For the girls
Sony Cybershot DSCWX5
Ladies, expect style and substance with this new compact camera from Sony. With a 12.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor on board and a 24mm wide-angle Sony G lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.4-5.9, this compact zoom is an ideal point and shoot camera for most social situations. 3D sweep panorama delivers gorgeous landscape images and 10 dedicated scene modes make taking perfect pics a snap. 1080i HD recording in AVCHD rounds out the features.
Canon IXUS 1000HS
There’s an adage that you can never be too rich or too thin. So the Canon IXUS 1000HS is sure to appeal to the ‘in crowd’. Released in August, this camera was the world’s slimmest compact to feature a 10x optical zoom. Armed with Canon’s DiG!C 4 image processor, optical image stabilisation and intelligent Auto features, the IXUS 1000HS makes taking great shots easy. The 10 megapixel CMOS sensor is good for picking out detail even in low light and a large 3 inch screen is perfect for framing up your shots. Those who like to film movies will love the ability to shoot full HD (1920x1080p). Available in silver and pink to suit the fashionistas.
Canon eos 1000D
Shooters that want to make the great leap forward into the DSLR market will like the easy to use features of this entry level camera from Canon. A 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and DiG!C III Image Processor combine to deliver high image quality whilst LiveView allows shooters to frame up and review their pics via the large 3 inch screen. Newbies will enjoy the many auto features which make shooting perfect pics a cinch.
For the pros
Canon eos 5D
If you have a few thousand dollars and change, and are a pro shooter in the market for a new DSLR, look no further than Canon’s EOS 5D. A 35mm full-frame Canon-developed CMOS sensor with 21.1 megapixels, DiG!C 4 Image Processor and ISO speeds expandable to 50-25600, delivers outstanding images with low noise. Full HD recording and automatic image correction tools make this a formidable beast.
Nikon’s flagship DX format camera, the D300s has plenty to offer the pro shooter; from high speed performance to dual card slots for even more storage, to a 51 point AF system for sharp clear images and a high burst frame rate of 7fps just to name a few. Want more? How about an enhanced D-Movie mode function for video recording, an external microphone input for stereo sound and AF capability with contrast-detect AF during filming.
For the guys
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10
If you love getting amongst it in the great outdoors, then this camera from Panasonic is sure to float your boat. Waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof and dust-proof it’s a compact digital camera that also sports HD movie recording. With 14.1 megapixels on board and a 4x optical zoom your fave guy will be equipped to capture all your exploits from the ski slopes to surfside. Intelligent Auto and a MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) make it easy to snap off fast shots and still stay in focus. Scene selector dials up the optimum settings to suit your shooting environments.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ10
This super zoom from the Panasonic crew is a great little compact camera for the intrepid traveller. Featuring a 25mm wide angle Leica 12x Optical Zoom lens this camera is great for shooting everything from portraits to panoramic landscapes and architectural wonders. Built-in GPS logs your image location so you’ll never forget where you were when you took the shot. Those that prefer their memories to be made as moving pictures, will appreciate the addition of HD video recording.
Gents wanting to take the step up to a DSLR would do well to consider the D3100, which has many of the features of Nikon’s more professional camera range such as a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, HD recording and burst shooting, coupled with D-Movie mode for one touch video and a refined Guide Mode to take the guess work out of shooting for the novice.
For the KIDS
Canon IXUS 105 IS
This simple point and shoot camera is ideal for the young photographer wanting to take professional shots. With a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom and a 28mm wide angle lens, kids are equipped with all the tools they need to start shooting great pics right out of the box. Optical Image Stabilisation keeps images blur free and a slew of auto features make taking good looking photos a snap even for an absolute beginner.
Flip Mino HD
Available in 4GB and 8GB models, this point, shoot, share camera is perfect for kids and teens with a penchant for sharing their images and video with friends and family. Able to shoot 720p HD footage as well as still images, shooters can share their pics straight to FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter.