Sony DCR-VX2100 Video
A bargain for a three-chip camera, the Panasonic PV-GS250 is a great choice for an amateur with serious aspirations or just a discerning eye.
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77V is an excellent, well-designed camera for deep-pocketed amateurs; it nevertheless has a few limitations that may make it impractical for professionals.
In a league by itself, the Mark II offers professional photographers extensive customization, excellent photo quality, and market-leading speed.
Watch Dave's first home-made music video done in his apartment. This is Dave's first amateur music video filmed himself with a digital camera and no experience or background in video production whatsoever, although he has been a musician and songwriter for many years. Please don't expect professional big-screen movie type quality, but you might find it interesting if you like metal or rock. The visual content was made with a sub-$100 camera and Ulead Video Studio v9 software.
The Canon PowerShot A2100 IS offers good photo quality, some extra zoom range, and the convenience of AA batteries in an affordable, pocketable package.
The Sony Alpha NEX-7 delivers excellent raw photo and solid video quality in a package that's beautifully and functionally designed, yet relatively compact. Though expensive for an essentially nonprofessional camera, it doesn't seem overpriced.
This compact prosumer Sony offers amateur photographers a lighter burden, first-rate pictures, and pleasing performance.
Attractive and compact, the Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000 MiniDV camera offers excellent image quality for its class and brings CMOS technology to the world of camcorders. But its overly clever user interface doesn't do its feature set justice.
The Pentax K10D's great feature set for the price, pro-level customization, and excellent photo quality make it a bargain amateur dSLR.
The Epson Stylus Photo R380 offers a wealth of fun features and great print quality, making it a smart choice for amateur photo hobbyists.