Top cameras for budding photographers

Get creative!

Here are a few of our favourite cameras for those of you who want to get a little more serious about your photography. We've included five of our favourite cameras that we think are easy to use and which produce great results. Going from a compact camera to a more advanced model can sometimes be a little daunting, but we think any of these cameras are a good step up if you want to start getting more creative with your photos.

The Olympus XZ-1 is the most accessible camera on the list. It's small and has manual controls that will allow you to learn the ins and outs of photography easily. Plus its OLED screen is superb. Likewise, the Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds based cameras offer a good mix of portability and control, and you can swap lenses to your liking (although they are expensive).

We've also included two of our favourite digital SLR cameras: Nikon's D7000 and Canon's 60D. Consider these cameras if you really want to get serious about your photography, but choose wisely because once you commit yourself to one brand and start buying lenses for it, you will have to stick with it.

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XZ-1
4.50

1. Olympus XZ-1 compact digital camera

If you want to have fun while taking photos, then the Olympus XZ-1 is for you. It's easy to use, takes clear and rich images, and it even has useful art filters. We really like it and think it's great ...
Review Date: 12th July, 2011
RRP: $ 599.00
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PEN E-P3
4.25

2. Olympus PEN E-P3 interchangeable lens camera

Without a doubt, this is one of the most fun cameras we've used on a daily basis. There isn't a high learning curve and what you see on its screen is usually what the camera records. It has extensive colour ...
Review Date: 18th Aug., 2011
RRP: $ 1,200.00
Editor's Choice
D7000
4.50

3. Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera

The Nikon D7000 is an excellent digital SLR camera for photography enthusiasts. There are two small flaws which stop it being perfect, but if you can work around these it is one of the most competent digital SLRs we've tested.
Review Date: 21st Dec., 2010
RRP: $ 1,599.95
Editor's Choice
EOS 60D
4.25

4. Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera

Canon's EOS 60D digital SLR camera is a joy to use in all photography situations. It's fast, it performs very well in the dark, it takes crisp and vibrant pictures, and it offers plenty of physical improvements over the 50D. ...
Review Date: 15th Oct., 2010
RRP: $ 1,699.00
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LUMIX DMC-GF2
4.25

5. Panasonic LUMIX GF2 (DMC-GF2) camera

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 is a great camera for any type of user. It's well built, easy to use and it can take sharp and vibrant images. It's one of a growing number of cameras on the Australian market with ...
Review Date: 1st Feb., 2011
RRP: $ 1,199.00
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