Given the amazing number of digital cameras announced last month, our most popular list is sure to change soon. In fact, a record high four cameras left the list between July and August. Manufacturers are gearing up for the holiday and trade show season with plenty of updates to their existing lines. If you find yourself needing to replace or upgrade your camera, we like to profile the most popular cameras on our web site to give you a good idea of what people are considering. 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 August 2006.
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1. Canon Powershot SD600 (previously #1) – 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. Canon Powershot SD600 Reviews | Canon Powershot SD600 User Opinions
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2. Canon Powershot SD700 IS (previously #4) – The SD700 IS is the first camera in the Digital ELPH line (or SD line) that features Canon’s image stabilization. The IS allows you to shoot at much slower shutter speeds to get good indoor pictures without a flash. The camera shoots at 6 megapixels, has a 2.5 inch LCD and a 3x optical zoom. Canon Powershot SD700 IS Reviews | Canon Powershot SD700 IS User Opinions
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3. Canon Digital Rebel XT (previously #3) – 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. Canon Digital Rebel XT Reviews | Canon Digital Rebel XT User Opinions
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4. Canon Powershot S3 IS (previously #5) – 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. Canon Powershot S3 IS Reviews | Canon Powershot S3 IS User Opinions
5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 (first time in top 10) – If you’ve followed Panasonic cameras much, you’ll know that their FZ30, predecessor to the FZ50, was very popular. It’s no surprise then, that this higher-end ultrazoom has made the list. The FZ50 takes 10.1 megapixel pictures with a stabilized 12x optical zoom. Frame your images on a flip-out, 2 inch LCD. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Reviews | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 User Opinions
6. Canon Powershot A620 (previously #7) – 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. Canon Powershot A620 Reviews | Canon Powershot A620 User Opinions
|7. Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 (first time in top 10) – This first Digital SLR from Sony is sure to keep owners of Minolta glass happy as it accepts most Minolta lenses already made. The A100 features a 10.2 megapixel CCD and 2.5 inch LCD with 230K pixels. Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Reviews | Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 User Opinions|
| ||8. Canon Powershot A700 (previously #2) – Currently the top of Canon’s A line, the A700 shoots at 6 megapixels, has a 6x optical zoom, and a 2.5 inch LCD. Also, since it’s in the A line, it’s powered by 2 AA batteries. Images can be stored in the SD card. Canon Powershot A700 Reviews | Canon Powershot A700 User Opinions|
9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 (first time in top 10) – One of the smaller 10x optical zoom (with image stabilization) cameras on the market, the TZ1 operates quickly with good focus speed and minimal shutter lag. The TZ1 is a 5 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Reviews | Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 User Opinions
|10. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30 (first time in top 10) – One of the latest cameras in Sony’s ultra compact “T”-line, the T30 is a 7.2 megapixel camera with a large 3 inch, 230K pixel LCD. Sony also includes their Super SteadyShot image stabilization with its 3x optical zoom. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30 Reviews | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30 User Opinions|
Falling out of the top 10 most popular cameras from the previous month is the:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 (previously #6)
- Canon Powershot S2 IS (previously #8)
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 (previously #9)
- Nikon D50 (previously #10)
To see our last ranking, see Most Popular Digital Cameras of July 2006.
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