Most Popular Digital Cameras of October 2011
by Allison Johnson -  11/2/2011

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That tyrant, the capable little Canon PowerShot 300 HS, has finally toppled from the top of the list. Taking its place, in a not-quite-fair-fight, is the Nikon 1 J1. This much buzzed-about compact system camera puts Nikon in the mirrorless game. In our own review, we found it entirely capable, if lacking in something extra that makes it a best in class shooter.

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1. Nikon 1 J1 (first time on the list)  The Nikon 1 J1 hardly needs an introduction. In case you missed it, the J1 offers a CX format 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, new dual-core EXPEED 3 image processor and full 1080 HD video recording. It was introduced simultaneously withe the step-up 1 V1. Nikon 1 J1 Review | Nikon 1 J1 User Opinions

2. Canon PowerShot 300 HS (previously #1) – It may not reign supreme on our top ten list any longer, but the 300 HS is just as capable as ever. It continues to offer 1080 HD video recording, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processor. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

3. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS (previously #3) The PowerShot SX130 keeps on keeping on with a 28-360mm equivalent zoom lens and 720p HD for just around $200. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix P300

4. Nikon Coolpix P300 (previously #2) - The P300 offers advanced functions like manual exposure controls, but it's beginner-friendly with features like a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080 HD video and a bright f/1.8 lens. Nikon Coolpix P300 Review | Nikon Coolpix P300 User Opinions

5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 (previously #4) Hanging in the top ten is the Sony WX9 with popular features like sweep panorama and HD video recording. It also boasts a 3.0-inch screen and a 5x optical zoom lens. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 User Opinions

6. Canon EOS Rebel T3 (previously #5) Sliding into the sixth spot is the T3. It offers a beginning DSLR user everything she could hope for with a 9-point AF system, 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processor. Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review | Canon EOS Rebel T3 User Opinions

7. Canon PowerShot S95 (previously #7) - Canon's formidable S95 hangs onto its number 7 position. It still boasts a highly capable 10 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video recording and a 3.0-inch LCD. Canon PowerShot S95 Review | Canon PowerShot S95 User Opinions

Canon SX30

8. Canon PowerShot SX30 IS (previously #9) – The SX30 ultrazoom has been recently replaced by the SX40 but it still offers a healthy 35x optical zoom lens, 720p HD video and a tilt-swivel LCD. Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX30 IS User Opinions

Sony TX100V

9. Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 (previously #8) - The budget-oriented EasyShare Sport isn't remarkable outside of its ability to take a beating. It's a cheap option for a waterproof, shockproof and coldproof camera. Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 Review | Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 User Opinions

10. Olympus E-PM1 (first time on the list) - The smallest PEN camera of them all offers the same imaging engine as its E-P3 and E-PL3 siblings as well as 1080 HD video, beginner-friendly Live Guide modes and in-camera art filters. Olympus E-PM1 Review | Olympus E-PM1 User Opinions

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