Most Popular Digital Cameras of November 2011

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It’s here. The shopping season we dread year-round. The crowded malls, the parking lot traffic jams, the last-minute present panic. Before you subject yourself to the perils of brick-and-mortar stores, check out our list of the cameras that got the most views this past month. Many of these cameras got a boost from online sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the e-tailers continue to offer discounts throughout the season. See what was popular last month, check out the reviews and you might be able to save yourself a retail-triggered headache.

That persistent little Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS took the top prize again this month, interrupted only for a moment last month by the buzz-worthy Nikon 1 J1. By and large, the cameras in the top ten would all make ideal gifts for first-time camera users, so it’s no surprise that they were popular with DCR readers last month.

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1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #2)  Back on top is the 300 HS Digital ELPH. It couldn’t be topped for long by the 1 J1 – a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 1080 HD video keep it at the top of our list month after month. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

Nikon 1 J1 2. Nikon 1 J1 (previously #1) – Making its debut a few months ago, the mirrorless Nikon 1 J1 sports a new CX format 10.1 megapixel sensor, a dual-core EXPEED 3 processor and full 1080 HD video recording. Nikon 1 J1 Review | Nikon 1 J1 User Opinions

3. Canon EOS Rebel T3 (previously #6) With holiday gift-giving on the horizon, the Canon T3 jumps back into the top as an excellent beginner’s DSLR. It continues to offer a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 9-point AF system and DIGIC 4 processor. Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review | Canon EOS Rebel T3 User Opinions

4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 (previously #5) – The WX9 has a budget price tag but a feature set that you’d be hard pressed to match in the budget category. It offers a large 3.0-inch LCD, 5x optical zoom lens and popular Sweep Panorama function. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

5. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (first time on the lsit) Fresh in the top ten is the PoweShot SX40 HS ultrazoom. It boasts a 35x optical zoom lens, a new DIGIC 5 image processor and a 2.7-inch vari-angle LCD. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review | Canon PowerShot SX40 HS User Opinions

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