The 13 Most Popular DSLRS Among dPS Readers [May 2013] - Digital Photography School

The 13 Most Popular DSLRS Among dPS Readers [May 2013]

It has been 4 months since we updated our ‘Popular Cameras and Gear’ list here on dP – a list of the hottest selling cameras and accessories among our readers (based upon what they are buying on Amazon*).

So today I have updated the most popular DSLR list of cameras. What follows is the most popular camera DSLR bodies.

It is topped by Canons Rebel T4i which tops the list for the first time after quite a long reign of the T3i (now in #2 spot).

1. Canon EOS Rebel T4i

61W0knoTL2L._SL1500_.jpeg

2. Canon EOS Rebel T3i

_images_I_71lbwO52tvL._AA1000_.jpg

3. Nikon D3200

_images_I_91WSe2OKasL._AA1500_.jpg

4. Nikon D3100

_images_I_713u2gDQqML._AA1500_.jpg

5. Nikon D7100

91Ns138GTAL SL1500

6. Nikon D5100

_images_I_81PnDu4O7tL._AA1500_.jpg

7. Canon EOS 60D

60D_07_AUS.png

8. Canon EOS 6D

71lm0i0NUiL SL1000

9. Canon EOS Rebel T3

_images_I_71AKBVTvZdL._AA1000_.jpg

10. Canon EOS 5D Mk III

_images_I_71X9b9JhO8L._AA1500_.jpg

11. Nikon D7000

_images_I_71yf785aBmL._AA1500_.jpg

12. Nikon D5200

NewImage

13. Sony Alpha SLT-A57M

71-X96zbUiL._SL1000_.jpeg

As usual, this list isn’t a list of the ‘best’ cameras – just what people are buying on Amazon right now.

**Note: this list was compiled from reports supplied to us from Amazon.com where we are affiliates. One of the ways dPS is able to cover its costs and be a sustainable business is that we earn a small commission when readers make a purchase from Amazon after clicking on our links (including those above). While no personal details are passed on we do get an overall report from Amazon about what was bought and are able to create this list.

Read more from our Cameras & Equipment category.

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+.

  • MarcosV

    Hmmm… With the 5DIII making the list, I’m surprised the Nikon D800/D800E didn’t.

  • Trapper

    How do you know that ALL of those Amazon customers are dPS readers?

  • Chris

    No Pentax love…

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Trapper – see the ‘note’ at the bottom of this post which explains we are Amazon affiliates and get a report of what our readers buy.

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Chris – it is the way of our readers it seems that they buy Canon and Nikon DSLRs in much higher numbers than other brands.

  • http://www.txmom2jami.com Laura Jinkins

    My husband and daughter just gave me a Canon T3i bundled with EF-S 18-55 IS and a 55-250 IS lenses, for Mothers Day — an upgrade from my Rebel XT that was “cutting edge” when he gave it to me for our anniversary several years ago! I am excited to see it’s a very popular camera, as that’s a pretty good indicator that it performs well. :)

  • http://JSLArtPhoto.com Jeffrey

    Of course, we would have to buy through the DPS link for Amazon to know we are DPS Readers.

  • http://photosrilanka.com Kantha

    I am sad that the Olympus OMD did not make it.

  • http://JSLArtPhoto.com Jeffrey

    Dont be sad Kantha, remember Darren said it was the “Most” not the Best.
    In general, we all tend to buy what others are buying. You took the time to get
    a camera personalized to what you like. That is a good thing!

  • Simon

    Hi DPS,
    In Australia Canon entry level DSLRs aren’t called T4i, T3i, T3. So I have no idea what models you’re talking about. I’m planning on going to buy a new Canon this weekend but this article isn’t helping me to decide the right camera for me. I’m thinking of buying the EOS 700D, but I’m not sure which ‘T’ model that corresponds to. Can you please write what the camera is referred to internationally…even if it does have more than one name?

    By the way I love all you other articles and I check out your website almost every day…… at least several times per week.

  • Maria Martins

    Yes.that are nice. But the price on all of them are in dollar not in pounds.

  • Stephen Wallbank

    Shows how effective saturation marketing is.
    It’s a case of safety purchasing.
    There are other worthy cameras out there such as the Pentax K5II which has many features not found on the Canikons and is superior in many respects such as the ability to use legacy lenses from the last 30 years with the stabilisation in camera.
    Additionally Pentax Dslrs are shower proof and have a robust build quality only found in the more expensive Canikons.
    Still popularity does not equate to quality. You only have to watch reality TV to realise that.

  • http://parabellumfoto.com Tom

    It will be interesting to see if mirror less cameras start to make the list. I think it’s just a matter of time. I’m a D3200 owner and am planning to buy a NEX.

  • Francesca

    hello, i’m just a newbie in the DSLR. I agree with Stephen, i own a Pentax K-30 and i really love it and i like so much to use old lenses, sometimes crappy of course, but the results imho are quite good for a simple learner just like me. When i’ll learn more i’m pretty sure i’ll be able to make great shots with this camera

  • Santiago

    When people realize that Pentax i way more superior (like K30 i own) for the same pricethan Canikon, this list wil definiely change.

  • sue

    Chris.. Pentax here. K30. I love it!

  • Jonathan

    @Simon…The T3i is otherwise the 600D, T4i = 650D, T5i = 700D. The T3 is the 1100D. The all have yet a third name…T3i = Kiss X5, T4i = Kiss X6i, T5i = Kiss X7i, T3 = Kiss X50…in Japan. The XXD and XD series only have one name.

  • pam

    Simon I heard the 700D or T5i does not offer much more than the 650D or T4i anyone know if this is true?

  • http://ivorphotography.co.uk Ivor

    I agree with Stephen Wallbank and the same applies to Olympus as Pentax. Oly are often the first make to bring out new innovations like DSLR Live View, reduced strength anti-aliasing sensors and art filters and then the copycat makes follow. As far as I know they are the only make with sensor based image stablisation which mean lenses are not so bulky or expensive. What is more the 1/2 crop sensor is great for telephoto work.

    But, the magazine and online reviewers shout about what are actually tiny differences. The always extol the virtues of Canikon because Canikon pay their advertising revenue.

    Any camera on the market today is a good camera. Any camera within a price bracket will perform very similarly to another in the same bracket. Looking for features that suit your favourite type of photography is the important thing. For example, macro photographers should look for swiveling LCD screens, street photographers want something light, landscapers want rugged and weather sealed, bird photographers might benefit from a crop sensor and so on.

    Finding a camera that feels good in your hands is important too.

  • Darren

    Some fantastic cameras out there these days , I must say though I’m enjoying using my olympus E500 still, and my fuji Hs20exr bridge, not the best by any means but still fun to use.

  • Skilak

    Hi, I do not care what people buy as this is just conformism. I sold my Nikon D70, thought about D7k but bought Pentax K-5, and you know what? Canon and Nikon only look professional but on the picture unfortunately not. And you know what? If I recommend, I still suggest the old K-5 as it does everything most people would need:) and probably will use only 10% of the camera’s power. Before you buy just ask yourself? “do I want to be an amateur photographer or just auto-snapper”? if the other, go canikon and live happily ever after, if you want to know what you are doing – give it a look. cheers

  • http://www.txmom2jami.com txmom2jami

    Wow! So many haters using phrases like “Canikon” — no one is bashing your preference for Pentax, Olympus, etc. I’m sure they are fantastic cameras — and it’s wonderful that there are photographers like you to purchase them and keep them in business. Instead of making snide comments about the people who choose Nikon or Canon (insinuating that people who choose those cameras want to be “auto-snappers”), it’s more constructive to talk up the pros of your own camera so people might consider purchasing one in the future. I have used Canon since my parents gave me a 35mm Sure Shot in college. And yes, I was guilty of “shooting in the green box” when I got my first digital Rebel. BUT I don’t shoot in the green box any longer, and I even shoot all my pics in RAW now. Please don’t be a photo-snob. There’s room here for everyone, I think.

