Most Popular Digital Cameras of May 2012
by Allison Johnson -  6/5/2012

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Things are heating up on our monthly list of the ten most-viewed digital cameras. Point-and-shoots, entry-level DSLRs and compact system cameras are all in the mix, but DCR readers had their eyes on ultrazooms in particular, like the Canon SX40 and the Sony HX200V. It's no secret why - these feature-rich cameras offer lots in the way of zoom without taking up all of the space in your carry-on that a traditional DSLR and a slew of telephoto lenses would demand. Keep reading to see which cameras made the top ten.

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1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #1) - The ELPH 300 HS enjoys yet another month at the top of our most-viewed list. With a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 1080 HD video it's a sweet deal for around $200. And don't miss our analysis of its successor, the equally capable ELPH 110 HS. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

2. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (previously #3) - Jumping up into the second position is the SX40, still boasting an impressive 35x optical zoom lens, 12.1 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS and full 1080p HD video. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review | Canon PowerShot SX40 HS User Opinions

3. Kodak EasyShare Z990 (previously #7) - 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 Z990 Review | Kodak EasyShare Z990 User Opinions


4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V (first time on the list) - The HX200V is another ultrazoom heavy hitter with a 30x optical zoom lens, Sony's excellent Sweep Panorama mode and integrated GPS.   Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Review | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V User Opinions

Rebel T3

5. Canon EOS Rebel T3 (previously #10) - Making a springboard leap into the top five is the Rebel T3. It's an entry-level DSLR carrying a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 9-point AF system and native ISO ranging from 100-6400. Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review | Canon EOS Rebel T3 Opinions


6. Canon PowerShot G1 X (previously #5) - The Fujifilm HS20 is another fully-equipped ultrazoom sporting a 30x optical zoom lens, 8 fps burst shooting and 1080 HD video. Canon PowerShot G1 X Review | Canon PowerShot G1 X User Opinions


7. Nikon D3100 (previously #9) - The Nikon D3100 is a couple of years old, but it's still garnering a lot of interest from DCR readers. With an 11-point AF system, 3.0 fps burst shooting and a 14 megapixel sensor it's still a good entry-evel option.  Nikon D3100 Review | Nikon D3100 User Opinions

Nikon 1 V1

8. Nikon 1 V1 (first time on the list) - The V1 is part of Nikon's new compact 1 system. It offers a 2.7x crop factor thanks to a new CX-format 10 megapixel sensor. Other features inlude a built-in electronic viewfinder, 3.0-inch LCD and EXPEED 3 processor. Nikon 1 V1 Review | Nikon 1 V1 User Opinions

Fujifilm HS20

9. Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR (previously #6) - The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR 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

Canon PowerShot S100 10. Canon PowerShot S100 (previously #8) -The PowerShot S100 is big on features while maintaining a slim profile. It offers a fast f/2 lens, RAW and JPEG shooting as well as 1080p HD video capture. Canon PowerShot S100 Review | Canon PowerShot S100 User Opinions

Falling out of the top ten: