Pentax has carved out a nice niche for itself: It produces top-performing, tough, and adventure-ready high-end cameras better than anyone else. This DSLR cements its reputation. The 16-megapixel K-50 is dustproof, coldproof (to –14 degrees), and weather-sealed, so it'll handle rain, but not a plunge in the pool. It's also a welcome design departure. You can pick from 20 body and six grip colors, from simple blue-on-blue to bold red-and-white. [$700; pentaxwebstore.com]
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