Got Sony NX-3 camera as follow-on to DSC-H7 that has flakey mode control with Sonycard points.
Advantage is that it supposed to have the same optics and APS sensor as a low-end SLR. Disadvantage is that everything works off of one control, even the !@#$ zoom. It also does not have a built-in flash but some silly dedicated vestigial flash that fits on top, maybe they think you'll usually go without flash but picture I got were pretty dark.
Unfortunately did not realize it only comes with ultrawide "pancake" lens. The only way to get zoom is MENU-CAMERA-SCROLL-ZOOM-ENTER to get digital zoom. Up to 3X digital zoom actually looks ok, but people look fish-eyed if you get close enough to fill the viewfinder. Also seems you need a very fast shutter to be still enough to actually get every pixel sharp.
|Chicken with bright modified by Photoshop|
Bothell Country Village HDR. HDR only slightly brightens darkest areas, otherwise not huge diff.
|10X zoom looks awful but ok for spy shots.|
|Try out 18-200 mm lens at Talls camera $350|