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Most Popular Digital Cameras of February
by Ben Stafford -  3/2/2006

Before and during the PMA show, there were pleny of new digital cameras announced.  However, they won't hit the market until, at the earliest, later this month.  Until then, the most popular cameras list hasn't changed much over the last couple of months.  Below are the top ten most popular digital cameras on our site during the month of February.

 1. Canon Powershot A520 (previously #1) - 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.
   2. Canon Powershot A620 (previously #3) - 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.
   3. Canon Digital Rebel XT (previously #2) - 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.
   4. Nikon D200 (previously #6) -- Introduced last November, the D200 didn't get a chance to hit December's Most Popular Camera list, but it's garnered a lot of interest as review started rolling out.  The 10.3 megapixel digital SLR features a startup time of 0.15 seconds, a shutter lag of 50 milliseconds, and the ability to shoot five frames per second.
   5. Canon Powershot S2 IS (previously #5) -- 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.
   6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 (previously #7) -- The FZ30 has proven itself in the competitive ultra-zoom market.  The Pansonic has a 12x optical zoom with their MEGA OIS (optical image stabilization).  The camera captures 8 megapixel images, takes SD memory cards, and has a 2 inch LCD.
   7. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 (new in top 10)  -- Sony's latest camera in their ultra-compact T line, the Cyber-shot DSC-T9 was announced in November and just became available in January.  The T9 comes in silver and a nice black, shoots at 6 megapixels and has a 2.5 inch LCD.  The 3x optical zoom is image stabilized using Sony's Super Steady Shot technology.
   8. Nikon D50 (previously #8) -- 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.
   9. Canon Powershot SD450 (new in top 10) -- Announced in August, along with a whole slew of new Powershots, the Powershot SD450 is an update to the SD400.  Another model in the popular, compact SD/Digital ELPH line, featuring DIGIC II processors for fast operation.  The SD450 shoots at 5 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom lens and has a 2.5 inch LCD.
   10. Canon Powershot A610 (previously #4) - The other successor of the popular A95, the A610 is basically the same camera as the A620, just in a 5 megapixel version.

Falling out of the top 10 most popular cameras are the:

To see our last ranking, see Januarys's Most Popular Digital Cameras.