Sony Handycam HDR-CX300
1920 x 1080 (1080p) HD video; MPEG4 AVC/H.264 high-definition formats; Back-illuminated EXMOR R CMOS sensor; 7-megapixel still photo resolution; 16GB internal flash memory; Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC class media compatible; 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD fold-out display; Dolby Digital sound recording; six-blade G lens; 12x optical zoom; Optical Steady Shot stabilization with Active Mode; HDMI digital audio/ video outputs; HDTV-compatible playback
Sony put some thought into this year's releases. If you'll notice, they're all pretty nicely staggered in terms of features--and price--so there's something for everyone. Now if all the features are as great as they sound, we'll really have something here. The HDR-CX300 is a mid-range option and packs a lot of upgraded features into a compact body. Tons of new Intelligent Auto modes, an updated image sensor that's supposed to perform well in low light, and 16GB of internal flash storage drive make this one sound pretty promising. Look to the CX100-series models for something a bit simpler and cheaper, or push towards the CX500-series models if you're a true technophile in search of the highest-end options.