Point-and-shoots with creative, unique features
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $499
RAW mode shooting capabilities, fast autofocus and a wide-angle zoom make the 10-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 quite a versatile camera. The bright 24mm ƒ/2.0 Lecia DC Vario-Summicron lens and redesigned CCD sensor allow you to take sharp images in low light. Another key feature is the ability to shoot 720p high-definition video in AVCHD Lite and motion JPEG formats. This is the first LX camera to offer the Sonic Speed AF focus system.
Pentax Optio W90
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $299
If most of your shooting takes place outdoors, the rugged Pentax Optio W90 is waterproof down to 20 feet, shockproof up to four feet and can withstand subfreezing temperatures. It has a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD and captures 720p HD video at 30 fps. The W90 has a Digital Microscope mode with LED lens lighting for capturing subjects as close as one cm from the camera. You also can capture images remotely with infrared remote-control capabilities.
Samsung DualView ST100
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $349
Samsung made a splash last year with its DualView point-and-shoots offering front and back LCD screens—handy for those who like taking self-portraits. The latest DualView ST100 features a larger front LCD, measuring 1.8 inches compared to the 1.5-inch screens of its predecessors. Sleek and stylish, the 14.2-megapixel camera is designed with a metallic finish. It also uses Samsung’s Smart Gesture User Interface for quickly accessing key features with either a tilt or hand gesture.