How to look like you know what you're doing

Is this you? You've been fighting your inner David Bailey for ages but haven't quite summoned up the courage to ditch that compact and take the plunge into DSLR waters. Well, Nikon have made a camera with you in mind, the D5100.

What some might consider a minor flaw - a lack of buttons - is actually a bonus. With fewer immediate options it makes shooting less complicated. What functionality there is, is simple and intuitive. The result? This is a camera that flatters.

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You spend far less time worrying if you have the right options selected and far more time enjoying the creative process, especially when you flick between the impressive pre-set styles, including night vision, miniature, selective colour and silhouette.

What's more, the image quality is phenomenal (the D5100 has the same 16.2-megapixel sensor and processor as the D7000, and that would set you back £1,100). Add in the fact that the D5100 has a good build quality that feels reassuringly solid, USB and mini HDMI connections and Full HD video and you have the perfect option for the budding Bailey ready to take his first steps into a brighter, sharper world. £698, (nikon.co.uk)