Fuji FinePix S1800
12 megapixels; 18x optical zoom; Dual image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor; Electronic viewfinder; 720p HD video; Continuous shooting up to 8 fps; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; 4x AA batteries
With the S1800, you get a big zoom for a low price -- an 18x zoom for a suggested price of $229, to be precise. You'll also get HD video and some speedy continuous shooting. It looks like a solid bridge/mini-dSLR/whatever-ya-call-it model, something that Fuji has been very good at over the years. In reality, it feels like a toy. It's a cheap camera with a huge lens. Image quality is average at best and performance is sluggish. It's a decent option if all you care about is an enormous lens, but on the whole, this is a mediocre superzoom. It's been replaced by the S2950, a very similar model in all respects.