Top 10 Camera & Photo Bestsellers: November 2012

Each month I round up the top ten bestselling camera and photography items as measured by the folks at Amazon.com. As we move into November (already?) it’s time for a look at what’s hot right now.

[oversize duck posing with a camera]This month is almost exclusively compact cameras, with a couple Canon DSLRs thrown in for a good mix.

  1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Digital Camera – we have a new item at the top of this month’s list; this Panasonic mid-sized camera offers a decent amount of features. Priced around $320, it’s able to provide a fair amount of manual controls as well as the option for a hot shoe flash.
  2. Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera – the Olympus XZ-1′s distinguishing feature is a fast (f/1.8) lens, a speed not usually seen on this level of camera. The fast lens should allow for great images in low-light situations without having to push the ISO as high as on competing cameras with slower lenses.
  3. Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS Digital Camera – Canon’s ELPH line of cameras always strikes me as the “purse camera” because it offers a decent set of features for casual everyday snapshots at a price point and size that makes it ideal for a purse, backpack, or other walkaround situation.
  4. Nikon COOLPIX L26 Digital Camera – what does a 16 megapixel camera for $79 say to you? I don’t have any personal experience with this unit, but in reading the reviews it seems like it’s not too bad. The one consistent complaint is that there’s a lot of shutter lag, but at a price less than $80 you won’t find perfection. This might be a great camera for a kid.
  5. 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.
  6. Canon EOS Rebel T3i APS-C Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens – Canon’s T3i is a great starter camera that packs a lot of features including full 1080p HD video into an affordable package. At the time of writing the camera with an 18-55mm lens is under $700, making it a cost-effective way to dive into the world of DSLR imagery. Canon’s Rebel series is a solid model line and I have no hesitation recommending this to beginning photographers. It’s not a surprise to find it a bestseller.
  7. Canon EOS 5D Mark III Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body) – I think this is the most expensive item ever to make one of my monthly bestseller roundups. I haven’t heard any real complains about this unit, with pros eager to upgrade from earlier Canon models. Amazon has them in stock and ready for delivery at the time of this writing.
  8. Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Digital Camera – we see a second sub-$100 unit on our list today with the A2300, part of Canon’s compact PowerShot line that’s been delivering a solid set of photographs for many years. The PowerShots are known for simplicity for the type of user that wants a basic camera, able to be used as a true point and shoot.
  9. Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera – Another PowerShot the SX260 offers a much nicer lens with 20x optical zoom, allowing the shooter to “move” closer to the subject. This unit also features a basic Image Stabilization function to help minimize blurry photos caused by camera shake.
  10. Nikon COOLPIX L810 Digital Camera – The L810 is an interesting “bridge” style camera, with a form factor that’s a hybrid between a compact and a DSLR. Although this doesn’t have interchangeable lenses, the larger body allows for great quality optics which can also support a large range (26x) zoom. My wife previously owned a camera of this same variety and it worked well.

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