camera that arrived recently without much fanfare is Casio's QV-2900UX.
This little camera looks a lot like a Nikon Coolpix 990, but the
similarities end there. The 2900 has an 8X optical zoom lens which
allows you to get a lot closer to your images than normal 3X zoom
Pros: Microdrive support, Full manual controls for under $500, Cool swiveling lens, Handy BestShot mode, Fast processing speeds, Optical zoom works in movie mode
Cons: No optical viewfinder, Below average photo quality, LCD grainy, No sound in movie mode