Most Popular Digital Cameras of October 2011

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That tyrant, the capable little Canon PowerShot 300 HS, has finally toppled from the top of the list. Taking its place, in a not-quite-fair-fight, is the Nikon 1 J1. This much buzzed-about compact system camera puts Nikon in the mirrorless game. In our own review, we found it entirely capable, if lacking in something extra that makes it a best in class shooter.

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1. Nikon 1 J1 (first time on the list)  The Nikon 1 J1 hardly needs an introduction. In case you missed it, the J1 offers a CX format 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, new dual-core EXPEED 3 image processor and full 1080 HD video recording. It was introduced simultaneously withe the step-up 1 V1. Nikon 1 J1 Review | Nikon 1 J1 User Opinions

2. Canon PowerShot 300 HS (previously #1) – It may not reign supreme on our top ten list any longer, but the 300 HS is just as capable as ever. It continues to offer 1080 HD video recording, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processor. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

3. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS (previously #3) The PowerShot SX130 keeps on keeping on with a 28-360mm equivalent zoom lens and 720p HD for just around $200. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix P300

4. Nikon Coolpix P300 (previously #2) – The P300 offers advanced functions like manual exposure controls, but it’s beginner-friendly with features like a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080 HD video and a bright f/1.8 lens. Nikon Coolpix P300 Review | Nikon Coolpix P300 User Opinions

5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 (previously #4) Hanging in the top ten is the Sony WX9 with popular features like sweep panorama and HD video recording. It also boasts a 3.0-inch screen and a 5x optical zoom lens. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 User Opinions

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