Digital Cameras with Big Zooms
(MONEY Magazine) – GOOD $404
It fits in a shirt pocket and still has a 5x zoom, making images look five times the size your eye sees unaided. We love the rugged metal case. A neat feature lets you stitch pictures into panoramas. The price, from newegg.com, is after a $50 maker's rebate through June 30.
Canon PowerShot S1 IS
The S1's nifty image-stabilization feature compensates for the slight shaking of the hand that can blur pictures during long exposures or extreme zooms. Its 10x zoom makes possible more-naturally lit shots at dusk and closeups from across a soccer field.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10
It resembles an Instamatic with a jelly jar on it, but it boasts a superb 12x Leica lens that's image-stabilized, so nighttime shots are supersharp. Comes with one Panasonic battery; extras cost $50, but grab 'em because you'll want to shoot all day. --TED C. FISHMAN