Deal 7: How to make money through your photography
Every few months we like to report back to the dPS community which cameras (and other gear) are most popular with our readers. Today we’re going to take a look at the highest selling DSLRs among our readers over the last 4 months (as ranked by the reports that Amazon gives us*).
As usual you’ll see it is largely a battle between Canon and Nikon (who dominate this class of camera) and that at the top of the list we see entry level DSLRS most popular (mainly due to their price). Further down the list we see more serious (and expensive) contenders.
Note: Amazon currently have some great specials at the moment on cameras and gear as part of their Holiday Promotions.
*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.
December 12, 2012 11:06 am
It would be interesting to see what is popular demographically. I don't believe that Amazon is a true international barometer even though it ships outside the continental USA, due to exorbitant shipping charges. Personally, I shop elsewhere.
Remember, cameras do not create images, imagination does. Photographically, great imagination with the worst camera will surpass poor imagination with the best camera EVERY time!
December 11, 2012 11:23 am
I never understand why people want to fight online. There are plenty of people to disagree with in real life. There's passionate, and then there's just being difficult. Everyone likes what they like.
I love my Sony, and the snobbier ones here would call it crap but do I care? Certainly not.
Darren, love your site :) Keep up the good work.
December 8, 2012 03:23 pm
I think this is a very accurate record. I belong to a Camera Club and yes Canon is the most popular camera there but some of the top Photographers have certainly considored Nikon as the next choice. I own a Pentax SFX N great camera I own a Nikon D3000 wonderful entry level DSLR I like it for it ease of use. I upgraded to a D7000 fantastic camera simple with huge capabilities I own it and use it because I like it. I believe yes the companies are marketing their cameras through serious advertising thats how you sell a product. Go into any Camera store and ask and you will be given any imformation about any camera. Its like running shoes I am a coach most popular shoe is Asics the most advertised is Nike. Goes to show DpS readers chose to buy their camera from Amazon and Amazon has only reported back what the statistics are. And memebers are not supporting their local stores soley because of price if you can get it cheaper somewhere else even if it means waiting you will. One day Canon users will see the light and get a Nikon
December 8, 2012 10:52 am
Wow! Whine whine whine!!!! Does it matter how accurate the list is? I'm sure it's a reasonable sample and really what difference does it make, it's not like it's new news. I love when the 1%ers have to justify themselves or be justified to. So you don't own the top ten who cares, if you like your camera then that's what matters because i'm sure you don't care what camera I have!! Lighten up people this is a great website with a ton of free information if you don't like how it's been obtained or believe it to be untrue then don't believe it but let it go!!!
December 8, 2012 08:22 am
They are all probably good cameras, it's what you do with them that counts !
December 7, 2012 11:28 pm
It's nice to see once in a while a comparison or some statistic regarding what people use/buy in the DSLR area. After reading all the comments I would like to share my opinion on this matter.
First, it's not a surprise that most of the DSLRs are Nikon or Canon, since it's so easy to find a wide variety of lens ( used or new ) and they are mostly at affordable prices. Like someone said in a previous comment : it's not a problem getting an Olympus/Pentax/Sony.... but the accesories and lens kill you, especially in the case of Sony. Their lens are superior ( Carl Zeiss makes lens since 1864 I believe ) but the price is almost double. The same case is for Leica ( they make the best lens !! ) but see how much the lens cost ;) . Most people just want to shoot clear photos with a small budget, not to pay a lot of money on gear and get a sour taste in their mouth when the results are not as they would have expected. I am a nikon guy and I can say that the quality of the lens is very good, plus a wide range of lens at affordable prices. If you like Canon, well that's a "taste" each one of us develops, since I have a "taste" for nikon ;). It's like love at first sight :D.
Secondly, the service and how pleased are you with the purchase. Having service centers in a lot of countries makes a difference. Someone said in a previous comment that because of the tsunami the repair delayed for 3 months. Honestly, I would go wild if I didn't had my DSLR in 1-2 weeks back, let's say 3 weeks tops for major repairs, but no more than that!!
So it really matters the pros and cons for each manufacturer. Right now Nikon and Canon have most of the market in the case of the DSLRs, at least, due to the pros they have and very few cons. Most of my friends have Canon or Nikon, and only 1 has a Sony, but he regrets even now the day he bought it ( he is still using only the 18-55mm lens that came with the kit.....sad! ).
Regarding the popularity of the Eos Rebel T3i and D3100, it's not surprising. Coming back to what I said earlier, most people want something very easy, with help built in so that shooting with a DSLR can be very straightforward and accessible. As for why some people choose Canon and others Nikon.....well, depends what type of photography are you into or video.
All the best and good job!
December 7, 2012 11:54 am
Oops, that should have been, "most used".
