If it's good enough for David "Fight Club" Fincher, it's good enough for us. The Red Epic-M Monochrome Camera ($42,000) features a newly-developed 5K monochrome sensor that offers improved net resolution thanks to the removal of the debayer process, a new low-pass filter, a native ISO of 2,000, and a guaranteed free upgrade to a Dragon Monochrome Sensor next year. Fincher's already shooting his next project with it; you'll have to wait until October to get your hands on one.
Having trouble deciding between analog and digital photography? Get the best of both worlds with the Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera ($160). Sporting a 10 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD, and SD storage, it's a capable compact camera, but thanks to the built-in ZINK printer, it's much more — on-board editing tools let you crop images and add effects before printing them out in full color, giving you both a digital file and a 2x3, smudge-proof, water-resistant print with a sticky back for good measure. Arriving in August.
Photo purists will tell you that a prime lens trumps a zoom every time — and they're pretty much right. Problem is, carrying around a bag of lenses — never mind paying for them — isn't exactly convenient for the average shooter. Which is why they make the Nikon 18-300mm VR Super Zoom Lens ($1,000). Offering up an insane 16.7X zoom range, it can take your DX-format Nikon from wide-angle to super-telephoto in a flash, while VR II vibration reduction keeps those long shots sharp, and the f/3.5-5.6 aperture keeps things reasonable in low light. Looks like our 18-200s will be finding new homes.
A huge part of image quality in digital photography is the size of the sensor capturing the moment. Unfortunately, most point-and-shoots sport measly 1/2.3" sensors that don't let in a lot of light, making higher ISO values necessary and thus introducing more noise into your image. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Camera ($650) looks to overcome these limitations with a massive 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that promises to deliver images that belie the pocket-friendly size of the camera. Other features include a fast f/1.8, 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, a BIONZ image processor, ISO settings up to 25,600, 10 fps shooting, a 3-inch LCD display, and a built-in pop-up flash for those times when not even the larger sensor can conquer the darkness.
Sure, you can go drop several grand on a digital rangefinder — but where's the fun in that? Ilott Vintage Rangefinder Cameras ($1,850-$2,250) carry the analog torch in style. Available models include the Canon QL 17, the Konica Auto S2, and the Argus C3, all of which arrive fully functional with distinctive, rich wooden finishes that separate them from the pawn shop pack.
Attention high-end Nikon and Canon DSLR shooters: the Pentax K-30 Camera ($850) will be arriving soon with plans on crashing your rain-soaked photo party. The K-30 boasts 81 seals that keep out rain, weather, and cold, allowing it to shoot in conditions normally reserved for the $3,000 and up crowd. Other features include a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, 6 fps high-speed shooting, a shake reduction system for sharper images, a 3-inch LCD, and compatibility with Pentax's K, KA, KAF2, and KAF3 mount lenses. Available in July.
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.
like love black and white photography? Like, really, a lot? Then feast your eyes on the Leica M Monochrom Camera ($8,000). Billed as "the world's first digital camera exclusively for full-frame, 35mm black-and-white photography," the Monochrom features an 18 megapixel CCD that records true luminance values — in other words, it doesn't "see" colors — as well as a rugged, rangefinder-style build, ISO up to 10,000, a 2.5-inch LCD, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec, SD/SDHC storage, and compatibility with the full range of Leica M lenses. Time to stock up on black ink. [via]
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.
Nevermind the fact that no one has a screen for you to watch it on — if you're looking to future-proof your footage, you want to be shooting in 4K. Which is why you might want the Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera ($15,000). Based on the EOS-1D X, the 1D C provides a DSLR-style body, an 18.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor capable of 4096 x 2160 video recording, ISO 25,600 sensitivity for outstanding low light performance, dual DIGIC 5+ image processors, compatibility with over 60 interchangeable Canon EF and EF Cinema lenses, and — of course — all the still-image chops of the 1D X.
D800 not living up to your low-light performance standards? You could always jump ship and pick up the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($3,500) instead. At its heart lies an all-new 22.3-megapixel full-frame sensor that delivers stellar images up to ISO 102,400, and it's augmented by the new, blazing fast DIGIC 5+ processor for 6 fps shooting, a 61-point AF system, Oscar-worthy 1080p video recording, a built-in HDR mode, and a rugged magnesium alloy body with a stainless steel mount — all of which ensure that you get the shot you need, no matter the time of day, weather, or situation.