Two interesting cameras were released this week by Canon and Fuji.
Here is a link to a preview: Canon G1 X preview
So it promises all the form and control features (minus the dedicated ISO ring) of the Canon G12 with a much larger sensor. That should help a bit with depth of field control and noise. My main complaint is that the lens is f/2.8 to f/5.6. An f/5.6 telephoto isn't going to give outstanding depth of field control. Better than the G12, but it won't differ from some of the smaller P&S from Olympus and Panasonic or Fuji with f/2.8 lens at the long end.
Preview here. I don't see this as particularly appealing for stock, but it is a very interesting camera. It is being released with ONLY fast prime lenses! The sensor is larger, but not full frame - and Fuji claims it will rival full frame for resolution (but not color depth or noise?). This is a pricy camera, and given the lack of flash options and video I can't see getting it over a Canon 5D MkII or Nikon D700 for a similar price. The Canikon options are cheaper once you consider getting all three primes for the Fuji to add macro capability. Still - I really like to see manufacturers pushing the envelope on what a camera can be. Classic rangefinder in form with modern bells and whistles. And a nice OVF/EVF to boot (likely driving or following the choice of primes).
[note that the images used to illustrate this article are not the real cameras mentioned!]