Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Charts: Most gifted at Amazon (and a mini gift guide too)

In today's installment of the Reader Choice feature "The Charts" we are taking a look at the most gifted digital cameras at Amazon. Please keep in mind that the list is a snapshot only, and no long term conclusions should be made. For those who are speed-reading, I am inserting a speed-bump by repeating the previous sentence: The Chart below is only a snapshot, and no long term conclusions should be drawn based just upon this instance :)

I am also including some gift idea suggestions for some of the cameras in the list. Please keep in mind that those are only my opinions, and they are not right :)

1. Canon A570IS. Good choice for those who are interested into digging into a topic, not just using electronics as appliances. For K12 students interested in electronics, sciences, math.
2. Canon A560. Same as above, but costs less. Preferably the A570IS because of the IS lens.
3. Canon SD1000. Good choice for the casual, mobile photo snapper.
4. Canon SD850. Good choice for people who frequent Engadget, Gizmodo and the like.
5. Canon SD750. Same as above but costs $40 less and is slightly older.
6. Sony W55 pink. Good choice for the entry-level user who happens to be a Sony fan. I have a hard time recommending a MemoryStick-only camera to anyone who is not a "Sony fan" - unless the camera deserves a purchase based on its merits.
7. Canon A720IS. Good choice for the same crowd as the camera at #1. The A560,A570,A720 are the "Powershot Power Trio" in the sub-$200 segment.
8. Canon SD800 IS. Good choice for those looking for a digicam starting at 28mm, a portable camera for the "people and places" blogger as well.
9. Canon SD1000 black. This probably looks better than the silver version which is at #3.
10. Canon Digital Rebel XTi with 18-55 EF-S lens, black finish. Great for the Canon SLR users, Canon fans, first time DSLR buyers, people switching from film to digital...
11. Canon SD870 IS. Similar to the SD800 at #8. This also seems to be a popular "carry around" camera for photography enthusiasts, DSLR owners, and advanced amateurs. I suspect the combination of 28mm , IS and the Canon brand, plays a part.
12. Nikon L11. Good choice if you are looking for a gift at around $90.
13. Canon S5 IS. Good choice for fans of AA-powered 12X super zooms
14. Sony W55, black finish. Same as #6
15. Sony W55 silver. Same as above.
16. Canon Digital Rebel XT with 18-55 EF-S lens, black finish. Same as the XTi at #10.
17. Nikon D40 with 18-55 DX lens. Good choice for first-time DSLR users, beginners, gifts in the $500 range. Please keep in mind this one wants the lenses to have a focus motor, so keep that in mind if you are buying it for a person who has or plans to use older Nikon lenses. They may be disappointed. In that case you may want to look at a used D50 or D70/D70s or a Nikon D80 if the price is not an issue
18. Canon SD750 black finish. Same as #5
19. GE A730, black finish. Good choice if you want to buy a GE camera (did that sound back-handed?).
20. Sony W55 blue. This is the fourth version of the W55 in teh top 20. See #6.

Outside the Top 20
22. Panasonic TZ3 silver. Good choice for an all around fun zoom (28-280mm eq) camera to take with you many places.
24. Canon G9. Good choice for the advanced amateurs, the gadget freaks (hardcore Engadget/Gizmodo readers), people who like to work with RAW.

If you find this post useful or helpful, please consider "tipping us" by making your purchases through the links in this blog.

Please keep in mind the above is based on a snapshot of the sales ranking and no long term conclusions should be drawn based upon just this instance.

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