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Best Digital Camera Manufacturers – a Graph

It has been a few days now since I asked readers to nominate which Digital Camera Manufacturer is best.

By no means have we arrived at any solid conclusions (and I wouldn’t expect us to) and by no means is the conversation over (you’re more than welcome to keep having your say) however I thought it would be interesting to do a little analysis of the conversation so far and have come up with the following graph which is an attempt at observing what the trend is so far in conversation.

It was a difficult process to do as we have over 50 opinions already expressed and many of them contain numerous ‘votes’ (my fault for making the topic so broad) but the following is an indication of what I’m personally observing in the conversation.

Digital-Camera-Manufacturers

Obviously the the ‘big two’ are Canon and Nikon – but there’s an interesting ‘battle’ going on at the second tier between Pentax, Fujifilm and even Olympus.

Canon and Nikon got a lot of votes particularly when it came to DSLRs (and Canon also did well for compacts) however Fujifilm was consistantly nominated for best point and shoot – particularly with it’s low light sensor technology (I personally would concur with this as a Fujifilm FinePix F30 owner).

Pentax was largely nominated for it’s DSLRs.

Of course – this diagram is just one person’s observations of of a conversation that is still in progress – however as someone who is a visual person I thought it might add a little something to the discussion.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • gbyte

    I own canon camera and will continue to own more from this company. Its not because it take better picture quality than any other brand. Its because Canon is one of the popular, leading and lasting company that manufacture complete high quality equipments for photography from sensors to papers and more. I don’t have to look for a third party and to know if it is compatible to my camera.

  • Brad

    Hi Jeff,
    You say: “I want to know if I should buy a canon EOS 40 D or a Sony A 700 ? Which one will have the sharpest pictures?” Surely it’s glass that determines that? And even then, some would say, ultimately it depends more on the skill of the photographer holding the glass. However, in terms of kit, whilst Canon has it’s supporters, and the Sony Alfa system (built by many of the people from Minolta) is coming on strong, the “standard zoom” that out performed all the others in it’s class was the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar DT 16 – 80mm f/3.5-4.5 TËš ZA (optical bench and real world tests) Apparently this is achieved through micro – contrast. Macro – contrast needs to be good to give sharpness in major outlines. Micro – contrast makes fine detail equally eye-catching. It also enables subtle colour on small areas, so increasing the plasticity – 3D impression. The availability of this and other Zeiss lenses has to be a strong magnate for the brand. To quote somebody with this camera: “… when I laid my hands on an Alfa 700 it didn’t feel that special – but it proved to be brilliantly good and delivers the kind of results that a friend of mine takes time, effort and photoshop to extract from his Canon.”

  • Nikonic

    I love Nikon. It’s definitely my ‘preference”.

    But, you have to remember, if you know how to work your camera, you can take great pix with any brand.

  • Phil

    Although the article is topped with “Best” the graph is topped with “Favorite” digital cameras. The graph then represents favorites not compared quality or even qualities.But it is an interesting order of cameras “possessed” by responders.

  • Noka

    I currently own a Canon camera and I absolutely love it. The quality of the photos is great and the camera is easy to use, even with it’s many features. I only have one complaint: My camera model is notorious for a design flaw that causes a lens error, rendering the camera useless. Canon refuses to admit that this is a design flaw and no fault of the customer (I’ve had my camera for two years and haven’t done anything damaging to it once) and they charge nearly half the price of the camera itself to fix it. Camera-wise they’re great, but customer service needs a lot of improvement.

  • http://www.jfxblog.com jide

    I am loving this….just the right answer at the right time.

  • Alex Dace

    HaHA Sony makes Nikons DSLR Sensors Whoot Whoot!!!

  • Gary wilford

    I think you’re forgetting hasselblad

  • Greg

    Leica is last, yet their cameras are widely regarded as the best. This is not a graph of the “Best” digital camera manufacturers, it’s just people’s favorite ones. Please change the title IMMEDIATELY so it stops coming up in search results when you search for the best, it’s totally wrong.

  • http://hollyreblogs.tumblr.com/ Holly Doss

    Very good! I think I need a camera upgrade, too. (:

  • Daniel

    How about samsung?

Some older comments

  • Greg

    September 2, 2012 04:41 am

    Leica is last, yet their cameras are widely regarded as the best. This is not a graph of the "Best" digital camera manufacturers, it's just people's favorite ones. Please change the title IMMEDIATELY so it stops coming up in search results when you search for the best, it's totally wrong.

