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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
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.
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.
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.
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.