When I recently asked readers of DPS what digital cameras they use the array of cameras being used was quite amazing and yet there were some definite themes that I thought I’d summarize in 2 posts (this one looking at Point and Shoot Digital Cameras and tomorrow looking at DSLRs – update: check out the Top DSLRs post here).
Also at the bottom of this post I want to look at two other aspects of the results:
1. The breakdown between DSLRs and Point and Shoot Cameras
2. Brands of Point and Shoot Cameras
What Point and Shoot Models are Most Popular?
Before revealing the list let me make a couple of observations:
I was surprised on two fronts:
1. Despite there being 75 point and shoot cameras mentioned one camera completely dominated the list
2. The top of this 10 list was dominated fairly heavily by super zoom cameras (the top four all had 12x optical zooms with image stabilization). Only 4 of the top 10 were compact digital cameras.
Top 10 Point and Shoot Digital Cameras as Used by DPS Readers
I’m not going to list each camera mentioned but here are the top 10 (listed in order of popularity):
- Canon PowerShot S3 IS – a 6 megapixel camera with a 12x optical zoom and image stabilization – pictured right
- Canon Powershot S2 IS – a 5 megapixel camera with a 12x optcial zoom and image stabilization
- Panasonic DMC-FZ50 – 10.1 megapixels with 12x optical zoom lens and image stabilization
- Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 - 7.2 megapixles with 12x optical zoom and image stabilization
- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS - a 7.1 megapixel compact camera with a 3.8x wide angled optical zoom and image stabilization – pictured right
- Canon Powershot A620 – 7.1 megapixels and a 4x optical zoom (more of an entry level than others in the list)
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS - 8 megapixels, 12x Optical Zoom and Image Stabilization
- Fujifilm Finepix S5200 - 5.1 megapixels, 10x optical zoom and image stabilization
- Canon Powershot SD550 - 7.1 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom
- Nikon Coolpix 5400 – 5.1 megapixels with a 4x optical zoom
It is worth noting that the number 1 ranking point and shoot camera (the Canon PowerShot S3 IS ) outranked all of the others significantly. In fact as many people owned it as all of the other 9 cameras in the above list put together! Obviously Canon are onto a winner with that model – it’ll be interesting to see if the newer Canon PowerShot S5 IS gets as popular.
The DSLR vs Point and Shoot Mix
Here’s how the DSLR vs Point and Shoot breakdown looks among Digital Photography School readers.
This mix did surprise me a little as I get a lot of email from Point and Shoot users. Perhaps they didn’t feel as comfortable answering or perhaps Point and Shoot users ask more questions than DSLR users.
I should say that while fewer DPS readers use Point and Shoot digital cameras – more point and shoot models were mentioned than DSLR models. (75 Point and Shoots vs 28 DSLRs). This is simply because the digital camera manufacturers release a lot more cameras aimed at this market than they do DSLRs. For example Canon tends to release between 2 – 4 new or updated DSLRs a year but announces 20 or so point and shoot cameras.
So what brands of point and shoot cameras are most popular?
Obviously Canon is clear favorite when it comes to Point and Shoot digital camera users among our readers. After that there’s a lot less between the main manufacturers with Sony, Fujifilm and Panasonic contending for second place.
I hope you enjoyed this examination of top point and shoot digital cameras. Tomorrow I’ll post a list of the Top 10 DSLRs that the DPS community uses.