  • Gary wilford

    October 12, 2011 09:26 am

    I think you're forgetting hasselblad

  • Alex Dace

    January 2, 2011 03:31 am

    HaHA Sony makes Nikons DSLR Sensors Whoot Whoot!!!

  • jide

    October 3, 2010 07:36 pm

    I am loving this....just the right answer at the right time.

  • Noka

    March 1, 2010 06:38 am

    I currently own a Canon camera and I absolutely love it. The quality of the photos is great and the camera is easy to use, even with it's many features. I only have one complaint: My camera model is notorious for a design flaw that causes a lens error, rendering the camera useless. Canon refuses to admit that this is a design flaw and no fault of the customer (I've had my camera for two years and haven't done anything damaging to it once) and they charge nearly half the price of the camera itself to fix it. Camera-wise they're great, but customer service needs a lot of improvement.

  • Phil

    January 10, 2009 01:38 am

    Although the article is topped with "Best" the graph is topped with "Favorite" digital cameras. The graph then represents favorites not compared quality or even qualities.But it is an interesting order of cameras "possessed" by responders.

  • Nikonic

    January 7, 2009 03:11 am

    I love Nikon. It's definitely my 'preference".

    But, you have to remember, if you know how to work your camera, you can take great pix with any brand.

  • Brad

    October 29, 2008 02:39 pm

    Hi Jeff,
    You say: "I want to know if I should buy a canon EOS 40 D or a Sony A 700 ? Which one will have the sharpest pictures?" Surely it's glass that determines that? And even then, some would say, ultimately it depends more on the skill of the photographer holding the glass. However, in terms of kit, whilst Canon has it's supporters, and the Sony Alfa system (built by many of the people from Minolta) is coming on strong, the "standard zoom" that out performed all the others in it's class was the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar DT 16 - 80mm f/3.5-4.5 TËš ZA (optical bench and real world tests) Apparently this is achieved through micro - contrast. Macro - contrast needs to be good to give sharpness in major outlines. Micro - contrast makes fine detail equally eye-catching. It also enables subtle colour on small areas, so increasing the plasticity - 3D impression. The availability of this and other Zeiss lenses has to be a strong magnate for the brand. To quote somebody with this camera: "... when I laid my hands on an Alfa 700 it didn't feel that special - but it proved to be brilliantly good and delivers the kind of results that a friend of mine takes time, effort and photoshop to extract from his Canon."

  • gbyte

    September 8, 2008 02:44 pm

    I own canon camera and will continue to own more from this company. Its not because it take better picture quality than any other brand. Its because Canon is one of the popular, leading and lasting company that manufacture complete high quality equipments for photography from sensors to papers and more. I don't have to look for a third party and to know if it is compatible to my camera.

  • gbyte

    September 4, 2008 09:45 pm

    To Jeff,
    As for me, don't buy any of two. I advise you to buy Canon EOS 50D body only and a good lens. It is far better than 40D and A700. The price will be equal or slightly higher than the 40D. I guess it will be in the market by December or earlier. If you're not familiar with canon lenses, here are some good lenses I know: EF-S 10-22 mm f3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S 17-55 mm f2.8 IS USM, EF 50 mm f1.2, f1.4, or f1.8 USM, EF 24-105 mm f4 L IS USM, EF 24-70 mm f2.8 L USM, EF 70-200 mm f2.8 L IS USM. I assure you it will give you sharp picture than any of the two you mention and a better features in its class.

  • Jeff

    May 5, 2008 03:17 am

    I want to know if I should buy a canon EOS 40 D or a Sony A 700 ? Which one will have the sharpest pictures?

  • Billy

    April 16, 2008 12:26 pm

    i feel that my kodak camera is top notch and is the best investment i have ever made towards a camera. although kodaks are cheap they have got everything a canon camera does and are very efficient

  • Dave

    March 31, 2008 08:55 am

    I agree with the poll. I sell digital cameras at a professional camera retailer in my area (California), and from a "sales" perspective its pretty dead on. I wouldnt give Fuji as much credit and I'd move Sony up a notch. Canon and Nikon indeed are the big two. No other manufacturer is investig as much money as Canon, Nikon, and Sony in CCD/CMOS research. Thus what pulled Canon ahead of the game when they invested back in 2000 1.5 billion in CMOS sensory research for their DSLR linup - and look at the sales, they reflect it perfectly. I have a feeling Panasonic is going to do much better in the coming years, especially when making OIS standard in all of their camera/camcorders. Olympus/Fuji/Casio/Samsung are in a state of perpetual limbo. Neither great or bad. They get average sales from people who have a prefrence. The worst cameras hands down are the Kodaks. I get returns of their cameras daily. Slow, underpowered and lacking any consistency in product linup I feel hurts them. Every genneration of ther cameras uses a different battery or wont include half of the connections or hardware to use it. Let me throw this out there - there should be a poll on what people feel are the "worst" cameras.

  • Paul

    December 17, 2007 05:16 am

    I use a Panasonic FZ20 I purchased three years ago. I've
    been really satisified with the results. I shoot a lot of pictures of theater, music and dance productions where I have to be at a distance. The F2.8 aperature at full zoom makes it all work.

    The performing arts hall lobby is decorated with posters made from pictures from this camera.

    I went with this camera because of the Leica lense and the large (12x) optical telephoto. I get great long range shots without having to change lenses. I was previously a SLR user. I was going to wait to go digital until DSLR prices dropped from the stratosphere until a competent camera store sales person convinced me that a Nikon with variable telephoto was a good option rather than dealing with removeable lenses. After researching the market I went with the Panasonic FZ20. When traveling a camera bag with extra lenses is a burden. There is more to clean and you can always get dust inside the camera body.

    I am thinking about upgrading to the new Panasonic FZ50 because of its higher ASA for low light conditions. FZ20 maxed out at 400 while the FZ50 goes to 3200. The 10.2 megapixel system allows for even greater optical telephoto capabilities as it can take the picture on as little as 3 megapizels of the CCD sensor yielding something like 21x. I'd always prefer optical effects over digital.

  • Chef

    December 6, 2007 04:17 am

    I have had a few digi cams.
    Started off with a fuji - everything from point & shoot to fully manual, which I was way happy with. Took great pics w/ great colours & excellent optical zoom. It got stolen, so I got a minolta dimage a1. Awesome, especially the zoom by twisting instead of electronic. smooth & fast. Great pics, but it broke twice. Great service and backup.
    A friend had a canon compact which is the only digi cam I have seen point & shoot to take successful pictures in restaurants & nightclubs where I work, without blur & drama.
    Having previously used an awesome Olympus 3MP about 5-6 years ago, I jumped at the new compact stylus which was 5MP, waterproof, waetherproof, and tiny. It took RUBBISH pictures, in almost all conditions except full on sunlight, and broke after 3 months. The colour was absolute bollocks, and I got lots of shots which I could not have got with an SLR - in poor weather conditions, and just through being able to carry in my pocket. Most ended up being deleted as they were trash. Never again will I buy Olympus. I have a panasonic DMC-FZ5 which is just awesome. I am SO happy with it in almost all areas, except for low light photography. It's intuitive, flexible, and takes sharp, well coloured awesome pics. My daughter has just got a fujifilm compact, and for a compact its as good and reliable as my previous fuji SLR.
    I have heard great things about sony - but "memory stick" and the extra 25% on the purchase price because it has a 'sony' label on it have deterred me for my last 5 purchases. Remember betamax? I HATE proprietry stuff.
    But almost every camera I have owned has had a different card, so I suppose that is progress for you.
    JMHO, and I hope some of you fnd it useful.
    Like Ro, I have no brand loyalty, and do thorough internet research and a good shop around before I decide. With the Olympus I was well duped into wasting $400.
    Another gripe, generally, why the HELL do digi cam makers insist on movies being in quicktime MOV format?
    I HATE that. why not avi, mpeg, divx or something that normal people use. I even hate the quicktime player and codecs. Get with the program and get democratic on formats.
    More RAW would be nice, although it does slow down shooting times.

  • Ro

    July 28, 2007 07:04 am

    I have owned a Fuji, then an Olympus, then a Canon and now I have OLympus Evolt E 510.(Twin lens kit) Bought yesterday!

