The Samsung L830 is a compact 8-megapixel camera that offers plenty of manual controls, but its sluggish shooting and disappointing picture quality hold it back.
If you're very picky about photo quality and prefer autofocus to manual -- but don't care about a viewfinder -- the Nikon Coolpix A is probably worth the money. Otherwise, wait for the price to drop.
Nikon updates its higher-end Coolpix P series with a camera that targets serious shooters a little better than its predecessor.
Nikon Coolpix S3 (Black)
The low end of the point-and-shoot market is dying. Here's at least one reason why.
The company's new flagship enthusiast compact has some really appealing features.
Feature junkies in search of a compact megazoom should get the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V.
A good option if you're looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD, the Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid but not outstanding sub-$800 dSLR-style camera.
If you miss having a zoom lens, but don't want to add too much bulk and weight to your travels, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a very good choice.
The feature-rich Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has a great mix of speed and photo quality.
A lot of camera, both in lens and features, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is a solid choice for point-and-shoot users looking to do a little more than that.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V has shooting options for solving common snapshot camera issues, but some users still won't be thrilled with the results.
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is an excellent compact megazoom suitable for snapshooters and enthusiasts, though the latter might be turned off by some aspects of the camera.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 is a decent little 10x zoom camera, but similar models from Nikon, Panasonic, and even Sony itself offer more for your money.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 is a fine choice for those wanting a compact 16x zoom lens for casual use.
The megazoom Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H2's long, image-stabilized lens should have the soccer moms drooling--as long as they stick to the lower ISO speeds.
A big camera capable of shooting some lovely photographs, the Canon PowerShot G1 X's slow lens disappoints given its high price.
The PowerShot SD1400 IS is another stylish ultracompact from Canon with features and performance that are stuck in the past.