Friday, October 19, 2007

The Charts: The Superzooms!

In today's installment of the reader's choice feature, The Charts, we take a snapshot of the Amazon Top 100 best sellers in Camera and Photo and extract the long zoom cameras. Please note that this is just a snapshot and no long term conclusions should be drawn based upon just this instance. And with that out of the way, here is the Chart:

1. Canon S5 IS
2. Panasonic TZ3K
3. Canon S3 IS
4. Panasonic FZ8K
5. Fuji S700 (aka S5700)
6. Panasonic TZ3 silver
7. Panasonic FZ18K
8. Kodak Z712 IS
9. Sony H9
10. Panasonic TZ3 blue (aka TZ3A)
11. Sony H7
12. Canon SX100 IS
13. Fuji S8000fd
14. Fuji S6000fd
15. Olympus SP550 UZ
16. Panasonic FZ18 silver

Not bad, 16 out of the top 100 cameras are long zooms. The long zooms have obviously displaced the traditional prosumers, by undercutting them from underneath. Of the 16 cameras listed above, only one has a sensor larger than 1/2.35". That being of course the lovely Fuji S6000fd with a 6mp 1/1.7" Fuji SuperCCD "magic" low noise sensor. But xD only.

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