Most Popular Digital Cameras of November 2011
by Allison Johnson -  12/6/2011

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It's here. The shopping season we dread year-round. The crowded malls, the parking lot traffic jams, the last-minute present panic. Before you subject yourself to the perils of brick-and-mortar stores, check out our list of the cameras that got the most views this past month. Many of these cameras got a boost from online sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the e-tailers continue to offer discounts throughout the season. See what was popular last month, check out the reviews and you might be able to save yourself a retail-triggered headache.

That persistent little Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS took the top prize again this month, interrupted only for a moment last month by the buzz-worthy Nikon 1 J1. By and large, the cameras in the top ten would all make ideal gifts for first-time camera users, so it's no surprise that they were popular with DCR readers last month.

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1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #2)  Back on top is the 300 HS Digital ELPH. It couldn't be topped for long by the 1 J1 - a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 1080 HD video keep it at the top of our list month after month. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

Nikon 1 J1 2. Nikon 1 J1 (previously #1) – Making its debut a few months ago, the mirrorless Nikon 1 J1 sports a new CX format 10.1 megapixel sensor, a dual-core EXPEED 3 processor and full 1080 HD video recording. Nikon 1 J1 Review | Nikon 1 J1 User Opinions

3. Canon EOS Rebel T3 (previously #6) With holiday gift-giving on the horizon, the Canon T3 jumps back into the top as an excellent beginner's DSLR. It continues to offer a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 9-point AF system and DIGIC 4 processor. Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review | Canon EOS Rebel T3 User Opinions

4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 (previously #5) - The WX9 has a budget price tag but a feature set that you'd be hard pressed to match in the budget category. It offers a large 3.0-inch LCD, 5x optical zoom lens and popular Sweep Panorama function. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

5. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (first time on the lsit) Fresh in the top ten is the PoweShot SX40 HS ultrazoom. It boasts a 35x optical zoom lens, a new DIGIC 5 image processor and a 2.7-inch vari-angle LCD. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review | Canon PowerShot SX40 HS User Opinions

Canon SX130

6. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS (previously #3) The SX130 isn't long for our top ten list with the introduction of its SX150 successor. However, it hangs in at #6 this month with a 28-360mm equivalent zoom lens and 720p HD video. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Opinions

Kodak EasyShare Sport C123

7. Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 (previously #9) - The EasyShare Sport still snags a spot in the top ten with its bargain basement pricing and waterproof, coldproof and shockproof functionality. Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 Review | Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 User Opinions

Canon S95

8. Canon PowerShot S95 (previously #7) – The formidable S95 holds onto a top ten slot with a top-notch 10 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video recording and a 3.0-inch LCD. Canon PowerShot S95 Review | Canon PowerShot S95 User Opinions

Nikon P300

9. Nikon Coolpix P300 (previously #4) - Taking a tumble into the ninth position is the advanced compact P300. It still offers manual exposure modes along with a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 1080 HD video and an f/1.8 lens. Nikon Coolpix P300 Review | Nikon Coolpix P300 User Opinions

10. Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (first time on the list) - The GPS-enabled SX230 HS packs in a 12.8 megapixel HS "High Sensitivity" sensor, a 14x optical zoom lens and a 3.0-inch LCD with higher resolution than its SX210 predecessor. Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Review | Canon PowerShot SX230 HS User Opinions

Falling out of the top ten: