In a market increasingly filled with gizmo-laden, tweet-ready digicams, Leica's trademark remains analog – it makes some of the world's best lenses. The leather-covered aluminum 16.5-megapixel Leica X Vario's highlight is its 18mm–46mm ASPH zoom lens, which supplies peerless color reproduction and tack-sharp macro shots that best those from bigger DSLRs. [$2,850; leica-camera.com]
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