Pro photographers have an even more difficult choice to face when going with Canon or Nikon thanks to the new Canon EOS 1D Mark IV ($5,000). Like the recently announced Nikon D3s, the Mark IV sports a maximum ISO of 102,400 and HD video recording — in full 1080p, unlike the 720p-limited Nikon — and also packs a 45-point autofocus sensor, dual DIGIC 4 imaging processors, a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 10 fps shooting, a three-inch LCD, and more.
Whether you're a photo journalist or a hobbyist with a passion — and budget — for the latest and greatest, the new Nikon D3s ($5,200) should be on your list. With an eye-popping maximum ISO of 102,400, this new 12.1 megapixel beast can shoot photos or 720p video in near-darkness, and also offers 9 fps full-frame shooting in bursts up to 36 RAW or 82 JPEG files, Nikon's world-class 51-point AF system, 3D Color Matrix Metering II, one-button Live View, dual CF card slots, and more.
With one of the more novel camera designs we've seen in a while, the Samsung DualView Camera ($265) solves that age-old question of how to take a good self portrait. The solution? A 1.5-inch front-mounted LCD screen, which can also display silly animations to amuse a child subject, or a countdown for the self timer. Also in front is a 27mm wide angle, 4.6x optical zoom Schneider lens, while the back is dedicated to the haptic feedback-enhanced 3-inch touchscreen, which is great for replaying those 720p movies you recorded. It's not going to win any professional photography awards, but its blend of smart features and pocketable size makes it a fine point-and-shoot.