When deciding on the most suitable camera for you to buy this year, the best strategy is to read as many reviews as you can to get a feel for the market. There are so many great new makes and models coming out in 2012 that the choice will not be an easy one. Technology is advancing at a great pace and the 2011 cameras that were so hot at the time are already being left far behind.
Here’s a sample of what’s just coming onto the market in 2012.
Canon PowerShot SX 40HS
This great little compact camera has all the features required to capture those magic moments. Its 35x wide-angle lens, 28-840mm optical zoom and 12.1 megapixel are ideal for handling all types of photo opportunities. It also has a 720p high definition video capability with very good sound and is handy for slipping into a pocket. Price about £283.
Kodak EasyShare Sport C123
This little beauty is ideal for capturing excellent images in wet environments, packing 12 megapixel and allowing for immersion depths of up to ten feet. Images can also be instantly emailed or uploaded over the internet. With this unit there are no worries about water or dirt getting into the mechanism to stop the camera working. Price about £60.
Panasonic Lumix DNC-TS3
This is another excellent waterproof model, perfect for the summer holidays. It has a 12.1 megapixel resolution and a 4.6x optical zoom with image stabilisation. The LCD of 2.7 inches allows for easy framing. This camera can be taken just about anywhere, and its 1920-1080p HD video and ability to work well to depths of 40 feet allows it to be taken into very rough environments with no worries. Price about £300.
Nikon Coolpix P7100
This top quality digital camera has 10.1 megapixel and a 7.1x optical zoom. It uses Nikon’s Expeed C2 image processing technology to shoot raw images with great precision and incorporates a number of features to make it extremely user friendly and simple to operate. It also has an excellent 720p HD video with built-in microphone. Price about £400.
This handy and elegant compact has a bigger than normal CCD sensor and a wide/fast aperture of f1.8, so it is ideal for grabbing those tricky low-light images. It also has a full set of automatic functions or can be set to fully manual when preferred for complete control; great for taking stock photos. Price about £300.
Fujifilm Finepix X100
This is a 12.3 megapixel compact with a solid, retro look and feel to it but incorporating all the very latest technology, such as a CMOS sensor. Experienced photographers will be particularly attracted to its 23mm f2 lens and excellent low-light performance. Price about £700.
Canon PowerShot G12
Canon’s G series has exerted a trend-setting influence on compact camera manufacturers, and the G12 continues this fine tradition. It has a CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, 5x stabilised zoom and packs in 10 megapixel. It also has a 720p HD video and High Dynamic Range feature, ideal for novice photographers. Price about £330.
The NEX line of compacts is small and light, and the new 5N model is especially great for low-light image capture with its 16MP CMOS photo sensor. The 1080p HD video capability and stunning 18-200x zoom allow all the flexibility even a professional is looking for in a small and handy camera body. Price about £490.