So you're looking for a camera but you don't know where to start?

That's hardly surprising, even the best cameras of 2014 come with a variety of functions, abilities and features - and at a wide number of price points. And even though all of these types of camera differ, they all rely on the same basic qualities - build, flexibility, usability and price.

But whether you want a basic point-and-shoot, something a bit quirky or simply the best DSLR money can buy, we think we can help.

We've looked at the best cameras currently on the market, and pulled together our list of the best cameras you can find.

Take a look at our picks, and if you disagree let us know in the comments.

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  • Panasonic Lumix LX7

    This 12.7-megapixel compact features fast autofocus, a 3-inch screen and a manual aperture ring. With looks that can (almost) match the retro-minded Fujis in this list, it's a good choice for beginners and pros who need a more flexible shooter to go with their DSLR. (<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-Lumix-Camera-LEICA-Summilux/dp/B008N8NZDK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369322042&sr=1-1&keywords=Panasonic+Lumix+LX7&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">£342 at Amazon)</a>

  • FujiFilm X20

    <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/FujiFilm-X20-Digital-Silver-Processor/dp/B00AX12ZLS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369321058&sr=8-1&keywords=x20+fujifilm&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">There's a lot to recommend in the X20</a>, especially if you're looking for a more old-school shooting experience in a digital compact or wantan optical viewfinder and can't afford the X100S.

  • Olympus XZ-2

    This camera is all about the night-performance. Its 12-megapixel sensor is decent in most environments, it ones with a range of good filters and effects, and image processing taken from the latest PEN cameras. Oh, and its 3-inch tilting screen is a great feature. But it's the camera's performance in low-light that really stands out - where it's among the best we've used. Still, at around £480 it's pricey compared to its nearest rivals. (<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-XZ-2-Digital-Camera-i-Zuiko/dp/B009C72TX8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369322018&sr=1-1&keywords=Olympus+XZ-2&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">£349 at Amazon</a>)

  • Sony Alpha SLT-A37

    This mid-range almost-DSLR has a 16MPG sensor, features very fast shooting thanks to its semi-transparent mirror and has very good video recording. If you need pro performance but can't afford the full-whack Canons, this is a good compromise. <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Translucent-Technology-Interchangeable-18-55mm/dp/B0083RQAYM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369322150&sr=1-1&keywords=Sony+Alpha+SLT-A37&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">(£438 at Amazon</a>)

  • Canon EOS 650D

    This full DSLR has am 18-megapixel sensor, has amazing image quality and genuinely intuitive touchscreen controls. If you can afford the £560-ish for the body alone, never mind the lenses and extras, you'll not need to buy another camera for a very long time. (<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EOS-650D-Digital-Camera/dp/B0089V4CJC/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369322122&sr=1-1&keywords=Canon+EOS+650D&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">£524 at Amazon</a>)

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    The Galaxy Camera is unique, in that it's essentially a mid-range compact with an Android phone slammed into the back. Yes, it's weird, but it does mean you can use your regular Instagram/Facebook/Twitter apps with a camera as good as most point-and-shoots on the market, and upload them via 3G or WiFi. Which is a great feature, and for some worth the purchase. <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Galaxy-Camera-Optical-Android/dp/B009K27FMK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369322064&sr=1-1&keywords=Samsung+Galaxy+Camera&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">(£294 at Amazon)</a>

  • Fuji X100S

    The classic styling of Fuji's top compact camera masks its serious quality under the hood, with 16.3 megapixels, DSLR-quality pictures and a lightweight, slim body that won't get in your way when shooting on the street. Fuji claim a 30 per cent improvement in signal-to-noise over the previous generation X100. (<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-X100S-Digital-Camera-Processor/dp/B00AX12ZL8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369322092&sr=1-1&keywords=Fuji+X100S&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">£1,000 at Amazon)</a>

  • Sony Cyber-Shot HX20V

    This company, solid and feature-rich compact has an 18.1 megapixels screen and very, very good zoom. (<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V-Super-Advanced-Optical/dp/B007DDCVM2/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369321974&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Sony+Cyber-Shot+HX20VSony+Cyber-Shot+HX20V&tag=hptech-21" target="_blank">£199 at Amazon</a>)

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    Yes, it's not a camera - it's a phone. But it's a phone with a brilliant 13MP camera, and one with the ability to shoot from both the front and back lenses at the same time - a pretty unique feature which makes it stand out from the pack.