Quick Sheet: Perfect Beginner to Expert Cameras

Whatever your budget or photo ambitions, we've found the perfect shooter for every type of backpacker.

BEGINNER

You want: A point-and-shoot camera with user-friendly controls, a large LCD screen, automatic picture settings, and no-hassle connections to your computer, printer, or TV.

You are: The Eco Hiker

You want: Canon SD 890 IS

You are: The Bargain Hunter

You want: Nikon Coolpix L18

You are: The Gear Abuser

You want: Pentax Optio W60

You are: The Technophobe

You want: Sony W130


EXPERT

You want: Manual controls for shutter speed, f-stop, ISO, and flash power, plus high-performance lenses and superior image quality (read: lots of megapixels) for crisp detail, sharp color, and large prints.

You are: The Eco Hiker

You want: Sony W300

You are: The Bargain Hunter

You want: Canon PowerShot A590 IS

You are: The Gear Abuser

You want: Olympus Stylus 1030SW

You are: The Wildlife Photographer

You want: Sony H50