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.
Need a tough camera built like a tank, while withstanding the weight of one rolling over it? The TG-820 from Olympus will go almost anywhere you can imagine, and survive the journey.
Panasonic equips its latest travel zoom camera with an electronic viewfinder and 30x optical zoom, all held together in a pocket-sized package.
While it's got plenty of issues, the TX10 is the best rugged camera yet from the 2011 crop.
If you have a limited budget or need a cheap camera for a gift, there are lots of better options than the W510.
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 latest dual-screen camera from Samsung offers plenty of bang for your buck, apart from its lacklustre touchscreen.
The Canon EOS 350D is an exceptionally small and lightweight camera designed for amateur dSLR owners, but it delivers the responsiveness and image quality you'd expect from a semipro model.
True night vision is a step closer with the Nikon D3S, a stunning professional dSLR on all accounts from still images to video.
While it doesn't offer the longest zoom out of all the travel cameras, the SH-25MR brings a great touchscreen and enough shooting options to satisfy most users.
With the same internals as found on the E-P3 wrapped in a smaller package, the E-PL3 is a compact and competent image-making machine.
Nikon's high-end professional SLR should be able to see in the dark thanks to its incredible light sensitivity. Plus, there's super-fast continuous shooting speed for sports lovers.
The 500D is a very capable camera that is ideal for someone entering the world of digital SLRs. The inclusion of high-definition video adds even more appeal to the already good-looking package.
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS' wider, longer lens, a few much-needed design tweaks and excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact superzoom.
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