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Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera

The company claims that "the only thing about it that's retro is its looks", and we tend to agree. Inside the classy, compact silver, white, or black metal body of the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera ($1,000-$1,450) lies an advanced 16 megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor that pairs with Micro Four Thirds lenses to become a formidable shooter. Features include fast Super Spot AF, a 5-axis image stabilization system, dual control dials, built-in Wi-Fi, a mechanical shutter capable of 1/8000th of a second shooting, 1080/30p video recording, and a sharp, tilting 3-inch touchscreen monitor. Coming later this month by itself, or in a kit with a 17mm f/1.8 lens and electronic viewfinder.

  • Novo Camera

    GoPros and other action cameras are great, but they're limited to whatever field of view is offered by the built-in lens. The Novo Camera ($300/day, $900/week) is designed to overcome this limitation by repurposing a GoPro Hero3 in a tiny, lightweight aluminum housing that can accept C-Mount lenses and adding new exposure control capabilities, opening up a slew of new artistic possibilities. Not to worry though — it still offers most of the key features of the Hero3, including the LCD touch screen, WiFi connectivity, and up to 4K video recording. Unfortunately for those looking to add it to their arsenal full-time, it's available for rent only.

  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

    The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was a near-instant hit with budding movie-makers — but its size meant that it wasn't exactly a grab-n-go solution. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera ($1,000) is. This pocket-friendly video recorder features a Super 16mm-sized, 1080p-capable sensor with an impressive 13 stops of dynamic range, an SD slot for expandable storage, and compatibility with Micro Four Thirds lenses. The big deal, however, is the ability to record in Apple ProRes or lossless CinemaDNG RAW formats, capturing far more detail than you'd get from your standard video-capable pocket cam. Coming to a shoot near you in July.