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December's Most Popular Digital Cameras
by Ben Stafford -  12/14/2005

As we're completely immersed in the holiday shopping season, we thought it would be helpful to see the cameras that people are most interested in.  The rankings are determined by how many times our readers have viewed the product detail page of a camera this month.

1. Canon Powershot A520 - 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. -- Reviews -- Pricing

2. Canon Digital Rebel XT - 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. -- Reviews -- Pricing

3. Canon Powershot A620 - 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. -- Reviews -- Pricing

4. Canon Powershot A610 - The other successor of the popular A95, the A610 is basically the same camera as the A620, just in a 5 megapixel version. -- Reviews -- Pricing

5. Canon Powershot SD400 - A slightly older model, but at a great price point.  The SD series from Canon is known for it's compact size, quick operation, and great image quality.  After Canon announced the updates to the Powershot line in August, the prices dropped on the previous generation to make room for the new ones. -- Reviews -- Pricing

6. Canon Powershot S2 IS -- 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. -- Reviews -- Pricing

7. Nikon Coolpix S4 - The unique swivel design on this ultra-zoom is sure to turn some heads.  The compact camera manages to fit a 10x optical zoom, 6 megapixel sensor and a 2.5 inch screen into its body. -- Reviews -- Pricing

8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 - Panasonic's FZ line has proved its worth in the field of ultra zoom cameras.  The FZ5 has fallen into a pricing sweet spot with its 12x optical zoom Leica lens and image stabilization.  You also get a 5 megapixel sensor and a 1.8 inch LCD. -- Reviews -- Pricing

9. Nikon D50 - 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. -- Reviews -- Pricing

10. Kodak EasyShare C330 - The most value-oriented camera on the list, the Kodak C series provides the Kodak ease of use and optional bundled printers to provide the whole package.  A great option for new digital camera owners who are also looking for a good printing solutions -- Reviews -- Pricing

For additional recommendations, check out our 2005 Digital Camera Buyer's Guide.