    I bought it online at Mwave.com.au for AU$1,434.30 Postage included,(shop price AU$1,699) and it arrived at my door 29 hours later by courier.That's service!I loved the stickers on the box which said; 'Fragile, handle like eggs'

    My decision to buy was based on how pleased I was with the end results of my old olympus point & shoot,(way back then) and reading exhaustive reviews by professionals for months about the Olympus 510, and deciding that it had all the features I wanted in my first DSLR.
    The professional consensus was that the images were very impressive indeed, and that is whatI want at the end of the day.Now,I have to develop my talent! (I'm getting there)

    I have no brand loyalty, and I disregard press releases & advertisments, so their advertisning dollars are wasted on me.I go straight to the web for the professionals opinions before deciding to buy.

    And how does my Olympus E510 stack up?
    I don't know yet, because it didn't come with a card!...what time do the shops open...

    PS It does come with the battery(around $4o+) and a charger, which is more useful that the usual bundled 32MB card.

  • Randy

    July 5, 2007 09:48 am

    I currently own an olympus D-580. It takes great pictures for the most part. One thing I dont like is the shutter lag. If I'm trying to take pics of something that is moving, I have to try and anticipate when it will be in the frame. I know a couple of amature photagraphers and one says he likes Cannon because he feels they have superior optics. The other has always used Pentax and been very happy. I tend to be leaning in the direction of the Cannon digital rebel as my next digital camera purchase. It has all the features I want as well as a the fast sutter response I've always enjoyed from my film cameras. It doesn't hurt that it is also one the few under $1000.

  • fanis

    July 4, 2007 06:41 pm

    I would like to buy a digital camera and i am in dilema.
    I have to choose beetwen a SONY DSC-W80 and a OLYMPUS SP-510 UZ. Can you help me telling me which of those two is best?

    Thank you

  • Dennis Williams

    June 24, 2007 03:52 am

    I don't think you can really offer an objective opinion as to which camera is the best unless you've used all the brands. Most people can't afford that. And, as already pointed out, people purchase primarily based on advertisement or word of mouth. Repurchase rates of the the same brand would speak to satisfaction, but still not define which is the best. Only a thorough, scientific study, taking into consideration cost of ownership, availability of accessories, and ease of use would really help answer that question. But, it was a good chance to discuss the subject.

    For the sake of our discussion, taken only on face value, we're looking at brand popularity, regardless of the reason. And, in all fairness, we're combining two completely different consumer groups into one batch - the point and shoot market, and the SLR market. While there is obviously some cross-over, these two groups purchase for different reasons.

    I have a Canon XT, and just purchased an XTi. The reason I went with Canon was, I started out with a Rebel SLR, and when I went digital, I could still use the lens. Frankly, once you're into SLR, it's tough to justify changing to another brand, with the investment in lenses, accessories, filters, etc. being the major cost of ownership of a digital SLR.

    But, I would not have stayed with Canon if I didn't feel it was a decent camera. For me, my last purchase was based primarily on the fact that the XTi has a bigger display, being easier to see (my eyes aren't as good as they used to be, and I hate trying to shoot with reading glasses). But, in the end, I've been satisfied with my Canon cameras, and have no reason to go anywhere else.

  • Hervé LOTCHOUANG

    June 17, 2007 09:29 am

    Hi!
    Well, I'm Satisfied with my the graph and with my Pentax Ist DL. It makes great pictures. Just right for me. And also, i think that it is the man (and his art) behind the camera that make awesome pictures. Give a good photographer a fair enough camera and he still will be able to frame terrific pictures.
    My conclusion: Not the price nor the brand (though not to be neglected)will make a good shot; But you, the photographer (Pro or Amateur).

  • Puppetz

    May 27, 2007 02:51 pm

    Canons are not only most popular but voted best by pros. But remember Nikon is a smaller company but with great optical professionals. Canon is a massive company who reinvest 1/3 of profits into R & D. They keep the price down and the quality keeps getting better. + They are easy to use. They really are the best.

  • Laura J.

    May 27, 2007 08:02 am

    Forgive me if I go back to my 35mm days, but I must to tell my opinion . . . I started out with a Canon Sure Shot in 1984. I loved my little camera, used it like crazy and got some great pictures over the years. Then it got tired and I tried some others . . . Olympus, Pentax . . . how I missed my little Sure Shot! My husband bought me a Canon 35mm Rebel for our 10th anniversary in 2002. Yummy! For Christmas/our 15th anniversary (very close together), he bought me a Canon Digital Rebel XT. YUMMY! I love my Canons . . . can't imagine using anything else.