  • Darren

    I don’t hate any camera model/ maker if its good its good if it suits you then top bananas, as for shooting in the green box most pros will tell you how many times this as been a life saver for a certain shot, nothing wrong with auto if your in a fix, I’ve wheeled it in a few times

  • http://JSLArtPhoto.com Jeffrey

    Remember, this is an article about which camera sold the most not about which camera is the best.

    Most everyone thinks their camera is the best. But it is nice to see what is selling the most even if it is not my camera.

  • skilak

    In such a case, I reckon an i-Phone is the best sold camera:) Sorry guys I cannot figure out what is the purpose of this article? BTW for most of my life Zenith 12XP was the best;) cheers and happy snappy
    @ txmom2jami, If D7100 is going to be that Nikon, I will get it as my two Tokinas await the body;)

  • http://ivorphotography.co.uk Ivor

    Too many models on the market!

  • Irv Cuttler

    Darren, great info re favorite cameras. I own a D70s w/18-70 and 70-300. Would I benefit much by updating body to a D5100, or such? I’m basically a casual shooter and not in need of video, etc.

  • Sean

    Hi all I’m looking at a cannon D7 any opinions on it?

  • Gerry908

    How many times have we heard that it’s not the camera you own but the person behind it and of course the lens.

    I own a Canon 60D (an upgrade from a Canon 550D) and I’m very happy with it. I’ve only been into photography for a little over 2 years and I still classify myself as a novice and still have a lot to learn and with the help of sites like this, I’m learning more on a daily basis. If I’m happy with my shots, that’s all that matters

  • http://JSLArtPhoto.com Jeffrey

    The purpose of the article is to pass on factual information to us. If we are in the buis we might want to use the information to target potential customers. Blogs and articles on Canon and Nikon gear, interchangable adaptors, user tips on Mark 3 and anything else you can imagine. Its just info to use to your advantage, its not right or wrong its just facts that us in the buis can use.

Some older comments

  • Jeffrey

    May 19, 2013 02:02 pm

    The purpose of the article is to pass on factual information to us. If we are in the buis we might want to use the information to target potential customers. Blogs and articles on Canon and Nikon gear, interchangable adaptors, user tips on Mark 3 and anything else you can imagine. Its just info to use to your advantage, its not right or wrong its just facts that us in the buis can use.

  • Gerry908

    May 19, 2013 12:30 pm

    How many times have we heard that it's not the camera you own but the person behind it and of course the lens.

    I own a Canon 60D (an upgrade from a Canon 550D) and I'm very happy with it. I've only been into photography for a little over 2 years and I still classify myself as a novice and still have a lot to learn and with the help of sites like this, I'm learning more on a daily basis. If I'm happy with my shots, that's all that matters

  • Sean

    May 19, 2013 08:52 am

    Hi all I'm looking at a cannon D7 any opinions on it?

  • Irv Cuttler

    May 19, 2013 06:33 am

    Darren, great info re favorite cameras. I own a D70s w/18-70 and 70-300. Would I benefit much by updating body to a D5100, or such? I'm basically a casual shooter and not in need of video, etc.

  • Ivor

    May 19, 2013 06:16 am

    Too many models on the market!

  • skilak

    May 19, 2013 04:29 am

    In such a case, I reckon an i-Phone is the best sold camera:) Sorry guys I cannot figure out what is the purpose of this article? BTW for most of my life Zenith 12XP was the best;) cheers and happy snappy
    @ txmom2jami, If D7100 is going to be that Nikon, I will get it as my two Tokinas await the body;)

  • Jeffrey

    May 19, 2013 01:22 am

    Remember, this is an article about which camera sold the most not about which camera is the best.

    Most everyone thinks their camera is the best. But it is nice to see what is selling the most even if it is not my camera.

