Nikon Coolpix S5100
12.2 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; Lens-shift optical image stabilization; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; ISO 100-3200; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The S5100 is smack in the middle of Nikon's 2010 S-series lineup, a general-use, everyman point-and-shoot. It packs a decent 5x zoom, 720p HD video, and a handful of features meant to boost low-light and nighttime performance, including lens-shift stabilization, improved motion detection software, and ISO up to 3200. There's some marketing hyperbole at work here -- Nikon positions it as a low-light performer, but it simply does not have the right sensor or lens to really pull that off -- but it's still a reasonably priced compact that should sell well this holiday season.