The K-x is a beginner-friendly SLR featuring most of the latest must-haves (and a very good choice for anyone wanting video too) but the lack of a rechargeable battery is a pain.
If you're on a budget, the A230 is one of the most affordable SLR kits around.
While the GXR sounds like good news for photographers looking for a high-quality shoot-from-the-hip camera for street and travel photography, getting set up doesn’t come cheap.
Gavin Stoker takes a look at five digital SLR cameras (plus a camera that shoots SLR-quality pics) and finds out how they stack up as camcorders.
SLR newcomers who are easily intimidated when trying to use a camera more complicated than a point-and-shoot may find the Alpha A380 a lot easier to use than other SLRs.