Just announced today, Nikon's new Nikon D5000 ($850) bridges the gap between entry-level digital SLR cameras and their more expensive counterparts. Featuring many of the innovative capabilities usually reserved for pro-level dSLRs, this Nikon has a 12.3-megapixel sensor for incredibly high resolution still photography, and it does double duty as a High Definition video camera. The D5000's logical, concise controls create a simple but flexible photographic experience, boasting a 2.7-inch Live View LCD screen, 11-point autofocus with 3D tracking, ISO 6400, and automatic scene modes. When using the included AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, you'll benefit from image stabilization and rapid shooting at 4fps in a compact, versatile package.
Is that a high definition camcorder with a built-in GPS receiver and a 10x optical zoom in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us? That's right, the sleek, titanium encased Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam Camcorder ($1,000) is a diminutive but surprisingly full-featured HD camcorder. It records in 1920x1080 HD video using a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens onto 16GB of built-in storage, and accepts Memory Stick media for ever-expandable hybrid recording. With image stabilization, 120x digital zoom, and 10x optical zoom, you'll get high quality recording no matter the distance. Automatic geotagging means you'll never forget where you've been. The camcorder also doubles as a capable digital camera, with 4-megapixel still photograph capability and a built-in, self-adjusting flash.