What Are the Most Popular Digital Cameras at DPS? [RESULTS]

What Are the Most Popular Digital Cameras at DPS? [RESULTS]

Canon-40DTwo weeks ago I asked DPS readers to tell us about their Digital Camera kits (and told them about mine). I ask this question every 6 or so months to try to get a picture of what cameras everyone is using.

Following are a few observations on what you the DPS community has in your camera bags:

DSLRs outweighed Point and Shoot cameras significantly

There were 5 times as many DSLRs mentioned. I suspect there are more point and shoot users who decided not to comment as the conversation was very DSLR focused. The Point and Shoots mentioned were so few and scattered that I couldn’t really identify a top list.


There were quite a few DSLRs which were mentioned time and time again. Here’s the top 10, listed in order of popularity.


  1. Canon EOS 40D (pictured above)
  2. Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D
  3. Nikon D80 (pictured right)
  4. Nikon D40
  5. Canon Digital Rebel XT/350D
  6. Nikon D300
  7. Nikon D50
  8. Nikon D200
  9. Sony Apha A100
  10. Olympus Evolt E510

Canon and Nikon dominated the DSLRs

The brand mix in the DSLR section was like this:

  1. Canon – 69
  2. Nikon – 66
  3. Pentax – 9
  4. Sony – 7
  5. Olympus – 6
  6. Konica Minolta – 3
  7. Sigma – 1

It was close (as usual) but this time Canon came out slightly on top).

Thanks to everyone for participating!

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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+.

Some Older Comments

  • Joe August 18, 2012 07:02 am

    I have a pentax k200D

  • Joe August 18, 2012 06:56 am

    I have a pentax k200

  • ajs March 22, 2012 06:56 pm

    if it's not on the list it just means people who participated in the survey haven't bought it. nothing more. these are listed according to how many people have purchased them, nothing again on quality or performance. definitely better to read reviews unless you are interested in purchasing a popular camera vs. one that suits your needs and budget :)

  • the enemy September 21, 2011 01:25 am

    where's d90???

  • Georges June 15, 2011 12:44 am

    After having spent almost a lifetime with Cannon ,i have now switched to Nikon. I am now using the D5000 but i still beleive that Cannon is a better brand.

  • Mark February 19, 2011 08:57 am

    I'm very surprised that most of these type polls, never mention the D5000.

    Looking at specs, the D5000 looks better than the D50 and D40, but I'm always seeing them listed in mags etc, and I've hardly ever seen anything on the D5000.

    Is there something I don't know about the D5000? I personally love it, it's my first dSLR, but I was so impressed with the pics compared to other point and shoot digital cameras I've had in the past.

    I'm very new to the game, and still don't really know half of what I can do, but this thing has impressed me so many times.

  • Laura Higgins June 11, 2010 03:46 pm

    I am just getting back into photography after a long hiatus~raising a family and hectic career. I have had my Canon EOS 50D, since August, 2009. I would highly recommend this camera. It is very user friendly, (especially if you read the manual), fast, great color, and offers a variety of lens to meet most photographers requirements. I primarily use it for nature photography and I am thus far quite pleased with the results. Like anything else you need to practice to perfect your skills.

  • Andy Westin June 10, 2010 01:36 am

    Have had a Rebel XT for a while and enjoyed thoroughly. Then I scheduled a trip to Africa (Uganda and Kenya) for last February. Feeling 8mp with the XT wasn't sufficient I splurged and got a Canon 7d. It's fantastic. I shot both still and movies with excellent results -- once I realized that the AF on the 7d is so sensitive that it would focus on leaves instead of the leopard in the tree. Then I went to manual focus. All is well and now I'm busy shooting my grandson. He's faster than a cheetah in full stride.

  • Greg April 16, 2010 05:50 pm

    The K7, Pentax flagship is a great value. I can't cram in all of the reasons why I would seriously consider buying it over the big 2 names, because my arguement is quite long. I also understand that Pentax has a larger market share in the European union and Asia. Americans should start looking at Pentax, as they have some proprietary technology that is industry leading. ie. In body shake reduction

  • Sue January 27, 2010 01:50 am

    Hello everyone,
    I'm still in the thought process of choosing a dslr and I'm looking at the Cannon XT1i since it is an entry level camera. Does anyone have this camera? Could you tell me the pros and cons of it? I appreciate any feedback! Thanks, Sue

  • Stratman October 2, 2009 03:29 am

    It's strange that the EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) isn't among the top ten, considering its high popularity after its predecessor, the EOS 400D (Rebel XTi). Then again, the statistics on Flickr may reflect the true picture (pun not intended) - there seems to be a lot more photos taken with the XTi uploaded to Flickr than the XSi.

    I wish I had the budget for the EOS 40D, after I tried out my cousin's 40D it felt really solid in my hands. With his EF 24-105mm f4 L lens and battery grip attached, it sure felt like a ton compared to my EOS 450D!

