The 20X-optical-zoom PowerShot SX260 HS pocket megazoom does a lot of things--and it does many of them well, thanks to very good image quality, great creative modes, and manual exposure controls.
The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is a solid sub-$200 point-and-shoot camera in more ways than one: It has a sturdy build, and it takes good-looking pictures for a camera at such a low price.
The Casio Tryx camera has an innovative, twistable design, along with super-high-speed video capture mode, an extremely wide-angle lens, and some cool in-camera tricks for capturing hands-free shots and artistic-looking stills.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a showpiece for the benefits and drawbacks of a touchscreen interface. Its touchscreen UI introduces a few groundbreaking features, but may leave you longing for old-fashioned analog controls more often than not.
If you're looking for a touchscreen camera, the Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS is one of the best point-and-shoot options. Due to the touchscreen, however, the Elph 500 HS acts more like a phone than a traditional camera.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a camera that offers more features than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V, with its 16X-optical-zoom lens, ability to capture 3D images and excellent video, GPS functions, searchable in-camera help guide, and more.
The PowerShot SX230 HS has great image quality that puts it among the top tier of 2011's pocket-megazoom class, and the camera can be as easy to use or as manual-oriented as you want it to be.
Articles by Tim Moynihan