Sony Cyber-shot HX100V
16.2 megapixels; EXMOR R CMOS sensor; 30x optical zoom; 27mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch LCD, 921k dots; 1080p HD video, AVCHD format; 10fps burst mode; 3D image capture, 3D panorama; High-res sweep panorama (42.9 megapixels); ISO up to 3200; Full manual control; Integrated GPS for geo-tagging; HDMI output; Captures to SD/SDHC/Memory Stick media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Sony's HX100V is a 30x-zoomer with a stacked set of specs. Sony sat out of the superzoom game for a few years, but they're back with a big one. Like most high-end Cyber-shots, it has too many "fun" features to list -- though our favorite of the group is the high-res, 42.9 megapixel panoramas, which should preserve a lot more detail than the relatively small images that lesser sweep-panorama features churn out. And also like most of their higher-end 2011 Cyber-shots, it's built around a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, which allows for quick performance and decent low-light shots. Image quality might be a little bit soft -- that's the nature of these kinds of cameras -- but it'll still be incredibly versatile.