Sanyo XActi HD1000 (Street: $650)
Low-light video shooters, meet your new best friend. By far the priciest of the bunch, the high price tag and measly 4-megapixel sensor of the HD1000 won't appeal to everyone, but with an f/1.8-2.5, 38-380mm optical zoom lens, Sanyo claims the camera is capable of allowing almost four times as much light through the lens than other models. With the appearance of a futuristic weapon, the camera includes a fold out 230,000-pixel, 2.7-inch LCD that rotates 285 degrees. Unlike the cameras above, the HD1000 shoots at a (debatably) higher 1080i (1920x1080) resolution (versus 720p) at 60fps. Maximum recording time is limited by the capacity of your memory card, but Sanyo claims you can store about 85 minutes of 1080i video on an 8GB SDHC card. You may have also heard of 1080p content, though no compact is capable of producing it yet. While 1080i and 1080p technically both offer 1920x1080 resolution, the latter presents a smoother image but produces a significantly larger file. The HD1000 is available now and includes an HD docking station and component video cable in the box.