If it wasn't for the clunky mode dial and lack of manual controls, we would have no qualms about recommending the TZ7 to anyone looking for a compact camera with a 12x optical zoom and HD video recording.
Typical price: $769.00
Like shabby crimefighter Columbo, Kodak has been quiet of late, but also like the trenchcoated 'tec, it has its moments. Exhibits A and B: the new EasyShare Z950 and M381
Panasonic has unveiled its new line-up for 2009, which incorporates updates to its popular TZ line and a brand new tough model designed to withstand water, drops and extreme temperatures.