The equivalent of a fixed-focal-length 23mm super-wide-angle lens coupled with a second, narrower 3X zoom gives the dual-lens ultracompact Kodak EasyShare V570 extra versatility, whether shooting indoors or creating three-shot panoramas.
Although the Canon Digital IXUS 75 doesn't have many whistles and bells, the large screen and smart styling easily make up for what is by today's standards an undistinguished spec sheet. Above all, picture quality is excellent for this size of compact
The Fujifilm Finepix J100 is so simple we almost feel patronised by it. There are a few quirks in the face detection and red-eye system, but the prominence of baby mode suggests this isn't a camera for the party scene. We'd even call it the consummate point-and-shoot, simply because you can't do anything else with it
The pebble-like Canon IXUS 130 has such a wonderful design that it's easy to forgive its mediocre picture quality. It's small, discreet and, above all, supremely elegant. It's the ideal camera for anyone with little interest in technology but a keen eye for style
A solid performer with tons of different modes to play with and an excellent wide-angle zoom lens, the Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR is a highly flexible bridge camera with plenty to offer photography enthusiasts.
Why bother looking at any of Panasonic's other numerous 12-megapixel compacts now that the Lumix DMC-ZX1 is here? It beats the whole lot for zoom range and, from the look of our test shots, image quality too, yet it's no bigger. The DMC-ZX1's only real rivals are the Lumix DMC-TZ6 and DMC-TZ7 superzooms
Despite a few shortcomings, the FZ45 superzoom offers excellent value. It resembles a dSLR put on a hot wash, but it's easier to use and packed full of the latest must-have features. It feels like we've seen much of what's on offer here before, however.
The Samsung PL60 offers a decent set of specs at a good price, throwing in some hi-tech shooting functions and a dash of style too. You might not use all the fancy technology, but you'll get good pictures regardless. If you want a wideangle zoom, though, you'll need to step up to the PL70 instead
If you want a basic tough camera and can live with its quirks and images, the FT10 is a decent enough choice.
The Panasonic DMC-FZ7 is a solid megazoom alternative for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
Designed for sports and demanding professional photographers, the Canon EOS 1D X is an excellent SLR which will not disappoint.
The X80 is a reasonably cheap action camera, but reliability issues make it hard to recommend.
Looking for a touchscreen camera? The T90 should be on your list as it packs a heck of a lot of features into a pretty stylish case.
While it's too large to fit inside a pocket, the P7100 provides all of the functionality and quality that you could need. It's a shame that its performance is not class beating, otherwise it would easily make a great companion to an SLR or ILC.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 is a great camera, but its new 'intelligent' image processing isn't especially convincing, and the 'intelligent zoom' and 'extra optical zoom' are an insult to the intelligence. The GPS and manual exposure modes are important steps forward, but, while the TZ10 is better than the Lumix DMC-TZ7, it looks like the rate of progress is slowing down
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 is a 12.2-megapixel snapshot camera with a slide-and-shoot faceplate. While not the best value, it ticks the boxes for the latest must-have features, including a 3.5-inch touchscreen and 1080i video.
The HX20V comes close to being the perfect traveller's camera, with a high resolution, long zoom and built-in geotagging features that put your pictures on the map. The auto modes are fast and accurate, consistently producing detail-packed, vivid results.
The 1000D feels like what it is: a cheap, basic dSLR. It's perfectly competent, produces good quality pictures and has all the controls that keen photographers will want as they gain experience. But while Canon's used the opportunity to improve on the old EOS 400D in many areas, the new camera does have a cheaper feel