  • Christopher Skow September 11, 2009 01:28 pm

    Just made the move from the Nikon D70s to the Nikon D90 and what change. I love the D90 and can't believe its not on the list.

  • Michael January 28, 2009 08:25 am

    i defiantly recommend Canon or Nikon when it comes to dSLRs. most models are cheap, and very reliable. Olympus is a very good brand, but wayyyyyyyyy over priced. and Sony? well...they make good point and shoot cameras, as well as their handycam camcorders, but they are fairly new to the dSLR market.

  • Brodie Weeding May 29, 2008 07:46 pm

    I think its great to see the D50 still golding on fairly well! I'm disapointed that the D40 is even in the list, its a poor take off of the D50 and doesn't even feel like an D-SLR to hold, oh well everyone makes mistakes!

  • keith May 29, 2008 04:58 am

    good to see the e510 in there..as my first dslr it is a great performer with a brilliant price tag for a 2 lens kit and can only see it go from strength to strength

  • Susie May 25, 2008 01:02 am

    Tried both the D300 and Fuji S5 Pro. Loved the nikon but bought the Fuji. LOVING the color

  • Husbandhood May 24, 2008 05:31 am

    I am also happy to see the D50 on the list. I just got mine from an ebay auction two weeks ago. I love it.

    I actually read a lot of reviews on both the D50 and D70 and it seems that D50 is a better bargain for your buck. BTW, when the D50 came out some reviews were comparing it in quality to the D200.

  • judi May 24, 2008 05:12 am

    I have a Nikon D70S that I have great fun with. What would be the next step up?

  • Jane May 24, 2008 12:02 am

    Iused to swear by my Nikon, but having now used a Canon 30D (am I now out of the technology race?), I can't fault it.

  • Georganna May 23, 2008 04:06 pm

    I too am surprised (happily so) to see the D50 so highly rated. I have been glad I kept it when I bought my D80 - and I am also surprised to see the D80 is at the top of the count for Nikon cameras. I love my camera; surprised how many others own it.

  • Richard May 23, 2008 01:52 pm

    I love my canon 40D. Its super fast,excellent resolution and
    easy to work with.

  • Bobmydog May 23, 2008 12:05 pm

    Canon 40D is tops. And even if it didn't make it to #1, it will be #1 in my world!
    What a great selection of cameras!

  • Andrew Steele May 21, 2008 07:17 am

    Great to see the Digital Rebel hanging tough with its more expensive bretheren. I've had my 350XT (http://personafile.com/Canon-EOS-SLR-Camera-Digital-Rebel-350D-XT-8.0-Megapixel-Body-Only-013803049541.htm) for a couple years now, and between the great tips & tricks I find here and an 18-200 lens I almost never take off, it's almost as convenient as my Sony DSC-T100 point & shoot but with vastly superior results. Now if it would only fit in my pocket too...

  • royston May 21, 2008 12:13 am

    My Sony A100 and been more than quite able and is actually waiting for my abilities to catch up with it's capabilities.

  • Jay May 20, 2008 10:55 pm

    I have the Nikon D50 and the Canon 400D, but I'd say I use my Canon the most!

  • William May 20, 2008 06:38 pm

    So happy the D50 is on the list :D

  • Jon - The DC Traveler May 20, 2008 12:36 pm

    I'm curious, which point and shoot cameras were in the top 5?

  • Photochick (Amanda) May 20, 2008 03:18 am

    I love my D50, but I'm always dreaming of bigger and better things *sigh*

  • Stephen May 20, 2008 01:50 am

    "Even Nikon D40X is not on the list."

    In my opinion, the D40 and D40x is just not a good camera at all. I think Nikon really screwed it up.

  • Dennis May 20, 2008 12:14 am

    The 30D has really been overshadowed by the 40D and even by the 400D in this survey. But I guess that's fair enough considering the features these two models have.

  • Aaron Snyder May 19, 2008 08:47 pm

    I'm surprised to see that the D300 isn't higher. But I'm happy to see that the D50 is on there because I truly feel this is one of the best dSLR's of it's time. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a small backup/travel camera that will power new/old (non afs) Nikon lenses. I've been shooting with the D50 for a while, I'll be upgrading to the D300 at the end of June, but still, the D50 is great. If you want to see some samples of it, they're on my website. Used on ebay these are still a steal! Just my two cents...
    -Aaron Snyder

  • Sudhakar May 19, 2008 03:34 pm

    For me my Pentax K100D super is still on top :-)

  • Sreejith May 19, 2008 10:29 am

    Even Nikon D40X is not on the list.

  • Fredrik Steffen May 19, 2008 07:43 am

    I'm surprised and glad to see that the D50 even is on the list.

  • Stephen May 19, 2008 05:53 am

    I'm surprised the D300 has surpassed the D50 so quickly.