Editors Choice 2005: Digital Point and Shoot Cameras

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7

Thin and pretty, the T7 is just 5/8 inch thick and has a satiny metal body. But there's plenty of substance to go with its style: five-megapixel capture, an oversized 2.5-inch LCD monitor that's easier to see in bright light, MPEG movie capture at fullres VGA and 30fps, and Sony's InfoLithium rechargeable battery system, which tells you how much shooting time you have left. The 3X (38-114mm equivalent) Zeiss optical zoom features a periscopic design to stay completely within the body-no lens protruding.
Fun features include Magnifying Glass mode, which further enlarges extreme closeups taken at shooting distances down to one centimeter, for 3X life-size and beyond. And if you've become jaded about attaching still photos to e-mails, the T7's Video Mail mode captures a small movie file suitable for the purpose.

About $460.