Still undecided about what camera to buy?
The first step is to ask yourself what you want to do with your new camera.
For everyday shooting, look at getting a compact camera. They're usually the cheapest and also the least intimidating - and they offer automatic features for those with little photography experience. There are also models that provide a bit more in the way of control for experienced users who want to travel light.
For next-level photography, try a bridge camera. These fill the gap between point-and-shoot compacts and DSLRs. They've got loads of manual features, but the lens (which usually has a huge focal length range) is fixed.
If you want to get really serious, then a digital SLR is the one for you. These single lens reflex cameras enable you to choose your own lenses and take full manual control - but they also have lots of automated features.
If you're scared off by the size of a DSLR, then look for a compact system camera. You get almost the same functionality, but in a much smaller chassis.
If you buy a DSLR or a compact system camera you will need to buy a great lens as well. Many cameras come bundled with one or two as a kit, which is a good starting point, but you may want to look at alternatives.
Try our buying guides for a start:
You can't change lenses with bridge and compact cameras, so look for a decent optical zoom. This enables you to get closer to the action without reducing picture quality. Try to ignore digital zooms, because they just crop into the image.