Talking cameras with Jo Whiley

It's time for another gadget chat with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1 today at noon. And as spring is – allegedly – in air, it seems like a good time to tal

It's time for another gadget chat with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1 today at noon. And as spring is – allegedly – in air, it seems like a good time to talk cameras.  So what’s new?

Stuff's favourite compact camera of the moment is the brand new Fujifilm Z100fd (£140, left). It’s a gorgeous looking, slim cam with 5x zoom that takes excellent 8MP (megapixel) photos. But just as importantly it has a diagonally-sliding lens cover,  backlit Z logo and is available in four colours. We're a superficial bunch. It's smaller brother the Fujifilm X10fd is one of the best cameras for under £100.

At the top end of the market we're massive fans of the Sony T200 which you can pick up for around £200 these days.

Read's Top 10 digital compact cameras

If you do want a zooming camphone, the 5MP Samsung G800 has a 3x zoom lens. This makes it a bit more chunky but it works very well.

And finally, the LG Viewty takes great pictures and has a cool touchscreen interface similar to my favourite, the Apple iPhone (which, I admit, has a rubbish camera).

Prices on all phones vary depending on contract

Read our Top 10 Camera Phones

Despite the best efforts of Sony and Olympus, most enthusiasts choose Nikon or Canon. For a great budget DSLR, you can pick up a 6.1MP Nikon D40 (pictured) with lens for as little as £300. I stilll use one of these myself because it's lightweight and practical. That's despite the newer 10.2MP Nikon D40x now being available(see our video review).

One step up is the band new Canon 450D, which costs about £500 for the body only (You can pick up the previous version, the excellent Canon 400D, for £400 with lens).

If you want a halfway house that delivers the quality of an SLR in a smaller package, just get a big-zooming 'bridge camera' like the 18x zoom Panasonic FZ18 (£220).

Read our Top 10 Digital SLRs

Read our Top 10 Bridge Cameras

Most digital cameras – except SLRs – will capture movies, but if you’re serious about making your own films you’ll want a proper camcorder.

It’s all over for tape-based camcorders. Unless you want something really really cheap, look for a camcorder with a hard drive or memory card. These tend to be smaller and more versatile – and many of them record in hi-def, which will be much more relevant when hi-def Blu-ray recorders appear over the coming months.

We’ve also done a test of headcams recently (watch the video), which are great for point-of-view shots. I recorded my cycle to work and suddenly it seemed like an action-packed adventure rather than just a dull commute. The best budget headcam is Oregon Scientifc’s ATC2K, £90, which has the camera built in - but my fave is the £155 BlackEye Two that plugs into an external camera.

Read our Top 10 camcorders