Sony's latest Superzoom distills the best of its H-series cameras. It has 8.1-megapixel resolution; a 15X Zeiss zoom that's the equivalent, in 35mm, of 31-465mm (f/2.7-4.5); image stabilization; a tiltable 3-inch LCD monitor; and a Li-ion battery good for 250 shots a charge. The burst mode can eat up as many as 100 frames, at 2.2 fps, at full resolution. You can shoot with Dynamic Range Optimization (borrowed from Sony's Alpha 100), which increases shadow and highlight detail. And that's just the photography part. The H9's post-shooting capabilities include a fast red-eye fix, and the camera has HD-component output, so you can show images on high-definition TVs at maximum screen resolution. You can even add MP3 music of your choice.
The Cyber-shot DSC-H9 lets you shoot in low light with no compromise in quality: Unlike other models, it delivers full resolution at ISO 3200. But if that still doesn't cut it, you can shoot with Sony's reinstated Night Shot mode, which lights the subject with an invisible infrared beam.