If we had to choose a compact camera to illustrate the state of the art, the Optio A30 could be it. It's a 10-megapixel model with a 3X zoom (a 38-114mm equivalent f/2.8-5.4), 640x480 video capture at 30fps, and sensor-shifting image stabilization that works with both stills and movies. You can set exposures in modes ranging from old-fashioned manual to full-auto, with a nice assortment of useful scene settings to fall back on. You get full-resolution capture at ISO 1600, great for low-light photography; downsize to a very respectable five megapixels and you can shoot at ISO 3200. Post-production fun and fixes include digital filters, red-eye removal, and lightening/darkening. You can even do simple video editing, and extract movie frames as stills. What's missing? Well, an optical viewfinder. Call us old-fashioned.