SONY CYBER-SHOT RX100
Smaller than a DSLR, but with more advanced functionality than a camera phone, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is a point-and-shoot that comes with a big 20.2-megapixel, one-inch (13.2x8.8mm) CMOS Sony Exmor sensor and a Zeiss Vario-SonnarT* 30-108mm (35mm equivalent) ƒ/1.8-4.9 zoom lens. It can shoot RAW or JPEG stills, as well as capture 1080/60p and 60i AVCHD video and 1440x1080 and 640x480 MP4 video at 30 fps. Other helpful features include a high-resolution, three-inch LCD, an easy Sweep Panorama mode, optical image stabilization and Dynamic Range Optimizer. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: Sony, (877) 865-7669, www.sonystyle.com.
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TS4
The tough Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 is waterproof down to 40 feet, shockproof from drops of up to 6.6 feet, dustproof and can operate in temperatures as low as 14º F. A GPS system, compass, altimeter and barometer are all included. There's a manual shooting mode so you can control aperture and shutter speed, as well as a Time Lapse Shot mode. The camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD and 28-128mm (35mm equivalent) Leica lens. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
OLYMPUS STYLUS SP-820UZ iHS
Drawing on a high-sensitivity, 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and TruePic V image processor originally developed for DSLRs, the Olympus STYLUS SP-820UZ iHS incorporates several high-end shooting features. Fast reaction times, solid low-light performance and zoom magnification that doesn't sacrifice image quality are some of the highlights. The impressive 40x zoom delivers a 22.4-896mm equivalent focal-length range, and a Super-Resolution Zoom mode doubles the focus distance to 80x zoom magnification. The camera records 1080p HD video and incorporates Dual Image Stabilization technology. Estimated Street Price: $329. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.getolympus.com.
PENTAX OPTIO WG-2 GPS
On your next adventure, take the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS with you no matter how rough the environment. The compact shooter can handle dust and cold weather, and it's waterproof down to 40 feet. Shooting features include a backlit 16-megapixel sensor, a wide-angle 28-140mm lens (35mm equivalent), a three-inch LCD with 460,000-dot resolution and full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps. The GPS technology also has been improved with less lag time before startup and longer battery life. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
Traveling is one of the best times to have a compact camera with a big zoom range with you. With the Samsung WB850F, you can upload photos of your trip instantly using the camera's WiFi capability. The 21x Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan zoom delivers an equivalent focal length range of 23-483mm, and the camera has built-in GPS technology. Additional features include a three-inch, 614,000-dot AMOLED screen, 1080p HD video recording and full manual shooting modes. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Samsung, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsung.com.
CANON POWERSHOT G12
The 10-megapixel Canon PowerShot G12 is a pint-sized compact that comes with a whole host of features usually found in pro DSLRs. The 28-140mm 5x zoom offers Hybrid IS image stabilization for sharp photos from wide to telephoto, and even with close-ups. Scenes can be composed on the articulating, 2.8-inch tilting and swiveling LCD screen. The High Dynamic Range scene mode will combine multiple shots into one picture for optimum exposures. Video can be played back directly to HDTVs in high definition through the HDMI output, and there's also compatibility with the professional Canon Speedlite flash series. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.