There are quite a few types of camera to choose from according to your interest or need.

One thing to bear in mind is that you don’t get the best pictures just by buying the most expensive camera – it is the person behind the camera that makes the pictures.

As cameras get more expensive you get more features to deal with – in other words you need to up your game by spending a lot of time practising and learning how to use it properly.

At the other end of the scale you could use a smartphone camera option these are starting to become pretty sophisticated to the point where they are often the choice not instead of a cheaper point and shoot compact camera.

DSLR cameras are for the best photographic quality and require some dedication – they vary in price depending on features and size of sensor. If you buy an expensive DSLR camera you need expensive lenses too in order to get the best photographic quality. You need to be in for a penny and a more than a few pounds – if you want cheaper lenses you may as well get a cheaper DSLR too. Use DSLR if you want large high quality prints

Technology moves on apace – the resolution of camera sensors you can get now would’ve cost you tens times as much just a few years ago. Even your smartphones now have higher resolution that a good compact of a few years ago.

Bridge cameras are an OK choice if you want to use your camera creatively on a tight budget – but they are limited in Aperture range – you will almost certainly want to upgrade to a DSLR or MILC camera fairly soon if you want higher quality and more creative choice. Bridge cameras have fixed lenses (not interchangeable) usually with a big zoom lens.

MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) cameras are useful because smaller than a DSLR with entry level DSLR quality – the advantage is you can change the lenses – they are a very good choice for traveling lighter if you want to view your pics on a computer rather than wanting the best printout quality at large size as (say A2 or higher).

Compact cameras range from your mobile phone camera to advanced compacts which are beginning to rival the entry level DSLR’s in quality. Compacts have fixed lenses so this limits them is quality terms since a vast zoom range (which they tend to have) cannot give the quality of a DSLR.

For composition any compact will do but to use them creatively you need Shutter and Aperture priority which the more expensive ones will have. if you want t good compact look for the letters PASM on your mode dial (and also check the aperture range reaches F8 at least).