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.



Nikon D5000
$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.


Panasonic DMC-GF1
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.

Olympus E-PL1
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.