I'd put the Sony HX9V on the short list as well. Here is a recent comparison review, with both the Canon and Nikon sharing top honors:
I'm looking for a GREAT overall camera with excellent picture sharpness and quality along with the ability to take great video for everyday and sporting event use. I'm currently without camera since my well used kodak 14mp 5x camera stopped working. I'm looking to upgrade but with so many different cameras out there...it's a bit mind-boggling. I like what these 2 models have to offer but I'm willing to consider other models as well. Looking in the 250-350 price range in general. Thanks for your help!!