Most Popular Digital Cameras of March 2008

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No, it’s not an April Fools prank: after half a year on the top of our Most Popular Digital Cameras list, the Sony Cyber-shot T200 hasn’t just been dethroned – it’s been completely removed from the top 10 altogether. With cameras from PMA and CES beginning to hit store shelves in earnest, it’s a whole new ballgame these days. Perpetual leader Canon holds onto four spots, but with only one of the four placings a new model, we’re left to wonder how long they can hold on. Panasonic continues to show strong, with the new TZ5 taking top honors in a run-away (the new Lumix had more than three times as many views as the second-place SD870). Strong interest in Fuji’s new S100fs ultrazoom was also a bit surprising; given the camera’s reasonably high price, we had anticipated that they would price themselves into more a niche market, though the numbers here suggest otherwise. Ultimately, following several months of much of the same, March’s major reshuffle comes a breath of fresh air.

This list of cameras shows you what visitors to 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 March 2008.

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Panasonic Lumix TZ5
1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 (previously #2) – 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
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2. Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (previously #4) – 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

Olympus FE-340 3. Olympus FE-340 (first time on the list) – 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

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4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 (previously #3) – This 7 megapixel successor to the TZ1 sports a 10x optical zoom with image stabilization in a relatively compact form factor. Panasonic has added new features, like Intelligent ISO control and a new imaging processor for better performance. It also sports a 3 inch screen and has quick operation. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Reviews | Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 User Opinions

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5. Canon PowerShot S5 IS (previously #6) – 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 (first time on the list) – The FX35 is an ultracompact camera with an impressive 25mm wide-angle lens. The camera, which earned our Editor’s Choice recognition, also features a 10.1 megapixel sensor, face detection and red-eye correction technologies, a full-res ISO range of 100 to 1600, optical image stabilization, and a 2.5-inch LCD. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 Reviews | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35
The image 7. Canon PowerShot A720 IS (previously #9) – The A720 IS has the attractive 6x optical zoom lens that gives you a little bit extra reach. Like the other A series cameras, the A720 is also priced very well for what you get – 8 megapixels, 2.5 inch LCD, image stabilization, full set of shooting modes, including manual exposure modes. Canon PowerShot A720 IS Reviews | Canon PowerShot A720 IS User Opinions
Fujifilm FinePix S100fs 8. Fujifilm FinePix S100fs (first time on the list) – 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
Kodak EasyShare M863 9. Kodak EasyShare M863 (first time on the list) – The EasyShare M863 is an 8.2 MP digital camera with a 3x optical zoom, HD picture capture, digital image stabilization, and a li-ion rechargeable battery, all in a slim, stylish package. Kodak EasyShare M863 Reviews | Kodak EasyShare M863 User Opinions
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS 10. Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (first time on the list) – Canon’s 8 megapixel update to the popular SD1000 sports optical image stabilization, face detection, Canon’s DIGIC III processor, ISO from 80 to 1600, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio (for HDTV display), and automatic red-eye correction. Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Reviews | Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS User Opinions

Falling out of the top 10 most popular cameras from the previous month are the:

For last month’s rankings, see the Most Popular Digital Cameras of February 2008.

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