Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
16 megapixel CCD sensor; 16x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle; 720p HD video; 3-inch LCD with 230,000 dots; Manual modes; AA batteries
Canon's highly successful SX150 IS gets a facelift with the SX160 IS, a model that keeps the AA batteries but upgrades just about everything else. The camera's zoom range has moved from 12x to 16x, the megapixel count from 14 to 16, and the body is a tad smaller in every dimension. As a budget model things like the screen resolution and HD video aren't as refined as more expensive cameras, but the continuing inclusion of manual modes is a great thing. Canon has also been touting the much-improved autofocus speed over its predecessor, suggesting there are other changes under the hood. Best of all is the price: $200 for a very capable camera.