If your trusty old point-and-shoot just isn’t enough, here’s our round-up of some great cameras to capture your next holiday.
$1,450 with lens
All-round excellent. You want stunningly crisp, clear, realistic images? Check. You want innovation? Check the vari-angle LCD screen allowing you to shoot from impossible angles.
Again not a true DSLR but a “Micro Four Thirds” – which is the next best thing. And the GF1 is an absolute cracker. Quality is exceptiona, autofocus and boot time fast, and you wonder why you’d ever need a grown-up SLR.
Canon EOS 550D
$1,600 with lens
Huge 18mps and a fairly hefty price tag too. But the quality is stunning, and the start-up and review times are as near to instantaneous as you will ever need.
Funky, slightly retro, design hides some very advanced technology. Some of the tricky settings would be best left on the point and shoots — at this level you should be working out your own angles.