Most Popular Digital Cameras of May 2011
by Allison Johnson -  6/1/2011

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Summer is here and we're shedding our shoes and heavy camera gear in favor of those pocketable, point-and-shoot-able, compact cameras. This month, the compacts reigned supreme. Just one lonely interchangeable lens camera occupies our top ten list, the Panasonic GF2, bringing in the rear at #10. Top honors go to the Canon ELPH 300 HS, just ahead of strong competition from Nikon, Sony and Panasonic. Take a look and see how the rankings stacked up.

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1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #1)  Reigning at the top of the list for three months in a row is the PowerShot 300 HS. It sits in a sweet spot just below the touch-capable 500 HS with a solid feature set including 1080p HD video, a Digic 4 processor and great picture-taking capability. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS User Opinions

Nikon S9100

2. Nikon Coolpix S9100 (first time on the list) – The ink is still drying on our review of the S9100 but that doesn't stop it from shooting up to the second place on our most-viewed list. It's easy to understand why when you take into account the S9100's compact 18x optical zoom lens, 1080 HD video capability and slim form factor. Nikon Coolpix S9100 Review | Nikon Coolpix S9100 User Opinions

Canon SX130

3. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS (previously #3) Holding steady in the top five is the Canon SX130, a compact little powerhouse with an equivalent focal range of 28-360mm. It also offers 720p HD video, automatic and manual exposure controls and a 3.0-inch LCD. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Opinions

Sony Cyber-shot WX9

4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 (first time on the list) - Sony matched a great feature set with a great price in the WX9. For just around $200 this compact offers Sony's popular Sweep Panorama mode, optional 3D still image capture and a 5x optical zoom lens.  Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix FH27

5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 (previously #2) The FH27 slips a few places but maintains a top five spot with an 8x optical zoom lens, 3.0-inch touch screen and optical image stabilization. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 Review | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SX230

6. Canon PowerShot SX230 (first time on the list) Canon's latest compact ultrazoom brings in-camera GPS to the party. It also boasts a 14x optical zoom lens, automatic and manual exposure modes and a 3.0-inch display with 461k-dots of resolution. Canon PowerShot SX230 Review | Canon PowerShot SSX230 User Opinions

Canon S95

7. Canon PowerShot S95 (previously #6) - The S95 has spent plenty of time in the top ten and for good reason - it offers many of the same features as its G12 sibling in a lighter package at a lower price. We liked its fast f/2.0 lens, low-light optimized 10 megapixel sensor and 720p HD video capability. Canon PowerShot S95 Review | Canon PowerShot S95 User Opinions

Canon PowerShot 500 HS

8. Canon PowerShot 500 HS (first time on the list) – The Canon PowerShot 500 HS proved itself an all-around capable compact in our recent review. As part of Canon's HS High Sensitivity system it boasts improved low-light shooting as well as a 3.2-inch touch screen, a fast f/2 lens and 1080 HD video capture. Canon PowerShot 500 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 500 HS User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SD1400

9. Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS (previously #8)   The Canon SD1400 IS a reliable performer with a 14.1 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide angle lens and a 2.7-inch LCD. Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS DMC-ZS7 Review | Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix GF2

10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (previously #4) - Representing the interchangeable lens class in our top ten this month is the Panasonic GF2. It's a mirrorless, viewfinder-less Micro Four Thirds camera featuring a 3.0-inch touch scree and 1080 HD video recording. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Review | Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 User Opinions

Falling out of the top ten are: