Most Popular Digital Cameras of April 2012
by Allison Johnson -  5/4/2012

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DCR readers had Canon on the brain last month when they perused the site; six of the ten most-viewed digital cameras are either a PowerShot or a Rebel. As the official start of summer inches closer, you were looking at point-and-shoots like the still-number-one PowerShot 300 HS for convenience, or ultrazooms like the SX40 HS for some extra zoom reach for your travels. Check out all of the other most-viewed cameras below.

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1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #1)  The ELPH 300 HS is still a smash hit with site visitors. With a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 1080 HD video it offers plenty of bang for the buck. We recently reviewed its successor, the very capable ELPH 110 HS. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

Nikon 1 J1

2. Nikon 1 J1 (previously #3) – The 1 J1 edges the G1 X aside to take the second slot. No wonder, with sleek styling, a new 10 megapixel CX format sensor and compatibility with many wonerful Nikkor lenses, it's a great step-up camera. Nikon 1 J1 Review | Nikon 1 J1 User Opinions

3. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (previously #4) The SX40's main attraction is a 35x optical zoom lens. As part of the HS "High Sensitivity" system it uses a 12.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, offering full 1080 video capture and up to 8 fps burst shooting. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review | Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Uer Opinions

4. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS (previously #5) - The compact ultrazoom SX130 continues to offer 720p HD video, a 28-360mm zoom lens and a DIGIC 4 processor. It's powered by AA batteries. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Opinions

Canon G1 X

5. Canon PowerShot G1 X (previously #2) With a large not-quite-DSLR, not-quite-compact sensor, the G1 X is in a class all of its own. It offers a fixed 4x optical zoom lens and 1080 HD video recording. Canon PowerShot G1 X Review | Canon PowerShot G1 X User Opinions

Fujifilm HS20

6. Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR (previously #7) 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

Kodak EasyShare Max

7. Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 (previously #9) - The Kodak EasyShare Max is enjoying a resurgence among DCR readers, thanks to closeout deals on an already bargain-priced ultrazoom. Not a class leader in performance or image quality, the Z990 does offer a 30x optical zoom lens and a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor.  Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 Review | Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 User Opinions

Canon PowerShot S100

8. Canon PowerShot S100 (previously #6) – The S100 is part of Canon's popular advanced S-series, high on features while maintaining a compact footprint. This generation is equipped with a fast f/2 lens, 1080 HD video and both RAW and JPEG shooting. Canon PowerShot S100 Review | Canon PowerShot S100 User Opinions

9. Nikon D3100 (first time on the list) - The Nikon D3100 is an entry-level DSLR with a 14.2 megapixel DX format sensor, full 1080 HD video and a native ISO range of 100-3200 (expandable to 12800). Its successor, the 24 megapixel D3200 was recently announced by Nikon. Nikon D3100 Review | Nikon D3100 User Opinions

Canon T3 10. Canon EOS Rebel T3 (first time on the list) -The Rebel T3 is another entry-level DSLR, offering a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 9-point AF system and native ISO from 100-6400. Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review | Canon EOS Rebel T3 User Opinions

Falling out of the top ten: