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Spring Tech Preview: Cameras and camcorders

If you're one of the visually infatuated gadget geeks, these are the cameras and camcorders you should be looking out for.

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX30V and HX20

Price: $419.99 (HX30V), $399.99 (HX20)

Availability: May 2012

Outlook: The HX30V replaces our Editors' Choice-winning and wildly popular HX9V with an even longer 20x zoom lens. The HX20 is the same camera, but missing the HX30V's built-in Wi-Fi.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1

Price: $1,699

Availability: March 2012

Outlook: With a new higher-sensitivity sensor technology, interesting hybrid viewfinder, and a recent history of succeeding with its retro designs, Fujifilm's high-end mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera looks like a model to watch.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

Price: $999.99 (body only); $1,299.99 (with 12-50mm lens); $1,099.99 (with 14-42mm lens)

Availability: April 2012

Outlook: Olympus resurrects its OM brand for the digital age with a dust-and-weather-sealed mirrorless interchangeable-lens model for enthusiasts. With a new sensor and fast burst-shooting specs of 9 frames per second, it has the potential to be one of the first mirrorless models suited for shooting action.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Price: $3,499 (body only); $4,299 (with 24-105mm lens)

Availability: March 2012

Outlook: Everything on the inside's been revamped, promising improvements on every aspect of this professional staple from performance to image quality to streamlined shooting.

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Nikon D4

Price: $5,999.95

Availability: March 2012

Outlook: Nikon hits the important highlights with this replacement for the D3S: improved autofocus, increased durability, better performance, and more-competitive video capabilities.

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Canon EOS-1D X

Price: $6,799

Availability: March 2012

Outlook: Canon completely overhauled its high-end pro model, stuffing it full of the latest in dSLR-based still- and video-shooting features.

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