The 10 Most Popular Compact System Camera Systems among Our Readers

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Over the last few weeks we’ve featured lists of the most popular DSLRs, DSLR Lenses and Camera Bags among our readers. Today we’re turning our attention to compact camera systems.

This last 3 months has seen a bit of a surge in purchases of and interest in this class of camera as an increasing number of our readers seem to be looking for smaller cameras that still have interchangeable lens options. Particularly of interest is Sony’s release of the full farm A7 and A7R cameras which have only been available for a short while but which already feature in our best seller list.

With manufacturers like Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic continuing to develop and improve their offerings in this class I suspect we’ll see it continue to grow.

Here are the the 10 most popular compact camera systems among our readers (we’ve kept it to those with interchangeable lenses) bought in the last 3 months (ranked in order of what our readers bought at Amazon in the last few months*).

10 Most Popular Compact Camera Systems among Our Readers

1. Olympus OM-D E-M1

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2. Sony NEX-3NL/B

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3. Olympus E-PM2

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4. Sony a7R Full-Frame

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5. Sony NEX-6L/B

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6. Panasonic Lumix G Series DMC-G6KK

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7. Panasonic LUMIX GX7

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8. Samsung NX300

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9. Sony a7 Full-Frame

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10. Fujifilm X-E2

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*Note: these lists were 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.

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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+.

  • I am surprised the X100s isn’t on the list over the very new X-E2. I really love the X100s.

  • Ron Isarin

    @David The x100s is a compact, no interchangeable lens system

  • Ron Isarin

    But it is my favorite to 🙂

  • Yep – the X100s is popular with our readers but didn’t quite fit this category as we decided to keep it to interchangeable lens units. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Yes, sorry I keep aligning the X100s to my X-E2 down to their similarities. Sorry I missed the interchangeable lens factor.

  • My favourite camera of 2013. I do forget about the limit of just 35mm. It goes everywhere. I’ve had mine for a year and have put together a one year so far post http://www.flixelpix.com/gear/fujifilm-x100s-one-year/

  • Ron Isarin

    I have no problems with fixe lens ….. walk a little more …. quality and feeling are amazing of this tiny camera. I shared your link (nice article and fotos) on my Fuji B&W site https://www.facebook.com/FujiXSeriesBlackWhitePhotography

  • Gilberto Pereira Junior

    I think what most characterizes these cameras are the absence of the mirror. For this reason I suggest that this type of camera is called MIRRORLESS.

    A camera with Four Thirds sensor, Full Frame or APSC should not be classified as Compact System Camera.

    I really liked the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

  • Pieter

    Please. No. Please don’t categorise something by a quality it DOES NOT have. Then I will start calling tablet computers “keyboardless computers”, mobile phones “cableless telephones”, and my fridge “heaterless cupboards”.

  • Arthur Bravo

    I’ve considered to buy a Fujifilm X-pro-1 instead of a reflex, but in my country that camera is as expensive as a D7100, so i would rather by the Nikon.

  • Gilberto Pereira Junior

    Okay, I understand your concern, but compact camera is a very broad category that includes from a point and shoot to a full frame.

    No mirror is a very striking feature of this group and can put an end to a tradition of building has lasted decades. Many use that name and I was on lulling.

    I still believe they should be in different categories.

    In the end what counts most are the cameras themselves and their features.

    Sorry for any mistake but I have to use a translator to help me.

  • Gilberto Pereira Junior

    Okay, I understand your concern, but compact camera is a very broad category that includes from a point and shoot to a full frame.

    No mirror is a very striking feature of this group and can put an end to a tradition of building has lasted decades. Many use that name and I was on lulling.

    I still believe they should be in different categories.

    In the end what counts most are the cameras themselves and their features.

    Sorry for any mistake but I have to use a translator to help me.

  • JR

    Hope Santa is reading this……Dear Santa, I’ve been a good boy all year, please send me an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40 lens.
    What the heck, I’ll try anything……. 🙂

  • brilliant page, I have liked it and thanks for the share.

  • jjestar

    Just got the Fuji X E2 for Christmas remarkable Camera!!

  • Ron Isarin

    Thnx, …and no thnx!

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    Guys – relax a bit. It’s just a term we used we aren’t coining any industry terms here. Call them whatever you want – it’s just a list of popular ones.

  • Rhapsody

    blessings….

    Interesting list though neither of the camera’s i like are in your top ten category. I have a canon Rebel Xsi i purchased a while back and I get some good mileage out of it. I love taking photographs and I am currently dreaming of a Nikon D4 or a Canon EOS 5D Mark III both of which are waaaaay out of my affordability range but hey, one can dream can’t they?

    very interesting article.

    peace.

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  • coz

    i have just upgraded from a kodak bridge to a olympus e-pl5will take ages to learn how to use it got 3 lenses 14-42 ,a 40-150 and a 17mm pancake for £550 so thats me busy reading and trying things for the next yr but after one week the dif in pic quality is amazing the om was to dear for my wallet

  • OlyFanBoy

    I sold all my Nikon gear (D300, D80) for Olympus OMD last year and can’t be more happy. OMD EM1 is even better. Why this system is better than DSLR in my opinion for most people .
    1) Smaller size and weight. Both cameras and lens.
    2) DSLR quality images except you go higher ISO 6400 or over. 3200 is usable.
    3) Excellent quality lens which are affordable. Oly 45mm f.18 sells for $349 and search for Oly 45mm f1.8 in flickr and look at the images.
    4) 5 axis stabilization. This is something you have to experience to really get it. I take hand held pictures in low light without flash, something i never even bothered with my Nikon even with lens which had stabilization.

    Pair these cameras with Oly 45mm f1.8 or Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 or Oly 12-40mm f2.8 and take beautiful pictures.

    Excited to see if Oly comes with full frame or Sony puts 5 axis IBIS in A series.

  • fran

    lol Jr hope you get one and if santa is real nice can i have 1 to please

  • vidab

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