While their idea of pricing for a so-called consumer-level camera may leave most nonprofessional photographers scratching their heads (and checking their bank accounts), the Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Cameras ($3,175) are still something to behold. With several options available, you can choose a white, black, or orange body, with either a carbon fiber, padouk, or wenge wood grip. Inside they feature the workings of the excellent Sony X100 camera, with a 28-100mm Carl Zeiss zoom lens, a 20-megapixel sensor, a wide ISO range, full HD video capability, and 3.6x optical zoom capability.
With all the advances in DSLR technology we've seen on the market lately, camera makers run the risk of losing touch with where they came from. The Nikon Df Camera ($3,000) is deeply in touch with its roots, bringing us a camera that's aesthetically inspired by classic 35mm film cameras, but packed with professionally-focused digital tech. Wrapped in leather and chrome and covered in dials and knobs galore, this full-frame camera features a 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon's Expeed 3 processor. It ships with a 50mm f/1.8 lens, and is priced for professional photographers who want a slightly smaller body that doesn't sacrifice features (save, of course, its hard-to-ignore lack of video capability).
When you're packing to head out on a quick weekend trip, space can be tight, especially if you want to avoid checking your bags — so when you need a compact semi-professional camera that doesn't sacrifice image quality, you need the Olympus Stylus 1 Camera ($700). It features a single built-in f/2.8 10.7x 28-300 millimeter lens that retracts fully into the camera body, so you get great zoom without the bulk of a full telephoto lens. A 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combined with the TruePicVI image processor gives you great images with fast response times. Additional features include an electronic viewfinder, three-inch LCD screen, WiFi connectivity, and a range of shooting modes.