Sony's Handheld Twilight Mode and Advanced Scene Recognition Good for:
Crisp low-light photos without a flash
Shooting in dark conditions without a DSLR normally involves an image-quality compromise. If you use the camera's flash, you blow out foreground subjects while making the background pitch black. But if you boost the ISO on a small-sensored point-and-shoot camera to create an evenly lit photo, you usually generate a noisy, sometimes unusable image.
A couple of useful features in Sony's [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/309130/review/cybershot_dscwx1.html|Cyber-shot DSC-WX1|Cyber-shot DSC-WX1]], [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/186045/ces_2010_new_sony_cybershots_full_of_surprises.html|DSC-TX1|DSC-TX1]], [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/186045/ces_2010_new_sony_cybershots_full_of_surprises.html|DSC-HX5V|DSC-HX5V]], and [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/189588/fashionable_sony_camera_is_as_tough_as_nails.html|DSC-TX5|DSC-TX5]] cameras offer solid alternatives for shooting in low light. Handheld Twilight mode takes up to six photos at different exposure settings in rapid-fire fashion, and then overlays them to generate a smooth, noise-free low-light image. Advanced Scene Recognition mode allows you to take two shots in quick succession--one with the flash on, and one using low-light-optimized settings with the flash turned off--and lets you view the two shots side by side.