  • Hernan

    May 19, 2007 05:09 pm

    Started with KM Z10. Now my carry around is a A530 and my specialty camera is an S2 IS, both CANONS! great shrpness,vivid colors!

  • petamass

    May 15, 2007 04:24 am

    There are "brand loyalty" and there are "brand fanatic". As for myself, I have "brand inertia". Choose you own poison...

  • Gina Sancricca

    May 15, 2007 12:53 am

    I have a cannon I would assume they are up there, it works fantastically.

  • talal

    May 13, 2007 10:15 pm

    i hate all cameras except ORITE

  • Jay

    May 12, 2007 06:06 am

    it seemed as if everybody is a bit over reacting to their own opinion. No matter what brand name cameras you have. What you have it the best for you that's why you bought it in the first place. Nobody needs to implement or get an agreement to your own preferences. It's all good. And as you know....it's never the car you drive...it's the driver who drives a car.

  • Nathan

    May 11, 2007 11:35 pm

    i just bought a panasonic limux dmc-fz50 with leica lens...im totally in loved with it...survey...crap...whats the basis of putting leica at the bottom of the pit? shots using leica lenses kicks ass...

  • Jody Thomas

    May 9, 2007 02:51 pm

    One of my Brothers has a Cannon digital Rebel, I have a Rebel XT, and my other Brother has a Nikon D-50. We are all interested in what everyone has to say about their camera's but like someone said before if you like what you have then it is the best for you.

  • Beckywithasmile

    May 8, 2007 05:14 pm

    I use a Panasonic after heeding my father's advice and taking a look at Panasonic/Sony (they always get the best ratings from Customer Reports as least often repaired). Between the two Panasonic seemed to have great ratings and an SD card (important because my camera was expensive for me). I LOVE this camera. As I seem to be hearing, the Lecia lens is great and the image stabilization makes many shots that would have been blury much better.

  • Richard Bonser

    May 8, 2007 05:01 pm

    When the discussion turns to 'best camera' it should always be qualified with 'best for what purpose'. I currently own a Canon Digital Elph, a Panasonic Lumix FZ-30, and a Nikon 990. In my opinion, each is the best camera for the use I put it to. It is asking a lot to come up with one 'best manufacturer'. There are just too many models and intended use categories in the present marketplace. I would agree that Canon and Nikon are pretty high in the pecking order, but there are really excellent cameras being made by Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and others as well. Nice graph, though.

  • Jimmy Walls

    May 7, 2007 06:45 am

    I have a D200 Nikon. I have a Cannon Elan. I have a Pentax Spotmatic that I've had for 38 years. I love them all. It's what I'm going to shoot that makes me decide which I'm going to use. Each of these cameras have their strong points and their weak points.

    However, the D200 is a prize.

  • Roberto Leal

    May 7, 2007 05:06 am

    Hi, the leica is the Rolls Roice of de cameras and the price is very expensive for much people.

    For this, the last site.

    And yes: " the title should read something different, such as, “Most Popular Digital Camera Manufacturers”, or “Digital Camera Manufacturers by Popularity” "

    Thanks

  • Carla from Argentina

    May 6, 2007 06:06 am

    Hi, I have an old Canon Powershot A40 and I love it, it is very loyal. Gives me great instant shots, nice colours and it has a very good auto focus.
    My flickr adress:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7905872@N07/
    Bye!
    Carla

  • Eric V

    May 5, 2007 10:51 am

    This has nothing to do with the poll. I love this website, especially the compositional tips.

  • Paul

    May 5, 2007 09:24 am

    Fascinating study - really illustrates the hold the big two have on the market. Would be interested to see this graph for a larger test audience. Oh yeah, I'm a Nikon fan myself..
    - www.photographyvoter.com

  • Melvyn

    May 5, 2007 08:05 am

    Well its not every body who can see a picture or take one,and we all have different views, I Have Olympus, 2 Sonys and a Pentax, and I have some good photos I took with my old Brownie , that I cant repeat, as I was at the right place at the right time with the right lighting. So if you are happy with your photos, then who cares what others think, or are we talking states

  • alicia

    May 5, 2007 03:40 am

    Love my Olympus Stylus 770SW!! It's the off road of all offroad p & s!! Gotta go. Me and my Oly are heading for some scuba diving! Sorry guys wait for me on shore where you and your cams are safe and dry!!

