High-Powered Pocket Cam: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX66

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Are you looking for the ultimate in-between camera, more than you get with your iPhone but without the weight and bulk of a manual shooting SLR? Sony's new ultra-slim, credit-card-sized, AA-battery-thick shooter may be just the ticket. The Cyber-Shot DSC-TX66, while not a model name that is easy to recall, comes with features that make it more than memorable.

The TX66 is equpped with an 18MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and a 24mm equivalent Carl Zeiss lens with 5x optical zoom. What does all that mean? With you—or in spite of you—this camera takes great pictures, good enough to make really nice prints when you return from that trip you just took it on. It focuses fast, even in low light, where this little cam scores high for shooting ability. And once you've captured the moment, you can view your art on a screen that's nearly as big as the camera—about 3.3 inches.

But wait, there's more. This little rocket in your pocket also shoots video, and has a mode where you can capture high-quality still images while shooting HD movies.

If you fancy yourself a photographer but don't want to deal with a camera too big to put in your shirt pocket, the TX66 might be the perfect instrument.

And if you don't fancy yourself a photographer, well, not to worry. This camera will fool all of your friends. It prompts you with options for creating unique, custom-styled photos and video that will make you appear to have been influenced by everyone from Galen Rowell to Andy Warhol. Available now, $350,

–Berne Broudy

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