Spring is here, new models are on store shelves, and our list of most popular digicams seems to be shifting by the minute. As happened last month, half of the list from March didn’t return for April, replaced by five brand new models that have been steadily climbing in the rankings for the past few weeks. For the first time since we started recording these stats in January 2007, Canon holds less than four of the top ten spots, with only one new model making its way into our listing this month. Though the previous-generation Panasonic TZ3 fell out of the rankings this month after a full year at or near the top of the list, the Lumix TZ cameras remain well-represented – the TZ5 anchored itself in the top spot for a second month in a row.
Coming as something of a surprise, ultrazooms are also one of the big stories this month. With industry analysts predicting not so long ago that low-cost DSLRs would make the ultrazoom market – and especially the premium or “prosumer” class – obsolete before long, it’s interesting to note that three ultrazooms (including both the long-running Canon S5 and the high-end Fuji S100fs) made the April list. If there was once doubt about the viability of this segment, continued interest surrounding this year’s releases suggests otherwise.
This list of cameras shows you what visitors to DigitalCameraReview.com viewed most often over the past month. The rankings are determined by the number of times a particular product page is viewed by our users. The rankings below are for the entire month of April 2008.
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|1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 (previously #1) – The 9 megapixel TZ5 – the latest addition to Panasonic’s line of “travel zoom” cameras – features the TZ3’s familiar 10x Leica wide-angle zoom, with an equivalent range of 28-280mm, in a compact body. Other specs on the TZ5 include a 3-inch, 460K-pixel LCD and Panasonic’s Venus Engine IV processing. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Reviews | Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 User Opinions|
|2. Fujifilm FinePix S100fs (previously #8) – The FinePix S100fs is an 11.1 megapixel digital camera with a long 14.3x zoom. Designed as a fixed-lens replacement for a multi-lens DSLR kit, the S100fs features a stabilized 28-400mm Fujinon lens and a 2.5-inch tilting LCD. Fujifilm FinePix S100fs Reviews | Fujifilm FinePix S100fs User Opinions|
|3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 (first time on the list) – Functional sibling to Panasonic’s FX35, the FX500 boasts 10.1 megapixels of resolution, a 5x wide-angle Leica zoom, and a 3-inch touch screen interface. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 Reviews | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 User Opinions|
4. Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (previously #2) – The SD870 IS is one of the latest SD cameras from Canon. The SD870 IS offers 8 megapixel resolution, a 3.8x optical zoom, image stabilization, and a 3 inch LCD. Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Reviews | Canon PowerShot SD870 IS User Opinions
|5. Fujifilm FinePix F100fd (first time on the list) – The Fujifilm FinePix F100fd features a 5x optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent 28-140mm focal length range, a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, face detection and automatic in-camera red-eye correction technologies, normal ISO sensitivity to 3200, and dual image stabilization. Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Reviews | Fujifilm FinePix F100fd User Opinions|
|6. Olympus FE-340 (previously #3) – The FE-340 is a budget-minded compact from Olympus that sports a 5x zoom lens in a slim package. The 8 megapixel camera also features face detection and digital image stabilization technologies. Olympus FE-340 Reviews | Olympus FE-340 User Opinions|
|7. Olympus SP-570 UZ (first time on the list) – The SP-570 UZ is a 10 megapixel camera featuring a huge 20x zoom lens, a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD screen, Olympus’s proven TruePic III processor, Face Detection AF, and a 15 fps burst mode. Olympus SP-570 UZ Reviews | Olympus SP-570 UZ User Opinions|
|8. Canon PowerShot SD890 IS (first time on the list) – Update to the popular SD850, the 10 megapixel SD890 IS shares the previous model’s 2.5-inch LCD and optical image stabilization system. Updates include a 5x zoom and a restyled body and control layout. Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Reviews | Canon PowerShot SD890 IS User Opinions|
|9. Nikon Coolpix L18 (first time on the list) – The Coolpix L18 is an 8 megapixel point-and-shoot in the stylistic and technological tradition of other L-series models. Key features and specs include a 3x zoom, an upsized 3-inch LCD, anti-shake AE image stabilization, and sensitivity to ISO 1600. Nikon Coolpix L18 Reviews | Nikon Coolpix L18 User Opinions|
10. Canon PowerShot S5 IS (previously #5) – The Powershot S5 IS has bounced around at various spots on the list since its release, featuring a stabilized 12x optical zoom, 8 megapixel resolution, a 2.5 inch Vari-Angle LCD, and the DIGIC III processor. Canon’s ultra-zoom S series is always one of the most popular ultra-zoom cameras out there. Canon PowerShot S5 IS Reviews | Canon PowerShot S5 IS User Opinions
Falling out of the top ten most popular cameras from the previous month are the:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 (previously #4)
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 (previously #6)
- Canon PowerShot A720 IS (previously #7)
- Kodak EasyShare M863 (previously #9)
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (previously #10)
For last month’s rankings, see the Most Popular Digital Cameras of March 2008.