  • Andy

    May 5, 2007 12:22 am

    Just so Brian Auer doesn't feel alone, I use a KM 5D, and it is my choice because it has made shooting so much more fun and creates great images. I have not looked at the sony version yet so can't offer an opinion on it, but if it is at least as good as the 5D anyone should be happy with it. Have always had a KM and was real unhappy when they announced they were getting out of the camera business. One persons opinion.

  • mike

    May 4, 2007 12:28 pm

    Nice weblog. I wish I had know sooner that canon's rock. I just bought a samsung s630 takes pretty decent photos. I look forward to visiting this blog more. Cheers. Oh here's my flickr url

    http://flickr.com/photos/infinite411

  • MyK-e-

    May 4, 2007 01:05 am

    I like Olympus, I'd like to get soon the e-510, but by now I love my Canon Rebel XTi, the best digital camera manufacturer is the one you get and keep you satisfied (cost/benefit and support)! Here in México we see much Nikon, Canon, and growing much Sony (great advertising) but soon could be Olympus, and Panasonic as they are advertising more too. Canon and Nikon doesn't need much advertising because the brand are very recognized here in México, but that is what is happening with Sony, advertising is what lets Sony sell more and A100 is one of the cameras we see people are considering as a great option to canon and nikon. The same happens with Panasonic. Olympus is not using advertising inside the country but when we want to buy a camera and we can buy it on the U.S., Olympus looks like an option considering the price of entry dSLR.

    Just another personal opinion.

  • Ton

    May 3, 2007 02:00 pm

    Switch Leica and Sony, and FujiFilm and Panasonic and I'll be happy :D

    But seriously, I expected better from at least Panasonic. Leica cameras - the authentic ones not co-produced by Panasonic - are the best in the world. M8? Yeah. But the reason nobody likes them is because they are a BIT pricy.

    Anyway, Panasonic should be higher - I know its for the number of votes in the conversation, but with the Mega O.I.S. (The first Image Stabalization system ever), and their amazing FZ series, they are probably the best SLR-like camera manufacturer, at least.

    There's my two cents.

  • Matthew Miller

    May 3, 2007 01:01 pm

    Justification for placing Leica last: the M8 costs three arms and a leg, and their other cameras are just rebadged Panasonics (of course, they contribute lens expertise to the Panasonic cameras). I'm sure the M8 is a very nice camera, but at that price point it can't really enter into this sort of discussion.

  • Jeff O'Hara

    May 3, 2007 06:51 am

    I went to a wedding last weekend and every single DSLR there was a Nikon from the photographer to the guests. I think canon is losing it's edge in the DSLR dept. Just my perceptions. I've always like canon's point and shoots.

  • Terry

    May 3, 2007 05:04 am

    MY FAVORITE CAMERA SHOULD BE EVERYONE'S!!!

    Ok, now that we have the obligatory gripe out of the way, I'm going to leave that subject alone altogether.

    What I think is interesting is that Panasonic and Leica are separated. Both use Leica lenses and Panasonic electronics. The difference is the case. It would make more sense (to me) to combine the two, really. They're my clear favorite, but this isn't my poll.

    Alright, back to everyone else to duke it out.

  • tom_s

    May 3, 2007 03:14 am

    well, a number of them, such as ricoh and leica aren't easily available in the US.. so they aren't gonna get much in the way of votes.

    SOny sensors are in most cameras, and they make pretty sweet cameras too. I can't help but feel that if they used SD cards like everyone else then they'd get way more votes. (same goes for fujifilm and olympus with the stupid xd cards!)

    Fuji SuperCCD sensors do indeed rock in darker situations.. but the cameras are rather underpowered in all other departments.. so i guess it depends whether your requirement is for best quality pics at all cost, or other useful features.

    IMHO canon has the best mix of features + quality for the average casual user.. and they have a good enough name to be reasonably respected. (though i do think they overdo the noise reduction!)

  • Dr. Tan

    May 3, 2007 02:35 am

    Heh nifty. Shows that the Leica users are what we Canon/Nikon users dream of.

