"Best Travel Zoom Camera to Date!"5.0 starson by UncleGare
Pros: Excellent IQ for non DSLR
Big Zoom with Rock Solid IS
Eye Popping Video
Cons: Only have minor complaints: 1. Video is pretty slow to start, 2. burst mode takes too long to write, and 3. burst mode limited to 10 frames.
Summary: I owned and really wanted to like the Nikon S9100, but returned it due to focusing issues, especially at longer telephoto lengths. Also owned and returned the Panasonic ZS10, which seemed amazing until I viewed the pics on the computer... noisier than I can even describe (unless in perfect light at ISO 100), even the video was mush. This surprised me, because my ZS3 (CCD sensor) took really clean photos in low-light up to ISO 400.
The Sony HX9v has been nearly perfect for me, with consistently crisp (and fast) focus and punchy colors. The video is stellar and you really need to see it to believe it. Sony has managed to put a truly high QUALITY big zoom camera/camcorder in my pocket and I am loving it! IMHO, this really is the best travel zoom available... good job Sony, you've won me back!