Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
18.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor; 16x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 3-inch LCD; Optical image stabilization; GPS tracker; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
The successor to the highly-successful HX9, the HX10 refines the very good build and usability of its predecessor. The specifications are even more impressive, an 18 megapixel sensor and 16x optical zoom, yet the body is quite a bit lighter and more comfortable in the hand. It looks like that new sensor is actually pretty good, besting its 16-megapixel predecessor at high ISOs while eking out a little extra detail (along with some more noise) in good light. The HX10 is the cheapest of Sony's new travel zoom line, which includes the HX20 and HX30, and its zoom range is smaller as a result. Still, this makes it the best deal of the three without giving up much in the way of features.