December 7, 2012 11:53 am
Hmmm, I would have thought the cameras most ued would be interesting, but we all know that even there it is a two horse race with Samsung and Apple coming up trumps. lol
December 7, 2012 08:02 am
I didn't see Olympus mentioned. I use a Evolt E510. It takes very good images and the transition from my Pentax film SLR was simple. My main reason for the Evolt was the weight and size. I have problems with my hands and the Evolt is much easier for me to manage. I have compared shots with my nephew and his Nikon and the quality of the RAW images is comparable.
Just my 2 cents worth.
December 7, 2012 07:22 am
Some of you people make big deals about nothing. For every list there's always a few nuts that are overanalyzing the title, the list and the stats. Get a life people, this is a pretty good list. I personally thought the t2i would be on there but it wasn't and you didn't see me coming here saying, "this list is bad..." because of something I would've put on the list. Grow up people, grow up!
December 7, 2012 04:33 am
i have 5 canon bodies and one olypus body ...guess what ...my olympus is collecting dust ..reason being is ...
#1 cant find many accessories for it .
#2 good luck finding used lenses on line for it
#3 low resale value
#4 i just hate the damn thing
Thats why most people get Canon or Nikon ...its easy to find used lenses at an affordable price for them
Im not saying all other cameras suck ...im just saying good luck finding what yo need for them after you purchase the camera .
i have friends that use ...Pentax/Sony/Olympus/Sigma/ and they love them ...but they are very limited on what they can find on line unless you have plenty of money .Or have the patience to look .
December 5, 2012 02:14 pm
Once you buy and use a Sony Alpha NEX type DSLT camera you will never want to go back to DSLRs. I only do because they have not brought out bigger eMount lenses at this time! But I know of one lady who is using a 500mm A mount lens on an NEX-6 with great success! Her work is spectacular. [Totororo.roro as seen on Flickr]]
December 5, 2012 10:46 am
I own the nikon d800, d90 and canon mark3 and as a nikon guy or years i just can;t put the mark 3 down. I agree with your list especially the 3100 which i could never understand its popularity with my photographer friends. As a photographer i want to embrace all systems,my next system is sony, it would be a shame to be a nikon,pentax, sony or canon guy all your life without experiencing other methods of photography. Heck i remember when minolta was the system of choice and there i was with my canon back packing through europe in 1984. I can;t wait to get a sony and then maybe a pentax
December 4, 2012 01:37 am
" To be accurate you should send an email to all subscribers and ask which camera they are currently using. That is how you get accurate numbers and comparisons."
Self-reported data is nearly useless unless you have a way of identifying the self-selection biases operating in the responder base. This is not unique to camera surveys; it's well-known among pollsters of all kinds.
There might be a bias from compiling the data from a single retailer if the customers of that retailer are unrepresentative in some way. Were I to guess, I'd expect a slight under representation of professional photographers (and thus a slight under representation of professional cameras) in the data from a mass retailer like Amazon.
That said, if I were to choose a single retailer for data, Amazon would be easily my first choice. The vast majority of DSLRs sold are going to be entry-level cameras and Amazon reflects that market better than a dedicated photo supply store. Plus Amazon's sample size is going to be bigger than anyone else (speculation on my part, but I'd back it with a bet if there were a way to test it). and larger sample size equals lower sampling error.
I do have to say that I'm fascinated by the way that some people seem to take sales data personally. I might understand it from a camera-company representative, but from a member of the general public it strikes me as curious.
December 3, 2012 09:12 pm
@kyle: it seems you don't get the idea. These are stats from sales at amazon that were triggered from the dPS website, using the referer on the links.
When someone clicks the links on this website to buy a camera on amazon, it has a referer that informs amazon the origin of the click. This gives some much needed money back to dPS to maintain the website and also allows the compilation of these stats. Ken Rockwell's website does the same, and he advertises using the links to help him maintain his website.
The problem is when (like I did, because I didn't remember, but should have done - doesn't cost me more) dps readers go straight at amazon and buy a camera, not using the referer links. dPS doesn't get stats nor money for those unrefered sales.
So, yes, if we're shopping for camera gear online, we should go by the dPS website to help them maintain this great knowledge resource. I'll try to remember that myself next time I'm shopping.
December 3, 2012 10:55 am
1DX my best camera all time.
December 3, 2012 09:18 am
"I agree varyscrappy. I think Nikon & Canon advertise so much that anyone looking for their first SLR don’t even know that other Manufacturers exist. I had someone at a Photog Workshop look at my Pentax K5 and say they have never heard of Pentax!"
