Digital Cameras Hackney
1 Best for… aquamen
Pentax Optio W30, £189.99
The Optio’s main benefit is that it can be used underwater to a depth of 3m with no loss of quality. It also has 7.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom and a powerful Macro mode, which is excellent for capturing those fishy close-ups.
2 Best for… hikers
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200, £279.99
At just 2.8 inches wide, the EX-Z1200 can be easily carried in your pocket as you head over the hills and far away. With its impressive battery life it will last until you reach the summit, where you can take advantage of its 3x optical zoom, wide angle capacity, 12.1 megapixels and blur-reduction technology.
3 Best for… skiers
Olympus µ[mju:] 770 SW, £230
Freeze-proof to -10°C, crush-proof against a weight of 100kg and drop-proof from a height of1.5m, the µ[mju:] 770 SW will survive any perilous tumble – even if you don’t. It also plays home to 7.1 megapixels and a 2.5-inch screen for capturing those mountain views.
Stockists: olympus.co.uk, 0800 072 0070
4 Best for… party animals
Canon IXUS 75, £269
Sleek, smart and sophisticated, the 7.1-megapixel IXUS 75 is the ideal party partner. Its clean, sharp lines and circular accents will make sure you stand out from the crowd and will deliver great people shots thanks to its face detection technology, red-eye correction and low light shooting.
5 Best for… long-distance snappers
Kodak EasyShare Z712, £229
If you’re keen on getting great shots of birds (the feathery flying version, naturally) without having to climb a tree, the Z712 is for you. It has a 12x optical zoom, a light body and seven megapixels, and it’s always ready for action thanks to its 0.26 second click-to-capture. Take it to the mountains, on safari or generally anywhere that demands close-up action shots.