As the snow melts (finally!), our thoughts turn to heading into the great outdoors – and all the great new stuff we’ll need to enjoy it. There's tons of gear coming out in the next few months and we’ve already run in, hiked with, rode on, drove in, listened to and played with most of it. In fact, our team of nearly two-dozen testers has been using (and abusing) all the new offerings to come up with this list of the very best stuff.
Contributors: Matt Berical, John Brandon, Berne Broudy, Ezra Dyer, Greg Emmanuel, Michael Frank, Tobey Grumet, Jason Heaton, James Martin, Dan Nelson, Seth Porges, Carl Rose, Doug Schnitzspahn, Josh Sens, Jeremy Spencer, Ryan Stuart, Erik Sofge, Basem Wasef
The A7 is the world's first full-frame mirrorless camera. Why should you care? Simply put, that means its 24-megapixel sensor is the same size as 35mm film, but the sleek body is just 14.7 oz and just under two inches thick. Most full-frame DSLRs have at least twice the heft and volume, and the A7 combines the two most coveted qualities in photography – studio-quality images and run-and-gun portability. Translation? Better pictures wherever you roam. [$1,700; sony.com]