Finally, you can get great pictures of your next gathering and still be in the pictures. The Sony Party-Shot ($150; September 2009) is an automated photographer for your new DSC-WX1 or DSC-TX1 camera. Boasting the ability to pan 360 degrees and tilt 24 degrees, the Party-Shot uses either camera's built-in BIONZ image processor to automatically detect faces and smiles, adjust composition, and take photos for you, so you can relax knowing you're getting great shots without having to do any of the work.
The world's best semi-pro digital SLR just got better. The Nikon D300s ($1,800; late August 2009) takes Nikon's two-year old D300 and gives it a modest upgrade, adding features like the improved 12.3-megapixel sensor from the D90, automatic Active D-Lighting, one-touch Live View, 24fps, 720p D-Movie recording with Autofocus, 7 fps shooting (8 with battery grip), and a stereo microphone input, while retaining the rock-solid build, spectacular 51-point AF sensor, and 3-inch, 920,000 dot LCD from the original.
We love our Flips, but the Kodak Zi8 ($180) has us ready to switch sides. Available in blue, red, or black, the Zi8 offers Flip-beating 1080p video, with built-in electronic image stabilization, a 2.5-inch LCD, 5 megapixel, 16:9 still pics, an external microphone jack, an SDHC card slot, and a swing-out USB arm for easy uploading to YouTube or Facebook. [via]
Want dSLR-level control and results from a pocketable camera? Check out the new Ricoh GR Digital III (£529.99; roughly $875). The third-generation of Ricoh's heavily-praised GR Digital boasts a newly-developed, f1.9 large-aperture 28mm lens, 10 megapixels, sensitivity up to ISO 1600, the new GR Engine III image processor, a 3-inch VGA LCD monitor, a rear adjustment dial, a refined macro mode, and more.
2D photography just not doing it for you anymore? Then take your photos to the next dimension with the FujiFilm FinePix REAL 3D System ($TBA). This new imaging system consists of the Fine Pix REAL 3D V1 camera, which also takes 3D movies, 2D pics and movies, and features a 3D LCD for real-time 3D framing, the FinePix REAL 3D V1 8-inch 2D/3D display with SD card slot and adjustable stand, and 3D prints made using lenticular sheets. Take that, red and blue glasses.