Sleeper HitsNikon, Canon, and Olympus may still be first in mindshare when it comes to cameras, but Panasonic and Sony are coming on strong. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is a great example: this diminutive megazoom is our highest-rated camera of the year, and has a feature set, design,
photo quality, and performance that hit exactly what the majority of
point-and-shoot users are looking for. The worst thing we can say is that it may actually be too small for some folks.