BEST FOR: Adventure travel; nights on the town. THE TEST: We liked the simplicity of Sony’s latest point-and-shoot: it has just three buttons (on/off, shutter, and zoom), and the 3.5-inch touchscreen’s interface is as easy to use as an iPhone. We also loved that in burst mode it can shoot giant 18-megapixel images at a jaw-dropping ten frames per second, which is considerably faster than most DSLRs. The Sony also includes a sweep mode for easy panoramic shooting, is waterproof to 16 feet, and is the size of a deck of cards—all of which makes its steep price tag palatable. THE VERDICT: Elegant, high-tech, and surprisingly rugged.