With more than 50 cameras going through the hands of the DPReview team over the year, we've seen it all (or so we think). Based on our collective knowledge we hope this guide will help you make an informed decision on which camera will fit your needs. 

For each of the categories above we've distilled our knowledge and experience about each camera, and stated what we liked and didn't like for many cameras released this year. You'll also find links to our test scenes to do image quality comparisons, and real-world galleries to give you a sense of how it performs outside the lab.

We've updated the enthusiast compact and consumer DSLR categories with 2014 models, and will be continuing to update these roundups as we test the latest cameras, so come back to see our recommendations in each category. And don't forget to let us know what you ended up buying.