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Sony HDR-SR12 HD Camcorder

Sony HDR-SR12 HD Camcorder

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.

  • Canon EOS Rebel XSi

    Blending high-end features with low-end prices, Canon's latest dSLR has this Nikon user wanting to jump ship. The Canon EOS Rebel XSi ($800-$900; April 2008) offers features like Live View LCD viewfinding, a 3-inch, 230,000 pixel screen, the DIGIC III image processor, shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec., light sensitivity up to ISO 1600, and a new self-cleaning 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. Take our advice if you plan on purchasing: skip the $900 kit and its lame starter lens, grab the $800 body-only package, and put the extra cash towards a better, beefier lens.

  • Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1

    Never miss another shot. Ever. The new Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 ($1,000; March) offers unheard of burst shooting capabilities — it can capture up to 60 frames per second at full resolution. The 6-megapixel shooter, which features a 12x optical zoom, can also shoot Full HD movies (1920 x 1080) at 60fps. To help your slowness even further, the camera has a unique buffer system that saves images even before you hit the shutter button.