Sony Cybershot WX5
12 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; Optical image stabiliation; 3-inch touchscreen LCD; 1080p MP4/1080i AVCHD HD video; 24-120mm focal length; Sony G f2.4-7.1 lens; 10 fps burst mode; Exmor R CMOS sensor; iSweep Panorama/3D Sweep Panorama; Background Defocus; Backlight Correction HDR; Captures to SD/SDHC/Memory Stick Duo media cards; HDMI output; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
It looks like a regular old compact from the outside, but there's some exciting tech inside the new WX5. This Exmor model uses every trick in the book to get around the constraints of a small sensor. It shoots 10 frames per second in burst mode and, by combining several images from the burst into one composite image, the WX5 claims to take ultra low-noise images in dim lighting and shots with a defocused background. Sony even claims it can create 3D images. All this comes in a truly sleek and minuscule camera body featuring a 5x zoom, 1080i HD video, and a (possibly frustrating) 3-inch touchscreen. Whew. For a slightly pared-down model (that is, no touchscreen, but pretty much every other feature included), check out the soon-to-be-released WX9.