Nikon gives new meaning to Mazda's lame "Zoom zoom zoom" slogan with the new Coolpix P80 ($400). The compact digicam boasts an impressive 18x Zoom-Nikkor lens with optical vibration reduction, a 10.1-megapixel sensor with EXPEED image processing, a 2.7-inch LCD, manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and programmed auto shooting modes, and can shoot as many as 30 consecutive pictures at up to 13 frames per second. For those looking for dSLR features in a smaller body, it's the new king of the compact zoom.
Less is definitely more with the Flip Video Ultra Camcorder ($142). Thanks to its simple-to-use and extremely portable design, this video recorder is selling like hot cakes, taking 13% of the camcorder market. The Flip holds 60 minutes of VGA-quality (640 x 480) video on 2GB of built-in memory and produces surprisingly good video and audio quality. The vertically-held camcorder doesn't have menus or settings or a memory card — just a 1.5-inch LCD, a big red record button, and buttons to playback or delete clips. A flip-out USB arm makes transferring video to your computer easy, and included software makes it simple to edit video and upload to YouTube and AOL Video.