As we move into April, it’s time for my monthly look at the bestselling camera & photography items as calculated by Amazon.com.
Nikon’s D800 blasts to the top of the bestseller list based upon preorders, but the other items on this month’s list are about the same as last month. We’re seeing changes and innovating with the higher-end camera bodies, but not many new compacts at the moment. We again see a couple of the GoPro video units among the top sellers.
- Nikon D800 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) – making its bestseller list debut at the number one spot, Nikon’s new mid-level, full-frame camera offers a crazy 36 megapixels, a rugged build, and other attributes which have made it hard to acquire (as of this writing, the camera is out of stock from most vendors). The D700 was popular with professionals and the D800 is following in its footsteps.
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera – this midrange compact camera offers a lot of interesting features at a sub-$300 price point. In addition to creating still images, the HX9V records 1080p video, has a built-in GPS, and offers an interesting sweep panorama mode for creating big photos.
- Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera – Consistently a top seller for several months, this camera is part of Canon’s ELPH series of compact digital cameras. Aimed at the mid- to lower range of point-and-shoot customers, this is a solid unit in the $170 price range (having dropped in price a bit since last month).
- GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition – Again just below the ELPH on the bestseller list, the GoPro units have become quite popular in the last few months. The cameras not only offer an easy way to record interesting video, but it will do so in a durable, waterproof way. GoPro is sending me to Alaska in mid-April to check out some things they’re doing – I look forward to trying one of these units.
- Nikon D5100 CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens – the D5100 is one step up from Nikon’s entry-level DSLR, offering a nice feature set in a package that comes with a lens for under $700.
- 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 samll size means that the camera fits easily into a jeans (or jacket) pocket. I have a previous model in this series, it’s a solid camera that allows for quality photos.
- GoPro HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition – the same camera unit as the other GoPro unit above, except the Motorsports package means that it comes with a different mounting arrangement (in this case, an arm).
- Canon SX40 HS Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom – I wish I knew the name for this form factor for a camera. It’s not a DSLR, but it starts to approach the DSLR size factor. My wife once had a similar unit and it performed very well. The big advantage to this type of a camera is the extreme zoom capability of the lens.
- Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor Zoom Lens – Nikon’s entry level DSLR, the D3100 is a good camera. The only downside in my mind is that the body doesn’t have an autofocus motor. As long as you use Nikon’s AF-S lenses that include an autofocus motor, you’re fine, but some older/cheaper lenses don’t and that will limit you to manual focus.
- Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens – Canon’s Digital Rebel series has long been a mainstay in the entry-level DSLR market, and this package of the T3 combined with the 18-55 kit lens is a great deal at less than $500. While it’s an entry level camera, it supports a wide range of controls that make it ideal for someone learning photography – they can start out in the more automatic modes and then move into more manual controls as they learn to better control their imagery. Highly recommended for someone wanting to jump to their first DSLR.
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