If you haven't noticed, point-and-shoots have become brainier. The HX50V crams a lot of tech into its 9.6-ounce body. The 20.4-megapixel compact camera's best-in-class 30x optical zoom grabs impressive shots of everything from that vacation waterfall to your kid's game – even if he's out in left field. The shooter's active three-way optical image stabilization offsets the blur associated with long zooms, too, but even if it doesn't, its ability to shoot rapid-fire at a blistering 10 frames per second allows you to hedge your bets. [$450; store.sony.com]
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