These enticing cameras and camcorders are due to hit stores right before the holiday shopping season, and they offer everything from 3D shooting to pocketable perfection.
They lack the mirror boxes and through-the-lens viewfinders of a true DSLR, but these compact interchangeable-lens cameras shoot top-notch photos and video despite their smaller sizes.
The Coolpix S1100pj's built-in projector allows you to use the camera as a business-meeting tool when connected to a computer.
Casio's high-speed, energy-efficient EX-FH100 is arguably the most versatile pocket megazoom around, thanks to its super-slow-motion shooting. The sacrifices here are lens control, a bit of video quality, and less-exciting scene modes than what you get from Sony, Canon, and Samsung.
The long-awaited follow-up to the popular Lumix LX3 is one of five new Panasonic cameras coming in late-2010.
Casio's first high-speed pocket megazoom has superb battery life and image quality, but its noisy zooming and laggy autofocus are drawbacks.
Amazon.com and Best Buy score highly in our research as great places to buy digital cameras.
The Lumix DMC-ZS5 brushes aside fancy extras and gets down to brass tacks. Manual controls and a fast-focusing 12X-optical-zoom lens make this model a big step up from 2009's Lumix DMC-ZS3.
Articles by Tim Moynihan