Still trying to decide between a full-on DSLR and a pocket cam? Sony's here to help make up your mind. The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Camera ($600) is the company's latest pocket-friendly camera to blur the lines between the two genres, sporting a 16.1 megapixel, DSLR-sized Exmor CMOS sensor, compatibility with all Sony E-mount lenses, a 180 degree tiltable LCD screen, a built-in flash, and an included 18-55 mm kit lens that you'll probably want to ditch like a bad habit.
Ruggedness meets high-speed versatility in the Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera ($400). As expected, the TG-1 is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, and resistant to cold temperatures — but protection from the elements and mishaps isn't its flagship feature. That would be the high-speed f2.0, 4x optical zoom lens, which is combined with a back-illuminated, 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor to deliver great results even in poor lighting. Other features include an HDR mode, GPS, an electronic compass, a 5 fps sports mode, dual IS image stabilization, a 3.0-inch organic EL monitor, full HD video recording, optional waterproof fisheye and tele-converter lenses, and, just for the lulz, a pet mode that automatically snaps the shutter when your furry friend looks straight into the camera. Arriving in June.
It's full frame fever season, and it looks like Leica is the latest company to catch the bug. The new Leica M Camera ($7,000) boasts an all-new, 35mm format 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, the blazing fast Maestro image processor, Live View and Live View Focusing on the 3-inch, Gorilla Glass-covered display, 1080p video recording, a splash-proof magnesium alloy body, and compatibility with both M- and R-mount lenses. Arriving early next year, so start saving your Benjamins now.