  • mjt

    May 3, 2007 02:04 am

    to quell the confusion, the title should read something different, such as, "Most Popular Digital Camera Manufacturers", or "Digital Camera Manufacturers by Popularity" ...

    something that portrays that this is a user-voting poll, not a reflection "which manufacturers make the best digital cameras", which is how the current title comes across.

    people will come to check out the chart and think, "looks like Canon makes the best digital camera so i should look to them for my first digital camera".

    and we all know that's not true (ducks and hides :)

    regards, michael

  • schmee

    May 3, 2007 12:43 am

    of the people who's opinions are reflected on this graph, how many can honestly say they've tried the majority of these manufacturers?

    isn't this chart just a representation of market share? people vote for what they've bought cause you need to justify their purchasing decision. i mean, how many canon owners voted nikon or vice versa? i'm willing to guess none. in this respect the flickr camera finder (http://www.flickr.com/cameras/) is much more accurate cause it's not a matter of opinion, it's a matter of usage.

    this is a really unscientific chart without any proper controls or a large enough sample group so i would hope that no one bases their purchasing decisions on the data reflected here.

  • al aunchman

    May 2, 2007 11:41 pm

    I have been getting the daily updates for some time now. I don't understand wht the deal is with the responses( blue lines at the end of the articles) there are no reponses there only blue lines which don't open or anything . What are they there for? Am I missing something? I am registered with the forum as pianotuna.

  • Todd Defren

    May 2, 2007 11:05 pm

    Loving my new Nikon D40.

  • Dave

    May 2, 2007 11:05 pm

    I'd have to agree with Eric..
    I'd bet that most of the posts were from North Americans..
    Where Canon/Nikon/Pentax do spent lots of advertising dollars.

    If there were more european/asian readers I'm sure we'd see Olympus with a much better placement. This is where Olympus chooses to spend their advertising dollars.

    I've had canon/fuji and sony cameras, and many of my friends in the same boat, we've all switched to olympus the trueness of the colours, just make the pictures standout in comparison to the other brands.

    Olympus seems to get its new users through word of mouth in North America.

    I have the e-300, would love to upgrade to e-510, and perhaps a leice 4/3 lens would be nice.

    Great to see leica/panasonic/olympus/fuji/kodak/sigma/sanyo doing what they can to create a standard lens format, instead of tying lenses to certain camera's I can see many canon/nikon users defending their choices to vigorously seeing that if they decided to switch or had 2nd thoughts about their purchase it would involve replacing all their lenses with new ones.

  • Andrew from Newcastle

    May 2, 2007 07:46 pm

    Hello

    I understand the difficulties in this poll, but it won't stop me saying that I am delighted with both my Pentax K100d DSLR and my Fujifilm S5000 bridge camera.

    The camera that finally persuaded me to go digital was my father-in-law's Canon A700 (I think that's the number) compact.

    For their different uses, I think all three are top quality.

    Cheers

    Andrew

  • ribkaje

    May 2, 2007 07:45 pm

    This is really helpful as I am looking to purchase a new camera real soon. Trying to get my head around the various models available and see which suits my needs the best.

  • tim

    May 2, 2007 06:21 pm

    what a load of baloney
    i'd love to see the justification of placing Leica last.

  • Darren

    May 2, 2007 03:08 pm

    Like I say Eric - it's not supposed to be a scientific thing - just a conversation and the graph is simply reflecting what people have said to help those of us who are taking part to get a picture of what is being said so far.

  • Jessica Corsi

    May 2, 2007 02:00 pm

    I just want to say that I am absolutely in love with my Canon Digital Rebel XTi. Thank you.

  • Eric V

    May 2, 2007 01:30 pm

    We'll basicaly the poll is flawed. I not here to antagonize with anyone who designed the poll, I just want everyone to take a deeper analysis of it. Leica is at the bottom since I think there a fewer Leica users than either Canon,Nikon or any other camera manufacturers. The only thing that this poll shows is that people have more preference to brands that are well advertised. One has to reassess what it means by "best digital camera manufacturer" otherwise if we mean personal preference then we have settled the arguments. If not, we have to judge this camera manufacturer on a more subjective and scientific way of assessing and evaluating their product lines by creating better criteria. Moreover, we have to ask what is the kind of audience who took part of the poll. Lastly, number isn't anything in terms of quality. Sorry if I had to raise so many points. Anyways to itch his own. I'm a Nikon user but would love to have a Leica.

  • Brian Auer

    May 2, 2007 12:38 pm

    I figured Sony would have done better. Give em another year or two. This is funny, I must be the only KM user left.

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