I looked at this model when shopping for something in this range. It has both optical and electronic image stabilization and 15x zoom is nice though. I went to Ritz Camera and held one though, and that made me not want one. The camera is very light and that made it seem very cheaply made to me. The adapter/hood arrangement is very good on Sony models like you are considering, but that one reason is not enough for me to choose it. The ISO 3200 is a moot point because your pictures will turn out grainy.
I ended up with the S5
(seems that a lot of people here have this model, yay Canon!). The LCD
screen doesn't just angle, it swivels out to a variety of different positions. There are a good amount of buttons on the outside so you don't have to search through menus for what you want. One button can be customized to one of a few settings depending on your needs. There is also a custom shooting mode where you can save your most common settings and always go to this mode. None of the buttons are in the way of your hands when shooting. The battery compartment door is a bit difficult to close because of the AA
's, and you can't change a memory card with the power on. Rechargeable AA
's are cheap though, much cheaper than an extra battery for the Sony, which can run you $50US. I have 2 sets of Duracell 15-minute rechargeables, and I have gotten 500+ shots from one set. So in about 30 minutes, I'll have enough batteries charged from nil for 1000+ shots, where your single Sony battery will still be on the wall.
I am quite surprised at the popularity of the S5
on this site, but I think it just goes to show how good it is.