Sony's new Hand-held Twilight mode bursts three shots at a high ISO and combines them into a single, brighter, lower noise photo: it seems to work pretty well, both in comparison to full auto and manually selecting the same settings. (Top: HHT, ISO 3,200, 1/6 sec, f3.5; bottom: intelligent auto, ISO 800, 1/6 sec, f3.5)
These aren't yellow and white tulips; they're yellow tulips with completely blown out highlights. The day was bright, but not this bright, and the exposure is otherwise correct (1/200 sec, ISO 125, f8, spot metering).
The HX1's Sweep Panorama, which shoots continuously while you pan and then automatically combines the images into a panorama, is novel and fun. But the photos don't look very good, with lots of fringing and resolution artifacts.