Most Popular Digital Cameras of March 2012
by Allison Johnson -  4/11/2012

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Spring arrived early for many of us this year. Our monthly top ten most-viewed list is ripe for the picking, see which cameras DCR readers were most interested in as they got ready for May flowers.

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1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #1)  Still reigning supreme is the ELPH 300 HS. It hits a sweet spot budget and feature-wise, with a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 1080 HD video. We recently reviewed its successor, the also top-ten-worthy ELPH 110 HS. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

Canon G1 X 2. Canon PowerShot G1 X (first time on the list) – Jumping to the top of the list after a CES debut is the G1 X PowerShot. It combines a larger-than-average sensor with a 4x zoom fixed lens and wraps it all up in a (fairly) compact package. The G1 X also shoots 1080 HD video. Canon PowerShot G1 X Review | Canon PowerShot G1 X User Opinions

Nikon 1 J1

3. Nikon 1 J1 (previously #4) The 1 J1 got a slight boost in last month's rankings, still offering a sleeek form factor, 10 megapixel CX format sensor and compatibility with many fantastic Nikkor lenses thanks to a separate adapter. Nikon 1 J1 Review | Nikon 1 J1 User Opinions

4. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (previously #3) - The PowerShot SX40 is a DSLR-style ultrazoom packing a massive 35x optical zoom lens. It boasts up to 8 fps burst shooting thanks in part to a powerful DIGIC 5 processor. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review | Canon PowerShot SX40 HS User Opinions

5. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS (previously #5) Despite an update in the SX150, the budget-oriented PowerShot SX130 remains in our top five yet another month with a 28-360mm equivalent zoom lens and 720p HD video. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Opinions

Canon PowerShot S100

6. Canon PowerShot S100 (previously #2) The PowerShot S100 is an advanced compact with features like manual exposure modes, a fast f/2 lens and full 1080 HD video recording. Advanced users will enjoy both RAW and JPEG shooting. Canon PowerShot S100 Review | Canon PowerShot S100 User Opinions

Fujifilm HS20

7. Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR (previously #8) - The Fujifilm HS20 is another fully-equipped ultrazoom sporting a 30x optical zoom lens, 8 fps burst shooting and 1080 HD video. Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Review | Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR User Opinions

Sony NEX-7

8. Sony Alpha NEX-7 (previously #6) – The NEX-7 was one of the most impressive pieces of new equipment we tested in 2011. We liked its 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, articulated 3.0-inch monitor and high quality 1080 HD video. Sony Alpha NEX-7 Review | Sony Alpha NEX-7 User Opinions

Kodak EasyShare Max

9. Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 (first time on the list) - The EasyShare Max makes a comeback on our top ten list, thanks no doubt to some rock-bottom prices. It's yet another 30x ultrazoom, offering a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 Review | Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 User Opinions

Nikon P7100 10. Nikon Coolpix P7100 (previously #9) -The P7100 proved to be a solid advanced point-and-shoot option with an f/2.8 lens, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD and improved camera operation and auto focus speeds. Nikon Coolpix P7100 Review | Nikon Coolpix P7100 User Opinions

Falling out of the top ten: