HD video? Check. Interchangeable lenses? Check. Pocketable size? Check. The Panasonic Lumix GF1 ($900; October 2009) is the latest Micro Four Thirds camera to combine the best aspects of a DSLR with a point-and-shoot sized body, packing a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3-inch LCD with 60 frames-per-second full-time Live View images, 720p HD video recording, a built-in flash, SDHC storage, mini-HDMI output, optical image stabilization, and more.
Arriving just in time to give the Nikon D300s some much-needed competition, the new Canon EOS 7D ($1,700; September 2009) is ready to make a run at the title of "best semi-pro DSLR." It features dual DIGIC processors for 8 fps shooting, an 18 megapixel sensor, full 1080p video at 24, 25, or 30 fps, an all-new 19-point Autofocus system, a built-in dual axis electronic level for perfectly-framed shots, a 3-inch LCD with Live View, an intelligent viewfinder with 100 percent frame coverage, and more.
Sometimes less really is more. The new Canon PowerShot G11 ($500; October 2009) ditches its predecessor's 14.7 megapixel sensor for a newly-developed 10 megapixel high-sensitivity sensor supporting ISO 3200, giving it the ability to handle low light situations that would make the G10 weep. Other features include a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD, a 5x optical zoom lens with optical stabilization, RAW + JPG support, a hotshoe for external flashes and other accessories, a DIGIC 4 processor for speedy performance, and more.