Today's best superzoom EVFs combine six megapixels or more with advanced
metering, exposure, and AF options.
This model might turn you into a filmmaker. Not only can it shoot full-VGA movies at 30fps but it also records in stereo sound using two tiny microphones above the lens. You can even speed up its framing rate to 60fps for smoother recording of high-speed motion (at 320x240 pixels). And you can do all this as you zoom throughout the range of its 36-432mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.7-3.5 lens. For stills, the H5 captures at six megapixels at sensitivities up to an above-average ISO 800. Its optical IS steadies everything but you, working in continuous or shoot-only modes, and can be set to panning mode for sharp shots of moving objects with smooth background blur. It will even stabilize your movies. About $500.