There are so many compact cameras on the market now that new models really have to do something special to stand out. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 rises to the challenge, offering a plethora of unique selling points. By pursuing processing speed rather than megapixels, Sony's opening up whole new ways of taking pictures
We can't give the TZ8 the same rating as the TZ10 simply because it doesn't have quite as many cool features, but it's better value for money. Its true strengths are the design, the controls and the lens quality, rather than Panasonic's increasingly convoluted 'intelligent' technologies
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 Samsung ST1000 is what you get when you combine a super-slim camera with the latest wireless-connectivity and touchscreen technology. Samsung's experience in mobile-phone design surely plays a part here. We've seen wireless cameras before, but this, at last, is how it should be done
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
The Canon PowerShot S90 is a cracker. It's not just elegant, compact and beautifully made -- it also combines high-end photographic controls with a straightforward interface, a seriously good lens and image quality that raises the bar for all other camera makers
A superzoom's a smart buy as long as you realise that you're not going to get quite the same handling and picture quality as you would from a digital SLR. You don't want to spend a fortune, in other words. On that basis, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 is great. Panasonic's created a camera that's one of the best of its type, but one of the cheapest too
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 not only does more than you could possibly expect from any pocket-sized camera, it does it spectacularly well. Other cameras may be smaller, cheaper or offer more manual control, but, as a package, the TZ6 provides unparalleled practicality, versatility and quality
In many ways, the operation and performance of the Pentax K100D Super exceeds expectations, given both its price and 'mere' 6-megapixel resolution. For just £370, it represents one of the biggest dSLR bargains out there for anyone looking to make the trade up from a compact or swap from a film SLR
Nikon's flagship dSLR ranks among the best 35mm-format cameras currently made, but some pros may take umbrage with its less-than-full-frame sensor.
Offering a range of video controls and still-image quality refined over generations of Nikon cameras, the D600 is an impressive SLR that signals a new era in full-frame photography.
While it's not a no-brainer upgrade over the Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is worth the price premium if better performance and configurability matter to you.
The Canon 400D remains a very good first dSLR, with a balance of automatic, semi-automatic and manual controls to progress through as your creative photography skills improve.
The 1Ds is a state-of-the-art digital SLR that meets professional imaging and performance standards, with a price to match.
A terrific, if expensive, full-frame compact, the Leica Q is worth every penny for landscape and street photographers.
With excellent photo and video quality and a deep feature set, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the perfect mix if you want dSLR-like controls and better than point-and-shoot performance with the convenience of a single fixed lens.
Fast, sturdy, well-designed and with excellent photo quality, the Samsung NX1 hits all the bases for action-shooting enthusiasts.
It's not the cheapest camera in its class, but the Nikon D750 delivers an excellent combination of quality, performance and features for its price.