Hot on the heels of the company's HV20 high-def camcorder comes Canon's PowerShot TX1, a mini cam that captures HD footage to SD cards, doing away with that tape nonsense (and about time, too). Your video gets the HD treatment in the 720p format at 30 frames per second, and you can easily watch it on an HDTV by using the included component-video cable — nice of Canon to think of that. Another sweet perk is optical image stabilization, which compensates for your shaky hands by shifting the lens, which is more effective than dorkier, lamer electronic image stabilizers that try to do it with software.
The TX1's HD abilities are even more notable when you consider it's primarily a still camera, snapping pix with up to 7.1 megapixels each. With a Direct Photo Printer, you won't need to hook it up to a computer, but for when you need to it's nice to know it'll play nice with both Macs and Windows PCs — even you Vista early adopters. Best of all is the bargain price: $500, which beats everything else in the class. We like.