Most Popular Digital Cameras of July '12
by Allison Johnson -  8/8/2012

There was a lot of movement in our top ten list this month. Familiar models re-surfaced, new models left the top ten. And that makes sense, given the spirit of lively competition that's going around right now. The Fujifilm X-Pro1, in athletic terms, is a true champ. It has classic style and a pared-down, no-nonsense interface that enthusiast shooters are loving right now. No wonder it made the pole-vault leap into the number one spot. All the way down the line, DCR readers found something to love about each of these models - take a look at last month's most popular models.

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1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 (back on the list)

Fujifilm X-Pro1

The Michael Phelps of interchangeable lens cameras? Sure. The X-Pro1 is almost universally adored for its retro touches, hybrid viewfinder and high-quality lens system. Intended for the advanced user, the X-Pro1 boasts a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor of the APS-C variety.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review

2. Nikon Coolpix P510 (first time on the list)

Nikon Coolpix P510

The Nikon Coolpix is primed for action with a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, built-in EVF, 42x optical zoom lens and 1080 HD video recording. It packs in the equivalent of a 1000mm telephoto lens - easily the biggest on the market.

Nikon Coolpix P510 Review

3. Nikon Coolpix S9300 (previously #1)

Nikon Coolpix S9300If our top ten list was an Olympic competition, the S9300 would snag the bronze. It's medal-worthy with an 18x optical zoom lens tucked into a svelte little chassis. It also offers a 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD and in-camera GPS tracking.

Nikon Coolpix S9300

4. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #2)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HSThe Canon PowerShot 300 HS spent a long time at the top of our monthly Most Popular list and it's finally settling down. Don't count it out though, it's a real contender with 5x optical zoom starting at a wide 24mm angle of view and full 1080 HD video at a bargain hunter's price point.

Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review

5. Canon EOS 5D Mark III (previously #4)

Canon 5D Mark III Sample ImageCanon's 5D Mark III is about as serious of a competitor as it gets. It's a full frame pro DSLR with a new 61-point AF system, up to 6 fps burst shooting and a large 100% coverage optical viewfinder.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

6. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V (previously #5)

Sony Cyber-shot HX200The HX200V doesn't have all of the zoom range of the P510, but a 30x optical zoom with Zeiss branding is plenty impressive. It offers GPS tracking, a speedy auto focus system and 1080 HD video recording.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Review

7. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (previously #6)

Canon PowerShot SX40The ultrazooms rank supreme this month. The formidable SX40 is yet another big-zoom contender with a 35x lens. Naturally, it also includes 1080p HD video capture, and it offers an impressive and much-needed image stabilization system.

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review

8. Canon EOS Rebel T3 (previously #8)

Canon EOS Rebel T3Though Canon recently announced its latest T4i entry-level DSLR, the T3 is still hanging in there with a highly capable 12 megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 4 processor. It shows its age with a lack of full HD video, offering instead a 720p maximum video resolution.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review

9. Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS (back on the list)

pentax Optio WG1Replaced by the WG-2 GPS, the WG-1 makes a comeback on our list. It's a rugged camera that will have no problem weathering rough outdoor activities. It's not afraid of a little water - in fact it's waterproof to 33 feet of water.

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Review

10. Samsung WB150F (first time on the list)

Samsung WB150FSamsung's WB150F is all about wireless connectivity. Share photos via integrated WiFi connectivity, or create an ad hoc connection to your smartphone and the possibilities are practically limitless. It offers a big 18x optical zoom lens and the benefits of auto and manual exposure modes.

Samsung WB150F Review

Falling out of the top ten: