We’re heading into Mom/Dad/Grad season and there are plenty of great digital cameras out there to choose from. To help you get started, we like to profile the most popular cameras, at least on our web site. The rankings are determined by the number of times a particular product page is viewed by our users. The rankings below are from the entire month of April. Pretty much every slot moved around this month, with the A520 still reigning supreme. There were two new entries in the top ten (Canon Powershot SD600 and Canon Powershot S3 IS) and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 made a comeback to the top ten after falling off the list in March.
1. Canon Powershot A520 (previously #1) – When Canon announced their latest Powershot cameras, this one got a nice price drop. Current the most popular camera on our site, the A520 captures 4 megapixel images on a SD/MMC card, has a 4x optical zoom and runs on 2 AA batteries. If you don’t need to take movies longer than 30 seconds, this is a great choice.
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2. Canon Powershot SD600 (first time in top 10) – One of three new Digital ELPHs introduced last February, the SD600 features 6 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, and a very nice 2.5 inch LCD. An MSRP of $349 makes this compact camera a pretty good buy.
3. Canon Digital Rebel XT (previously #4) – This Digital SLR is the most popular in its class and it’s also a favorite among reviewers in its class (along with the Nikon D50). If you’re looking to get away from the shutter lag of Point and Shoot cameras, or you have some Canon lenses that you’re aching to use and you don’t need a more expensive SLR, the Digital Rebel XT is a good way to go.
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4. Canon Powershot A620 (previously #2) – One of the successors of the popular A95, the A620, with the DIGIC II processor and 2 inch flip out LCD is a fast camera with great image quality. This 7.1 megapixel camera uses 4 AA batteries for great life and stores images on an SD card. Use the 4x optical zoom to get close when you need it
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5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 (previously #10) — An affordable entry in the ultra-zoom field, the FZ7 shoots at 6 megapixels with a 12x image stabilized optical zoom. Our reviewer really liked it – you can see the review here.
|6. Canon Powershot S2 IS (previously #5) — A very popular offering from Canon that offers a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilization. A flip out 1.8 inch LCD, 5 megapixel sensor, Canon image quality and reasonable price explain its popularity.|
|7. Canon Powershot S3 IS (first time in top 10) – Announced in February, the S3 IS is an update to the S2 IS. It features a 6 megapixel sensor, 2 inch flip out, rotating LCD, and a 12x stabilized optical zoom.|
|8. Nikon D50 (previously #6) — Another entry level digital SLR, the Nikon D50 is another favorite, along with the Canon Digital Rebel XT. The D50 body provides 6.1 megapixels and a 2.5 inch LCD. Use your existing lenses or buy the camera with some lenses if you’re ready to make the step to a digital SLR.|
|9. Nikon D200 (previously #3) — Introduced last November, the D200 didn’t get a chance to hit December’s Most Popular Camera list, but it’s garnered a lot of interest as review started rolling out. The 10.3 megapixel Digital SLR features a startup time of 0.15 seconds, a shutter lag of 50 milliseconds, and the ability to shoot five frames per second.|
| ||10. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 (back in top 10) — Sony’s latest camera in their ultra-compact T line, the Cyber-shot DSC-T9 was announced in November and just became available in January. The T9 comes in silver and a nice black, shoots at 6 megapixels and has a 2.5 inch LCD. The 3x optical zoom is image stabilized using Sony’s Super Steady Shot technology.|
Falling out of the top 10 most popular cameras from the previous month is the:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 (previously #7)
- Canon Powershot A610 (previously #8)
- Canon Powershot SD450 (previously #9)
To see our last ranking, see Most Popular Digital Cameras of March.
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