In an attempt to answer all of these questions and lighten the load on our inbox, we've launched this guide to the Best Digital Cameras (plus accessories and books), which represents what we currently think are the best cameras in each price category.
We look at all the different types of camera, from cheap digital compacts to the new breed of mirrorless compact system cameras and not forgetting the venerable DSLR.
Best Budget Digital Compact Cameras
Best Mid-range Digital Compact Cameras
Canon Powershot S100
"The Canon PowerShot S100 may look a lot like its popular predecessor, but a brand new sensor, processor and lens combine to produce a more versatile, faster, better specified and more capable pocket camera that makes an ideal everyday shooter for DSLR and CSC owners."
Best High-end Digital Compact Cameras
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
"As an all in one with ‘DSLR lite’ style handling that really does offer most, if not all, of what you need - and delivers consistently high image quality - the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V takes some beating if a big zoom really is chief among your imaging requirements."
Best Compact System Cameras
Best Budget Digital SLR Cameras
"The Pentax K-r adds a few new features, most notably the 6fps burst shooting mode and expanded ISO range, to the proven user interface of the cheaper K-x and the high-resolution screen and illuminated AF system of the more expensive K-7, to create a compelling mid-range DSLR. It's also significantly cheaper than its main rivals."
Best Mid-range Digital SLR Cameras
Best High-end Digital SLR Cameras
Canon EOS 7D
"When the Canon EOS 7D was announced at the beginning of September 2009, many people instantly dismissed it because of the lack of a full-frame sensor. On closer inspection, that seems to be their loss, as the 7D is a fantastic APS-C DSLR that only narrowly misses out on our highest 5 Star / Essential award."
Best Photography Accessories
Epson P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
"The Epson P-7000 is a clear winner when it comes to portable storage devices. Battery life is good and would be more than enough to last the typical user a full day... this certainly isn't a cheap device, but the quality is first rate, and it beats the heck out of lugging a laptop for image storage."
Wacom Cintiq 12wx
"As a reviewer, I get to play with lots of fun products. Most of them go back at the end of the review without hesitation. The Wacom Cintiq 12wx is one of the rare items that comes through that has me digging out my wallet to buy."