Canon goes uber-geek with their new PowerShot TX1 ($500). Check out this list of tech heavy features which will keep you flipping the owner's manual for hours: 7.1-megapixels, 30 fps high definition 720p widescreen (16:9) video recording capability with CD quality stereo sound, 10x optical zoom lens, an unfoldable LCD screen, advanced optical image stabilization, Canon's DIGIC III image processor and the ability to track multiple human faces in a scene.
Cameras are kind of funny — no matter how many megapixels your pocket shooter has, if you want professional results, you need a professional-style camera. The Canon EOS-1D Mark III ($TBA) is definitely professional. Designed from the ground-up, this 10.1 megapixel beast can shoot up to ten frames per second thanks to the new Dual DIGIC III image processor, and also sports a Live View shooting mode, letting you use the LCD to frame shots just like a point-and-shoot. Add in an integrated cleaning system, a 45-point auto focus system, and an extra-large CMOS sensor, and you've got everything you need to take great photographs.
We're not always excited about pocket-sized cams, but when they come with Nikon's optical VR image stabilization, you'd best believe we'll take notice. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 ($400; March 2007) boasts features such as a 10 megapixel resolution, a 2.5 LCD monitor, and a new image processing engine that optimizes for both low light and color reproduction. A built-in hot shoe, SDHC compatibility, and a new Face-priority AF mode round out the offering, but for those with shaky hands, the VR stabilization alone is worth the price.