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Canon EOS Rebel T2i ($900)

Now that Kodachrome is no longer being manufactured, all of you 35 mm holdouts ought to spring for a digital camera. This one accommo ­dates a wide assortment of lenses — zoom, telephoto, and wide angle — and even takes high-definition video.

Runner-up: For the point-and-shooters among us, Nikon's Coolpix P100 ($400) has a long zoom and very good image quality.


High-Def Camcorder

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JVC Everio GZ-HM550 ($800)

You'll capture every eyelash with this supersharp high-definition video camera, even in low-light conditions. It comes with 32 GBs of internal flash memory for nearly 15 hours of video. You can add more time with an optional memory card — but please, spare your friends all that footage of your family reunion.

Runner-up: Canon's FS31 ($350) camcorder doesn't do high-def, though it's lightweight and has excellent image stabilization for the price.

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