We’re now into the second half of 2012, and the beginning of a new month means that it’s time for my monthly look at the bestselling camera & photography items as calculated by sales at Amazon.com.
- Sony DSC-RX100 Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera – a great-looking fixed-lens camera from Sony. Featuring a Carl Zeiss lens and 1080p video, this unit enters the high-end compact camera market for serious photographers. I was a bit surprised to find it at the top of the bestseller list, but it seems to be in high demand.
- GoPro HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition – GoPro’s compact HD video cameras are a big hit, and rightly so. They pack a lot of video (and still) power into a tiny package that can easily be worn or mounted in any number of ways. This particular one is the motorsports pacakge which features a suction cup arm mount. I’ve previously written about my GoPro dogsledding story.
- Nikon D5100 CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens – the 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.
- Canon EOS Rebel T3 CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens – Canon’s popular T3 dropped off the bestseller list in June but I see it’s returned this month. 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.
- Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera – This particular camera has been a repeat visitor to the bestseller list in the last few months. Canon’s ELPH series of cameras is known for providing a good set of features in a compact package designed for the mass market consumer audience. This model, around $200 as of the time of writing, is in the middle of rhat range, offering a good zoom range and 1080p video.
- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera – 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 PowerShot S100 Digital Camera – Canon offers two high-end compact cameras; the S100 is the smaller of the bunch. A better-than-typical image sensor in this unit allows for excellent images even in low-light situations, and the small size means that the camera fits easily into a pocket. I have a previous model in this series (the S90), it’s a solid camera that allows for quality photos.
- Panasonic DMC-FH25K Digital Camera – This looks like a good little compact camera at quite an affordable price (around $150 at the time this article is written). Panasonic isn’t mentioned as often as Canon and Nikon, but they have some good compact cameras and this one is rated very well. I see that this one has dropped in price a bit since last month.
- GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition – The same camera unit as the GoPro mentioned above; this one comes with some different mounting options.
- 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).
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