The new compact SLR-styled FinePix S700 ($250; April 2007) from Fujifilm packs power and range for those wanting to step up to a more prosumer camera. The feature set located in this camera's body includes 7-megapixels, 10x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, picture stabilization, 14 pre-programmed scene modes and a dual shot mode.
Digital SLR's aren't for everyone, and if you're still not down with the removable lens crowd, this is about as close as you can get. The Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 ($480; April 2007) is packed with great features like a 15x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, a 3-inch flip-up LCD, an 8-megapixel sensor with the Bionz processing engine, optional HDTV-out, shutter speeds up to 1/4000 of a second, NightShot low-light technology, and Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization. Like we said, it's not a dSLR — but it's damn close.
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.