck in the eternal battle between wanting the features of a dSLR and the portability of a point-and-shoot, keep this in mind: no one ever gets photos from places they don’t take their cameras, and most people aren’t going to take a dSLR to a party. For this reason, we like the new Powershot S80 from Canon ($550). It’s got a massive eight-megapixel sensor, an XGA movie mode, a 2.5” LCD, and a 3.6X optical zoom wide angle lens.