Most Popular Digital Cameras of February

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There was very little change in the most popular camera list of February 2014 from the month before. See if your favorite camera is still on the list.


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1. Samsung NX300 (no change in ranking)

The NX300 is the flagship model of the NX lineup of cameras–and with great reason. The camera has a large 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a new hybrid autofocus (phase and contrast) that proves to be fast and reliable.  The NX300 has a 3.3-inch AMOLED tilting touchscreen. It also offers users ISO sensitivities from 100 to 25,600 and a respectable 8.6fps continuous shooting speed. It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second for better action photography. The NX300 can shoot RAW or JPG files and takes SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1 enabled memory cards. 

Samsung NX300 Review

2.Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 (previously #3)

The Sony HX300 comes busting out of the starting gate with a faster maximum aperture than most of its competition, improved AF, and enhanced/improved image stabilization which should make this digital camera an industry leader. However, it doesn’t feature (like many of its competitors) a hot shoe, GPS, built-in Wi-Fi, a touch-screen, or a RAW capture mode. Will a lack of features criple the camera’s sales? We are not convinced it will.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Review

3.Pentax K-3 (new to list)

Barely 13 months after the introduction of its DSLR flagship K-5II/K-5IIs, Pentax is at it again: the K-3 becomes the new standard bearer of Ricoh Imaging’s burgeoning APS-C sensor equipped fleet. Announced in October 2013 and arriving in the market the following November, Pentax describes the new camera “…as the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications…” Coming on the heels of the K-5II, a very capable and feature-rich model at an attractive price-point in its own right, ad copy for the K-3 clearly demonstrates Pentax feels they’ve raised the performance bar with their new offering.

Pentax K-3 Review

 4.Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (previously #2)

The new Canon Powershot SX280 HS is an easily pocketable compact P&S digicam with a long 20x zoom lens. The SX280 HS (which replaces the SX260 HS in Canon’s upscale Point and Shoot digital camera catalog) features a 12-megapixel (BSI) CMOS sensor, Canon’s proprietary HS (high sensitivity) technology, and the SX280 HS is the first of Canon’s digicams to feature the new DIGIC VI processor. When combined, these components give the SX280 HS unique low light capabilities.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review

5.Canon EOS 6D (previously #4)

Built around a newly designed 20 megapixel full-frame sensor and the latest DIGIC 5 image processor, the Canon EOS 6D offers the type of features and functionality you’d expect from even more expensive Canon models, but without the pricetag. Canon prices have risen over the past couple of years, the 6D offers a good way to acquire Canon technology and image quality without a high cost of entry. For example, given the $1400 difference in price between the 6D and Canon’s next-in-line full-frame model, the 5D Mark III, the 6D will appeal to enthusiasts who want an affordable full-frame camera as well as pro’s who want a second or third full-frame DSLR as backup. Full HD video, in-camera HDR and multiple exposure are just a few of the camera’s above-and-beyond standard DSLR features. 

Canon EOS 6D Review

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