BEST FOR… OUTDOORSY FAMILIES
Nikon Coolpix AW120 $529
With its sturdy build and ridged edges, this compact camera is made for adventure. Nature-loving families will like its shockproof, waterproof and freeze-proof capabilities – no need to worry about the kids dropping the camera, knocking it about or getting it wet. Images come out sharp and vibrant, and the variety of filters is fun to play with. – Melissa Chang

BEST FOR… FAMILIES WITH BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 $999 (camera body and Lumix G Vario 12-32mm lens)
It’s as big as a name card, only thicker, so newbies won’t have to work too hard to take a pretty picture. It is responsive, focuses quickly and gives realistic colours that make for great framed prints. On top of having the usual filters and auto functions, it fits different lenses and has manual modes so kids who are into photography can fiddle with it and learn new skills. The size makes it perfect for small hands too! – Lim Tsiao Hui

BEST FOR… FAMILIES WITH YOUNG KIDS
Canon Ixus 265 HS $249
Whether Junior is seeing snow for the first time, tumbling about on the beach, or making funny faces, this slim, feather-light camera will capture every move – you’ll never miss a shot. It’s equipped with an image stabiliser so every photo came out sharp, even when I whirled it around on High-speed Burst mode (10 shots per second). Videos can be recorded in full HD so you can relive your holiday in crystal-clear detail. – Rachel Xie

BEST FOR… SPORTY FAMILIES
Nikon Coolpix L830 $399
This point-and-shoot camera is easy and comfortable to hold – especially important for taking quick action shots of Hubby scoring a goal or when jostling with others to catch a podium moment. The ultra-zoom lens (with a 34X optical zoom) is a boon if you’re watching a competition from afar. The screen can be tilted, which makes it a breeze to shoot from high and low angles, and even imperfect pictures look good when taken with in-built filters like Pop and Super Vivid. – Lim Tsiao Hui

BEST FOR… DAD AND FOODIES
Olympus OM-D E-M1 $2,948
The ergonomic curves of this semi-pro DSLR make it feel like a pro camera (but lighter). It will fit just fine in any man’s hands, although it felt surprisingly comfortable in my petite palms, too. I especially love how the autofocus system gave me precise control over the frame’s focal point – perfect for highlighting the main component of a dish. – Rachel Xie

This article was originally published in Simply Her June 2014.

*All cameras come with a 16-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch screen. They are available at major electrical stores.