With such a bewildering choice of models, selecting the right camera can seem overwhelming.
Not only that, but you also have to understand which one best suits your needs, whether that’s a pocket point-and-shoot, a D-SLR or a bridge-style superzoom.
Here we highlight some of our top picks for the best cameras of 2014, whether you’re snapping the family on the beach, or doing a professional shoot.
Panasonic Lumix LF1 £270
If you’re an enthusiast for whom a smartphone just isn’t good enough, the Panasonic Lumix LF1 is an affordable compact priced at around £270 from Currys (and with 3.5% cashback). Expect full HD video, a three-inch LCD screen, an ISO range of 80-6400 to cover all kinds of low-light conditions, and a 7.1x optical zoom that has a 28-200 range. This camera fits handily in the pocket, too.
Fujifilm HS50 EXR £346
Not ready to upgrade to a DSLR? The Fujifilm HS50 EXR is a bridge camera with a 16-megapixel EXR CMOS II sensor, three-inch tilting LCD display and the capacity for 1080p video. Get up close and personal with your subjects with a manual lens, all for £346 with 2% cashback on purchases made there. There are also lots of photo filters to play around with.
Olympus Pen E-PL5 £369
Another good value camera is the Olympus Pen E-PL5 at £369 from PIXmania with up to 18% cashback! It offers superb image quality and autofocus, and a large lens system. It even has Wi-Fi connectivity!
Canon EOS 100D £458
For an entry-level Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera (which combines the optics of an SLR model with a digital imaging sensor), the Canon EOS 100D camera bundle from Misco includes a 32GB card, tripod and top loading case for around £458 and justifies the price tag with its quality. It has an 18-megapixel APS-C MOS sensor and the 100-6400 range expands to 25,600 when you want a greater level of detail.
Samsung NX300 £439
For a Compact System Camera for beginners, check out the Samsung NX300 at play.com for £439 has a 2-.3 megapixel sensor, full HD video and a three-inch hinged AMOLED touchscreen. Oh and get 3.5% cashback via GetPaidTo!
Ricoh GR III £349
Slightly higher up the price range, the Ricoh GR III from Simply Electronics at £349 offers you 2% cashback and is one of the best specialist compacts on the market, with a 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor and fixed focal lens for a high standard of images.
Sony Alpha A6000 £579
Again, a pricier option at around £579, the Sony Alpha A6000 is the successor to the firm’s NEX brand in everything but name. With an aluminium shell and a broad range of controls, it offers 24 megapixels to give very intricate detail. Grab cashback at 2%.
Nikon D610 £1,389
At the higher end of the price range, Jessops offer a full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D610 which is the successor to the company’s D600 model, with a 3.2 inch LDC screen and auto-adjustment technology to alter brightness to suit conditions. The price tag is £1,389 with 5% cashback available.