Well.......... My favorite is an old Minolta SRT-100; all manual film SLR but then it's hard to find Kodachrome 25 or 64 these days so it is basically a conversation piece.
I must admit I do like the instant gratification that todays digital cameras offer to their users. When I made the leap of faith to a digital I bought a Kodak 4600 and was astonished at what that camera could do. Then I believe it was 2008 I bought a Nikon D-80 and had to knuckle down with it because digital SLR was a whole lot different than my old SRT. Now I would have to say that for quality of image overall the Nikon is the best and thus favorite I guess.
I had a little Cannon Powershot no bigger than a cigarette pack which even had an optical view finder, had until I dropped it in the river this past June................
I replaced that with a Panasonic LUMIX waterproof camera for obvious reasons
The Panasonic is handy and pretty resilient and that is important but it is week when you zoom on distant objects. It has great wide angle rendition but the zoom , well the zoom pictures, how do you say, suck. So handy verses good is the choice and on the river I carry handy, in the boat stored in a dry bag I carry good. I really wish that the point an shoot cameras had optical viewfinders on them still. I don't like trying to work through the LCD displays on the backs of these new ones.
I just went to the Nikon site and checked out the 7000, I need to upgrade. The high ISO low noise part won me over. When I have a chance at the aurora, nois matters.
Since I have this I'll past a copy to show what I mean.