Nikon Coolpix S9100
Small, skinny and yet packing a mahoosive 18x optical zoom, this is an ideal camera to toss in your bag or slip into your pocket on a summery day. A true point-and-shoot that doesn’t require much in the way of menu tweakery, it can capture a wide angle group shot one moment and zoom right in up someone’s nose the next.
Olympus TOUGH TG-810
If your summer’s going to involve any sort of “extreme sporting activity” this is the camera to tuck in your combat shorts (or whatever it is you people are wearing these days). Able to withstand pretty much anything less than a nuclear bomb, it also sports GPS, a compass, an altimeter and a barometer, slathering your photos with all sorts of intriguing location info.
Sony Alpha SLT-A55
From £680, sony.co.uk
This sort-of-a-DSLR is a speed demon, rattling off 10 full 16.2MP photos every second. That makes it ideal for snapping away at birds (the feathered kind) and other skittish wildlife, not to mention sports events and gigs. Lovely HD video is a bonus.
Fujifilm Finepix XP30
Waterproof and armoured against all the hazards a trip to Marbella can throw at you, this budget toughie may not offer the very finest in photo and video quality but delivers solid performance for the price, and will happily capture your underwater antics in the pool or ocean.
Preserve those summer memories with the finest movie-making Micro Four Thirds camera on the planet. It’ll let you capture Hollywood-esque HD video and ear-stroking Dolby sound – and the still pics aren’t bad either.