The standalone camera market is making a comeback, as people look for better quality images than a smartphone can manage. Here's our top six.
1. Ricoh WG-4 If you're inclined to be a tad clumsy with your gadgetry, this Ricoh is the one for you. The 16 megapixel WG-4 is built to put up with water, bumps, knocks and shocks. It will also work in freezing temperatures and underwater to depths of up to 14 metres. Pounds 289.99 from currys.co.uk 2. Canon EOS 1200D with 18- 55 mm lens Although it may be aimed at newbies to the big camera market, with an 18 megapixel sensor and a decent ISO light- sensitivity level that enables almost see-in-the-dark performances, this Canon definitely has a serious side, too. Pounds 439.99 from currys.co.uk 3. Sony Alpha a7 CSC with 28-70mm lens This new breed of Compact System Cameras offer all the functionality of larger cameras, but have removed the mirror so they're smaller and lighter. This unit is Sony's flagship snapper right now, offering a 24.3 megapixel sensor into a sturdy magnesium unit weighing in at just 416g. Clever internal workings mean it has super-fast autofocus. Pounds 1,499 from jessops.com 4. FujiFilm FinePix F900EXR Launched a year ago, this little belter can easily hold its own with later arrivals. Inside, you get a very decent 20x zoom lens plus 16 megapixel images and a loads of options to tweak your shots. On- board WiFi makes it easy to send images. Pounds 159.99 from amazon.co.uk 5. Samsung Galaxy WiFi Digital Camera By incorporating the Android operating system, this camera really packs a punch in the feature list. The 16.3 megapixel camera has a touchscreen interface accessing a 21x zoom via the 4.8-inch HD display. It takes pretty decent video footage too. Oh, and it features Samsung S Voice inside that responds to commands like "smile", "record video" and "zoom in". Clever. Pounds 199 from jessops.com 6. Nikon 1 S2 CSC with 11-27.5mm lens Underneath the summery case are impressive internal workings and image delivery. There isn't a viewfinder, but you'll soon get over that when you see what the 14.2 megapixel sensor does offer; shooting at speed and delivering 20 frames per second in autofocus and up to 60 in fixed focus.
Pounds 379.99 from jessops.com