Price and availability: $450, April
Key attributes: 30X zoom, GPS, 3D modes, low-light shooting, high-speed modes, fast autofocus, full manual controls, adjustable LCD, creative shooting modes, 1080p video
Sony's high-end Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V megazoom has an impressive 30X-optical-zoom lens (27mm to 810mm) backed by full manual controls, aperture- and shutter-priority modes, and a 10-frames-per-second burst mode at full resolution. Its 16-megapixel, low-light-optimized CMOS sensor can capture 3D images in three different ways, and it offers special scene modes for HDR photos and handheld low-light shots. Other goodies include in-camera geotagging, a tiltable LCD screen, 1080p video capture at 60 fps, and very fast autofocus.