Bestselling Camera & Photo Equipment: December 2011

We’re now into December which means it’s time for my monthly look at the bestselling camera & photography items as calculated by the fine folks over at

What the Duck?There’s an interesting mix of gear this month, with a couple newcomers to the list, a few repeat items which have dropped in price, and a few longtime bestsellers such as Canon’s Digital Rebel DSLRs.

  1. Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera – Canon’s S95 is one of the most popular compact cameras amongst professional photographers, and it deserves its repeat status on the bestseller list. I have the S90, the previous model, and it’s amazing. Featuring a larger-than-typical image sensor (for a camera of its size) the S95 delivers great image quality even in low light, high-ISO conditions. Couple that with a pocket size and it’s a great option for producing high-quality images on the go.
  2. Canon PowerShot SX230HS Digital Camera – While I don’t have firsthand experience with this camera, I’m impressed by the 14x optical zoom in a camera at this size and with this price. As of writing, Amazon has this camera for nearly half off of the list price, making it a great deal on a camera that will provide decent images and fit into a purse or pocket.
  3. Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens – Canon’s T2i is their previous-generation Digital Rebel, and although it doesn’t offer quite as many features on paper as the T3i a bit farther down this list, it’s still a very capable camera.
  4. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera – Canon’s ELPH series of compact digital cameras has been around for several years and this one has been on the bestseller list for a few months now. Aimed at the mid- to lower range of point-and-shoot customers, you’ll be pleased to see this one dropped about $30 in the last 30 days.
  5. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W530 Digital Still Camera (Silver) – Not bad for under $100. While it doesn’t have bells, whistles, or great low light performance, it does have an okay lens.
  6. Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope – Apparently telescopes fall into Amazon’s camera & photo category, and this one must be really popular. Alas, I have no real insight.
  7. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W530 Digital Still Camera (Pink) – same camera as #5 on this month’s list, except this one is pink!
  8. Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens – Canon’s Digital Rebel series has been popular as an entry-level camera for quite a while, and the T3i continues to offer an incredible amount of both photo and video features at a very reasonable price. I can definitely recommend the T3i kit for someone wanting to get into photography in a serious way.
  9. Kodak PlayFull Waterproof Video Camera Bundle (Includes Floating Wrist Strap, 4GB Memory Card, and Camera Case) – a really cheap bundle package for someone interested in recording digital video in a wet environment. Although this is a relatively low-end camera, this bundle deal would be awesome for someone who was going into a tough environment (winter sports, anyone?) and wanted to create some video without too much worry of what might happen if the gear were to be damaged.
  10. Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera – Kodak’s realm in the digital photography world recently has been with cameras for the budget-concious, and the C123 fits into this mold with a sub-$70 price point. The fun-colored unit offers 12 megapixels and is waterproof to 10 feet under.

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