Twelve megapixels seems to be the new ten megapixels. Sony pushes that envelope with the high-flying W200, which also provides improved performance in low light. The camera's ISO sensitivity goes up to a candlelight-friendly ISO 6400, with resolution downsized to three megapixels. Add that to the lens-based image stabilization in its 35-105mm (equivalent) f/2.8-5.5 Zeiss zoom and you may never use flash again. (An eye-level optical viewfinder helps you keep the camera steadier, too.)
Sony says the W200's Super HAD CCD allows more light to reach each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise. It keeps contrast under control with Sony's D-Range Optimization (DRO), originally developed for the Alpha 100 D-SLR. After-the-shot fixes and effects include red-eye reduction and soft focus. The W200 can connect by HD-component cable to display pictures directly on HDTV screens -- in a slide show if you like, accompanied by transition effects and your favorite MP3 music files.