Excellent photo quality and performance and a system with tiny, fast prime lenses make the Olympus PEN-F a great camera for street photography.
A respectable update to its very popular A6000 mirrorless interchangeable-camera model, the Sony A6300 remains great but also retains some of the drawbacks of its predecessor.
The fixed LCD and lack of built-in wireless file transfer support may make some people cross it off their short list, but the Canon EOS 7D Mark II should please any Canon fan looking for speed.
With really good photo and video quality, a great set of features and generally class-leading performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is probably one of our favorite compact cameras ever. It's not for the inexperienced, though.
Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7) is a great alternative to similarly priced entry-level full-frame dSLRs, as long as you don't need speedy continuous shooting.
The Sony NEX-5R is a beautifully built camera that you'll have great fun using. The articulated screen puts it one step ahead of its competitors, and the innovative downloadable apps will expand its feature set over time. All in all, a great buy if you can afford it, but the reasons to upgrade from the NEX-5N aren't entirely convincing.
Olympus has churned out a very nice camera in the form of the Pen Lite E-PL5, which will satisfy many photographers looking for an upgrade from their compact camera or smartphone.
The lens in the extremely well designed Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is tempting and its asking price is fair. If you're looking to trade up from a compact, don't discount this entirely in favour of a dSLR. Performance is on a par with a consumer dSLR, and you needn't invest in a bag full of expensive lenses to go with it.
As an entry point to the world of ILCs, the Lumix GF5 is a nifty little performer. Just don't expect to be able to make the most of its manual controls in a timely fashion.
The Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR is a well-built general-purpose camera that offers a decent range of manual options for photographers who want to take some control. Specs are high enough to last you for years without it feeling outdated. Fairly priced and with built-in GPS, it's ideal for travel and holiday photography.
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 Canon PowerShot SX260 HS' wider, longer lens, a few much-needed design tweaks, and excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact megazoom.
Offering a wide selection of features in a sturdy chassis, the PowerShot G1X delivers excellent photographic results thanks to its extra-large image sensor and processor. Users will need to be wary of its average performance, but otherwise will enjoy shooting with this camera.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's 20x zoom lens might be the main attraction, but the camera is all-around excellent.
A great inexpensive choice, the Olympus SH-21 is well suited to travellers who need a versatile snapper that feels like it could take a knock. The well thought-out quick-access menus are a boon. All in all, it's a great little package.
The Samsung WB700 is a great choice for the more ambitious pocket photographer. The zoom is one of the longest you'll find on a camera of this size, and is very effectively tamed by Samsung's dual stabilisation system. That makes this one of the most versatile point-and-shoots we've used in some time.
Feature-packed and keenly priced, the Nikon Coolpix S6150 compact camera is a great choice for cash-conscious buyers. It's also well suited to those who would rather avoid the more technical side of photography.
Approaching the limit of comfortable miniaturisation, the ultra-compact Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 camera nevertheless offers sufficient features to hold its own against far larger rivals.