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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W300

If you can get past the "more pixels, the worse the images" theory, the new Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W300 ($350; May 2008) looks to be an excellent compact shooter. The camera features a 13.6-megapixel CCD imager, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.7- inch LCD screen, an eye-level viewfinder, HD output, and a scratch-resistant ultra-hard titanium coating. Shooting options include an "extra high-speed" burst mode that can shoot 3-megapixel photos at five frames per second, and "extra high sensitivity" mode (up to ISO 6400 in this mode only) to help with dimly lit photos.

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    Trying to keep faces in focus on autofocus camcorders can be a challenge. Unless, that is, you happen to have the Sony HDR-SR12 HD Camcorder ($1400). Along with the ability to record video in 1080p, a 120GB internal drive, 10.2 megapixel still image capture, a 12X optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, and a slew of other features, the SR12 features advanced face recognition, which can keep up to eight faces in focus, and performs exposure and white balance adjustments automatically — making sure the subjects of your videos end up the stars.

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    While the first thing that pops in your head when you hear FX35 is probably "Infiniti," Panasonic is out to change that with the Panasonic Lumix FX35 ($350; March). It boasts a 25-mm ultra-wide Leica DC lens, a 4x optical zoom, a 10.1 megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, the ability to record HD video at 720p resolution, and the ability to take photos in 1920x1080. It's a pocket shooter for the HD-era. [via]