For many years the digital camera market was dominated by two types of camera. The ever smaller compacts featuring ever higher megapixel sensors, and for the more avid photographer, premium and expensive DSLRs.
However in the past couple of years we’ve had a revolution of sorts with the emergence of the interchangeable lens camera (ILC) systems from nearly all the major manufacturers which offer a combination of compact size with more premium image quality.
A simple glance at the contenders for the TrustedReviews 2011 Awards Best Digital Camera category confirms that no, more than ever before consumers are being given wide range of cameras to choose from depending on your specific needs.
From DLSRs like the Nikon D7000, Pentax K-r and Canon EOS 600D right down to compacts like the Samsung WB2000 and Canon Powershot SX230 HS, the traditional options are well covered, with significant improvements being made over previous generations.
However it is the ILCs which have thrown the cat among the pigeons with their combination of compact size and excellent picture quality. Cameras like the Panasonic Lumix G3, Sony NEX-3 and Olympus PEN EP-3 show that you don’t need to carry around a bulky DSLR to capture superb pictures.