Here's a sneak peek at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show's array of gadgets, from dream cameras to clever iPhone cases--and even a cycling computer that promises you a beach-ready body.
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If you're a road warrior looking to capture great images and video while on the run (like many of us here at InformationWeek), then what you really want is a compact, video-capable Digital SLR. Interchangeable lenses are one of the hallmarks of a DSLR when compared to point and shoot cameras. So too are the electronic WYSIWYG view finders. Until recently, the proverbial king of the hill (arguably, of course) was Panasonic's Lumix GH2. With its 4:3 image aspect ratio, electronic viewfinder and 16.1 megapixels, the GH2 was the hands-down winner in terms of a prosumer camera packed into a tiny package. And, it has an important advantage in the market: It is shipping. You can actually buy one. The same cannot be said of Sony's NEX-7, which was officially announced in August of 2011 but hasn't made it onto store shelves, thanks in part to the tsunami that struck Japan.
Even so, the NEX-7 is worth waiting for. Although a tad more expensive than the GH2, its APS-C CMOS sensor weighs in at 24 megapixels. More megapixels doesn't always mean better. The more you pack into a tiny sensor, the more opportunity there is for noise in the final picture or video. But reviewers are claiming that the NEX-7 is producing crisp images and that noise isn't a major problem. Compared to the Lumix lineup, there are fewer lenses available for the NEX series. But there are enough to get most of us by, and more will no doubt be on the way. So you can imagine why we're excited to spot an NEX-7 in the wild for the first time.
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