Most Popular Digital Cameras of May 2008

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There’s a new sheriff in town: the Nikon Coolpix P80 deposed the current version of Panasonic‘s perpetually popular TZ camera for the top spot during the month of May, continuing a trend of strong interest in ultrazooms that we’ve commented on in recent months. In spite of losing the top spot, Panasonic held on to the second and third places on the list with its newest flagship compact models.

The biggest surprise was unquestionably from Nikon: not always a consistently strong player in the compact camera segment, the high-profile maker nonetheless wrapped up two other spots (in addition to the P80’s top-place finish) with its latest Wi-Fi enabled compact and the ultra-slim, ultra-stylish, ultra-affordable S210 – one of our favorite compacts so far this year. Canon‘s two showings this month were both older models, with its nice but somewhat pricey new SD890 slipping back out of the top ten after an initial surge.

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 May 2008.

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Nikon Nikon Coolpix P80 1. Nikon Coolpix P80 (first time on the list) – With a 10.1 megapixel sensor and a 18x zoom lens, the P80 marks Nikon’s strong return to the ultrazoom space. EXPEED processing, Vibration Reduction, and a large LCD look to provide serious appeal for serious shooters. Nikon Coolpix P80 Reviews | Nikon Coolpix P80 User Opinions
Panasonic Lumix TZ5
2. 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
Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 (black) 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 (previously #3) – 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
Nikon Nikon Coolpix S210 4. Nikon Coolpix S210 (first time on the list) – The tiny 8.1 megapixel Coolpix S210 offers a nice combination of value, style, and performance. Other key specs include a 3x Nikkor zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD, and sensitivity to ISO 2000. Nikon Coolpix S210 Reviews | Nikon Coolpix S210 User Opinions
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5. Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (previously #4) – After a long run on the list, the not-so-new SD870 is still going strong. 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

Nikon Nikon Coolpix S52c 6. Nikon Coolpix S52 (first time on the list) – The Nikon S52 features a 9 megapixel sensor in a slim, scultped ultracompact body. A 3x zoom and Vibration Reduction are standard features, and Nikon also offers a Wi-Fi enabled version, the S52c, for wirelessly transfering images. Nikon Coolpix S52 Reviews | Nikon Coolpix S52 User Opinions
Olympus FE-340 7. Olympus FE-340 (previously #6) – 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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8. Canon PowerShot S5 IS (previously #10) – 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

The image 9. Fujifilm FinePix F100fd (previously #5) – 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
Olympus Olympus SP-570 UZ 10. Olympus SP-570 UZ (previously #7) – 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

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

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

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