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For thousands of tech-heads, the Consumer Electronics Show is a trip to Candy-land. Bright shiny lights, glowing screens, and a preview of next Christmas’ “Must Have” toys. But this is more than a celebration of our insatiable consumerism; CES affords an opportunity to observe how technology is changing a product in one fell swoop. Here you can easily see the trends and make connections you might otherwise miss.

One trend that was particularly pronounced is the merging the best features from consumer video cameras with features previously dedicated to still photography. These new hybrids may appear in the guise of still cameras, but Canon's 5D mark II and Panasonic’s Lumix GF1 create videos that are vastly superior to what you get with a traditional video camera. Additionally, the quality of footage from a Lumix LX3, Samsung NX10 or Canon Rebel T1i will knock the socks off of their video cousins. Cameras have become hybrids where the user seamlessly switches between still and video capture.

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