  • Darren

    May 19, 2013 01:17 am

    I don't hate any camera model/ maker if its good its good if it suits you then top bananas, as for shooting in the green box most pros will tell you how many times this as been a life saver for a certain shot, nothing wrong with auto if your in a fix, I've wheeled it in a few times

  • txmom2jami

    May 19, 2013 01:05 am

    Wow! So many haters using phrases like "Canikon" -- no one is bashing your preference for Pentax, Olympus, etc. I'm sure they are fantastic cameras -- and it's wonderful that there are photographers like you to purchase them and keep them in business. Instead of making snide comments about the people who choose Nikon or Canon (insinuating that people who choose those cameras want to be "auto-snappers"), it's more constructive to talk up the pros of your own camera so people might consider purchasing one in the future. I have used Canon since my parents gave me a 35mm Sure Shot in college. And yes, I was guilty of "shooting in the green box" when I got my first digital Rebel. BUT I don't shoot in the green box any longer, and I even shoot all my pics in RAW now. Please don't be a photo-snob. There's room here for everyone, I think.

  • Skilak

    May 18, 2013 09:27 pm

    Hi, I do not care what people buy as this is just conformism. I sold my Nikon D70, thought about D7k but bought Pentax K-5, and you know what? Canon and Nikon only look professional but on the picture unfortunately not. And you know what? If I recommend, I still suggest the old K-5 as it does everything most people would need:) and probably will use only 10% of the camera's power. Before you buy just ask yourself? "do I want to be an amateur photographer or just auto-snapper"? if the other, go canikon and live happily ever after, if you want to know what you are doing - give it a look. cheers

  • Darren

    May 18, 2013 07:26 pm

    Some fantastic cameras out there these days , I must say though I'm enjoying using my olympus E500 still, and my fuji Hs20exr bridge, not the best by any means but still fun to use.

  • Ivor

    May 18, 2013 03:51 pm

    I agree with Stephen Wallbank and the same applies to Olympus as Pentax. Oly are often the first make to bring out new innovations like DSLR Live View, reduced strength anti-aliasing sensors and art filters and then the copycat makes follow. As far as I know they are the only make with sensor based image stablisation which mean lenses are not so bulky or expensive. What is more the 1/2 crop sensor is great for telephoto work.

    But, the magazine and online reviewers shout about what are actually tiny differences. The always extol the virtues of Canikon because Canikon pay their advertising revenue.

    Any camera on the market today is a good camera. Any camera within a price bracket will perform very similarly to another in the same bracket. Looking for features that suit your favourite type of photography is the important thing. For example, macro photographers should look for swiveling LCD screens, street photographers want something light, landscapers want rugged and weather sealed, bird photographers might benefit from a crop sensor and so on.

    Finding a camera that feels good in your hands is important too.

  • pam

    May 18, 2013 12:37 pm

    Simon I heard the 700D or T5i does not offer much more than the 650D or T4i anyone know if this is true?

  • Jonathan

    May 18, 2013 11:13 am

    @Simon...The T3i is otherwise the 600D, T4i = 650D, T5i = 700D. The T3 is the 1100D. The all have yet a third name...T3i = Kiss X5, T4i = Kiss X6i, T5i = Kiss X7i, T3 = Kiss X50...in Japan. The XXD and XD series only have one name.

  • sue

    May 18, 2013 10:51 am

    Chris.. Pentax here. K30. I love it!

  • Santiago

    May 18, 2013 09:52 am

    When people realize that Pentax i way more superior (like K30 i own) for the same pricethan Canikon, this list wil definiely change.

  • Francesca

    May 18, 2013 09:42 am

    hello, i'm just a newbie in the DSLR. I agree with Stephen, i own a Pentax K-30 and i really love it and i like so much to use old lenses, sometimes crappy of course, but the results imho are quite good for a simple learner just like me. When i'll learn more i'm pretty sure i'll be able to make great shots with this camera

  • Tom

    May 17, 2013 10:15 pm

    It will be interesting to see if mirror less cameras start to make the list. I think it's just a matter of time. I'm a D3200 owner and am planning to buy a NEX.

