Get thin with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 ($400). This 10-megapixel shooter has 4GB of internal memory, a 3.5-inch wide touch panel Xtra Fine LCD screen, and a profile of slightly more than 5/8 of an inch. The T700 also features a newly-developed Carl Zeiss lens that integrates a 4x optical zoom and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, as well as intelligent scene recognition technology, Smile Shutter and face detection technologies. It comes in your choice of red, champagne gold, pink, dark gray and silver.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ($500) is a pro-worthy point-and-shoot that features a F2.0 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, 10.1 megapixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD. The compact cam captures photos up to ISO 3200 at full resolution, offers full manual control for more advanced photography, and has the ability to record HD video in 1280 x 720p at 24fps. It'll be available in silver and black next month.
This ultra-compact shooter has the usual set of features — 10-megapixel resolution, a 2.7 inch LCD, 5x optical zoom, maximum ISO of 1600, and Dual Image Stabilization. But what sets The Samsung TL9 ($280) apart from other cameras is MP3/PMP capability and two awesome empty/full analog gauges that track remaining battery life and memory capacity. [via]
Feast your eyes on the most ridiculous piece of photo equipment you're going to see this year. The Hasselblad H3DII-50 ($TBA). That 50 stands for megapixels — as in 50 million pixels. Suffice to say that this is about as ultra high end as current technology will allow. The Kodak sensor embedded in this beast should be more than enough to finally null the line between film and digital. But quality, of course, comes at a premium. While no price has yet been set for this monstrosity, if the astronomical cost of its baby brother, the H3DII-39, is to be taken into consideration, the H3DII-50 will probably weigh in somewhere between the national GDPs of Eritrea and Guam.
If you haven't yet picked up a Flip pocket camcorder, check out the new Kodak Zi6 ($180). This pocket-bound beauty records 60fps 720p HD video onto a SDHC card, runs on rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries but can also run off standard AA's in a pinch, and plays back video on its built-in 2.4-inch LCD. This might just be the first Kodak product we purchase in the new millennium.