Despite small annoyances, the Sony Alpha 6000 is a great overall camera for more advanced photographers who want something smaller than a dSLR, especially if they need the continuous- shooting speed.
Sony's taken a risk with the Alpha SLT-A55 camera, but it's paid off. The A55's innovative translucent-mirror technology makes for a blisteringly quick snapper that delivers excellent results.
The A300 is not the only budget dSLR with live view, and its 10-megapixel resolution is pretty ordinary too. It feels crude and plasticky and the live view 'solution' is hardly elegant. But it is very practical, and in fact the whole camera has an appealing chunky, down-to-earth straightforwardness
With built-in image stabilization and touch focus for video, the A6500 addresses two of the biggest complaints about the A6300, plus a performance boost.
The Sony Alpha SLT-A57 really delivers when paired with the 18-55mm kit lens. With bright, vibrant colours, plenty of fine detail and super-fast underlying hardware, it's easy to get great shots in practically any condition.
Do you want technology or picture quality? The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 certainly does the tech, but while it might improve your hit rate of good shots, the outright quality is underwhelming. The handy zoom range and super-fast AF raise the W270 above the ordinary, but not by much
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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 doesn't come cheap, but it looks great and produces consistently first-class stills. Low-light performance can't be faulted, colour reproduction is excellent and movies are crisp, with a well-captured soundtrack. This is the best compact you can buy right now.
The update to the RX100 series adds a Hybrid log gamma profile for HDR capture and extends the lens from 24-70mm to 24-200mm for more general-purpose flexibility.
Sony could command far more than £250 or so for the impressive Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V compact camera. With a 10x zoom, tonnes of features, and a 16.2-megapixel sensor, it's shot to the top of our shopping list.
Technology will only take a camera so far. It also has to look, feel and handle right, and it's in those areas that the Cyber-shot DSC-W380 really shows its quality. Other cameras might give you more to talk about, but not many offer this kind of straightforward operation and physical satisfaction when it comes to actually using them
Advanced amateurs who find dSLRs too bulky will like the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H5's versatility but lament the noise at higher ISOs.
Why pay more for the Sony NEX-5? The NEX-3 is identical in almost every respect, but this compact camera with interchangeable lenses is around £100 cheaper
We love the feel of this compact/dSLR crossover. The quality of its images is impressive, too, with vibrant colours, sharp detail and balanced exposures. If you can't decide whether to buy a pocket snapper or a semi-pro camera, check out the £660 Sony Alpha NEX-5N. It could well suit you down to the ground.
As well as offering high-speed shooting powers, the DSLR-A560 is one of the first digital SLRs in Sony's Alpha range to include high-definition video-recording capability. We've got high hopes for this snapper.
The W300's real qualities are its design, build, finish and responsiveness. The features are fun, but don't expect them to change your photography. And don't expect too much from that sensor, either, despite its stratospheric 13.6 million pixels and ISO 6,400. The 3x zoom is neither versatile nor particularly good
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.
We won't know the real worth of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 until we've had a chance to properly examine its image quality. But its list of features is impressive and it feels very slim, so our fingers are crossed that the TX55 will take decent snaps too.