I made my comment above, as in 2008 I was reading the reviews for a Nikon DSLR. I read a review which said " If you are considering this Nikon, check out the Pentax K200d, as the body is sturdier. I read the Reviews and found a good deal at Park Cameras. In 2010 I Purchased the Pentax K20D as I wanted to do Tethered Shooting. In September 2011, I dropped my K20d onto a concrete floor, from 5ft. The case cracked around the viewfinder, but I could still take shots. I had it repaired, and it is fine, but the Japanese Tsunami delayed the repair, by 3 months, so I bought the K5. So yes Pentax bodies are tough.
December 3, 2012 08:24 am
I owned a Canon Rebel T2i and did not like it, traded it in for a Sony Nex 7 which I also did not like and ended up with an Olympus Pen EPL5 and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have been into photography for 40+ years as a hobby. I have never owned a Nikon so I can't judge, but the Canon is overrated, I also own the Canon G1X and hate it as well, my husband uses it for taking pictures because he likes the point and shoot.
December 3, 2012 07:50 am
While that all may be true Darren...your article is misleading as wdp said. For all you know 90% of those who purchased a dslr through Amazon have never heard of DPS. You can't suggest the readers of DPS purchase only through Amazon without backing information that shows that we do. You have no idea where the readers of DPS purchase their cameras.
If this has already been done before...why would you go through the bother of doing it again??? Perhaps you get paid by Canikon to write articles like this?
December 3, 2012 05:47 am
Very good Darren Rowse, I've been in photography around 40+ yrs. I've owned many different brands of cameras, Nikon is my camera of choice which alot of other photographers like as well. I see some other disagree , Pentax are great cameras to,which I have own also. To the one that disagree its choice more people chose Nikon & Canon.
December 3, 2012 05:10 am
Woa! What a bunch of sheeps
December 2, 2012 08:24 pm
hamachiijohn - yes we'll be doing a mirror less one
geo - yes it seems Canon and Nikon dominate the DSLR class - at least when it comes to what our audience is buying
wdp - it's a very accurate list - of what our readers are buying at Amazon (as we state in the article). Interestingly when we ask our readers what they own and recommend (not just what they buy at Amazon) it is Canon and Nikon that again dominate the list. For example here's a post where we reported what readers own and 19 of the top 20 were Canon and Nikon (a Pentax came in at #18).
Go to a site like B&H photo (one of the biggest camera stores in the US) and the top 25 DSLRs are all Canon and Nikons.
December 2, 2012 04:46 pm
Pentax has the absolute best APS-C kamera in all versions of K-5. Then you have the K-01 and K-30 with the same sensor as K-5 and many Nikon and Sony cameras. Pentax have made the sensor perform better than the competitors have managed regarding dynamics, detail and IQ in general. K-5 has a good price, its weather and dust sealed and you have many likewise sealed lenses awailable. In camera image stabilizer and you are free to use Pentax K bajonett lenses form the beginning of time with stabilizer due to the in camera solution. There is many good old but cheap lenses awailable in addition to all the new more expensive high end lenses and everything between. I am looking forward to see a Pentax fullframe camera so they can compete at all levels. Pentax is more value less money. It is sad the popularity and branding of the market owners Canikon keep the focus away from from other brands that that is equal good and even some times better as the K-5 in the APS-C segment.
You people and readers:
-Please consider Pentax the next time you buy a camera. You will be impressed over the quality and price.
December 2, 2012 11:43 am
I have a Canon xt and love shooting sports ... needless to say I'm not getting the best shots. I rented the 7D and got amazing shots with very little noise in low light conditions. No brainer there. I've been looking at the T4i - and my wallet - and was wondering if anyone could tell me if the T4i is any good for sports in low light situations? Obviously it won't measure up fully to the 7D but could compare at all?
December 2, 2012 09:59 am
I find this a very poor an not accurate list, as if any reads the final paragragh as to how this article/list as compiled. As stated it is a list from Amazon.com of the top cameras purchased from their site. This, I am sure, is very inaccurate because Amazon.com is only one of thousands of locations one can purchase a camera. To be accurate you should send an email to all subscribers and ask which camera they are currently using. That is how you get accurate numbers and comparisons.
December 2, 2012 09:48 am
I agree varyscrappy. I think Nikon & Canon advertise so much that anyone looking for their first SLR don't even know that other Manufacturers exist. I had someone at a Photog Workshop look at my Pentax K5 and say they have never heard of Pentax!
December 2, 2012 09:17 am
@Geo...you did see a lot of SONY...lol...they are in the guts of those Nikons :^)
December 2, 2012 08:18 am
Wish I saw more Pentax.
December 2, 2012 07:41 am
wow... talking about a tight lobby....14 out of 15 are nikon/canon ! ....poor sony has a long way to go
December 2, 2012 07:23 am
Thx for the post. Can u do one for mirrorless as well?
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