1 Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II
$699; free 16GB SD Card and additional battery
The Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II boasts a 20.1-megapixel, one-inch type sensor, which is larger than what most other compact cameras sport. This helps to deliver DSLR- quality images.
It has a 3x optical zoom lens that goes from 28-84mm (35mm-equivalent), and around the lens barrel is a control ring which can be customised to adjust various shooting parameters. Indoor shots, night streetscapes and other photos taken in low light have little noise.
This is due to the powerful Digic 7 image processor. Even with backlighting, faces can be correctly exposed with contrast maintained, thanks to the advanced analytical and processing capabilities.
2 Casio Exilim EX-FR100
$599 (usual price $699); freebies include 20-inch foldable bike (worth $159), 16GB SD card and advanced selfie kit
Don't forget to take a selfie even when you're in the great outdoors exploring. The EX-FR100 is Casio's rugged selfie camera for the adventurers, and it is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof to accommodate your selfie in harsh environmental conditions.
What's really unique about the EX-FR100 is its detachable lens unit, which allows you to mount or position the camera away from yourself to capture you at your best.
The 16mm ultra-wide-angle lens also ensures that breath-taking scenery can be photographed in its whole expanse. It has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options to allow you to connect to a smartphone and share your moments on social media platforms easily.
3 Curve Xtreme 100 4K Wi-Fi Action Cam
$129 (usual price $169); freebies include car mount and Class 10 16GB microSD card (total worth $88.90)
Action cameras are a dime a dozen these days, but the Curve Xtreme 100 offers some really good features at an attractive price.
It is capable of recording 4K-resolution footage at 15fps, and up to 60fps at 1080p.
With the companion app, you can control the camera from your smartphone to take videos or capture 16-megapixel photos. It has a 140-degree wide viewing angle and a 2-inch TFT display at the back.
The supplied waterproof housing allows you to dive down to 30m with the Xtreme 100, and the battery's standby time is rated at 1.5hr.
4 Nikon D5600 Dual Lens Kit
$1,249 (usual price $1,699); freebies include dry cabinet, $50 Takashimaya shopping voucher and Courts shopping voucher
Beginners to photography can look forward to the Nikon D5600 dual- lens kit, which bundles the 18-55m and 55-200mm zoom lens.
The D5600 has a 24.2-megapixel DX CMOS sensor and a 3.2-inch articulated LCD for high- or low-angle shots. It is powered by the Expeed 4 image processor and has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600.
Onboard Wi-Fi means that you can connect the DSLR to your smartphone via the Snapbridge app and transfer photos to be edited or shared from your mobile device easily.
5 Olympus PEN E-PL8 Single Lens Kit
$898; freebies include additional battery, $50 Best Denki voucher, fabric camera strap, PEN tote bag, Cath Kidston pouch, 8GB Flashair SD card, 16GB SD card, Olympus bag, Product workshop and extended local warranty of three months
If the name of your game is selfie, then the 16.1-megapixel Olympus PEN E-PL8 is perfect for you. This mirrorless camera allows you to capture the perfect selfie with its 180-degree flipdown LCD.
Even as you hold the camera at arm's length, the three-axis in-body image stabiliser will help to reduce blurry shots caused by shaky hands. The library of Art Filters also aids in adding a creative touch to your photos before you transfer them via Wi-Fi to your smartphone for sharing to social media platforms.
6 Sony a7 II
$1,899 (body only) or $2,299 (with SEL2870 lens); free rechargeable battery pack
The Sony a7 II has a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor and powered by a BIONZ X image processor which ensures speedy and accurate autofocusing.
But that's not the only trick up its sleeve. The a7 II is also the world's first full-frame mirrorless camera to sport a five-axis image stabiliser system, which helps to correct shakes introduced when shooting at slow shutter speeds. Continuous shooting speed is rated at up to 5fps, and it has a three-inch LCD round the back.
The a7 II is equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity options for controlling the camera with a smartphone, or seamlessly transfer photos from the camera to your phone for further sharing or editing.
7 Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
$899 (usual price $1,199); free 16GB memory card
Even though the RX100 series is now in its fifth iteration with the RX100 Mark V, the Mark III version is still a very good compact camera with loads of high-end features built in. First-time users can wield this camera with ease in automatic modes, and enthusiasts will be satisfied with the plethora of manual and semi-manual shooting modes.
Featuring a 20.2-megapixel, one-inch EXMOR R CMOS sensor, 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 zoom lens, onboard electronic viewfinder and a 180-degree tiltable LCD (perfect for selfies on your travels), the RX100 Mark III caters to almost every type of shooting situations you can think of.
8 Sony FDR-X3000R
$719 (usual price $799); freebies include 16GB memory card, USB travel charger and battery kit
Adrenaline junkies often look to record and document their most thrilling moments, and the Sony FDR-X3000R is perfect for this job. It records in 4K resolution, providing up to four times more details than full HD.
But what really sets this action camera apart from the pack is the Optical Steady Shot, Sony's version of optical image stabiliser. This helps to reduce shaky footages when it is mounted on a vehicle or on your bicycle. The Live View Remote Kit can be worn on your wrist or mounted and offers full control over the camera unit.
• Leonard Goh is a freelance tech writer