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Digital Cameras and Printers: Best of 2010

A big year for camera and printer fans: The small but powerful Sony Alpha NEX-5 and the feature-packed Panasonic DMC-LX5--as well as camcorders from Sony and Panasonic and printers from Epson and Canon--entered the PCWorld 100.

Sony Alpha NEX-5
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Digital camera; $650 Sony's first compact interchangeable-lens camera is the finest we've tested, thanks to excellent image and video quality, fun in-camera modes that make capturing panoramic and low-light images a breeze, and (with a firmware update) the ability to shoot 3D images. (#6 in the PCWorld 100)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 review | sonystyle.com

In Video: Sony's Alpha NEX-5 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Digital camera; $500 The DMC-LX5 shines once you take it out of Auto mode and into Manual, offering instantaneous autofocus, great video quality, a macro mode that lets you practically touch the lens to your subject, a bright f/2.0 aperture lens, and good low-light shooting. (#18)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review | panasonic.net

Canon Pixma MG8120
Canon Pixma MG8120

Color multifunction printer; $300 This good-looking MFP has a 3.5-inch, tiltable, color LCD and touch controls integrated into the top lid. It also produces smooth text output at a good clip, and its replacement ink costs are reasonable. (#23)

Canon Pixma MG8120 review | canon.com

Canon EOS 7D

Digital camera; $1700 This 18-megapixel DSLR camera provides the features and shooting power of a pro model, but at a price that puts it within reach of enthusiasts. Of note is its combination of a high-resolution LCD screen, convenient Live View functions, and 1080p video, as well as its impressive 8-frames-per-second continuous-capture speed. (#27)

Canon EOS 7D review | canon.com

Sony Handycam NEX-VG10
Sony Handycam NEX-VG10

Camcorder; $2000 The innovative NEX-VG10 interchangeable-lens HD camcorder shoots 1080p AVCHD video and takes 14-megapixel stills--and it costs about $4000 less than the only other swappable-lens camcorder on the market, a model from Panasonic. (#28)

Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 coverage | sonystyle.com

Logitech C910
Logitech C910

Webcam; $100 You get crystal-clear 1080p video quality wrapped up in a sleek design. The addition of SkypeHD video-calling support only boosts the C910's appeal. (#35)

Logitech C910 review | logitech.com

Panasonic HDC-SDT750

Camcorder; $1400 Looking for 3D content to watch on a 3D TV? An included, detachable 3D-conversion lens mounts onto the HDC-SDT750's f/1.5, 12X-optical-zoom Leica lens, making it the first 3D-capable consumer camcorder. Without the 3D lens, it shoots 1080p video at 60 frames per second. (#45)

Panasonic HDC-SDT750 coverage | panasonic.com

Cisco Flip UltraHD 8GB with FlipPort
Cisco Flip UltraHD 8GB with FlipPort

Camcorder; $200 This game-changer shoots smoother video than its Flip predecessors, thanks to the addition of digital image stabilization and a faster, 60-frames-per-second rate when capturing 720p video. But the big draw is the FlipPort, which lets you attach accessories such as microphones and battery extenders. (#77)

Cisco Flip UltraHD 8GB with FlipPort coverage | theflip.com

Epson PictureMate Show PM 300
Epson PictureMate Show PM 300

Printer; $300 This snapshot printer--with 270MB of internal memory and a 7-inch, WVGA (480-by-800-pixel), 15:9-aspect-ratio color LCD--also serves as a digital photo frame. Various display formats let you incorporate a clock, a calendar, simple animation, and other effects into a slideshow. (#86)

Epson PictureMate Show PM 300 review | epson.com

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