THE BEST Cameras

Video: Frankencamera

Video: Frankencamera

The Frankencamera is an open-source camera made by Stanford scientists; it’ll let you tweak focus, exposure and more on a software level while lenses and sensors can be swapped out.

Lumix DMC-GF1

Lumix DMC-GF1

Essentially an affordable GH1, Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1 is a micro four thirds camera with a 12.1 MP Live MOS sensor, 720p video, and a choice of a regular or pancake lenses.

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Olympus E-600 DSLR

Olympus E-600 DSLR

Olympus’ E-600 DSLR targets budget-minded consumers but still packs a punch; it loses the E-620’s backlit buttons, but keeps a 12.3 MP sensor, 2.7″ vari-angle LCD and 14-42mm lens.

Casio EX-Z280

Casio EX-Z280

It’s may not be exciting, but Casio’s EX-Z280 point and shoot slips in under the $200 price point while still offering 720p HD video recording, a 12.1 MP sensor and 4x optical zoom.

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

It ain’t full-frame, but Canon’s 18 MP EOS 7D is still a heavyweight: it packs 1080p video recording with manual exposure, 19-point AF system, magnesium body and dual DIGIC 4s.

Sony A850 DSLR

Sony A850 DSLR

Essentially a stripped-down A900, Sony’s A850 camera hits the $2k price barrier while being a full-frame DSLR with a high-resolution, low-noise 24.6 MP CMOS sensor.

Ricoh CX2

Ricoh CX2

Ricoh’s CX2 keeps the CX1’s 9.29 MP CMOS, but gets a host of modest tweaks with 10.7x optical zoom, 5 fps burst shooting, face detection and continuous autofocus.

PowerShot G11

PowerShot G11

Canon’s Powershot G11 addresses the high noise issues of the G10, albeit with a 10 MP sensor (down from 14 MP); it also adds a tilt/swivel LCD, HDMI out and RAW shooting.

PowerShot SX20 IS

PowerShot SX20 IS

The successor to their SX10 super zoom, Canon’s SX20 IS keeps the 20x wide-angle optical zoom but gets a 12.1 MP sensor, 16:9 720p HD video recording and HDMI out.

Samsung TL225/TL220

Samsung TL225/TL220

A narcissist’s dream, Samsung’s TL225/TL220 Dualview Cameras feature a 1.5″ front LCD for self-pix; both include 12.2 MP sensors, 27mm wide angle lenses and image stabilization.

DORYU Pistol Camera

DORYU Pistol Camera

Issued to Japanese police, the Doryu 2-16 Pistol Camera features a grip with trigger that gives new meaning to shooting pictures; it’s a 16 mm movie camera with Nikkor 25mm lens.

DigiDude Tripods

DigiDude Tripods

Awesome monster/robot graphics aside, these DigiDude Tripods are feature packed; they sport retractable and bendable legs, a convenient key ring and can easily fit in your pocket.

Sony DSC-WX1

Sony DSC-WX1

Sony’s 10.2 MP DSC-WX1 boasts the new low-light Exmor R sensor; it’s otherwise a mid-range compact with 5x optical zoom, 720p video, 2.7″ LCD and 10 fps burst-shot mode.

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Sony DSC-TX1

Sony DSC-TX1

Sony’s 10.2 MP DSC-TX1 is a sexy (but pricey) 0.65″ thin ultra-compact camera; it features their new Exmor R sensor, 720p video recording, 4x optical zoom with Carl Zeiss lens.

Pentax P80

Pentax P80

Measuring a scant 0.8″ thick and 4.2 oz, Pentax’s P80 is their new flagship ultra-compact camera; it boasts a 12 MP sensor, 720p video recording, 4x optical zoom, and 2.7″ LCD.

D300s Pro Perspectives

D300s Pro Perspectives

D300s Pro Perspectives is a series of videos by photographers Robert Bosch and Ami Vitale using Nikon’s new HD video-capable D300s; the results are nothing short of spectacular.

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

Nikon’s 12.1 MP Coolpix S1000pj is the world’s first compact camera with a built-in LCOS projector; it’ll project VGA images up to 40″ in size with a 30:1 contrast ratio for up to 1 hour.

Gorillamobile

Gorillamobile

A scaled-down Gorillapod, the Gorillamobile secures cellphones and mp3 players to unconventional places; it uses the same three flexible legs and includes a trio of adapters.

Nikon D3000 DSLR

Nikon D3000 DSLR

Nikon fleshes out its entry level DSLR offerings with the new D3000; a replacement for the D60, it sports the same 10.2 MP CCD sensor but packs a larger 3″ LCD and 11-point AF system.

Nikon D300S DSLR

Nikon D300S DSLR

Sounding like an iPhone 3GS, Nikon’s 12.3 MP D300S gets speed and video: HD 720p @ 24 fps recording with autofocus and faster 7fps continuous shooting are its chief improvements.

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Leica Pinmaster

Leica Pinmaster

Leica lends its pricey and prestigious name to the Pinmaster, a laser rangefinder that can “pin”-point the distance to a pin; it’s good up to 820 yards with 7x magnification and auto-dimmer.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

Panasonic slims down its compacts with the 12.1 MP Lumix DMC-ZR1, which boasts the world’s first 0.3 mm aspherical lens; it also features 8x optical zoom and a 1.1 s start-up speed.

Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III

It still has a 10 MP sensor, but Ricoh fans will be salivating over the GR Digital III’s new noise-reducing GR Engine III, a 28 mm/F1.9 lens, and a CCD with 2x sensitivity over the old model.

Panasonic Lumix FZ35

Panasonic Lumix FZ35

Panasonic’s flagship superzoom and successor to the F28, the Lumix FZ35 features a 12.1 MP sensor and 27 mm wide angle lens with 18x optical zoom; it’ll be available September 2009. 

Monsterpod Camera Tripod

Monsterpod Camera Tripod

Getting that perfect angle is a challenge for shutterbugs, but the Monsterpod is a viscoelastic polymer-based camera tripod  that can hang on over 1,000 surfaces–even upside down.

Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

Fujifilm’s answer to Olympus’s Stylus 7010, the F70EXR boasts a 10x optical zoom, but its trump card is a 10 MP Super CCD EXR sensor with wide dynamic range and high ISO/low noise.

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