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Like the DSC-TX1, a nice price drop has helped make the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 a competitive offering in a lower price range. Like the TX1, the WX1 delivers relatively good low-light performance in a very compact package. Though it's not as sleek in design as the higher-priced TX1 -- and includes a 2.7-inch standard LCD as opposed to the TX1's 3-inch touchscreen -- the WX1 features a brighter, wider, and longer lens (24-120mm equivalent, f/2.4-5.9) as well as the easy-to-use Sweep Panorama mode and 720p HD video recording.
The price on the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS is right and Canon has managed to cram a ton of great features into a tiny package. The SD940 uses a wide-angle 28-12mm equivalent (f/2.8-5.9) 4x zoom lens, but has managed to drop the size of the camera down to just 3.5x2.2x0.8 inches and a touch over 4 ounces. Both still image and HD video quality is admirable and there's even a mini-HDMI output.
The entry-level Nikon Coolpix L22 is a budget friendly 12-megapixel shooter with a 37-134mm equivalent 3.6x optical zoom lens. Despite its $130 price tag, the L22 offers up a large 3.0-inch LCD as well as three-way image stabilization and ISO 1600 capability. There’s an Easy Auto mode with an automatic scene selector (with only six scene modes), and the camera is also powered by AA batteries, which is convenient in a pinch, though you should probably invest in a set of NiMH or Lithium rechargeables after the included alkalines run out.