A true powerhouse with a host of innovative tech inside it
A feature-packed full-framer that’s ready and willing for action
This amazingly quick compact delivers in almost every aspect
Supreme picture quality and uncompromised DSLR-like control in a truly compact body
A mid-range DSLR that gets a gold star for both video and stills
Sony's A77 is an enthusiast’s dream that can kick it with Canon and Nikon’s DSLR equivalents
Fast focus and features for hardcore snappers combined with a dollop of user friendliness
An entry-level SLR with a truly pro-quality sensor, but the Nikon D3200's price may be too rich for beginners
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1. Continuous shooting If you’re into action photography you’ll appreciate a camera that can fire off shots like a machine gun. The average is 3fps, but 6fps and above is ideal.
2. Live View/HD video The former allows you to frame shots using the SLR's display; the latter captures video at 720p or 1080p. 1080p is best; look for 24fps (or faster) framerates.
3. Image stabilisation (IS) Anti-shake technology is built into more expensive lenses, but if you’re buying a load of extra ones you’ll ultimately save money if there’s an image stabiliser already built into your camera’s body.
4. Kit lens Most interchangeable lens cameras can be bought with a standard, or 'kit' lens, which is usually around 18-55mm (or 14-42mm on an Olympus or Panasonic). That's OK for starters, but you'll want more length to get closer to the main event with sports and action.