The goofy Samsung Galaxy Camera--a point-and-shoot with a 4.8-inch touchscreen and a full version of Android--came out of nowhere and actually impressed us. The interface is fast and efficient for changing settings, the screen is great, and the camera has some pretty decent optics to book (21x optical zoom lens, 16MP CMOS sensor). And we just got an email from AT&T telling us the camera will cost $499.99, either with or without a 4G data plan. Yoooouch. That's even more than the $450 Canon S110, the reigning champ of advanced compacts. We'll have a full review soon so you can see if it's worth it.
Your camera--whether it's a DSLR, an interchangeable-lens camera, or an advanced compact--doesn't need to stay as it was when you bought it. You can make your camera suit you, to do what you want it to do and exactly how you want to do it. These hacks, gathered by our friends at Pop Photo, range from super simple, no-cost hacks (change what the buttons do!) to more advanced hardware tweaks (swap out the screen, add GPS/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth). See the whole list here.
Our good friends at Popular Photography are out in Cologne, Germany, eating sausage and getting their sausage-grease-covered fingers all over the next generation of camera gear at Photokina 2012, the world's biggest camera convention. There's some amazing stuff already--the Android-running Samsung Galaxy Camera, the fantastically tiny Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera, the new full-frame Nikon D600 DSLR, and many more. Check out their full coverage here.
Sony makes some of the best tiny interchangeable-lens cameras (ILCs) in the game, but ILCs have had issues in the past with autofocus on a technical level, due to the smaller sensors. The new NEX-5R, the follow-up to the excellent NEX-5N, has 99 phase-detection autofocus sensors, so it can autofocus like a champ. Plus it's got a 180-degree swiveling screen and Wi-Fi, plus the promise of lots of cool apps from Sony. Read more about it at Pop Photo.