Happy August! As we enter the new month, it’s time again for my roundup of the bestselling camera & photo items as measured by sales over at Amazon.com, where they sell pretty much everything.
- GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition – Jumping up to the top spot on the list this month, GoPro’s compact HD video cameras are a big hit. They’re pretty small, which allows the camera to be mounted or worn in any number of ways… on a helmet, strapped to a chest harness, on a racecar… the possibilities are amazing. This particular one is the outdoor package. I’ve previously written about my GoPro dogsledding story.
- Panasonic Lumix TS20 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera – dude, it’s orange! This looks like a great casual fun camera, waterproof to 5 meters so it would be great for those summery photos around the pool, at the lake, and so on. It has a 4x optical zoom and will also record 720p HD video. The price is right.
- Sony DSC-RX100 Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera – This camera arrives again near the top of the bestseller list… when something is a strong seller for month after month, we know that it’s a decent unit. This is a fixed-lens camera from Sony, with a Carl Zeiss lens and 1080p video. Seems like this one’s aimed at serious shooters.
- GoPro HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition – the same GoPro camera as the top seller, but this is the “Motorsports Edition” which comes with different mounting accesories (namely, a suction cup).
- Canon Powershot A2200 Digital Camera – This is a slightly older model but a great value at just over $100. Canon’s Powershot A-series offers nice compact cameras (I’ve used a previous model) with decent image quality. If you’re looking for something compact and affordable to throw in a purse or otherwise carry on the go, you could do a lot worse than the A2200.
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS15 Digital Camera – Panasonic has been producing some good little compact cameras, giving Canon and Sony a worthy competitor in this space. This one has a 16x optical zoom which is great to see in a sub-$200 camera. If you want a camera that’s going to offer better photos than your smartphone but isn’t going to break the bank… look here.
- Nikon COOLPIX L810 Digital Camera – the “superzoom” body style is popular and allows a manufacturer to put a big zoom lens into an affordable camera. This offering looks like a good one and it’s priced appropriately ($200).
- Nikon D5100 CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens – Down here in the latter half of the bestseller list we find our first DSLR for the month. The Nikon D5100 is a step above entry-level, but not quite up to what I’d consider “prosumer”. It does offer a nice feature set in a package that comes with a lens for just under $650. This camera is positioned in an interesting place as it has a few nicer features than the entry-level 3000-series cameras, but it’s definitely lacking in several areas (such as image quality and autofocus system) when compared with its big brother the D7000.
- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera – It’s Panasonic month on the bestseller list… this compact camera features a 20x optical zoom lens which allows for some great photos of objects that are far away. At a price near $250, this unit is aimed at the casual shooter who wants to make decent images without having to futz with a bunch of controls or options.
- Canon EOS Rebel T3 CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens – Don’t fear, Canon shooters, Nikon isn’t the only one with a DSLR on this month’s popular cameras list. Canon’s popular T3 once again returns to our list and I’d choose this over the D5100 if I wasn’t already invested in a particular manufacturer’s system. It’s a hell of a deal on a great entry level camera. You’ll get decent still photos, 720p HD video, and have your foot in the door of Canon’s EOS system.
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