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Nikon Coolpix S700

Nikon Coolpix S700

Normally, we're not too big on pocket cams — they tend to be light in weight and light on image quality — but that might change with the Nikon Coolpix S700 ($380; Sept. 2007). This new metal-bodied cam boosts image quality with features like a 12.1 megapixel sensor, the same EXPEED image processing engine found in the D300, optical vibration reduction — a must for those with shaky hands — and ISO of up to 3200. A sleek, stylish shooter with the optics to back up its good looks.

  • Canon EOS 40D

    Canon has upped the ante again with the EOS 40D ($1300; Sept.). This mid-range competitor to Nikon's D80 packs an enhanced 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a DIGIC III image processor, and a 3-inch LCD screen in a new magnesium alloy body. Other features include the ability to shoot 6.5 frames-per-second, a top shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second, and a redesigned nine-point Autofocus sensor.

  • Ricoh GR-Digital

    Sometimes it's good to have limitations. They push you to think more and try new things. The Ricoh GR-Digital ($650) is a perfect example. Its fixed, prime lens means no lazy zooming from across the street. It makes you get up and fill the frame yourself. With classic, no-nonsense styling, the pocketable 8.1-megapixel camera takes excellent, natural-looking shots thanks to the high-performance lens and the legendary GR Engine. Our shots were super sharp and had great contrast. The GR-D sports a 2.5-inch LCD and has a magnesium body underneath the jet black. You also get great single-hand operation thanks to the mode dial, while the twin-dial system lets you quickly control manual exposure, white balance and other functions like a camera four times its size.