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Top 20 DSLR Models – Reader Favorites

Top-DslrsYesterday I presented the Top 10 Point and Shoot Digital Cameras as used by DPS readers and today I want to move on to presenting the top DSLRs.

Because so many DPS readers nominated DSLRs I thought I’d present the Top 20 DSLR models mentioned rather than a Top 10. I’ll also present a breakdown of the brands owned below the list of actual cameras. I’ve also included the dates these cameras were announced to give an idea of how old the models are:

Cameras are listed from most popular to least popular (and I’ve given an indication of what percentage of recipients own the top 7):

  1. Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D) – an 8 megapixel DSLR first announced back in February 2005 – this DSLR made up 17% of the total
  2. Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D) – (pictured) a 10.1 megapixel update of the XT, August 2006 – this DSLR had 12% of the total
  3. Nikon D80 – a 10.2 megapixel DSLR – announced in August 2006 – 10% of those participating
  4. Nikon D50 – 6.1 megapixels, announced in April 2005 – 8% of the total
  5. Nikon D40– 6.1 megapixel DSLR announced in November 2006 – 6%
  6. Nikon D200 – 10.2 megapixels and announced in November 2005 – 6%
  7. Sony Alpha A100 – another 10.2 megapixel DSLR announced in June 2006 – 6%
  8. Canon EOS 20D– announced way back in April 2004 – a very popular 8.2 megapixel DSLR
  9. Nikon D70S – 6.1 megapixels and an upgrade/redesign of the D70 – announced April 2005
  10. Canon EOS 30D – an 8.2 megapixel midrange DSLR and an upgrade of the 20D – announced in Feb 2006
  11. Olympus Evolt E500 – 8 megapixels – September 2005
  12. Canon EOS 5D – August 2005 was when this ground breaking 12.8 megapixel camera was announced
  13. Nikon D70 – another ground breaker for it’s day in December 2003 (the 2nd oldest camera in the list) – 6.1MP
  14. Pentax K100D 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Shake Reduction (Body Only)” (Pentax) – 6.1 megapixels announced in May 2006
  15. Canon Digital Rebel – 300D – another oldie (October 2003) – 6.5MP
  16. Pentax K10D – 10.2 megapixels with in body shake reduction – September 2006
  17. Canon EOS-10D – 6.3 megapixels – December 2003
  18. Nikon D40x – a 10.2 megapixel update of the popular D40 and the newest camera in the mix with an announcement date of March 2007
  19. Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D – 6.1MP DSLR – July 2005
  20. Pentax *ist DS – 6.1 megapixel update of the *ist D – September 2004

Lastly – lets look at a quick breakdown of the mix of DSLRs by Manufacturer where as you’d expect Canon and Nikon dominate the market if DPS readers are anything to go by.


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Darren Rowse
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+.

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