Today's best superzoom EVFs combine six megapixels or more with advanced
metering, exposure, and AF options.
This full-featured electronic viewfinder-equipped digicam packs an ample six-megapixel sensor, a 10X zoom (38-380mm equivalent), and a big 2.5-inch color LCD into its lightweight, diminutive body. Yet the SP-500 UZ costs significantly less than similar five-megapixel competitors. It gives you 27 different shooting modes, including full manual; three different metering patterns, including spot; and, impressively, the ability to shoot RAW files, lacking in its direct competitors. The camera takes xD-Picture Card media and is powered by four AA batteries. The only things you'll miss are full-VGA, 640x480 video (it does 320x240 only) and image stabilization, but those features would add to its nice, low price. About $330.