Most Popular Digital Cameras of February 2012

Our monthly Most Popular list took a little hiatus to make room for new camera announcements, but now that those are cooling down take a look at what your fellow readers have been looking at on DCR. No surprise, the Canon PowerShot 300 HS still ranks at the top of the list. The Nikon 1 J1 is the all-Canon top five spoiler, staying strong at the fourth spot.

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1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (previously #1)  Still at the top of the list is the ELPH 300 HS. It hits a sweet spot budget and feature-wise, with a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 1080 HD video. Canon PowerShot 300 HS Review | Canon PowerShot 300 HS User Opinions

2. Canon PowerShot S100 (first time on the list) – The PowerShot S100 is an advanced compact with heavy-hitting features like manual exposure modes, a fast f/2 lens and full 1080 HD video recording. It is capable of both RAW and JPEG shooting. Canon PowerShot S100 Review | Canon PowerShot User Opinions
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

3. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (previously #5) The Canon SX40 is an ultrazoom powerhouse with a 35x optical zoom lens. It also offers 1080 HD video, a solid image stabilization system and a fully articulated 2.7-inch display. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Review | Canon PowerShot SX40 HS User Opinions

4. Nikon 1 J1 (previously #2) – The J1 is Nikon’s entry in the compact system camera space. It’s a little camera with a new CX format 10.1 megapixel sensor, a dual-core EXPEED 3 processor and 1080 HD video capture. Nikon 1 J1 Review | Nikon 1 J1 User Opinions

5. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS (previously #6) Despite an update in the SX150, the budget-oriented PowerShot SX130 remains in our top five with a 28-360mm equivalent zoom lens and 720p HD video. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review | Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Opinions

6. Sony NEX-7 (first time on the list) The NEX-7 was one of the most impressive pieces of new equipment we tested in 2011. We liked its 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, articulated 3.0-inch monitor and high quality 1080 HD video. Sony NEX-7 Review | Sony NEX-7 User Opinions

Sony Cyber-shot WX9

7. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 (previously #4) – The Sony WX9 remains a popular choice for those seeking a sleek point-and-shoot without a hefty price tag. It boasts popular sweep panorama shooting modes and a 5x optical zoom lens. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 User Opinions

Fujifilm HS20

8. Fujifilm FinePix HS20 (first time on the list) – Though its successor was introduced at this year’s CES, the HS20 remains a popular choice among DCR readers. It’s an ultrazoom that thinks it’s a DSLR, offering 8 fps burst shooting, 1080 HD video and RAW shooting. Fujifilm FinePix HS20 Review | Fujifilm FinePix HS20 User Opinions

Nikon P7100

9. Nikon Coolpix P7100 (first time on the list) – The P7100 proved to be a solid advanced point-and-shoot option with an f/2.8 lens, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD and improved camera operation and auto focus speeds. Nikon Coolpix P7100 Review | Nikon Coolpix P7100 User Opinions

Nikon S9100 10. Nikon Coolpix S9100 (first time on the list) – The S9100 makes our top ten with an impressive 18x optical zoom range, 1080 HD video and a 12 megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor. Nikon Coolpix S9100 Review | Nikon Coolpix S9100 User Opinions

Source: Digital Camera Review