  • Stephen Wallbank

    May 17, 2013 06:02 pm

    Shows how effective saturation marketing is.
    It's a case of safety purchasing.
    There are other worthy cameras out there such as the Pentax K5II which has many features not found on the Canikons and is superior in many respects such as the ability to use legacy lenses from the last 30 years with the stabilisation in camera.
    Additionally Pentax Dslrs are shower proof and have a robust build quality only found in the more expensive Canikons.
    Still popularity does not equate to quality. You only have to watch reality TV to realise that.

  • Maria Martins

    May 17, 2013 08:19 am

    Yes.that are nice. But the price on all of them are in dollar not in pounds.

  • Simon

    May 17, 2013 08:19 am

    Hi DPS,
    In Australia Canon entry level DSLRs aren't called T4i, T3i, T3. So I have no idea what models you're talking about. I'm planning on going to buy a new Canon this weekend but this article isn't helping me to decide the right camera for me. I'm thinking of buying the EOS 700D, but I'm not sure which 'T' model that corresponds to. Can you please write what the camera is referred to internationally...even if it does have more than one name?

    By the way I love all you other articles and I check out your website almost every day...... at least several times per week.

  • Jeffrey

    May 17, 2013 07:38 am

    Dont be sad Kantha, remember Darren said it was the "Most" not the Best.
    In general, we all tend to buy what others are buying. You took the time to get
    a camera personalized to what you like. That is a good thing!

  • Kantha

    May 17, 2013 04:56 am

    I am sad that the Olympus OMD did not make it.

  • Jeffrey

    May 17, 2013 03:28 am

    Of course, we would have to buy through the DPS link for Amazon to know we are DPS Readers.

  • Laura Jinkins

    May 15, 2013 12:13 am

    My husband and daughter just gave me a Canon T3i bundled with EF-S 18-55 IS and a 55-250 IS lenses, for Mothers Day -- an upgrade from my Rebel XT that was "cutting edge" when he gave it to me for our anniversary several years ago! I am excited to see it's a very popular camera, as that's a pretty good indicator that it performs well. :)

  • Darren Rowse

    May 14, 2013 09:12 am

    Chris - it is the way of our readers it seems that they buy Canon and Nikon DSLRs in much higher numbers than other brands.

  • Darren Rowse

    May 14, 2013 09:12 am

    Trapper - see the 'note' at the bottom of this post which explains we are Amazon affiliates and get a report of what our readers buy.

  • Chris

    May 14, 2013 09:07 am

    No Pentax love...

  • Trapper

    May 14, 2013 09:06 am

    How do you know that ALL of those Amazon customers are dPS readers?

  • MarcosV

    May 14, 2013 07:46 am

    Hmmm... With the 5DIII making the list, I'm surprised the Nikon D800/D800E didn't.

Receive a FREE SAMPLE of our Portrait Photography Ebook

  • Guaranteed for 2 full months
  • Pay by PayPal or CreditCard
  • Instant Digital Download

Receive a FREE SAMPLE of our Portrait Photography Ebook

  • Guaranteed for 2 full months
  • Pay by PayPal or CreditCard
  • Instant Digital Download

Receive a FREE SAMPLE of our Portrait Photography Ebook

  • Guaranteed for 2 full months
  • Pay by PayPal or CreditCard
  • Instant Digital Download

Sign up to the free DPS PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

  • Guaranteed for 2 full months
  • Pay by PayPal or CreditCard
  • Instant Digital Download

GET DAILY free tips, news and reviews via our RSS Feed

Sign up to the free

DPS PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

  • Guaranteed for 2 full months
  • Pay by PayPal or CreditCard
  • Instant Digital Download

GET DAILY free tips, news and reviews via our RSS Feed

Sign up to the free

DPS PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

  • Guaranteed for 2 full months
  • Pay by PayPal or CreditCard
  • Instant Digital Download
DPS NEWSLETTER
DPS NEWSLETTER
DPS NEWSLETTER

DPS offers a free weekly newsletter with: 
1. new photography tutorials and tips
2. latest photography assignments
3. photo competitions and prizes

Enter your email below to subscribe.
Email:
 
 
Get DAILY free tips, news and reviews via our RSS feed