The holiday season is upon us once again and with all the sales and special deals around at the moment, this is a great time to start thinking about getting a new camera. Maybe for a loved one, maybe just as a treat to yourself. In this article, we'll be looking at the current field of enthusiast zoom compact cameras, and examining their relative strengths and weaknesses to help you make your buying decision. 

As part of this roundup we'll be looking at the cameras' specifications, operation and ergonomics, as well as their image quality and the relative merits of their zoom lenses. We've also included studio and real-world samples. Click the links below to read more.