Don't let the name fool you — the Panasonic Lumix GX1 ($700) is very much a sequel to the GF1 that's currently doing duty around Uncrate HQ. It sports a black or silver body, a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, the Venus Engine image processor for full-size shooting at 4.2fps, impressive low-light chops with ISO to 12,800, "Light Speed" autofocus as quick as 0.09 seconds, 1080p video recording, and a full complement of controls that helped make its predecessor such a hit with advanced shooters.
Whether you're looking to take your DSLR-based videography skills to the next level or just have a ton of cash to blow on a new camera, the Red Scarlet-X Camera ($9,750 and up) won't disappoint. Powered by the company's 14 megapixel Mysterium-X sensor, it can shoot full-frame stills at up to 12 fps, as well as 4K video at 30fps — which means 30 stills, if you so desire — and 1080p at 60fps, using PL mount or Canon lenses, with recordings saved to an onboard SSD, while you monitor things via a 5-inch touchscreen display or "Bomb EVF" high definition viewfinder. A full package, including the "brain," an aluminum Canon mount , SSD module, side handle, 5-inch LCD, and batteries will run around $14,000. Oh, and if you plan on saving any of this goodness for posterity, plan on buying more storage. Lots of storage.
Planning to make a record of your outdoor triumphs and bloopers? There's no better tool for the job than the GoPro Hero 2 Camera ($300). Available in outdoor, motorsports, or surfing versions — each with specific accessories for the task — all of the Hero 2s offer a sharper lens and improved low light capability compared to the original Hero, the ability to shoot 11 megapixel stills at speeds up to 10 fps, your choice of wide (170º), medium (127º), or narrow (90º) field of view when shooting 1080p video, the ability to capture WVGA video at 120 fps or 720p video at 60 fps, and, of course, a rugged housing that's waterproof to nearly 200 feet, and ensures that your camera won't bite it even if you do. [Scouted by JR]